Clitheroe (UK Parliament constituency)

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Clitheroe
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Clitheroe1974Constituency.svg
Clitheroe in Lancashire, showing boundaries used from 1974-1983
County Lancashire
18851983
Number of members1
Replaced by Ribble Valley, Burnley, Hyndburn and Pendle [1]
1559–1885
Number of members1559–1832: Two
1832–1885: One
Type of constituency Borough constituency

Clitheroe was a parliamentary constituency in Lancashire.

Contents

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.

Boundaries

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.

Members of Parliament

Borough of Clitheroe

MPs 1559–1660

ParliamentFirst memberSecond member
1559 (Jan) Thomas Greenacres Walter Horton [2]
1563 (Jan) Thomas Greenacres John Jeffrey [2]
1571 Richard Greenacres George Horsey [2]
1572 William Wynter Thomas Docwray [2]
1584 Michael Purefoy Alexander Fisher [2]
1586 Edmund Poley John Walmesley [2]
1588 (Oct) Robert Pilkington John White [2]
1593 William Twysden John Chamberlain [2]
1597 (Oct) William Holte George Rotheram [2]
1601 (Oct) John Osbaldestone Anthony Dering [2]
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
1629-1640No 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
1653–1660Clitheroe not represented in Barebones or Protectorate Parliaments

MPs 1660–1832

Two members returned to Parliament

YearFirst member [3] First party [4] Second memberSecond party
Apr 1660 Sir Ralph Assheton William White
Jul 1660 William Hulton
Apr 1661 John Heath
1662 Ambrose Pudsay
1675 Sir Thomas Stringer
1679 Sir Ralph Assheton
1680 Henry Marsden
1685 Lord Strange Edmund Assheton
1689 Anthony Parker Christopher Wilkinson
1690 Roger Kenyon
1693 Fitton Gerard
1695 Christopher Lister Ambrose Pudsay
1698 Thomas Stringer
1701 Ambrose Pudsay
1705 Edward Harvey
1707 Daniel Harvey
1708 Christopher Parker
Apr 1713 Thomas Lister I
Sep 1713 Charles Zedenno Stanley
1715 Edward Harvey
1722 Nathaniel Curzon
1727 The Viscount Galway
1734 William Curzon
1745 Thomas Lister II
1747 Nathaniel Curzon
1754 Assheton Curzon Tory
Dec 1761 by-election Nathaniel Lister Tory
1773 by-election Thomas Lister III Tory
1780 John Parker 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

MPs 1832–1885

ElectionMember [3] Party
1832 representation reduced to one member
1832 John Fort Whig [4] [5]
1841 [6] Mathew Wilson Whig [7] [8] [9] [4]
1842 [6] Edward Cardwell Conservative [4]
1847 Mathew Wilson Whig [7] [8] [9] [4]
May 1853 by-election [10] John Aspinall Conservative
Aug 1853 by-election [10] Le Gendre Starkie Peelite [11] [12] [13]
1857 John Turner Hopwood Conservative [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20]
1865 Richard Fort Liberal
1868 by-election Ralph Assheton Conservative
1880 Richard Fort Liberal
1885 Parliamentary borough abolished. Name transferred to new county division

Clitheroe division of Lancashire

MPs 1885–1983

ElectionMember [3] Party
1885 Sir Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth Liberal
1902 by-election David Shackleton Labour
1910 Albert Smith Labour
1918 Alfred Davies Labour
1922 Sir William Brass Conservative
1945 Harry Randall Labour
1950 Richard Fort Conservative
1959 Sir Francis Pearson Conservative
1970 David Walder Conservative
1979 by-election David Waddington Conservative
1983 constituency abolished: see Ribble Valley

