Hereford (UK Parliament constituency)

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Hereford
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
HerefordConstituency.svg
Boundary of Hereford in Herefordshire
EnglandHerefordshire.svg
Location of Herefordshire within England
County Herefordshire
Major settlements Hereford
19182010
Number of membersOne
Replaced by Hereford and South Herefordshire, North Herefordshire
1295–1918
Number of members1295–1885: Two
1885–1918: One
Type of constituency Borough constituency

Hereford was, until 2010, a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Since 1918, it had elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post voting system.

Contents

Previously, Hereford had been a parliamentary borough which from 1295 to 1885 had elected two MPs, using the bloc vote system in contested elections. Under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 the borough's representation had been reduced to one seat at the 1885 general election, and for the 1918 general election the borough was abolished and replaced with a county division which carried the same name but covered a wider geographical area.

History

Hereford sent two representatives to Parliament from the beginning of the reign of Edward I. Although a county town, the early elections were always held at a different location from those of the shire, the former taking place at the Guildhall, the latter in the castle.

In 1885, representation was reduced to one Member.

Journalist Robin Day stood as the Liberal candidate in the 1959 general election.

From 1931 until 1997, Hereford was held by the Conservative Party, before being taken by Paul Keetch of the Liberal Democrats at the 1997 general election. Keetch served as the Liberal Democrats' spokesman for defence from October 1999 until May 2005, and announced on 17 November 2006 that he would not be standing at the next election.

Following the review by the Boundary Commission for England of parliamentary representation in Herefordshire, taking effect at the 2010 general election, two parliamentary constituencies were allocated to the county. The Hereford seat was abolished and replaced by the Hereford and South Herefordshire seat, while the remainder of the county is covered by the North Herefordshire seat. [1]

Boundaries

1918–1950: The Borough of Hereford, the Urban Districts of Ledbury and Ross-on-Wye, the Rural Districts of Dore, Ross, and Whitchurch, and parts of the Rural Districts of Hereford and Ledbury.

1950–1983: The Borough of Hereford, the Urban District of Ross-on-Wye, the Rural Districts of Dore and Bredwardine, and Ross and Whitchurch, and part of the Rural District of Hereford.

1983–1997: The City of Hereford, and the District of South Herefordshire wards of Backbury, Broad Oak, Dinedor Hill, Doward, Fownhope, Garron, Golden Valley, Gorsley, Gorsty, Harewood End, Hollington, Kingsthorne, Merbach, Olchon, Old Gore, Penyard, Pontrilas, Ross-on-Wye East, Ross-on-Wye West, Stoney Street, Tram Inn, Walford, Whitfield, and Wilton.

1997–2010: The City of Hereford, and the District of South Herefordshire wards of Broad Oak, Clehonger East, Clehonger West, Dinedor Hill, Doward, Fownhope, Garron, Golden Valley, Gorsley, Harewood End, Hollington, Kingsthorne, Merbach, Olchon, Old Gore, Penyard, Pontrilas, Ross-on-Wye East, Ross-on-Wye West, Stoney Street, Tram Inn, Walford, Whitfield, and Wilton.

In its final form, the Hereford constituency contained the city of Hereford and most of South Herefordshire, including Ross-on-Wye, but excluding Ledbury and Much Marcle, both of which were in the Leominster constituency.

