Bodmin (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bodmin
Former borough constituency
for the House of Commons
1295–1885
Number of members1295–1868: two
1868–1885: one
Replaced byBodmin
Bodmin division of Cornwall
Former county constituency
for the House of Commons
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Bodmin in Cornwall 1974-83
18851983
Number of membersOne
Replaced by North Cornwall and South East Cornwall
Created fromBodmin, East Cornwall and Liskeard

Bodmin was the name of a parliamentary constituency in Cornwall from 1295 until 1983. Initially, it was a parliamentary borough, which returned two Members of Parliament to the House of Commons of England and later the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom until the 1868 general election, when its representation was reduced to one member.

Contents

The old borough was abolished with effect from the 1885 general election, but the name was transferred to a county constituency, which elected a single member until the constituency was abolished with effect from the 1983 general election, when the area it then covered was divided between the existing North Cornwall and the new Cornwall South East.

Boundaries

1885–1918: The Boroughs of Bodmin and Liskeard, the Sessional Division of East, South, and West Hundred, part of the Sessional Division of Powder Tywardreath, and the parishes of Bodmin, Helland, and Lanivet.

1918–1950: The Boroughs of Bodmin, Fowey, Liskeard, Lostwithiel, and Saltash, the Urban Districts of Callington, Looe, and Torpoint, the Rural Districts of Liskeard and St Germans, in the Rural District of St Austell the parishes of St Sampson and Tywardreath, and part of the Rural District of Bodmin.

1950–1974: The Boroughs of Bodmin, Fowey, Liskeard, Lostwithiel, and Saltash, the Urban Districts of Looe and Torpoint, the Rural Districts of Liskeard and St Germans, in the Rural District of St Austell the parishes of Lanlivery, Luxulyan, and St Sampson, and in the Rural District of Wadebridge the parishes of Blisland, Cardinham, Helland, Lanhydrock, Lanivet, and Withiel.

1974–1983: The Boroughs of Bodmin, Liskeard, and Saltash, the Urban Districts of Looe and Torpoint, the Rural Districts of Liskeard and St Germans, the Rural Borough of Lostwithiel, in the Rural District of St Austell the parishes of Lanlivery, Luxulyan, and St Sampson, and in the Rural District of Wadebridge and Padstow the parishes of Blisland, Cardinham, Helland, Lanhydrock, Lanivet, and Withiel.

History

Borough constituency (1295–1885)

The borough which was represented from the time of the Model Parliament consisted of the town of Bodmin though not the whole of the parish. Unlike many of the boroughs in Cornwall which were represented in the Unreformed House of Commons, Bodmin was a town of reasonable size and retained some importance; for most purposes, indeed, it was considered the county town of Cornwall. In 1831, the population of the borough was 3,375, and contained 596 houses.

The right to vote, however, was held not by the residents at large but by the town's corporation, consisting of a Mayor, 11 aldermen and 24 common councilmen. Contested elections were quite unknown before the Reform Act, the choice of the two MPs being left entirely to the "patron". However, this power did not arise, as in many rotten boroughs, from the patron being able to coerce the voters; in Bodmin, the patron was expected to meet the public and private expenses of the corporation and its members in return for their acquiescence at election time.

Early in the 18th century, the Robartes family (Earls of Radnor) were the accepted patrons. Their interest was inherited by George Hunt, whose mother was the Robartes heiress, but he ran into difficulties and could not afford to retain complete control. By the 1760s another local magnate, Sir William Irby, secured enough of the town's goodwill to have a say in the choice of one member, while Hunt continued to select the other. In 1816, the patron was Lord de Dunstanville, nominating both MPs, but he found himself so overburdened with debts that he was forced to give it up, and The Marquess of Hertford was induced to take over the patronage, and the corporation's debts.

