Bothwell (UK Parliament constituency)


Bothwell was a county constituency in Lanarkshire represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1918 to 1983. It was formed by the division of Lanarkshire constituency.

Bothwell
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of ScotlandLanarkshire
19181983
Number of membersOne
Replaced byMotherwell North, Glasgow Shettleston, Hamilton, Monklands East and Monklands West[1]
Created fromNorth West Lanarkshire and North East Lanarkshire

Boundaries


From 1918 the constituency consisted of "The part of the Middle Ward County District which is contained within the parishes of Old Monkland and Bothwell, exclusive of all burghs or portions of burghs situated therein."

The Representation of the People Act 1948 provided that the constituency was to consist of "The sixth district, the electoral divisions of Baillieston, Mount Vernon and Carmyle, Springboig and Garrowhill in the ninth district and that part of the electoral division of Old Monkland in the said ninth district which is bounded on the North by the city of Glasgow and the burgh of Coatbridge, on the West by the electoral division of Baillieston and on the South and East by the electoral divisions of Tannochside and Bellshill North."[2]

Members of Parliament


ElectionMemberParty
1918 David MacDonald Unionist
1919 John Robertson Labour
1926 Joseph Sullivan Labour
1931 Helen Shaw Unionist
1935 James C. Welsh Labour
1945 John Timmons Labour
1964 James Hamilton Labour
1983 constituency abolished

Election results


Elections in the 1910s

General election 1918 Bothwell [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
C Unionist David MacDonald 9,359 50.9
Labour John Robertson 9,027 49.1
Majority 332 1.8
Turnout 18,386 69.2
Registered electors 26,572
Unionist win (new seat)
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.
1919 Bothwell by-election[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Robertson 13,135 68.8 +19.7
C Liberal James Moffat 5,967 31.2 New
Majority 7,168 37.6 N/A
Turnout 19,102 71.9 +2.7
Registered electors 26,572
Labour gain from Unionist Swing N/A
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Elections in the 1920s

General election 1922: Bothwell [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Robertson 13,872 57.0 +7.9
Unionist Peter Denniston Ridge-Beedle 10,484 43.0 7.9
Majority 3,388 14.0 N/A
Turnout 24,356 78.2 +9.0
Registered electors 31,149
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +7.9
General election 1923: Bothwell [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Robertson 14,211 60.2 +3.2
Unionist Peter Denniston Ridge-Beedle 7,569 32.0 11.0
Liberal John Dick Scott 1,846 7.8 New
Majority 6,642 28.2 +14.2
Turnout 23,626 73.1 5.1
Registered electors 32,342
Labour hold Swing +7.1
General election 1924: Bothwell [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Robertson 14,591 56.3 3.9
Unionist Helen Shaw 11,314 43.7 +11.7
Majority 3,277 12.6 15.6
Turnout 25,905 79.3 +6.2
Registered electors 32,665
Labour hold Swing 7.8
Joseph Sullivan
1926 Bothwell by-election[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joseph Sullivan 14,830 59.7 +3.4
Unionist Alexander Morrice Mackay 8,740 35.2 8.5
Liberal Ernest Young 1,276 5.1 New
Majority 6,090 24.5 +11.9
Turnout 24,846 74.2 5.1
Registered electors 33,505
Labour hold Swing +6.0
General election 1929: Bothwell [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joseph Sullivan 17,006 55.2 1.1
Unionist Helen Shaw 12,077 39.3 4.4
Communist Helen Crawfurd 1,677 5.5 New
Majority 4,929 15.9 +3.3
Turnout 30,760 72.7 6.6
Registered electors 42,312
Labour hold Swing +1.7

Elections in the 1930s

General election 1931: Bothwell [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Helen Shaw 16,571 49.98
Labour Joseph Sullivan 14,423 43.50
Communist Barney McCourt[10] 2,163 6.52
Majority 2,148 6.48
Turnout 33,157 77.71
Unionist gain from Labour Swing
General election 1935: Bothwell [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Welsh 20,900 60.30
Unionist Helen Shaw 13,761 39.70
Majority 7,139 20.60
Turnout 34,661 78.64
Labour gain from Unionist Swing