Members of Parliament

MPs 1295–1640

ParliamentFirst memberSecond member
Jan. 1377 Richard Nash [2]
1378 Thomas Whitefield [2]
1379 Richard Nash [2]
Jan.1380 Richard Nash [2]
1381 Richard Nash [2]
Oct. 1383 Richard Nash [2]
1386 John Wych Henry Catchpole I [3]
1388 (Feb) William Jonet Thomas Chippenham I [3]
1388 (Sep) William Jonet William Breinton [3]
1390 (Jan) John Wych James Nash [3]
1390 (Nov) Henry Catchpole II James Nash [3]
1391 Thomas Buryton John Prophet [3]
1393 Thomas Buryton John Wych [3]
1394
1395 Hugh Wigan William Speed [3]
1397 (Jan) Hugh Wigan James Nash [3]
1397 (Sep) Hugh Wigan Thomas Buryton [3]
1399 James Nash Thomas Buryton [3]
1401 Hugh Wigan Thomas Whitefield [3]
1402 Thomas Chippenham I John Troney [3]
1404 (Jan)
1404 (Oct)
1406 Henry Chippenham Hugh Wigan [3]
1407 Hugh Wigan Roger ...feld [3]
1410
1411
1413 (Feb)
1413 (May) Henry Chippenham George Breinton [3]
1414 (Apr) John Wilton Richard Strange [3]
1414 (Nov) Henry Chippenham George Breinton [3]
1415
1416 (Mar) Henry Chippenham George Breinton [3]
1416 (Oct)
1417 John Wilton John Orchard [3]
1419 Richard Strange John Abrahall [3]
1420 Thomas Chippenham II John Falk [3]
1421 (May) William Buryton Richard Strange [3]
1421 (Dec) Henry Chippenham Nicholas Chippenham [3]
1426 Thomas Chippenham
1429 Thomas Chippenham William Buryton [4]
1431 Thomas Chippenham [5] William Buryton [4]
1432 William Buryton [4]
1437 William Buryton [4]
1510
1512 Roland Brydges Reginald Mynors [6]
1515 Roland Brydges Reginald Mynors [6]
1523?
1529 Richard Warnecombe Thomas Havard [6]
1536?
1539?
1542 Richard Warnecombe Thomas Havard [6]
1545?
1547 Thomas Havard William Berkeley, died
and replaced Jan 1552 by
John Warnecombe [6]
1553 (Mar) Hugh Welshe ? [6]
1553 (Oct) Sir John Price Thomas Havard [6]
1554 (Apr) Thomas Havard Thomas Bromwich [6]
1554 (Nov) William Smothye Leonard Boldyng [6]
1555 Hugh Gebons Morgan Owgan [6]
1558 Henry Dudeston John Gibbs [6]
1558/1559 John Kerry Thomas Church [7]
1562/1563 Thomas Webbe, died
and replaced 1566 by
John Hyde
Henry Green [7]
1571 James Warnecombe Thomas Church [7]
1572 (Apr) James Warnecombe Gregory Price [7]
1584 Gregory Price James Boyle [7]
1586 (Sep) Gregory Price Thomas Jones [7]
1588 Gregory Price Nicholas Garnons [7]
1593 Gregory Price Thomas Mallard [7]
1597 Gregory Price Anthony Pembridge [7]
1601 Walter Hurdman Thomas Jones [7]
1604 Walter Hurdman John Hoskins
1605 Anthony Pembrugge
1610 John Warden
1614 John Hoskins John Warden
1621–1622 James Rodd Richard Weaver
1624 Sir James Clerke Richard Weaver
1625 Sir James Clerke Richard Weaver
1626 Sir James Clerke Richard Weaver
1628 The Viscount Scudamore John Hoskins
1629–1640No Parliaments summoned

