West Gloucestershire (UK Parliament constituency)
Former County constituency|
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Forest of Dean, Tewkesbury|
|Created from||Forest of Dean|
|Number of members||Two|
|Type of constituency||County constituency|
1832 to 1885
The qualification to vote in county elections, in the period, was to be a 40 shilling freeholder.
The parliamentary borough constituencies of Cheltenham, Cirencester, Gloucester, Stroud, and Tewkesbury were all located in East Gloucestershire. Qualified freeholders from those boroughs could vote in the eastern county division. Bristol was a "county of itself", so its freeholders qualified to vote in the borough, not in a county division.
There were no electors qualified to vote in the western division, because they were freehold owners of land in a parliamentary borough.
1950 to 1997
1950-1983: The Rural Districts of East Dean, Lydney, Newent, and West Dean, and part of the Rural District of Gloucester.
1983-1997: The District of Forest of Dean, and the Borough of Tewkesbury wards of Brockworth Glebe, Brockworth Moorfield, Brockworth Westfield, Churchdown Brookfield, Churchdown Parton, Churchdown Pirton, De Winton, Haw Bridge, Highnam, Horsbere, and Innsworth.
The constituency in this period was a smaller part of the county of Gloucestershire than its nineteenth century namesake. It was centred on the Forest of Dean, and indeed the majority of the constituency at abolition formed the new Forest of Dean constituency. About a fifth of the constituency moved to Tewkesbury, with 735 constituents moving to Gloucester.
Members of Parliament
|Election||1st Member||1st Party||2nd Member||2nd Party|
|1832||Hon. Grantley Berkeley||Whig||Hon. Augustus Moreton||Whig|
|1835||The Marquess of Worcester||Conservative|
|1836 by-election||Robert Blagden Hale||Conservative|
|1857||Sir John Rolt||Conservative|
|1867 by-election||Edward Arthur Somerset||Conservative|
|1874||Hon. Randal Plunkett||Conservative|
|1885 by-election||Benjamin St John Ackers||Conservative|
|1950||Morgan Philips Price||Labour|
|Oct 1974||John Watkinson||Labour|
|1997||constituency abolished: see Forest of Dean and Tewkesbury|
Elections in 1950s
|Labour||Morgan Philips Price||22,765||54.8||n/a|
|Conservative||Granger F Boston||13,664||32.9||n/a|
|Liberal||Harold Basil Houldsworth||5,125||12.3||n/a|
|Labour||Morgan Philips Price||24,334||58.0|
|Labour||Morgan Philips Price||22,366||54.9|
|Conservative||Bryan J. Y. Williams||18,346||45.1|
|Labour||Charles William Loughlin||21,634||49.4|
|Conservative||Miss Olive KL Lloyd-Baker||16,223||37.1|
|Liberal||Eric John Radley||5,921||15.3|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour||Charles William Loughlin||22,420||49.9|
|Conservative||Douglas St. P Barnard||15,300||34.1|
|Liberal||Richard A Cook||7,191||16.0|
|Labour||Charles William Loughlin||23,181||51.7|
|Conservative||Stanley HAF Hopkins||15,476||34.6|
|Liberal||Kenneth G Harvey||6,137||13.7|
Elections in the 1970s
|Labour||Charles William Loughlin||22,637||46.1|
|Conservative||Stanley HAF Hopkins||21,530||43.8|
|Liberal||J Alan Svendsen||4,932||10.1|
|Labour||Charles William Loughlin||22,765||40.7|
|Labour||John Taylor Watkinson||22,481||41.7|
|Labour||John Taylor Watkinson||24,009||40.8|
|Liberal||Margaret Jane Joachim||6,370||10.8|
|National Front||G Storkey||270||0.5|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||John Taylor Watkinson||17,440||29.5|
|Social Democratic||John Taylor Watkinson||16,440||26.0|
Elections in the 1990s
|Labour||Diana Mary Organ||24,274||36.2||+8.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Mrs JE Boait||13,366||19.9||−6.1|
|British Independent||A Reeve||172||0.3||+0.3|
|Twenty First Century||CR Palmer||75||0.1||+0.1|
Notes and references
- C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.220 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995).
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 1)
- Succeeded as the 7th Duke of Beaufort, in November 1835.
- 2 January 1836 by-election.
- Joined the Liberal Party, when it was formally created following the 1859 general election. Appointed Commissioner of Woods, Forests and Land Revenues in 1885.
- Appointed Attorney General and knighted in 1866. Appointed Judge of the Court of Appeal in Chancery in 1867.
- 25 July 1867 by-election.
- 12 March 1885 by-election.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Macmillan Press 1977)
- The Parliaments of England by Henry Stooks Smith (1st edition published in three volumes 1844-50), second edition edited (in one volume) by F.W.S. Craig (Political Reference Publications 1973))
- Who's Who of British Members of Parliament: Volume I 1832-1885, edited by M. Stenton (The Harvester Press 1976)