Flintshire (UK Parliament constituency)

Last updated
Flintshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Preserved county Flintshire
1542–1950
Number of membersOne
Replaced by East Flintshire and West Flintshire

Flintshire was a parliamentary constituency in North-East Wales which generally returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons, latterly that of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, from 1542 until it was abolished for the 1950 general election.

Contents

Boundaries

From its creation in 1542 until 1918, the constituency consisted of the historic county of Flintshire in north-east Wales. The seat should not be confused with the borough constituency of Flint or that of Flint Boroughs, which together existed from the 16th century until 1918.

In 1889 an administrative county of Flintshire was created. This formed the basis of the constituency which existed from 1918 until 1950, when the county was split between East and West divisions.

Members of Parliament

Before 1604

ParliamentMember
1545 Peter Mostyn [1]
1547 George Wood [1]
1553 (Mar) Sir Thomas Hanmer [1]
1553 (Oct) Robert Massey [1]
1554 (Apr) William Mostyn [1]
1554 (Nov) William Mostyn [1]
1555 Robert Massey [1]
1558 John Conway [1]
1559 John Griffith [2]
1562/3 George Ravenscroft [2]
1571 John Griffith [2]
1572 William Mostyn, died
and replaced Feb 1577 by
Thomas Mostyn [2]
1584 John Hope [2]
1586 William Ravenscroft [2]
1588 Roger Puleston [2]
1593 Thomas Hanmer [2]
1597 William Ravenscroft [2]
1601 William Ravenscroft [2]

1604–1950

YearMember
1604 Roger Puleston
1614 Robert Ravenscroft
1621 Sir Roger Mostyn
1624 Sir John Hanmer, 1st Baronet died
and replaced 1624 by
Sir John Trevor
1625 Sir John Trevor
1626 John Salusbury
1628 Robert Jones
1629–1640No Parliaments summoned
1640 John Mostyn
1640 John Mostyn, disabled[ clarification needed ] 1643
1646 John Trevor
1653Flintshire not represented in Barebones Parliament
YearFirst MemberSecond Member
Two members in first and second Protectorate Parliaments
1654 John Trevor Andrew Ellice
1656 John Trevor Sir John Glynne
YearNameParty
1659 John Trevor
1660 Kenrick Eyton
1661 Sir Henry Conway
1669 Sir Thomas Hanmer
1678 Mutton Davies
1681 Sir John Hanmer, 3rd Baronet
1685 Sir John Conway
1689 Sir Roger Puleston Whig
1695 Sir John Conway Tory
1701 Sir Roger Mostyn Tory
1702 Sir Thomas Hanmer Tory
1705 Sir John Conway Tory
1708 Sir Roger Mostyn Tory
1713 Sir John Conway Tory
1715 Sir Roger Mostyn
1734 Sir Thomas Mostyn, 4th Baronet
1741 Sir John Glynne
1747 Sir Thomas Mostyn, 4th Baronet
1758 Sir Roger Mostyn
1796 Sir Thomas Mostyn Whig [3]
1797 John Lloyd Tory [3]
1799 Sir Thomas Mostyn Whig [3]
1831 Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Whig [3] [4] [5] [6]
1837 Sir Stephen Glynne Conservative [3]
1841 Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Whig [3] [4] [5] [6]
1842 Sir Stephen Glynne Conservative [3]
1847 Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Whig [3] [4] [5] [6]
1854 Thomas Lloyd-Mostyn Whig [7]
1859 Liberal
1861 Lord Richard Grosvenor Liberal
1886 Samuel Smith Liberal
1906 Herbert Lewis Liberal
1918 Thomas Henry Parry Liberal
1924 Ernest Roberts Conservative
1929 Frederick Llewellyn-Jones Liberal
1931 Liberal National
1932 Liberal
1935 Gwilym Rowlands Conservative
1945 Nigel Birch Conservative
Constituency divided into East and West Flintshire in 1950