MPs 1640–1885

EventFirst member [8] First partySecond member [8] Second party
April 1640 Richard Weaver Richard Seaborne
November 1640 Richard Weaver Parliamentarian Richard Seaborne Royalist
1642 James Scudamore Royalist
May 1643Scudamore disabled from sitting – seat vacant
January 1644Seaborne disabled from sitting – seat vacant
1646 Bennet Hoskyns Edmund Weaver [9]
December 1648Hoskyns excluded in Pride's Purge – seat vacant
1653Hereford was unrepresented in Barebone's Parliament
1654 Bennet Hoskyns Hereford had only one seat in the First and
Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
1656 Colonel Wroth Rogers
January 1659 Nathan Rogers Roger Bosworth
May 1659 Not represented in the restored Rump
April 1660 Herbert Westfaling Roger Bosworth
November 1660 Sir Henry Lingen
April 1661 Sir Edward Hopton
September 1661 Herbert Westfaling
1662 Roger Vaughan
1673 The Viscount Scudamore
1679 Bridstock Harford Paul Foley Country Whig
1681 Herbert Aubrey
1685 Thomas Geers
January 1689 Sir William Gregory Paul Foley Country Whig
June 1689 Henry Cornewall
1695 James Morgan
1698 Hon. James Brydges
1699 Samuel Pytts
1701 Thomas Foley
1715 The Viscount Scudamore
1717 Herbert Rudhale Westfaling
1722 William Mayo
1723 James Wallwyn
1727 Marquess of Carnarvon Thomas Geers [10]
1734 Thomas Foley Sir John Morgan
1741 Edward Cope Hopton Thomas Geers Winford
1747 Lieutenant General Henry Cornewall Daniel Leighton
1754 Charles Fitzroy Scudamore John Symons Tory
1764 John Scudamore Whig [11]
1768 (Sir) Richard Symons [12] Tory [11]
April 1784 Earl of Surrey [13] Whig [11]
July 1784 Robert Philipps Whig [11]
1785 James Walwyn Whig [11]
1796 John Scudamore, junior Whig [11]
1800 Thomas Powell Symonds Whig [11]
1805 Richard Philip Scudamore Whig [11]
1818 Viscount Eastnor Tory
1819 Richard Philip Scudamore Whig [11]
1826 Edward Clive Whig [11] [14] [15] [16] [17]
1832 Robert Biddulph Whig [11]
1837 Daniel Higford Davall Burr Conservative [11]
July 1841 Henry William Hobhouse Whig [11] [16] [17]
October 1841 Robert Pulsford Whig [11] [18] [19]
1845 Sir Robert Price, Bt Whig [20] [21] [22] [23] [24]
1847 Henry Morgan-Clifford Whig [25] [26] [27]
1857 George Clive Whig [28] [29]
1859 Liberal Liberal
1865 Richard Baggallay Conservative
1868 [30] John Wyllie Liberal
1869 Edward Clive Liberal Chandos Wren-Hoskyns Liberal
1871 George Arbuthnot Conservative
1874 Evan Pateshall Conservative George Clive Liberal
1878 George Arbuthnot Conservative
1880 Joseph Pulley Liberal Robert Reid Liberal
1885 Representation reduced to one member

MPs 1885–2010

YearMemberParty
1885 Joseph Pulley Liberal
1886 Sir Joseph Bailey Conservative
1892 William Grenfell Liberal
1893 Charles Cooke Conservative
1900 John Arkwright Conservative
1912 William Hewins Unionist
1918 Charles Pulley Unionist
1921 Samuel Roberts Unionist
1929 Frank Owen Liberal
1931 James Thomas Conservative
1956 David Gibson-Watt Conservative
1974 Colin Shepherd Conservative
1997 Paul Keetch Liberal Democrat
2010 Constituency abolished

Elections

Elections in the 1830s

General election 1830: Hereford [11] [31]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Whig Edward Clive Unopposed
Tory John Somers-Cocks Unopposed
Registered electors c.1,110
Whig hold
Tory hold
General election 1831: Hereford [11] [31]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Whig Edward Clive Unopposed
Tory John Somers-Cocks Unopposed
Registered electors c.1,110
Whig hold
Tory hold
General election 1832: Hereford [32] [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Whig Edward Clive 392 38.5
Whig Robert Biddulph 380 37.4
Tory Richard Blakemore 24524.1
Majority13513.3
Turnout 61066.3
Registered electors 920
Whig hold
Whig gain from Tory
General election 1835: Hereford [32] [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Edward Clive 457 34.7 3.8
Whig Robert Biddulph 435 33.0 4.4
Conservative Richard Blakemore 42632.3+8.2
Majority90.712.6
Turnout 81391.2+24.9
Registered electors 891
Whig hold Swing 4.0
Whig hold Swing 4.3
General election 1837: Hereford [32] [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Edward Clive 444 34.3 0.4
Conservative Daniel Higford Davall Burr 430 33.2 +0.9
Whig Robert Biddulph 42032.50.5
Turnout 81689.81.4
Registered electors 909
Majority141.1+0.4
Whig hold Swing 0.4
Majority100.8N/A
Conservative gain from Whig Swing +0.9

Elections in the 1840s

General election 1841: Hereford [32] [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Edward Clive 531 39.7 +5.4
Whig Henry William Hobhouse 500 37.3 +4.8
Conservative Daniel Higford Davall Burr 30823.010.2
Majority19214.3+13.2
Turnout 78781.97.9
Registered electors 961
Whig hold Swing +5.3
Whig gain from Conservative Swing +5.0

Hobhouse resigned by accepting the office of Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds, causing a by-election.

