Nantwich (UK Parliament constituency)


Nantwich was a parliamentary constituency in Cheshire which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected using the first-past-the-post voting system.

Nantwich
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Nantwich in Cheshire, boundaries 1974-83
CountyCheshire
19551983
Number of membersOne
Replaced byCrewe & Nantwich, Eddisbury and Congleton[1]
Created fromCrewe and Northwich

History


Nantwich was created for the 1955 general election from parts of the Crewe and Northwich constituencies.

It was abolished following the reorganisation of local authorities in 1974 by the Third Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies for the 1983 general election, when it was divided between the re-established constituency of Eddisbury and the new constituencies of Crewe and Nantwich, and Congleton.

Boundaries


1955–1974: The Urban Districts of Middlewich, Nantwich, and Winsford, and parts of the Rural Districts of Nantwich, Northwich, and Tarvin.[2]

The Urban District and the bulk of the Rural District of Nantwich were transferred from Crewe. Middlewich, Winsford, the southern part of the Rural District of Tarvin (including Malpas) and a small part of the Rural District of Northwich were transferred from Northwich.

1974–1983: As prior, with very minor changes to the boundaries.[2]

From 1 April 1974 until the constituency was abolished at the next boundary review which came into effect for the 1983 general election, the constituency comprised parts of the expanded City of Chester and newly formed Boroughs of Crewe and Nantwich, and Vale Royal, but its boundaries were unchanged.

On abolition, Nantwich and surrounding rural areas were included in Crewe and Nantwich; Malpas and Winsford in Eddisbury; and Middlewich in Congleton.

Members of Parliament


ElectionMemberParty
1955 Robert Grant-Ferris Conservative
Feb 1974 John Cockcroft Conservative
1979 Nicholas Bonsor Conservative
1983 constituency abolished: see Eddisbury & Crewe and Nantwich

Elections


Elections in the 1970s

General election 1979: Nantwich[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nicholas Bonsor 25,624 50.3 +6.6
Labour D. Shaw 17,919 35.2 -1.3
Liberal C. Walsh 6,571 12.9 -6.9
National Front J. Green 814 1.6 New
Majority 7,705 15.1 +7.9
Turnout 50,928 79.3 +3.1
Conservative hold Swing
General election October 1974: Nantwich[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Cockroft 20,395 43.7 +0.3
Labour Adrian Bailey 17,021 36.5 +3.5
Liberal H. Glidewell 9,209 19.8 -3.8
Majority 3,374 7.2 -3.2
Turnout 46,625 76.2 -5.3
Conservative hold Swing
General election February 1974: Nantwich[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Cockroft 21,474 43.4 -2.8
Labour Adrian Bailey 16,306 33.0 -1.3
Liberal H. Glidewell 11,668 23.6 +4.1
Majority 5,168 10.4 -1.5
Turnout 49,448 81.5 +4.0
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1970: Nantwich[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Grant-Ferris 20,397 46.2 +2.4
Labour David Beetham 15,124 34.3 -4.6
Liberal Roger Cuss 8,595 19.5 +1.1
Majority 5,273 11.9 +6.0
Turnout 44,116 77.5 -1.8
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General election 1966: Nantwich[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Grant-Ferris 16,543 43.8 +0.4
Labour Anthony Kean 14,310 37.9 +3.5
Liberal David Green 6,950 18.4 -4.9
Majority 2,233 5.9 -11.1
Turnout 37,803 79.3 -2.3
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1964: Nantwich[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Grant-Ferris 17,171 43.4 -3.9
Labour James Golding 11,254 30.4 +0.6
Liberal David Green 8,613 23.3 +1.4
Majority 5,917 16.0 -2.5
Turnout 37,038 81.6 -2.0
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General election 1959: Nantwich[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Grant-Ferris 17,613 48.3 -12.8
Labour Leslie Knight 10,876 29.8 -9.1
Liberal Guy Harvey 7,983 21.9 New
Majority 6,737 18.5 -3.7
Turnout 36,472 83.6 +6.0
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1955: Nantwich[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Grant-Ferris 20,250 61.1
Labour Leslie Knight 12,884 38.9
Majority 7,366 22.2
Turnout 33,134 77.6
Conservative win (new seat)

See also


References


  1. "'Nantwich', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Archived from the original on 3 April 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  2. Craig, Fred W. S. (1972). Boundaries of parliamentary constituencies 1885-1972. Chichester: Political Reference Publications. ISBN 0-900178-09-4. OCLC 539011.
  3. UK General Election results May 1979
  4. UK General Election results October 1974
  5. UK General Election results February 1974
  6. UK General Election Results 1970
  7. The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1970.
  8. UK General Election results March 1966
  9. The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1966.
  10. UK General Election results October 1964
  11. The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1964.
  12. UK General Election results October 1959
  13. The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1959.
  14. UK General Election results May 1955
  15. The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1955.