While the MP was not expected to assume the same financial obligations as the patron, nor to attend to the needs of his constituents in the manner of a modern MP, they were expected to attend the election ball, a high point in the social calendar for the wives and daughters of the otherwise undistinguished corporation members. John Wilson Croker, elected in 1820, described the Bodmin ball as "tumultuous and merry " but "at once tiresome and foolish".

Bodmin retained both its MPs under the Reform Act, but its boundaries were extended to bring in more of Bodmin parish and the whole of the neighbouring parishes of Lanivet, Lanhydrock and Helland. This increased the population to 5,258, although only 252 were qualified to vote.

By the time of the second Reform Act in 1867, Bodmin's electorate was still below 400, and consequently its representation was halved with effect from the 1868 general election. The extension of the franchise more than doubled the electorate, but Bodmin was still far too small to survive as a borough, and was abolished in 1885.

County constituency (1885–1983)

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Bodmin in Cornwall & Devon 1918–1945

The Bodmin constituency from 1885 until 1918, strictly called the South-Eastern or Bodmin Division of Cornwall, covered the whole of the south-east corner of the county, including as well as Bodmin itself the towns of Liskeard, Fowey, Lostwithiel and Saltash. Although predominantly rural, the string of small ports along its coast gave it a maritime as well as agricultural character. Through most of this period the constituency was marginal, the Unionists being helped by the popularity of their candidate Leonard Courtney, who had been Liberal MP for Liskeard when it was still a separate borough before joining the Liberal Unionists when the party split in 1886. Looe and the other fishing ports were predominantly Liberal and Fowey a Unionist stronghold, while the areas within the ambit of Plymouth's dockyards tended to vote against whichever was the sitting government. Another factor was the strength of non-conformist religion, as elsewhere in Cornwall, and this was thought to be the explanation for the Liberal gain in 1906, when agricultural seats elsewhere mostly remained with the Tories.

The boundary changes at the 1918 general election, which established what was now called Cornwall, Bodmin Division, and later Bodmin County Constituency, extended the constituency somewhat towards the centre of the county, taking in Callington and the surrounding district. These boundaries remained essentially unchanged for the remainder of the constituency's existence, except that Fowey was moved into the Truro constituency in 1974. As elsewhere in Cornwall, Labour never established a foothold in Bodmin, and the Liberals remained the main challengers to the Conservatives. The Conservatives held it continuously from 1945 to 1964, and at one point might have considered it a safe seat, but by the mid-1960s the Liberal revival had established it as a Liberal-Conservative marginal, which it remained until its abolition.

The Bodmin constituency ceased to exist as a result of the boundary changes implemented in 1983. Although the bulk of the constituency survived, Bodmin itself had been moved, enforcing a change of name: Bodmin joined North Cornwall, while the rest of the constituency was reunited with Fowey to become South East Cornwall. Bodmin's last Member, Robert Hicks, stood and was elected for the latter constituency.