Election results

Elections in the 1970s

General election 1979: Clitheroe
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative David Waddington 25,08157.1+9.1
Labour Lindsay R. Sutton13,50230.70.5
Liberal Frank Wilson5,36212.28.6
Majority11,57926.3
Turnout 43,94580.7+2.1
Conservative hold Swing
1979 Clitheroe by-election
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative David Waddington 22,18565.0+17.0
Labour Lindsay R. Sutton9,68528.42.8
Liberal Frank Wilson2,2426.614.2
Majority12,50036.6+19.8
Turnout 34,112
Conservative hold Swing +9.9
General election October 1974: Clitheroe
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative David Walder 19,64348.0+0.2
Labour Barry McColgan12,77531.2+3.2
Liberal C. William Roberts8,50320.83.4
Majority6,86816.83.0
Turnout 40,92178.65.0
Conservative hold Swing 1.5
General election February 1974: Clitheroe
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative David Walder 20,61347.83.8
Labour Michael Walsh12,08528.07.8
Liberal C. William Roberts10,43824.2+11.6
Majority8,52819.8
Turnout 43,13683.7+4.4
Conservative hold Swing +2.0
General election 1970: Clitheroe
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative David Walder 20,43051.6+5.5
Labour Kenneth C Bodfish14,15835.84.3
Liberal Vera Ida Macmillan4,96512.61.2
Majority6,27215.9
Turnout 39,55379.34.3
Conservative hold Swing +4.9

Elections in the 1960s

General election 1966: Clitheroe
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Francis Pearson 17,24446.12.7
Labour Robert Hodge15,01440.1+2.6
Liberal Vera Ida Macmillan5,16813.8+0.1
Majority2,2306.0
Turnout 37,42683.51.8
Conservative hold Swing 2.7
General election 1964: Clitheroe
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Francis Pearson 18,55948.89.3
Labour Doug Hoyle 14,27837.54.4
Liberal Martin Strange5,20913.7N/A
Majority4,28111.3
Turnout 38,04685.31.3
Conservative hold Swing 2.5

Elections in the 1950s

General election 1959: Clitheroe
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Francis Pearson 22,31458.1+1.6
Labour William Rutter16,10341.91.6
Majority6,21116.2
Turnout 38,41786.6+1.3
Conservative hold Swing +1.6
General election 1955: Clitheroe
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Richard Fort 21,61556.5+1.2
Labour William Rutter16,67143.51.2
Majority4,94412.9
Turnout 38,28685.34.8
Conservative hold Swing +1.2
General election 1951: Clitheroe
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Richard Fort 23,00755.3+5.7
Labour Harold Bradley 18,58244.7+0.9
Majority4,42510.6
Turnout 41,58990.11.6
Conservative hold Swing +2.4
General election 1950: Clitheroe
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Richard Fort 20,81449.6
Labour Harry Randall 18,35943.8
Liberal James Willie Wyers2,7656.6
Majority2,4555.9
Turnout 41,93891.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1940s

General election 1945: Clitheroe
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Harry Randall 19,44353.65
Conservative Richard Fort 16,79646.35
Majority2,6477.30
Turnout 36,23983.41
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1930s

General election 1935: Clitheroe
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative William Brass 21,16354.86
Labour Stan Awbery 17,41145.14
Majority3,7529.73
Turnout 38,57487.68
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1931: Clitheroe
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative William Brass 24,36162.02
Labour Stan Awbery 14,92037.98
Majority9,44124.03
Turnout 39,28183.40
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s

General election 1929: Clitheroe [21]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist William Brass 16,03540.713.5
Labour William Dobbie 15,59239.56.3
Liberal Charles Norman Glidewell7,82619.8N/A
Majority4431.27.2
Turnout 39,45391.5+2.9
Registered electors 43,113
Unionist hold Swing 3.6
General election 1924: Clitheroe [21]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist William Brass 16,63754.2+11.3
Labour Derwent Hall Caine 14,04145.8+7.9
Majority2,5968.4+3.4
Turnout 30,67888.6+0.4
Registered electors 34,617
Unionist hold Swing +1.7
General election 1923: Clitheroe [21]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist William Brass 12,99842.911.8
Labour Alfred Davies 11,46937.97.4
Liberal Harold Derbyshire 5,81019.2N/A
Majority1,5295.04.4
Turnout 30,27788.2+2.9
Registered electors 34,329
Unionist hold Swing 2.2
General election 1922: Clitheroe [21]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist William Brass 15,58654.7+15.4
Labour Alfred Davies 12,91145.3+0.7
Majority2,6759.4N/A
Turnout 28,49785.3+18.8
Registered electors 33,393
Unionist gain from Labour Swing +7.4