Elections

Elections in the 1830s

General election 1830: Flintshire [3] [8]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Whig Thomas Mostyn Unopposed
Registered electors c.1,200
Whig hold
General election 1831: Flintshire [3] [8]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Whig Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Unopposed
Registered electors c.1,200
Whig hold
General election 1832: Flintshire [3] [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Whig Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Unopposed
Registered electors 1,271
Whig hold
General election 1835: Flintshire [3] [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Whig Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Unopposed
Registered electors 1,344
Whig hold
General election 1837: Flintshire [9] [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Conservative Stephen Glynne 945 51.1
Whig Edward Lloyd-Mostyn 90548.9
Majority402.2
Turnout 1,85084.5
Registered electors 2,189
Conservative gain from Whig

Elections in the 1840s

General election 1841: Flintshire [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Edward Lloyd-Mostyn 1,234 50.9 +2.0
Conservative Stephen Glynne 1,19249.12.0
Majority421.8N/A
Turnout 2,42681.92.6
Registered electors 2,963
Whig gain from Conservative Swing +2.0

Following the election, Lloyd-Mostyn's election was declared void and Glynne was elected after scrutiny on 23 May 1842.

General election 1847: Flintshire [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Unopposed
Registered electors 3,141
Whig hold

Elections in the 1850s

General election 1852: Flintshire [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Edward Lloyd-Mostyn 1,276 58.4 N/A
Conservative Edmund Peel [10] 91041.6N/A
Majority36616.7N/A
Turnout 2,18675.1N/A
Registered electors 2,912
Whig hold Swing N/A

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

By-election, 8 May 1854: Flintshire [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Thomas Lloyd-Mostyn Unopposed
Whig hold
General election 1857: Flintshire [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Thomas Lloyd-Mostyn 1,171 57.2 1.2
Conservative Stephen Glynne 87642.8+1.2
Majority29514.42.3
Turnout 2,04772.13.0
Registered electors 2,840
Whig hold Swing 1.2
General election 1859: Flintshire [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Thomas Lloyd-Mostyn Unopposed
Registered electors 2,896
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1860s

Mostyn's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 30 May 1861: Flintshire [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Richard Grosvenor 1,168 57.4 N/A
Conservative Hugh Robert Hughes [11] 86842.6N/A
Majority30014.7N/A
Turnout 2,03670.5N/A
Registered electors 2,887
Liberal hold
General election 1865: Flintshire [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Richard Grosvenor Unopposed
Registered electors 2,998
Liberal hold
General election 1868: Flintshire [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Richard Grosvenor Unopposed
Registered electors 4,150
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1870s

Grosvenor was appointed Vice-Chamberlain of the Household, requiring a by-election.

By-election, 2 Mar 1872: Flintshire [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Richard Grosvenor Unopposed
Liberal hold
General election 1874: Flintshire [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Richard Grosvenor Unopposed
Registered electors 3,907
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1880s

General election 1880: Flintshire [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Richard Grosvenor Unopposed
Registered electors 4,794
Liberal hold
General election 1885: Flintshire [12]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Richard Grosvenor 4,758 60.3 N/A
Conservative Henry Lloyd-Mostyn 3,13239.7N/A
Majority1,62620.6N/A
Turnout 7,89078.3N/A
Registered electors 10,081
Liberal hold Swing N/A

Grosvenor's resignation caused a by-election.

Samuel Smith Samuel Smith.jpg
Samuel Smith
By-election, 2 Mar 1886: Flintshire [12]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Samuel Smith 4,248 60.8 +0.5
Conservative Philip Pennant Pennant [13] 2,73839.2-0.5
Majority1,51021.6+1.0
Turnout 6,98669.3-9.0
Registered electors 10,081
Liberal hold Swing +0.5
General election 1886: Flintshire [12]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Samuel Smith Unopposed
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1890s

Robert Cunliffe Robert Cunliffe.jpg
Robert Cunliffe
General election 1892: Flintshire [12]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Samuel Smith 4,597 59.4 N/A
Liberal Unionist Robert Cunliffe 3,14540.6N/A
Majority1,45218.8N/A
Turnout 7,74276.8N/A
Registered electors 10,075
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General election 1895: Flintshire [12]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Samuel Smith 4,376 52.7 -6.7
Conservative Henry Richard Lloyd Howard3,92547.3+6.7
Majority4515.4-13.4
Turnout 8,30178.4+1.6
Registered electors 10,592
Liberal hold Swing -6.7

