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Paisley (UK Parliament constituency)

Paisley was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1832 until 1983, when it was divided into Paisley North and Paisley South. These two constituencies were in turn amalgamated into Paisley and Renfrewshire South and Paisley and Renfrewshire North in 2005.

Paisley
Former Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Major settlementsPaisley
18321983
Number of membersOne
Replaced byPaisley North
Paisley South

Contents

BoundariesEdit

The constituency covered the burgh of Paisley.

The boundaries of the constituency, as set out in the Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1832, were-

"From the Summit of Byres Hill, on the North-east of the Town, in a straight Line to the Point near Knock Hill at which the Renfrew Road is joined by a Road from Glasgow; thence in a straight Line to the Summit of Knock Hill; thence in a straight Line to the Northern Gable of the Moss Toll House on the Greenock Road; thence in a straight Line in the Direction of the Chimney of Linwood Cotton Mill to the Point at which such straight Line cuts the Candren Burn; thence up the Candren Burn to the Point at which the same is joined by the Braidiland Burn at the Bridge over the same on the Johnstone Road; thence up the Braidiland Burn to a Point which is distant Five hundred Yards (measured along the Braidiland Burn) above the said Bridge; thence in a straight Line to Meikleridge Bridge over the Candren Burn; thence in a straight Line to the Point at which the old Neilston Road leaves the new Neilston Road; thence in a straight Line to the Summit of Dykebar Hill; thence in a straight Line to a Point which is One hundred Yards due North-east of the Summit of Bathgo Hill; thence in a straight Line to the Point first described."[1]

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election resultsEdit

Elections in the 1850sEdit

General election 1852: Paisley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Radical Archibald Hastie 406 52.1 N/A
Radical William Taylor Haly[8] 374 47.9 N/A
Majority 32 4.1 N/A
Turnout 780 58.1 N/A
Registered electors 1,342
Radical hold Swing
General election 1857: Paisley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Radical Archibald Hastie 611 53.6 +1.5
Whig Humphrey Crum-Ewing 524 46.0 N/A
Chartist Charles Favell Forth Wordsworth[9] 4 0.4 N/A
Majority 87 7.6 +3.5
Turnout 1,139 87.3 +29.2
Registered electors 1,305
Radical hold Swing N/A

Hastie's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 11 December 1857: Paisley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Humphrey Crum-Ewing 767 88.7 +42.7
Radical William Taylor Haly[10] 98 11.3 −42.3
Majority 669 77.3 N/A
Turnout 865 64.1 −23.2
Registered electors 1,349
Whig gain from Radical Swing +42.5
General election 1859: Paisley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Humphrey Crum-Ewing Unopposed
Registered electors 1,370
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1860sEdit

General election 1865: Paisley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Humphrey Crum-Ewing Unopposed
Registered electors 1,361
Liberal hold
General election 1868: Paisley[11][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Humphrey Crum-Ewing 1,576 54.0 N/A
Conservative Archibald Campbell[12] 921 31.6 N/A
Liberal Archibald Kintrea 421 14.4 N/A
Majority 655 22.4 N/A
Turnout 2,918 89.4 N/A
Registered electors 3,264
Liberal hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1870sEdit

General election 1874: Paisley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Holms Unopposed
Registered electors 5,083
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1880sEdit

General election 1880: Paisley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Holms Unopposed
Registered electors 4,979
Liberal hold

Holms' resignation caused a by-election.

By-election, 18 Feb 1884: Paisley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Stewart Clark 3,049 62.8 N/A
Conservative Ernest Hamilton 1,806 37.2 N/A
Majority 1,243 25.6 N/A
Turnout 4,855 85.4 N/A
Registered electors 5,688
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General election 1885: Paisley[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Barbour 3,390 57.3 N/A
Conservative Robert Mure McKerrell 2,523 42.7 N/A
Majority 867 14.6 N/A
Turnout 5,913 87.0 N/A
Registered electors 6,794
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General election 1886: Paisley[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Barbour 3,057 55.1 -2.2
Liberal Unionist James Smith 2,491 44.9 +2.2
Majority 566 10.2 −4.4
Turnout 5,548 81.7 −5.3
Registered electors 6,794
Liberal hold Swing −2.2