By-election, 5 October 1841: Hereford [32] [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Robert Pulsford 442 59.8 Decrease2.svg 17.2
Conservative Edward Griffiths29740.2Increase2.svg 17.2
Majority14519.6Increase2.svg 5.3
Turnout 73976.9Decrease2.svg 5.0
Registered electors 961
Whig hold Swing Decrease2.svg 17.2

Clive's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 31 July 1845: Hereford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Robert Price Unopposed
Whig hold
General election 1847: Hereford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Robert Price Unopposed
Whig Henry Morgan-Clifford Unopposed
Registered electors 1,061
Whig hold
Whig hold

Elections in the 1850s

General election 1852: Hereford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Robert Price 458 38.1 N/A
Whig Henry Morgan-Clifford 452 37.6 N/A
Conservative Augustus William Henry Meyrick [33] 29224.3N/A
Majority16013.3N/A
Turnout 747 (est)73.7 (est)N/A
Registered electors 1,013
Whig hold Swing N/A
Whig hold Swing N/A

Price resigned, causing a by-election.

By-election, 14 February 1857: Hereford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig George Clive 399 63.4 Decrease2.svg 12.3
Conservative William Kevill Davies [34] [35] 23036.6Increase2.svg 12.3
Majority16926.9Increase2.svg 13.6
Turnout 62975.6Increase2.svg 1.9
Registered electors 832
Whig hold Swing Decrease2.svg 12.3
General election 1857: Hereford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig George Clive Unopposed
Whig Henry Morgan-Clifford Unopposed
Registered electors 832
Whig hold
Whig hold
General election 1859: Hereford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal George Clive Unopposed
Liberal Henry Morgan-Clifford Unopposed
Registered electors 971
Liberal hold
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1860s

General election 1865: Hereford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Richard Baggallay 510 34.2 N/A
Liberal George Clive 499 33.4 N/A
Liberal Henry Morgan-Clifford 48332.4N/A
Majority110.7N/A
Turnout 1,001 (est)82.4 (est)N/A
Registered electors 1,215
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General election 1868: Hereford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal George Clive 1,055 26.9 Decrease2.svg 6.5
Liberal John Wyllie 1,015 25.9 Decrease2.svg 6.5
Conservative Richard Baggallay 98325.0Increase2.svg 7.9
Conservative George Arbuthnot 87222.2Increase2.svg 5.1
Majority320.8N/A
Turnout 1,963 (est)82.5 (est)Increase2.svg 0.1
Registered electors 2,380
Liberal hold Swing Decrease2.svg 5.8
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing Decrease2.svg 7.2

The election was declared void on petition, after the Liberal agent was found to have "given breakfast to Liberal electors", and therefore was guilty of treating. [36]

By-election, 30 March 1869: Hereford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Edward Clive 1,064 28.0 Increase2.svg 1.1
Liberal Chandos Wren-Hoskyns 1,033 27.2 Increase2.svg 1.3
Conservative Richard Baggallay 87123.0Decrease2.svg 2.0
Conservative George Arbuthnot 82621.8Decrease2.svg 0.4
Majority1443.8Increase2.svg 3.0
Turnout 1,897 (est)79.7 (est)Decrease2.svg 2.8
Registered electors 2,380
Liberal hold Swing Increase2.svg 1.6
Liberal hold Swing Increase2.svg 0.9

Elections in the 1870s

Clive resigned, causing a by-election.

By-election, 28 Feb 1871: Hereford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative George Arbuthnot 946 58.3 Increase2.svg 11.1
Liberal Arthur Hayter [37] 67841.7Decrease2.svg 11.1
Majority26816.5N/A
Turnout 1,62470.7Decrease2.svg 11.8
Registered electors 2,298
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing Increase2.svg 11.1
General election 1874: Hereford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Evan Pateshall 978 26.4 Increase2.svg 1.4
Liberal George Clive 921 24.9 Decrease2.svg 2.0
Conservative George Arbuthnot 90324.4Increase2.svg 2.2
Liberal Joseph Pulley 90224.4Decrease2.svg 1.5
Turnout 1,852 (est)79.1 (est)Decrease2.svg 3.4
Registered electors 2,340
Majority571.5N/A
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing Increase2.svg 1.5
Majority180.5Decrease2.svg 0.3
Liberal hold Swing Decrease2.svg 2.1

Pateshall resigned, causing a by-election.