Elections in the 1900s

Smith 1906 Samuel Smith.jpg
Smith
General election 1900: Flintshire [12]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Samuel Smith 4,528 53.6 +0.9
Conservative Henry Richard Lloyd Howard3,92246.40.9
Majority6067.2+1.8
Turnout 8,45078.4+0.0
Registered electors 10,774
Liberal hold Swing +0.9
Herbert Lewis Herbert Lewis MP.jpg
Herbert Lewis
General election 1906: Flintshire [12]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Herbert Lewis 6,294 63.8 +10.2
Conservative A. Harold Edwards3,57236.210.2
Majority2,72227.6+20.4
Turnout 9,86683.0+4.6
Registered electors 11,892
Liberal hold Swing +10.2

Elections in the 1910s

General election January 1910: Flintshire [12]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Herbert Lewis 6,610 59.7 -4.1
Conservative Henry Richard Lloyd Howard4,45440.3+4.1
Majority2,15619.4-8.2
Turnout 11,06486.6+3.6
Registered electors 12,774
Liberal hold Swing -4.1
General election December 1910: Flintshire [12]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Herbert Lewis Unopposed
Liberal hold

General Election 1914/15: Another General Election was due to take place before the end of 1915. From 1914, the parties had been making preparations for an election, and by the end of that year, the following candidates had been selected:

The constituency was then merged with Flint Boroughs.

Thomas Parry 1913 Thomas Parry.jpg
Thomas Parry
General election 1918: Flintshire
PartyCandidateVotes%±
C Liberal Thomas Henry Parry Unopposed
Liberal hold
Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Elections in the 1920s

General election 1922: Flintshire [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
National Liberal Thomas Henry Parry 16,85444.2N/A
Unionist Austin Ellis Lloyd Jones15,08039.6N/A
Labour David Gwynfryn Jones6,16316.2N/A
Majority1,7744.6N/A
Turnout 79.4N/A
National Liberal hold Swing N/A
General election 1923: Flintshire
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Thomas Henry Parry 19,60956.8+12.6
Unionist Ernest Roberts 14,92643.2+3.6
Majority4,68313.6+9.0
Turnout 69.4-10.0
Liberal hold Swing +4.5
General election 1924: Flintshire
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist Ernest Roberts 19,05446.4+3.2
Liberal Thomas Henry Parry 14,16934.5-22.3
Labour David Gwynfryn Jones7,82119.1N/A
Majority4,88511.9N/A
Turnout 80.2+10.8
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +12.7
General election 1929: Flintshire
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Frederick Llewellyn-Jones 24,01243.0+8.5
Unionist Ernest Roberts 19,53635.0-11.4
Labour Cyril O Jones12,31022.0+2.9
Majority4,4768.0N/A
Turnout 81.3+1.1
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +10.0

Elections in the 1930s

General election 1931: Flintshire
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal National Frederick Llewellyn-Jones 40,405 71.4 +28.6
Labour Frances Edwards 16,15828.6+6.6
Majority24,24742.8+34.8
Turnout 56,56377.9-3.4
Liberal National hold Swing
General election 1935: Flintshire
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Gwilym Rowlands 26,644 44.9 N/A
Liberal John Emlyn-Jones 16,53627.9N/A
Labour Cyril O Jones16,13127.2-1.6
Majority10,10817.0N/A
Turnout 59,31176.3-1.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s

General Election 1939/40: Another General Election was due to take place before the end of 1940. From 1939 the parties had been preparing for an election, and by the end of that year, the following candidates had been selected:

General election 1945: Flintshire [17]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Nigel Birch 27,800 38.8 -6.1
Labour Eirene Jones 26,76137.4+10.2
Liberal John William Hughes17,00723.8-4.1
Majority1,0391.5-15.5
Turnout 71,56876.7+0.4
Conservative hold Swing