Elections in the 1890sEdit

 
William Dunn
1891 Paisley by-election[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Dunn 4,145 59.6 +4.5
Conservative Robert Mure McKerrell 2,807 40.4 -4.5
Majority 1,338 19.2 +9.0
Turnout 6,952 85.8 +4.1
Registered electors 8,107
Liberal hold Swing +4.5
General election 1892: Paisley[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Dunn 4,262 63.6 +8.5
Conservative Christopher Nicholson Johnston[14] 2,441 36.4 −8.5
Majority 1,821 27.2 +17.0
Turnout 6,703 81.5 −0.2
Registered electors 8,223
Liberal hold Swing +8.5
General election 1895: Paisley[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Dunn 4,404 59.0 -4.6
Conservative Alexander Moffat 3,062 41.0 +4.6
Majority 1,342 18.0 −9.2
Turnout 7,466 82.0 +0.5
Registered electors 9,105
Liberal hold Swing −4.6

Elections in the 1900sEdit

 
Sir William Dunn
General election 1900: Paisley[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Dunn 4,532 56.6 −2.4
Conservative George Swinton 3,474 43.4 +2.4
Majority 1,058 13.2 −4.8
Turnout 8,006 74.4 −7.6
Registered electors 10,758
Liberal hold Swing −2.4
 
Robert Smillie
General election 1906: Paisley[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Mills McCallum 5,664 52.7 −3.9
Liberal Unionist James Anderson Dunlop MacKean 2,594 24.2 −19.2
Scottish Workers Robert Smillie 2,482 23.1 N/A
Majority 3,070 28.5 +15.3
Turnout 10,740 88.2 +13.8
Registered electors 12,179
Liberal hold Swing +7.7

Elections in the 1910sEdit

 
McCallum
General election January 1910: Paisley[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Mills McCallum 6,812 63.7 +11.0
Conservative Duncan Campbell 3,890 36.3 +12.1
Majority 2,922 27.4 −1.1
Turnout 10,702 86.8 −1.4
Registered electors 12,331
Liberal hold Swing −0.6
General election December 1910: Paisley[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Mills McCallum 6,039 64.3 +0.6
Conservative Alfred Jephcott 3,350 35.7 −0.6
Majority 2,689 28.6 +1.2
Turnout 9,389 74.9 −11.9
Registered electors 12,541
Liberal hold Swing +0.6

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;

General election 1918: Paisley[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Mills McCallum 7,542 34.0 −30.3
Co-operative Party John Biggar 7,436 33.5 N/A
C National Democratic John Taylor 7,201 32.5 N/A
Majority 106 0.5 −28.1
Turnout 22,179 57.6
Registered electors 38,508
Liberal hold Swing N/A
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Elections in the 1920sEdit

1920 Paisley by-election[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal H. H. Asquith 14,736 48.4 +14.4
Labour Co-op John Biggar 11,902 39.1 +5.6
C Unionist James Anderson Dunlop MacKean 3,795 12.5 N/A
Majority 2,834 9.3 +8.8
Turnout 30,433 77.6 +20.0
Registered electors 39,235
Liberal hold Swing +4.4
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.
General election 1922:Paisley[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal H. H. Asquith 15,005 50.5 +16.5
Labour Co-op John Biggar 14,689 49.5 +16.0
Majority 316 1.0 +0.5
Turnout 29,694 78.0 +22.4
Registered electors 38,093
Liberal hold Swing +0.3
General election 1923: Paisley[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal H H Asquith 9,723 33.4 −17.1
Labour Co-op John Biggar 7,977 27.4 −22.1
Unionist McInnes Shaw 7,758 26.6 N/A
Independent Labour D.D. Cormack* 3,685 12.6 N/A
Majority 1,746 6.0 +5.0
Turnout 29,143 77.1 −0.9
Registered electors 37,792
Liberal hold Swing +2.5

* Cormack was the nominee of the local branch of the Labour party, which did not accept Biggar as the official candidate.

 
Mitchell
General election 1924: Paisley[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Mitchell 17,057 53.5 +26.1
Liberal H H Asquith 14,829 46.5 +13.1
Majority 2,228 7.0 N/A
Turnout 31,886 84.1 +7.0
Registered electors 37,901
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +6.5
General election 1929: Paisley[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James C. Welsh 22,425 55.8 +2.3
Liberal James McCulloch 10,640 26.5 −20.0
Unionist Minna Cowan 7,094 17.7 N/A
Majority 11,785 29.3 +22.3
Turnout 40,159 78.2 −5.9
Registered electors 51,385
Labour hold Swing +11.2

Elections in the 1930sEdit

General election 1931: Paisley[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Maclay 26,187 61.8 +35.3
Labour James C. Welsh 16,183 38.2 -17.6
Majority 10,004 23.6
Turnout 79.4
Liberal gain from Labour Swing
General election 1935: Paisley[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Maclay 22,466 50.4 -11.4
Labour Oliver Baldwin 22,077 49.6 +11.4
Majority 389 0.9
Turnout 44,543 79.7
Liberal hold Swing