By-election, 14 Mar 1878: Hereford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative George Arbuthnot 1,110 51.0 Increase2.svg 0.2
Liberal Joseph Pulley 1,06649.0Decrease2.svg 0.3
Majority442.0Increase2.svg 0.5
Turnout 2,17682.7Increase2.svg 3.6
Registered electors 2,631
Conservative hold Swing Increase2.svg 0.2

Elections in the 1880s

General election 1880: Hereford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Joseph Pulley 1,505 30.3 Increase2.svg 5.9
Liberal Robert Reid 1,321 26.6 Increase2.svg 1.7
Conservative George Arbuthnot 1,09922.1Decrease2.svg 2.3
Conservative Frederick Dixon-Hartland 1,04121.0Decrease2.svg 5.4
Majority2224.5Increase2.svg 3.0
Turnout 2,483 (est)87.5 (est)Increase2.svg 8.4
Registered electors 2,837
Liberal hold Swing Increase2.svg 4.9
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing Increase2.svg 2.8
General election 1885: Hereford [38] [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Joseph Pulley 1,360 51.2 Decrease2.svg 5.7
Conservative William Henry Barneby1,29648.8Increase2.svg 5.7
Majority642.4Decrease2.svg 2.1
Turnout 2,65688.5Increase2.svg 1.0 (est)
Registered electors 3,002
Liberal hold Swing Decrease2.svg 5.7
General election 1886: Hereford [38]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Joseph Russell Bailey 1,401 55.2 Increase2.svg 6.4
Liberal Joseph Pulley 1,13644.8Decrease2.svg 6.4
Majority26510.4N/A
Turnout 2,53784.5Decrease2.svg 4.0
Registered electors 3,002
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing Increase2.svg 6.4

Elections in the 1890s

General election 1892: Hereford [38] [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal William Grenfell 1,507 52.2 Increase2.svg 7.4
Conservative Joseph Russell Bailey 1,38047.8Decrease2.svg 7.4
Majority1274.4N/A
Turnout 2,88788.4Increase2.svg 3.9
Registered electors 3,267
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing Increase2.svg 7.4

Grenfell resigned, causing a by-election.

1893 Hereford by-election [38] [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Charles Cooke 1,504 50.7 Increase2.svg 2.9
Liberal Joseph Pulley 1,46049.3Decrease2.svg 2.9
Majority441.4N/A
Turnout 2,96486.8Decrease2.svg 1.8
Registered electors 3,415
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing Increase2.svg 2.9
General election 1895: Hereford [38] [40] [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Charles Cooke 1,669 55.2 Increase2.svg 7.4
Liberal Robert Pearce Edgcumbe1,35644.8Decrease2.svg 7.4
Majority31310.4N/A
Turnout 3,02590.9Increase2.svg 2.5
Registered electors 3,328
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing Increase2.svg 7.4

Elections in the 1900s

General election 1900: Hereford [38] [40] [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative John Arkwright Unopposed
Conservative hold
General election 1906: Hereford [38] [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative John Arkwright 1,93453.3N/A
Liberal Edward Lucas-Scudamore1,69246.7N/A
Majority2426.6N/A
Turnout 3,62694.1N/A
Registered electors 3,852
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1910s

General election January 1910: Hereford [41] [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative John Arkwright 2,320 60.2 Increase2.svg 6.9
Liberal Evan Lewis Thomas1,53339.8Decrease2.svg 6.9
Majority78720.4Increase2.svg 138
Turnout 3,85394.8Increase2.svg 0.7
Registered electors 4,066
Conservative hold Swing Increase2.svg 6.9
Joseph Davies 1919 Sir Joseph Davies.jpg
Joseph Davies
General election December 1910: Hereford [41] [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative John Arkwright 2,200 60.6 Increase2.svg 0.4
Liberal Joseph Davies 1,43039.4Decrease2.svg 0.4
Majority77021.2Increase2.svg 0.8
Turnout 3,63089.3Decrease2.svg 5.5
Registered electors 4,066
Conservative hold Swing Increase2.svg 0.4
William Hewins William Hewins.jpg
William Hewins
1912 Hereford by-election [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Unionist William Hewins Unopposed
Liberal Unionist hold

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;