Members of Parliament

MPs 1295–1640MPs 1640–1868MPs 1868–1983

MPs 1295–1640

ParliamentFirst memberSecond member
1351/52Johannes De Tremayn [1] [a 1]
Parliament of 1386 John Breton II Henry Baudyn
First Parliament of 1388 (Feb) Stephen Bant John Syreston
Second Parliament of 1388 (Sep) John Breton I Henry Baudyn
First Parliament of 1390 (Jan) John Breton I Henry Baudyn
Second Parliament of 1390 (Nov)??
Parliament of 1391 John Breton I Thomas Bere
Parliament of 1393 John Breton I John Drewe
Parliament of 1394??
Parliament of 1395 John Tregoose Thomas Bere
First Parliament of 1397 (Jan) Stephen Trenewith Thomas Bere
Second Parliament of 1397 (Sep) John Trelawny I John Breton I
Parliament of 1399 John Burgh I James Halappe
Parliament of 1401??
Parliament of 1402 John Nicoll William Slingsby
First Parliament of 1404 (Jan)
Second Parliament of 1404 (Oct)
Parliament of 1406 Richard Allet Benedict Burgess
Parliament of 1407 Michael Froden Michael Hoge
Parliament of 1410 Otto Tregonan William Moyle
Parliament of 1411 Otto Tregonan John Wyse
First Parliament of 1413 (Feb)
Second Parliament of 1413 (May) John But Robert Treage
First Parliament of 1414 (Apr) John But Otto Tregonan
Second Parliament of 1414 (Nov) John Clink John But
Parliament of 1415 or 1416 (Mar) Nicholas Jop Otto Tregonan
Parliament of 1416 (Oct)
Parliament of 1417 Otto Tregonan John Trewoofe
Parliament of 1419 Nicholas Bouy John Trewoofe
Parliament of 1420 John Lawhire Robert Treage
First Parliament of 1421 (May) Otto Tregonan David Urban
Second Parliament of 1421 (Dec) William Chentleyn Philip Motty
Parliament of 1437 James Flamank Thomas Lanhergy
Parliament of 1515 John Flamank Thomas Trott
Parliament of 1529 Thomas Treffry I Gilbert Flamank
Parliament of 1545 Thomas Treffry II Henry Chiverton
Parliament of 1547 Henry Chiverton John Caplyn
First Parliament of 1553 (Mar) John Caplyn Ralph Cholmley
Second Parliament of 1553 Henry Chiverton Thomas Mildmay
First Parliament of 1554 (Apr) John Sulyard
Second Parliament of 1554 (Nov) John Courtney Ralph Michell
Parliament of 1555 Thomas Williams Humphrey Cavill
Parliament of 1558 Walter Hungerford John Norreys
Parliament of 1558/9 Nicholas Carminowe Digory Chamond
Parliament of 1562 John Mallett Francis Browne
Parliament of 1563–1567
Parliament of 1571 Humphrey Smith John Kestall
Parliament of 1572–1581 Thomas Cromwell Edmund Pooley
Parliament of 1584–1585 John Audley Gilbert Mitchell
Parliament of 1586–1587 Emmanuel Chamond Brutus Browne
Parliament of 1588–1589 Hugh Beeston
Parliament of 1593 Anthony Bennet Richard Cannock
Parliament of 1597–1598 Sir Bernard Grenville John Herbert
Parliament of 1601 William Lower John Pigot
Parliament of 1604–1611 John Stone Richard Spray
Addled Parliament (1614) Christopher Spray Richard Edgecumbe
Parliament of 1621–1622 Sir John Trevor James Bagge, junior
Happy Parliament (1624–1625) Sir Thomas Stafford Charles Berkeley
Useless Parliament (1625) Henry Jermyn Robert Caesar
Parliament of 1625–1626 Sir Richard Weston
Parliament of 1628–1629 Sir Robert Killigrew Humphrey Nicholls
No Parliament summoned 1629–1640