General Election 1939/40: Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

Election in the 1940sEdit

General election 1945: Paisley[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Oliver Baldwin 25,156 55.6 +6.0
Unionist Tam Galbraith 14,826 32.7 N/A
Liberal Louise Glen-Coats 4,532 10.0 -40.4
Independent Allan Richard Eagles 765 1.7 N/A
Majority 10,330 22.8
Turnout 74.1
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
1948 Paisley by-election[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Douglas Johnston 27,213 56.8 +1.2
Independent Nationalist John MacCormick 20,668 43.2 N/A
Majority 6,545 13.7 -9.1
Turnout 47,881
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950sEdit

General election 1950: Paisley[20][21][22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Douglas Johnston 29,204 56.12 +0.5
Unionist H Black 19,001 36.52 +4.2
Liberal Vaughan M Shaw 3,830 7.36 -2.6
Majority 10,203 19.61 -3.2
Turnout 52,035 84.10 +10.0
Registered electors 61,874
Labour hold Swing -1.85
General election 1951: Paisley[20][23][24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Douglas Johnston 29,570 55.37 -0.75
Unionist John F Wilson 16,545 30.98 -5.54
Liberal Vaughan M Shaw 7,291 13.65 +6.29
Majority 13,025 24.39 +4.78
Turnout 53,406 84.40 +0.30
Registered electors 63,281
Labour hold Swing +2.40
General election 1955: Paisley[20][25][26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Douglas Johnston 26,723 56.41 +1.04
Unionist Robert D Kernohan 20,725 43.59 +12.61
Majority 6,098 12.82 -11.57
Turnout 47,548 76.23 -8.17
Registered electors 62,376
Labour hold Swing -5.79
General election 1959: Paisley[20][27][28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Douglas Johnston 28,519 57.30 +0.89
Unionist Geoffrey R Rickman 21,250 42.70 -0.89
Majority 7,269 14.61 +1.79
Turnout 49,769 78.88 +2.65
Registered electors 63,097
Labour hold Swing +0.89

Election in the 1960sEdit

1961 Paisley by-election[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Robertson 19,200 45.35 -11.95
Liberal John Bannerman 17,542 41.43 N/A
Unionist Geoffrey R. Rickman 5,597 13.22 -29.48
Majority 1,658 3.92 -10.69
Turnout 42,339 68.1 =10.8
Labour hold Swing -26.7
General election 1964: Paisley[20][29][30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Robertson 26,318 52.91 -4.39
Liberal John Bannerman 16,837 33.85 N/A
Unionist Maurice Crichton 6,583 13.24 -29.46
Majority 9,481 19.06 +4.45
Turnout 49,738 79.79 +0.91
Registered electors 62,336
Labour hold Swing -19.12
General election 1966: Paisley[20][31][32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Robertson 28,074 59.97 +7.06
Conservative Maurice Crichton 10,871 23.22 +9.98
Liberal Vaughan M Shaw 7,871 16.81 -17.04
Majority 17,203 36.75 +17.69
Turnout 46,816 76.29 -3.50
Registered electors 61,363
Labour hold Swing -1.46

Elections in the 1970sEdit

General election 1970: Paisley[33]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Robertson 25,429 54.09 -5.88
Conservative John Cooperwhite Workman 15,232 32.40 +9.18
SNP Margo MacDonald 3,432 7.30 N/A
Liberal Alan Sked 2,918 6.21 -10.60
Majority 10,197 21.69 -15.06
Turnout 47,011 71.44 -4.9
Labour hold Swing
General election, February 1974: Paisley[34][35]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Robertson 23,820 48.42 -5.67
Conservative John Cooperwhite Workman 14,923 30.33 -2.07
SNP David Rollo 10,455 21.25 +13.95
Majority 8,897 18.08 -3.61
Turnout 49,198 75.16 +3.72
Labour hold Swing
General election, October 1974: Paisley[34][36]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Robertson 21,368 44.79 -3.62
SNP David Rollo 15,778 33.08 +11.83
Conservative Ian Robertson 7,440 15.60 -14.74
Liberal Donald Thompson 3,116 6.53
Majority 5,590 11.72 -6.36
Turnout 47,702 72.21 -2.95
Labour hold Swing -7.72
General election, 1979: Paisley[34][37]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Allen Adams 25,894 55.79 +10.99
Conservative George Wills 12,139 26.15 +10.56
SNP David Rollo 7,305 15.74 -17.34
SLP Brian Monaghan 811 1.75
Communist June Janette Tait 145 0.31
Workers Revolutionary Thomas White 122 0.26
Majority 13,755 29.63 +17.91
Turnout 46,416 72.79 +0.58
Labour hold Swing +0.22

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