Tavistock (UK Parliament constituency)
Tavistock was the name of a parliamentary constituency in Devon between 1330 and 1974. Until 1885 it was a parliamentary borough, consisting solely of the town of Tavistock; it returned two Members of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom until 1868, when its representation was reduced to one member. From 1885, the name was transferred to a single-member county constituency covering a much larger area. (Between 1885 and 1918, the constituency had the alternative name of West Devon.)
|Former County constituency|
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||one|
|Replaced by||West Devon|
|Number of members||two (1330-1868), one (1868-1885)|
|Type of constituency||Borough constituency|
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 Members of Parliament
- 3 Elections
- 3.1 Elections in the 1840s
- 3.2 Elections in the 1850s
- 3.3 Elections in the 1860s
- 3.4 Elections in the 1870s
- 3.5 Elections in the 1880s
- 3.6 Elections in the 1890s
- 3.7 Elections in the 1900s
- 3.8 Elections in the 1910s
- 3.9 Elections in the 1920s
- 3.10 Elections in the 1930s
- 3.11 Elections in the 1940s
- 3.12 Elections in the 1950s
- 3.13 Elections in the 1960s
- 3.14 Elections in the 1970s
- 4 References
1885-1918: The Municipal Boroughs of Devonport and Plymouth, and the Sessional Divisions of Hatherleigh, Holsworthy, Lifton, Midland Roborough, and Tavistock.
1918-1950: The Urban Districts of Holsworthy, Ivybridge, and Tavistock, the Rural Districts of Broadwoodwidger, Plympton St Mary, and Tavistock, and part of the Rural District of Holsworthy.
1950-1974: The Urban Districts of Holsworthy and Tavistock, the Rural Districts of Broadwoodwidger, Holsworthy, and Tavistock, and part of the Rural District of Plympton St Mary.
In 1965 Tavistock was one of the largest seats in England, in terms of land area. It included the towns of Plympton and Plymstock (effectively eastern suburbs of Plymouth). It also included a great deal of rural land, including two-thirds of Dartmoor.
Members of ParliamentEdit
Elections in the 1840sEdit
Rundle resigned by accepting the office of Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds, causing a by-election.
|Radical gain from Whig||Swing||N/A|
|Turnout||223 (est)||70.6 (est)|
|Radical gain from Whig||Swing||N/A|
Elections in the 1850sEdit
|Turnout||247 (est)||70.6 (est)||—|
On petition, Carter was unseated in 1853 and Phillimore was declared elected in his place.
|Turnout||285 (est)||72.2 (est)||+1.6|
Elections in the 1860sEdit
|Liberal||Joseph d'Aguilar Samuda||179||24.6||N/A|
|Liberal||Theophilus Alexander Blakely||8||1.1||N/A|
|Turnout||411 (est)||96.5 (est)||N/A|
Seat reduced to one member
Elections in the 1870sEdit
|Liberal||Lord Arthur Russell||362||57.0||N/A|
|Liberal||Russell Hugh Worthington Biggs||273||43.0||N/A|
Elections in the 1880sEdit
|Liberal||Lord Arthur Russell||Unopposed|
|Liberal Unionist||Viscount Ebrington||3,917||59.0||+22.0|
|Liberal||John Budd Phear||2,722||41.0||−22.0|
|Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+22.0|
Elections in the 1890sEdit
|Liberal Unionist||Robert Thomas White-Thomson||4,241||48.8||−10.2|
|Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist||Swing||+10.2|
|Liberal Unionist||Robert Thomas White-Thomson||4,597||48.1||-0.7|
Elections in the 1900sEdit
|Liberal Unionist||John Spear||4,746||50.1||+2.0|
|Liberal||John Fellowes Wallop||4,731||49.9||−2.0|
|Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+2.0|
|Liberal Unionist||John Spear||5,196||44.8||−5.3|
|Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist||Swing||+5.3|
Elections in the 1910sEdit
|Liberal Unionist||John Spear||6,343||49.1||+4.3|
|Liberal Unionist||John Spear||6,409||51.6||+2.5|
|Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+2.5|
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;
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
Elections in the 1920sEdit
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing|
Elections in the 1930sEdit
|Liberal||John Adam Day||13,592||41.2|
|Liberal||John Adam Day||13,422||40.5|
|Labour||Charles Henry Townsend||2,236||6.7|
Elections in the 1940sEdit
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 from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;
- Conservative: Colin Patrick
- Liberal: Frank Milton
- Labour: J Finnigan
Elections in the 1950sEdit
|Labour||Frank W Harcourt-Munning||10,189||27.4|
|Labour||Frank W Harcourt-Munning||12,833||36.13|
|Labour||Bryan R Weston||8,022||21.8|
Elections in the 1960sEdit
|Labour||John A Elswood||7,226||17.7|
|Labour||Peggy Arline Middleton||8,902||20.2|
Elections in the 1970sEdit
|Conservative||Michael Heseltine||25 846||57.1|
|Liberal||Michael E B Banks||10,397||23.0|
|Labour||Harold M Luscombe||8,982||19.9|
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- Manaton was initially returned as re-elected in 1710, but on petition he was adjudged not to have been duly elected
- Cope was re-elected in 1727, but had also been elected for Hampshire, which he chose to represent, and did not sit again for Tavistock
- Succeeded as The Viscount Fane (in the Peerage of Ireland), July 1744
- Leveson-Gower was also elected for Lichfield, which he chose to represent, and never sat for Tavistock
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- Wyndham was also elected for Midhurst, which he chose to represent, and never sat for Tavistock
- Ebrington was re-elected in 1830, but had also been elected for Devon, which he chose to represent, and did not sit again for Tavistock
- Russell was re-elected in 1831, but had also been elected for Devon, which he chose to represent, and did not sit again for Tavistock
- Styled Marquess of Tavistock from 1839
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- Styled Lord Arthur Russell from 1872
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