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MPs 1640–1868

Year1st member1st party2nd member2nd party
April 1640 Richard Prideaux Sir Richard Wynn [2]
November 1640 John Arundell Royalist Anthony Nicholl [3] Parliamentarian
January 1644Arundel disabled from sitting - seat vacant
1648 Thomas Waller
December 1648Waller excluded in Pride's Purge - seat vacantNichols not known to have sat after Pride's Purge
1653Bodmin was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament and the First and Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
January 1659 John Silly William Turner
May 1659 Not represented in the restored Rump
April 1660 Hender Robartes John Silly
1661 Sir John Carew
1679 Nicholas Glynn
1689 Sir John Cutler Bt
1693 Russell Robartes
1695 John Hoblyn Tory
July 1702 John Grobham Howe Tory
December 1702 Francis Robartes
1706 Thomas Herne
1708 John Trevanion [4] Russell Robartes
1710 Francis Robartes
1713 Thomas Sclater
1715 John Legh
1718 Charles Beauclerk
1722 Isaac le Heup Richard West
January 1727 John LaRoche
August 1727 Robert Booth
1733 Sir John Heathcote
1741 Thomas Bludworth
1747 Sir William Irby
1753 George Hunt
1761 John Parker
1762 Sir Christopher Treise
1768 James La Roche
1780 William Masterman
1784 Sir John Morshead Thomas Hunt
1789 George Wilbraham
1790 Roger Wilbraham
1796 John Nesbitt
July 1802 Charles Shaw-Lefevre, sat for Reading Whig
December 1802 Josias du Pre Porcher John Sargent
August 1806 James Topping
November 1806 William Wingfield Tory [5] Davies Giddy, later Gilbert Tory [5]
1807 Sir William Oglander Tory [5]
1812 Charles Bathurst Tory [5]
1818 Thomas Bradyll Tory [5]
1820 John Wilson Croker Tory [5]
1826 Horace Seymour Tory [5]
1832 William Peter Whig [5] [6] Samuel Thomas Spry Whig [5]
1835 Charles Vivian Whig [5] [7] [8]
1837 Conservative [5] [9]
1841 John Dunn Gardner Conservative [5]
1843 Sir Samuel Thomas Spry Conservative [5]
1847 James Wyld Radical [10] [11] [12] Henry Lacy Whig [13] [14]
1852 William Michell Conservative [15] [16] [17] [18] Charles Graves-Sawle Whig
1857 Hon. John Vivian Whig [19] [20] James Wyld Radical [10] [11] [21]
April 1859 Hon. Frederick Leveson-Gower Liberal William Michell Conservative
August 1859 James Wyld Liberal
1868 Representation reduced to one member

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MPs 1868–1983

ElectionMemberParty
1868 Representation reduced to one member
1868 Hon. Frederick Leveson-Gower Liberal
1885 Leonard Courtney Liberal Unionist
1900 Sir Lewis Molesworth Liberal Unionist
1906 Thomas Agar-Robartes Liberal
1906 by-election Freeman Freeman-Thomas Liberal
1910 Cecil Grenfell Liberal
1910 Sir Reginald Pole-Carew Liberal Unionist
1916 by-election Charles Hanson Coalition Conservative
1922 by-election Isaac Foot Liberal
1924 Gerald Harrison Conservative
1929 Isaac Foot Liberal
1935 John Rathbone Conservative
1941 by-election Beatrice Rathbone (later Wright) Conservative
1945 Sir Douglas Marshall Conservative
1964 Peter Bessell Liberal
1970 Robert Hicks Conservative
Feb 1974 Paul Tyler Liberal
Oct 1974 Robert Hicks Conservative
1983 constituency abolished

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Elections

1840s1850s1860s1870s1880s1890s1900s1910s1920s1930s1940s1950s1960s1970s



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Bodmin // South East Cornwall election results

Elections in the 1830s

General election 1830: Bodmin (2 seats) [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Tory Davies Gilbert Unopposed
Tory Horace Seymour Unopposed
Tory hold
Tory hold
General election 1831: Bodmin (2 seats) [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Tory Davies Gilbert Unopposed
Tory Horace Seymour Unopposed
Tory hold
Tory hold
General election 1832: Bodmin (2 seats) [5] [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig William Peter 17143.7N/A
Whig Samuel Thomas Spry 11429.2N/A
Whig Charles Vivian 10627.1N/A
Majority82.0N/A
Turnout 22288.1N/A
Registered electors 252
Whig gain from Tory Swing N/A
Whig gain from Tory Swing N/A
General election 1835: Bodmin (2 seats) [5] [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Charles Vivian 17039.9+12.8
Whig Samuel Thomas Spry 13832.4+3.2
Conservative Edward Eliot 11827.7N/A
Majority204.7+2.7
Turnout 23474.813.3
Registered electors 313
Whig hold Swing N/A
Whig hold Swing N/A
General election 1837: Bodmin (2 seats) [5] [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Charles Vivian 20046.7+6.8
Conservative Samuel Thomas Spry 13030.4+2.7
Whig Carteret John William Ellis [22] 9822.99.5
Turnout 25075.1+0.3
Registered electors 333
Majority7016.4+11.7
Whig hold Swing +2.7
Majority327.5N/A
Conservative gain from Whig Swing +2.7