Elections in the 1940s

General election 1945: Bothwell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Timmons 25,369 65.8 +5.5
Unionist Helen Shaw 13,207 34.2 -5.5
Majority 12,162 31.6 +11.0
Turnout 38,576 73.12 -5.52
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General election 1950: Bothwell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Timmons 25,715 56.7 -9.1
Unionist Norman Cadzow 19,605 43.3 +9.1
Majority 6,110 13.4 -8.2
Turnout 45,320 84.54 +11.42
Labour hold Swing
General election 1951: Bothwell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Timmons 26,529 56.3 -0.4
Unionist Norman Cadzow 20,591 43.7 +0.4
Majority 5,938 12.60 -0.8
Turnout 47,120 85.96 +1.42
Labour hold Swing
General election 1955: Bothwell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Timmons 23,365 54.2 -2.1
Unionist William Graham Greig 19,755 45.8 +2.1
Majority 3,610 8.37 -4.23
Turnout 43,120 78.93 -7.03
Labour hold Swing
General election 1959: Bothwell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Timmons 25,119 54.7 +0.5
Unionist William Graham Greig 20,767 45.3 -0.5
Majority 4,352 9.4 +1.0
Turnout 45,886 82.17 +3.24
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General election 1964: Bothwell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Hamilton 27,556 60.4 +5.7
Conservative James Brown Highgate 18,068 39.6 -5.7
Majority 9,488 20.80 +11.4
Turnout 45,624 80.44 -1.73
Labour hold Swing
General election 1966: Bothwell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Hamilton 27,166 61.0 +0.6
Conservative James Brown Highgate 16,198 36.3 -0.6
Communist Thomas Woods 1,209 2.7 New
Majority 10,968 24.7 +3.9
Turnout 44,573 77.78 -2.66
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General election 1970: Bothwell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Hamilton 26,431 54.7 -6.3
Conservative James Brown Highgate 15,720 32.5 -3.8
SNP Tom McAlpine 6,157 12.8 New
Majority 10,711 22.17 -2.4
Turnout 42,151 75.32 -2.46
Labour hold Swing
General election February 1974: Bothwell[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Hamilton 22,326 46.8 -7.9
Conservative David McAllister 12,725 26.7 -5.8
SNP Gerald Alexander Fisher 6,710 14.1 +1.3
Liberal James Park 5,362 11.2 New
Communist David Bolton 562 1.2 New
Majority 9,601 20.13 -2.04
Turnout 47,685 81.22 +5.90
Labour hold Swing
General election October 1974: Bothwell[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Hamilton 22,086 48.64 +1.82
SNP John McCool 11,138 24.53 +10.46
Conservative David Anderson Roser 8,125 17.89 -8.79
Liberal Terry Grieve 4,057 8.93 -2.31
Majority 10,948 24.11 +3.98
Turnout 45,406 76.50 -4.72
Labour hold Swing -4.32
General election 1979: Bothwell[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Hamilton 26,492 54.97 +6.33
Conservative James Lang Patrick Scott 11,275 23.40 +5.51
Liberal Terry Grieve 5,225 10.84 +1.91
SNP John McCool 5,202 10.79 -13.74
Majority 15,217 31.57 +7.46
Turnout 48,194 78.61 +2.11
Labour hold Swing +0.41

See also


References


  1. "'Bothwell', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Archived from the original on 26 March 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  2. Representation of the People Act 1948, First Schedule
  3. Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  4. Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
  5. The Times, 17 November 1922
  6. The Times, 8 December 1923
  7. Oliver & Boyd's Edinburgh Almanac, 1927
  8. The Times, 29 March 1926
  9. Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  10. Walker, Michael. "McCourt Barney". Graham Stevenson. Archived from the original on 25 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  11. Whitaker's Almanack, 1939