|Former County constituency |
for the House of Commons
Clitheroe in Lancashire, showing boundaries used from 1974-1983
|Number of members||1|
|Replaced by||Ribble Valley, Burnley, Hyndburn and Pendle|
|Number of members||1559–1832: Two|
|Type of constituency||Borough constituency|
Clitheroe was a parliamentary constituency in Lancashire.
The town of Clitheroe was first enfranchised as a parliamentary borough in 1559, returning two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons of England until 1707, then to the House of Commons of Great Britain until 1800, and finally to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom until 1832. The borough's representation was reduced to one MP by the Reform Act 1832.
The parliamentary borough was abolished under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, and the name transferred to a new county division with effect from the 1885 general election. The county division returned one MP until it was abolished for the 1983 general election. It was then largely replaced by the new Ribble Valley constituency.
1885–1918: The Boroughs of Clitheroe and Burnley, the Sessional Division of Colne, and parts of the Sessional Divisions of Clitheroe and Burnley.
1918–1950: The Borough of Clitheroe, the Urban Districts of Great Harwood and Padiham, the Rural District of Clitheroe, and part of the Rural District of Burnley.
1950–1983: The Borough of Clitheroe, the Urban Districts of Great Harwood, Longridge, and Padiham, the Rural Districts of Burnley and Clitheroe, and in the Rural District of Preston the parishes of Dutton, Hothersall, and Ribchester.
|Parliament||First member||Second member|
|1559 (Jan)||Thomas Greenacres||Walter Horton|
|1563 (Jan)||Thomas Greenacres||John Jeffrey|
|1571||Richard Greenacres||George Horsey|
|1572||William Wynter||Thomas Docwray|
|1584||Michael Purefoy||Alexander Fisher|
|1586||Edmund Poley||John Walmesley|
|1588 (Oct)||Robert Pilkington||John White|
|1593||William Twysden||John Chamberlain|
|1597 (Oct)||William Holte||George Rotheram|
|1601 (Oct)||John Osbaldestone||Anthony Dering|
|1604||Sir John Dormer||Martin Lister|
|1614||Sir Gilbert Hoghton, 2nd Baronet||Clement Coke|
|1621-1622||Sir Thomas Walmsley||William Fanshawe|
|1624||William Fanshawe||Ralph Whitfield|
|1625||Ralph Assheton||William Fanshawe|
|Jan 1626||Ralph Assheton||George Kirke|
|Apr 1626||Ralph Assheton||Christopher Hatton|
|1628||Thomas Jermyn||William Newell|
|1629-1640||No Parliament summoned|
|1640 (Apr)||Sir Ralph Assheton||Richard Shuttleworth, jnr|
|1640 (Nov)||Sir Ralph Assheton||Richard Shuttleworth, jnr|
|1645||Sir Ralph Assheton||Richard Shuttleworth, jnr|
|1648||Richard Shuttleworth, jnr|
|1653–1660||Clitheroe not represented in Barebones or Protectorate Parliaments|
Two members returned to Parliament
|Year||First member||First party||Second member||Second party|
|Apr 1660||Sir Ralph Assheton||William White|
|Jul 1660||William Hulton|
|Apr 1661||John Heath|
|1675||Sir Thomas Stringer|
|1679||Sir Ralph Assheton|
|1685||Lord Strange||Edmund Assheton|
|1689||Anthony Parker||Christopher Wilkinson|
|1695||Christopher Lister||Ambrose Pudsay|
|Apr 1713||Thomas Lister I|
|Sep 1713||Charles Zedenno Stanley|
|1727||The Viscount Galway|
|1745||Thomas Lister II|
|Dec 1761 by-election||Nathaniel Lister||Tory|
|1773 by-election||Thomas Lister III||Tory|
|1782 by-election||John Lee||Tory|
|1790||Sir John Aubrey, Bt||Tory||Penn Curzon||Tory|
|1792 by-election||Assheton Curzon||Tory|
|1795 by-election||Richard Erle-Drax-Grosvenor||Tory|
|1796||Lord Edward Bentinck||Tory||Hon. Robert Curzon||Tory|
|1802||Hon. John Cust||Tory|
|1808 by-election||James Gordon||Tory|
|Oct 1812||Viscount Castlereagh||Tory|
|Dec 1812 by-election||Edward Wilbraham-Bootle||Tory|
|1818||Hon. William Cust||Tory|
|1822 by-election||Henry Porcher||Tory|
|1826||Hon. Peregrine Cust||Tory|
|1831||Hon. Robert Curzon||Tory|
|1832||representation reduced to one member|
|May 1853 by-election||John Aspinall||Conservative|
|Aug 1853 by-election||Le Gendre Starkie||Peelite|
|1857||John Turner Hopwood||Conservative|
|1868 by-election||Ralph Assheton||Conservative|
|1885||Parliamentary borough abolished. Name transferred to new county division|
|1885||Sir Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth||Liberal|
|1902 by-election||David Shackleton||Labour|
|1922||Sir William Brass||Conservative|
|1959||Sir Francis Pearson||Conservative|
|1979 by-election||David Waddington||Conservative|
|1983||constituency abolished: see Ribble Valley|
|Labour||Lindsay R. Sutton||13,502||30.7||−0.5|
|Labour||Lindsay R. Sutton||9,685||28.4||−2.8|
|Liberal||C. William Roberts||8,503||20.8||−3.4|
|Liberal||C. William Roberts||10,438||24.2||+11.6|
|Labour||Kenneth C Bodfish||14,158||35.8||−4.3|
|Liberal||Vera Ida Macmillan||4,965||12.6||−1.2|
|Liberal||Vera Ida Macmillan||5,168||13.8||+0.1|
|Liberal||James Willie Wyers||2,765||6.6|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Liberal||Charles Norman Glidewell||7,826||19.8||N/A|
|Labour||Derwent Hall Caine||14,041||45.8||+7.9|
|Unionist gain from Labour||Swing||+7.4|
|Unionist||Edwin Leach Hartley||8,419||39.3||+7.0|
|C||Liberal||James Henley Batty||3,443||16.1||N/A|
|Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
|Labour Repr. Cmte.||David Shackleton||12,035||75.9||N/A|
|Ind. Conservative||B.J. Belton||3,828||24.1||N/A|
|Labour Repr. Cmte. gain from Liberal||Swing||N/A|
|Labour Repr. Cmte.||David Shackleton||Unopposed|
|Labour Repr. Cmte. gain from Liberal|
|Liberal Unionist||William Briggs||5,506||41.8||N/A|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+7.7|
|Liberal||Edward Ebenezer Kay||804||47.3||−0.4|
|Liberal||Charles Savile Roundell||693||47.7||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Liberal|
|Conservative gain from Liberal|
|Liberal gain from Conservative|
|Conservative||John Turner Hopwood||Unopposed|
|Conservative||John Turner Hopwood||Unopposed|
|Conservative gain from Whig|
|Peelite||Le Gendre Starkie||216||51.3||+5.5|
|Peelite gain from Whig||Swing||+5.5|
|Conservative gain from Whig||Swing||+5.0|
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