Elections in the 1840s

General election 1841: Bodmin (2 seats) [5] [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Charles Vivian 22444.724.9
Conservative John Townshend 14228.3+13.1
Conservative Samuel Thomas Spry 13526.9+11.7
Majority8216.4±0.0
Turnout 22761.713.4
Registered electors 368
Whig hold Swing 24.9
Conservative hold Swing +12.8

Vivian succeeded to the peerage, becoming 2nd Baron Vivian and causing a by-election.

By-election, 9 February 1843: Bodmin [5] [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Samuel Thomas Spry 16550.64.6
Whig Charles Graves-Sawle 16149.4+4.7
Majority41.2N/A
Turnout 32680.5+18.8
Registered electors 405
Conservative gain from Whig Swing 4.7
General election 1847: Bodmin (2 seats) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Radical James Wyld 29744.1N/A
Whig Henry Lacy 25938.56.2
Conservative Samuel Thomas Spry 11717.437.8
Turnout 337 (est)83.9 (est)+22.2
Registered electors 401
Majority385.6N/A
Radical gain from Conservative Swing N/A
Majority14221.1+4.7
Whig hold Swing +6.4

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Elections in the 1850s

General election 1852: Bodmin (2 seats) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative William Michell 27338.2+29.5
Whig Charles Graves-Sawle 15722.016.5
Conservative William Henderson [23] 14920.8+12.1
Radical Edward Capel Whitehurst [24] 8211.532.6
Peelite Henry Carr [25] [26] [27] 547.6N/A
Turnout 358 (est)97.4 (est)+13.5
Registered electors 367
Majority11616.2N/A
Conservative gain from Radical Swing +22.9
Majority81.120.0
Whig hold Swing 18.7
General election 1857: Bodmin (2 seats) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig John Vivian 24438.5N/A
Radical James Wyld 19030.0+18.5
Conservative William Michell [28] 16926.711.5
Whig Harvey Lewis [29] [30] 314.9N/A
Turnout 317 (est)81.3 (est)16.1
Registered electors 390
Majority548.5+7.4
Whig hold Swing N/A
Majority213.3N/A
Radical gain from Conservative Swing +15.0
General election 1859: Bodmin (2 seats) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Frederick Leveson-Gower 21537.1N/A
Conservative William Michell 19834.1+7.4
Liberal James Wyld 16728.81.2
Turnout 290 (est)74.4 (est)6.9
Registered electors 390
Majority172.90.4
Liberal hold Swing N/A
Majority315.3N/A
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +4.3

Michell resigned by accepting the office of Steward of the Manor of Northstead, causing a by-election.

By-election, 13 August 1859: Bodmin [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal James Wyld Unopposed
Liberal gain from Conservative

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Elections in the 1860s

General election 1865: Bodmin (2 seats) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Frederick Leveson-Gower 26342.8+5.7
Liberal James Wyld 23838.7+9.9
Conservative Charles Locock Webb [31] 11418.515.6
Majority12420.2+17.3
Turnout 365 (est)91.8 (est)+17.4
Registered electors 397
Liberal hold Swing +6.8
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +8.9

The seat was reduced to one member for the 1868 election.