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 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. pp. 189–190. Retrieved 29 August 2018 via Google Books.
  4. 1 2 3 Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage. 2 (107th edition, 3 volumes ed.). Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books). p. 2797. cited by Lundy, Darryl. "Edward Lloyd-Mostyn, 2nd Baron Mostyn of Mostyn". The Peerage. p. 1713 § i17126. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  5. 1 2 3 Cragoe, Matthew (2004). Culture, Politics, and National Identity in Wales, 1932-1886. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 214. ISBN   0-19-820754-9 . Retrieved 29 August 2018 via Google Books.
  6. 1 2 3 "Success of Mr. Mostyn" . The Evening Chronicle. 12 July 1841. p. 2. Retrieved 29 August 2018 via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. "Flint County Election" . Bucks Herald. 13 May 1854. p. 4. Retrieved 29 August 2018 via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. 1 2 Escott, Margaret. "Flintshire". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832–1885 (1st, e-book ed.). London: Macmillan Press. ISBN   978-1-349-02349-3.
  10. "Flintshire" . Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard. 3 July 1852. p. 2. Retrieved 29 August 2018 via British Newspaper Archive.
  11. "The Flintshire Election" . North Wales Chronicle . 1 June 1861. p. 11. Retrieved 11 February 2018 via British Newspaper Archive.
  12. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  13. "The General Election" . The Morning Post . 25 Nov 1885. p. 2. Retrieved 26 November 2017 via British Newspaper Archive.
  14. Cheshire Observer 1 Aug 1914
  15. British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  16. The Liberal Magazine, 1939
  17. Archived 2014-10-25 at the Wayback Machine Political resources.net

Related Research Articles

Taunton (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1885-2010

Taunton was a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and its predecessors from 1295 to 2010, taking its name from the town of Taunton in Somerset. Until 1918, it was a parliamentary borough, electing two Member of Parliaments (MPs) between 1295 and 1885 and one from 1885 to 1918; the name was then transferred to a county constituency, electing one MP.

Blackburn (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1955 onwards

Blackburn is a constituency which has been represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Kate Hollern of the Labour Party.

Lincoln (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1885 onwards

Lincoln is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Karl McCartney, a Conservative Party politician.

Lichfield (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1997 onwards

Lichfield is a constituency in Staffordshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 1997 recreation by Michael Fabricant, a Conservative.

Ludlow (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1868 onwards

Ludlow is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Philip Dunne, a Conservative.

Reigate (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1885 onwards

Reigate is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Crispin Blunt of the Conservative Party.

Grantham was a Parliamentary constituency in Lincolnshire, England.

Cambridgeshire is a former Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom. It was a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of England then of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1707 to 1800 and of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1885.

Warrington (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1832-1983

Warrington was a parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom. From 1832 to 1983 it returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Shrewsbury was a parliamentary constituency in England, centred on the town of Shrewsbury in Shropshire.

Whitehaven (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1832-1983

Whitehaven was a constituency centred on the town of Whitehaven in Cumberland, which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Walsall was a borough constituency centred on the town of Walsall in the West Midlands of England. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post voting system.

Bury was a borough constituency centred on the town of Bury in Lancashire. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

East Norfolk (UK Parliament constituency) Former UK parliamentary constituency

East Norfolk was a constituency in the county of Norfolk that returned two Members of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom until 1868. A namesake was created in 1885 with representation of one member. That seat was abolished in 1950.

North Northamptonshire was a county constituency in Northamptonshire, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Wilton was the name of a parliamentary borough in Wiltshire. It was represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of England from 1295 to 1707, then in the Parliament of Great Britain from 1707 to 1800 and finally in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1918. It had two Members of Parliament (MPs) until 1832, but from 1832 to 1885 only one member, as a result of the Reform Act 1832. In 1885 the borough was abolished, but the name of the constituency was then transferred to a new county constituency electing one Member from 1885 until 1918.

South Hampshire (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1832-1885

South Hampshire was a parliamentary constituency in the county of Hampshire, which returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the bloc vote system.

East Worcestershire was a county constituency in the county of Worcestershire, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

North Nottinghamshire (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1832-1885

North Nottinghamshire, formally the "Northern Division of Nottinghamshire" was a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) by the block vote system of election.

Flint Boroughs was a parliamentary constituency in north-east Wales which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and its predecessors, from 1542 until it was abolished for the 1918 general election.

References

Further reading