Elections in the 1910s

General election 1918: Clitheroe [21] [22]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Alfred Davies 9,57844.623.1
Unionist Edwin Leach Hartley8,41939.3+7.0
C Liberal James Henley Batty3,44316.1N/A
Majority1,1595.330.1
Turnout 21,44066.513.5
Registered electors 32,222
Labour hold Swing 15.1
Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.
General election December 1910: Clitheroe [23]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Albert Smith 12,10767.7+0.4
Conservative J.J. Blayney5,78332.30.4
Majority6,32435.4+0.8
Turnout 17,89080.012.1
Registered electors 22,368
Labour hold Swing +0.4
General election January 1910: Clitheroe [23]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour David Shackleton 13,87367.38.6
Conservative T. Smith6,72732.7N/A
Majority7,14634.617.2
Turnout 20,60092.1+15.1
Registered electors 22,368
Labour hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1900s

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1906 general election: Clitheroe [23]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Repr. Cmte. David Shackleton 12,03575.9N/A
Ind. Conservative B.J. Belton3,82824.1N/A
Majority8,20751.8N/A
Turnout 15,86377.0N/A
Registered electors 20,613
Labour Repr. Cmte. gain from Liberal Swing N/A
Clitheroe by-election, 1 August 1902 [24] [23]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Repr. Cmte. David Shackleton Unopposed
Labour Repr. Cmte. gain from Liberal
1900 general election: Clitheroe [23] [25]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth Unopposed
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1890s

1895 general election: Clitheroe [23] [25]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth Unopposed
Liberal hold
1892 general election: Clitheroe [25] [23]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth 7,65758.2N/A
Liberal Unionist William Briggs 5,50641.8N/A
Majority2,15116.4N/A
Turnout 13,16386.5N/A
Registered electors 15,212
Liberal hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1880s

General election 1886: Clitheroe [23] [25]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth Unopposed
Liberal hold
By-election, 19 Apr 1886: Clitheroe [23]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth Unopposed
Liberal hold
1885 general election: Clitheroe [25] [23]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth 6,82160.5+5.5
Conservative John Thursby 4,46239.55.5
Majority2,35921.0+11.0
Turnout 11,28388.95.9
Registered electors 12,698
Liberal hold Swing +5.5
1880 general election: Clitheroe [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Richard Fort 1,07855.0+7.7
Conservative Ralph Assheton 88245.07.7
Majority19610.0N/A
Turnout 1,96094.80.2
Registered electors 2,068
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +7.7

Elections in the 1870s

1874 general election: Clitheroe [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Ralph Assheton 89652.7+0.4
Liberal Edward Ebenezer Kay [27] 80447.30.4
Majority925.4+0.8
Turnout 1,70095.0+3.9
Registered electors 1,790
Conservative hold Swing +0.4

Elections in the 1860s

1868 general election: Clitheroe [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Ralph Assheton 76052.3N/A
Liberal Charles Savile Roundell 69347.7N/A
Majority674.6N/A
Turnout 1,45391.1N/A
Registered electors 1,595
Conservative gain from Liberal
By-election, 13 Jul 1868: Clitheroe [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Ralph Assheton Unopposed
Conservative gain from Liberal
1865 general election: Clitheroe [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Richard Fort Unopposed
Registered electors 438
Liberal gain from Conservative

Elections in the 1850s

1859 general election: Clitheroe [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative John Turner Hopwood Unopposed
Registered electors 469
Conservative hold
1857 general election: Clitheroe [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative John Turner Hopwood Unopposed
Registered electors 457
Conservative gain from Whig
By-election, 23 August 1853: Clitheroe [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Peelite Le Gendre Starkie 21651.3+5.5
Whig Jonathan Peel [28] [12] 20548.75.5
Majority112.6N/A
Turnout 42192.3+1.2
Registered electors 456
Peelite gain from Whig Swing +5.5
By-election, 28 May 1853: Clitheroe [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative John Aspinall 21550.8+5.0
Whig Richard Fort [31] 20849.25.0
Majority71.7N/A
Turnout 42392.8+1.7
Registered electors 456
Conservative gain from Whig Swing +5.0
1852 general election: Clitheroe [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Mathew Wilson 22154.2N/A
Conservative John Aspinall 18745.8N/A
Majority348.3N/A
Turnout 40891.1N/A
Registered electors 448
Whig hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1840s

1847 general election: Clitheroe [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Mathew Wilson Unopposed
Registered electors 504
Whig hold

Wilson's election at the 1841 general election was declared void and Cardwell was declared elected on 21 March 1842.

1841 general election: Clitheroe [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Mathew Wilson 17550.7
Conservative Edward Cardwell 17049.3
Majority51.4
Turnout 34589.1
Registered electors 387
Whig hold Swing

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