General election 1868: Bodmin [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Frederick Leveson-Gower 42455.9+13.1
Liberal James Wyld 33444.1+5.4
Majority9011.98.3
Turnout 75885.66.2
Registered electors 886
Liberal hold Swing N/A

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Elections in the 1870s

General election 1874: Bodmin [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Frederick Leveson-Gower 46457.5+1.6
Liberal Charles Eldon Sargeant [32] 23028.5N/A
Conservative Charles Locock Webb [31] 11314.0N/A
Majority23429.0+17.1
Turnout 80784.21.4
Registered electors 959
Liberal hold Swing N/A

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Elections in the 1880s

General election 1880: Bodmin [9] [33]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Frederick Leveson-Gower 41852.74.8
Liberal James Ross Farquharson [34] 37547.3+18.8
Majority435.423.6
Turnout 79387.8+3.6
Registered electors 903
Liberal hold Swing 11.8
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Courtney
General election 1885: Bodmin [35] [36]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Leonard Courtney 4,25457.8+5.1
Conservative Charles Ernest Edgcumbe3,10142.2N/A
Majority1,15315.6+10.2
Turnout 7,35580.37.5
Registered electors 9,158
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General election 1886: Bodmin [35]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Unionist Leonard Courtney 3,76364.2+22.0
Liberal John Abraham [37] 2,10135.822.0
Majority1,66228.4N/A
Turnout 5,86464.016.3
Registered electors 9,158
Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +22.0

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Elections in the 1890s

General election 1892: Bodmin [35]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Unionist Leonard Courtney 3,80951.612.6
Liberal John McDougall 3,57848.4+12.6
Majority2313.225.2
Turnout 7,38779.7+15.7
Registered electors 9,263
Liberal Unionist hold Swing 12.6
General election 1895: Bodmin [35]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Unionist Leonard Courtney 4,03553.6+2.0
Liberal John McDougall 3,49246.42.0
Majority5437.2+4.0
Turnout 7,52778.31.4
Registered electors 9,607
Liberal Unionist hold Swing +2.0

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Elections in the 1900s

General election 1900: Bodmin [35]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Unionist Lewis Molesworth 4,28056.9+3.3
Liberal Thomas Snape 3,24843.13.3
Majority1,03213.8+6.6
Turnout 7,52875.13.2
Registered electors 10,026
Liberal Unionist hold Swing +3.3
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Agar-Robartes
General election 1906: Bodmin [35]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Thomas Agar-Robartes 5,20156.3+13.2
Liberal Unionist H. B. Grylls4,02943.713.2
Majority1,17212.6N/A
Turnout 9,23086.0+10.9
Registered electors 10,731
Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist Swing +13.2
1906 Bodmin by-election
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Freeman Freeman-Thomas 4,96956.20.1
Liberal Unionist George Sandys 3,87643.8+0.1
Majority1,09312.40.2
Turnout 8,84582.43.6
Registered electors 10,731
Liberal hold Swing 0.1

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Elections in the 1910s

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Cecil Grenfell
General election January 1910: Bodmin [35]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Cecil Grenfell 5,13350.26.1
Liberal Unionist Reginald Pole-Carew 5,08349.8+6.1
Majority500.412.2
Turnout 10,21688.4+2.4
Registered electors 11,553
Liberal hold Swing 6.1
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Isaac Foot
General election December 1910 [38]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Unionist Reginald Pole-Carew 5,02150.2+0.4
Liberal Isaac Foot 4,98049.80.4
Majority410.4N/A
Turnout 10,00186.61.8
Registered electors 11,553
Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +0.4

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;

1916 Bodmin by-election
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist Charles Hanson Unopposed
Unionist hold
General election 1918: Bodmin
PartyCandidateVotes%±
C Unionist Charles Hanson 12,22858.4+8.2
Liberal Isaac Foot 8,70541.68.2
Majority3,52316.8+16.4
Turnout 20,93369.117.5
Unionist hold Swing +8.2
Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

