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Otley (UK Parliament constituency)

Otley was a parliamentary constituency between 1885 and 1918 centred on the town of Otley, then in the West Riding of Yorkshire and now in West Yorkshire. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.

Otley
Former constituency
for the House of Commons
18851918
Number of membersone
Replaced byKeighley, Pudsey and Otley, Shipley and Skipton
Created fromEastern West Riding of Yorkshire

Contents

HistoryEdit

The constituency was created when the two-member Eastern West Riding of Yorkshire was divided by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election in six new single-member constituencies. It was abolished for the 1918 general election, when it was largely replaced by the new Pudsey & Otley constituency.

BoundariesEdit

The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 provided that the constituency was to consist of-

Members of ParliamentEdit

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 1880sEdit

 
Frederick Fison
General election 1885: Otley [2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Andrew Fairbairn 5,050 58.1 N/A
Conservative Frederick Fison 3,643 41.9 N/A
Majority 1,407 16.2 N/A
Turnout 8,693 88.0 N/A
Registered electors 9,883
Liberal win (new seat)
General election 1886: Otley [2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Barran 4,245 55.8 −2.3
Liberal Unionist Andrew Fairbairn 3,361 44.2 +2.3
Majority 884 11.6 −4.6
Turnout 7,606 77.0 −11.0
Registered electors 9,883
Liberal hold Swing −2.3

Elections in the 1890sEdit

General election 1892: Otley [2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Barran 4,713 53.9 −1.9
Conservative Marmaduke Wyvill 4,023 46.1 +1.9
Majority 690 7.8 −3.8
Turnout 8,736 75.6 −1.4
Registered electors 11,557
Liberal hold Swing −1.9
 
M.D. Wyvill
General election 1895: Otley [2][4][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Marmaduke Wyvill 4,670 50.3 +4.2
Liberal John Barran 4,622 49.7 −4.2
Majority 48 0.6 N/A
Turnout 9,292 84.2 +8.6
Registered electors 11,038
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +4.2

Elections in the 1900sEdit

 
Hastings Duncan
General election 1900: Otley [2][4][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Duncan 5,327 52.9 +3.2
Conservative Marmaduke Wyvill 4,747 47.1 −3.2
Majority 580 5.8 N/A
Turnout 10,074 83.0 −1.2
Registered electors 12,138
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +3.2
General election 1906: Otley [2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Duncan 6,307 57.5 +4.6
Conservative William Whittaker Thompson 4,658 42.5 −4.6
Majority 1,649 15.0 +9.2
Turnout 10,965 86.5 +3.5
Registered electors 12,670
Liberal hold Swing +4.6

Elections in the 1910sEdit

General election January 1910: Otley [2][5][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Duncan 6,911 58.0 +0.5
Conservative William Whittaker Thompson 5,010 42.0 −0.5
Majority 1,901 16.0 +1.0
Turnout 11,921 89.0 +2.5
Registered electors 13,397
Liberal hold Swing +0.5
General election December 1910: Otley [2][5][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Duncan 6,151 55.7 −2.3
Conservative William Whittaker Thompson 4,892 44.3 +2.3
Majority 1,259 82.4 −4.6
Turnout 11,143 82.4 −6.6
Registered electors 13,397
Liberal hold Swing −2.3

General Election 1914/15:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Redistribution of Seats Act 1885
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Craig, FWS, ed. (1974). British Parliamentary Election Results: 1885-1918. London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 9781349022984.
  4. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  5. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916