East Sussex (UK Parliament constituency)
East Sussex (formally the Eastern division of Sussex) was a parliamentary constituency in the county of Sussex, which returned two Members of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the bloc vote system.
|Former County constituency|
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||two|
It was created under the Great Reform Act for the 1832 general election, when the existing Sussex constituency was divided into two. It consisted of the rapes of Lewes, Pevensey and Hastings, an area broadly similar to but not identical with the modern county of East Sussex. The "place of election", where nominations were taken and the result declared, was Lewes.
East Sussex was abolished for the 1885 general election, being divided between four new single-member county constituencies, Rye, Eastbourne, East Grinstead and Lewes. (Lewes and Rye also absorbed the voters from the abolished boroughs of the same names.)
Members of Parliament
|Year||1st Member||1st Party||2nd Member||2nd Party|
|1832||Hon. Charles Cavendish||Whig||Herbert Barrett Curteis||Whig|
|1846 by-election||Charles Frewen||Conservative|
|March 1857 by-election||Viscount Pevensey||Conservative|
|April 1857||John George Dodson||Whig|
|1865||Lord Edward Cavendish||Liberal|
Elections in the 1830s
|Whig||Herbert Barrett Curteis||1,941||38.8|
|Whig win (new seat)|
|Whig win (new seat)|
|Whig||Herbert Barrett Curteis||Unopposed|
|Whig||Herbert Barrett Curteis||1,619||21.8|
|Conservative gain from Whig|
Elections in the 1840s
|Turnout||c. 3,378||c. 63.1||c. −17.5|
|Conservative gain from Whig||Swing||+15.9|
Darby resigned after being appointed a Commissioner of Inclosures, causing a by-election.
Elections in the 1850s
|Turnout||3,702 (est)||69.9 (est)||N/A|
Frewen resigned by accepting the office of Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds, causing a by-election.
|Whig||William Henry Frederick Cavendish||2,286||24.1||+9.9|
|Turnout||4,737 (est)||77.5 (est)||+7.6|
|Whig gain from Conservative||Swing||+11.8|
Elections in the 1860s
|Conservative||Reginald Abbot, 3rd Baron Colchester||2,316||22.6||N/A|
|Turnout||5,124 (est)||76.8 (est)||N/A|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Turnout||7,111 (est)||75.8 (est)||−1.0|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+1.5|
Elections in the 1870s
Elections in the 1880s
|Turnout||7,384 (est)||72.3 (est)||N/A|
- "The statutes of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. 2 & 3 William IV. Cap. LXIV. An Act to settle and describe the Divisions of Counties, and the Limits of Cities and Boroughs, in England and Wales, in so far as respects the Election of Members to serve in Parliament". London: His Majesty's statute and law printers. 1832. pp. 300–383. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
- Stooks Smith, Henry (1845). The Parliaments of England, from 1st George I., to the Present Time. Vol II: Oxfordshire to Wales Inclusive. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. p. 75. Retrieved 3 June 2019 – via Google Books.
- Churton, Edward (1836). The Assembled Commons or Parliamentary Biographer: 1836. pp. 39, 51. Retrieved 3 June 2019 – via Google Books.
- "Sussex Agricultural Express". 4 April 1857. p. 6. Retrieved 18 August 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (e-book)
|url=(help) (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. pp. 470–471. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3.
- "East Sussex Election, April, 1857". Sussex Advertiser. 21 April 1857. p. 1. Retrieved 18 August 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "Berkshire". Daily News. 1 April 1880. p. 3. Retrieved 22 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)
- F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (2nd edition, Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services, 1989)