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Elections in the 1920s

1922 Bodmin by-election: Bodmin [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Isaac Foot 13,75156.4+14.8
C Unionist Frederick Poole 10,61043.614.8
Majority3.14112.829.6
Turnout 74.8+5.7
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +14.8
Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.
General election 1922: Bodmin [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Isaac Foot 14,29253.43.0
Unionist Frederick Poole 12,46746.6+3.0
Majority1,8256.86.0
Turnout 80.4
Liberal hold Swing 3.0
General election 1923: Bodmin [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Isaac Foot 14,53653.6+0.2
Unionist Frederick Poole 12,57446.40.2
Majority1,9627.2+0.4
Turnout 82.0+1.6
Liberal hold Swing +0.2
General election 1924: Bodmin [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist Gerald Harrison 14,16351.1+4.7
Liberal Isaac Foot 13,54848.94.7
Majority6152.29.4
Turnout 82.4+0.4
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +4.7
General election 1929: Bodmin [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Isaac Foot 16,00246.32.6
Unionist Gerald Harrison 15,08843.77.4
Labour Paul Reed3,43710.0n/a
Majority9142.64.8
Turnout 84.9+2.5
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +2.4

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Elections in the 1930s

General election 1931: Bodmin
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Isaac Foot unopposedn/an/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
General election 1935: Bodmin
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative John Rathbone 17,48550.4n/a
Liberal Isaac Foot 14,73242.4n/a
Labour Harold E. J. Falconer2,4967.2n/a
Majority8.0n/a
Turnout 82.3n/a
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing n/a

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;

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Elections in the 1940s

1941 Bodmin by-election
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Beatrice Rathbone unopposedn/an/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a
General election 1945: Bodmin
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Douglas Marshall 15,39643.8
Liberal John Foot 13,34938.0
Labour Jack Hubert Pitts6,40118.2
Majority2,0475.8
Turnout 76.1
Conservative hold Swing

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Elections in the 1950s

General election 1950: Bodmin
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Douglas Marshall 19,44149.2
Liberal John Foot 11,64929.5
Labour William Royle8,43421.3
Majority7,79219.7
Turnout 84.3
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1951: Bodmin
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Douglas Marshall 20,08650.9+1.7
Liberal T. Stuart Roseveare10,08825.6
Labour William Royle9,24423.5
Majority9,99825.3
Turnout 84.6+0.3
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1955: Bodmin
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Douglas Marshall 17,85849.2
Liberal T. Stuart Roseveare10,19928.0
Labour E. Fraser Wilde8,30422.8
Majority7,65921.2
Turnout 79.5
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1959: Bodmin
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Douglas Marshall 16,85346.0
Liberal Peter Bessell 14,05238.3
Labour Thomas F. Mitchell5,76915.7
Majority2,8017.7
Turnout 81.5
Conservative hold Swing

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Elections in the 1960s

General election 1964: Bodmin
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Peter Bessell 18,04648.6
Conservative Douglas Marshall 14,91040.2
Labour Thomas F. Mitchell4,17211.2
Majority3,1368.45
Turnout 82.7
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
General election 1966: Bodmin
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Peter Bessell 18,14446.6
Conservative John Gorst 16,12141.4
Labour Robert Blank4,67412.0
Majority2,0235.2
Turnout 84.4
Liberal hold Swing

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Elections in the 1970s

General election 1970: Bodmin
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Robert Hicks 20,18748.3
Liberal Paul Tyler 16,26738.9
Labour Alfred F. Long5,35012.8
Majority3,9209.4
Turnout 80.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General election February 1974: Bodmin
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Paul Tyler 20,28344.2
Conservative Robert Hicks 20,27444.2
Labour G. Lonsdale5,32811.61
Majority90.0
Turnout 83.3
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
General election October 1974: Bodmin
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Robert Hicks 20,75645.5
Liberal Paul Tyler 20,09144.0
Labour P. C. Knight4,81410.5
Majority6651.5
Turnout 82.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General election 1979: Bodmin
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Robert Hicks 27,92254.9
Liberal Paul Tyler 17,89335.2
Labour N. Knowles3,5086.9
Mebyon Kernow Roger Holmes8651.7
Ecology C. Retallack4650.9
National Front M. Carter2350.5
Majority10,02919.7
Turnout 82.5
Conservative hold Swing

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Notes

  1. Also member for Helston.

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