General election 1918: Hereford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
C Unionist Charles Pulley 11,68075.8Increase2.svg 15.2
Labour Sidney Box 3,73024.2N/A
Majority7,95051.6Increase2.svg 30.4
Turnout 15,41054.6Decrease2.svg 24.7
Registered electors 28,246
Unionist hold Swing N/A
Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Elections in the 1920s

1921 Hereford by-election
PartyCandidateVotes%±
C Unionist Samuel Roberts 9,67056.6Decrease2.svg 19.2
Liberal Ernest Wilfred Langford7,41143.4Steady2.svg
Majority2,25913.2Decrease2.svg 38.4
Turnout 17,08162.5Increase2.svg 7.9
Registered electors 27,316
Unionist hold Swing Decrease2.svg 19.2
Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.
General election 1922: Hereford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist Samuel Roberts 13,138 76.2 Increase2.svg 0.4
Labour James Jonas Dodd 4,09423.8Decrease2.svg 0.4
Majority9,04452.4Increase2.svg 0.8
Turnout 17,23262.0Increase2.svg 7.4
Registered electors 27,774
Unionist hold Swing Increase2.svg 0.4
General election 1923: Hereford [42]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist Samuel Roberts 11,448 55.3 Decrease2.svg 20.9
Liberal J. Howard Whitehouse 8,28040.0Steady2.svg
Labour Sidney Box 9814.7Decrease2.svg 19.1
Majority3,16815.3Decrease2.svg 37.1
Turnout 20,70972.6Increase2.svg 10.6
Registered electors 28,538
Unionist hold Swing Decrease2.svg 0.9
General election 1924: Hereford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist Samuel Roberts 13,210 60.6 Increase2.svg 5.3
Liberal J. Howard Whitehouse 8,60439.4Decrease2.svg 0.6
Majority4,60621.2Increase2.svg 5.9
Turnout 21,81475.0Increase2.svg 2.4
Registered electors 29,083
Unionist hold Swing Increase2.svg 3.0
General election 30 May 1929: Hereford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Frank Owen 14,208 48.7 Increase2.svg 9.3
Unionist Frederic Carnegie Romilly13,08744.8Decrease2.svg 15.8
Labour Henry Cooper1,9016.5Steady2.svg
Majority1,1213.9Steady2.svg
Turnout 29,19678.9Increase2.svg 3.9
Registered electors 36,984
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing Increase2.svg 12.6

Elections in the 1930s

General election 27 October 1931: Hereford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative James Thomas 19,418 60.90
Liberal Frank Owen 12,46539.10
Majority6,95321.81
Turnout 83.85
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General election 14 November 1935: Hereford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative James Thomas 18,234 61.84
Liberal Walter Dingley 8,85330.03
Labour George Clarke2,3978.13
Majority9,38131.82
Turnout 74.67
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s

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;

General election 1945: Hereford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative James Thomas 17,439 51.8
Labour William Pigott8,35924.8
Liberal Archie Marshall 7,87123.4
Majority9,08027.0
Turnout 69.3
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General election 1950: Hereford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative James Thomas 18,314 51.6
Labour William Pigott11,18531.5
Liberal Albert Edward Farr5,96516.8
Majority7,12920.1
Turnout 80.5
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1951: Hereford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative James Thomas 21,204 61.3
Labour William Pigott13,39638.7
Majority7,80822.6
Turnout 77.6
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1955: Hereford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative James Thomas 18,058 51.8
Liberal Frank Owen 8,65824.8
Labour E.L. Patricia Seers8,15423.4
Majority9,40027.0
Turnout 34,87078.8
Conservative hold Swing
1956 Hereford by-election
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative David Gibson-Watt 12,129 44.3 Decrease2.svg 7.5
Liberal Frank Owen 9,97936.4Increase2.svg 11.6
Labour Bryan Stanley 5,27719.3Decrease2.svg 4.1
Majority2,1507.9Decrease2.svg 19.1
Turnout 27,385
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1959: Hereford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative David Gibson-Watt 17,763 49.3
Liberal Robin Day 10,18528.3
Labour John W Wardle8,09722.4
Majority7,57821.0
Turnout 36,04579.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General election 1964: Hereford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative David Gibson-Watt 17,780 45.45
Labour Thomas J. H. Bishop12,02030.72
Liberal Kenneth Vaus 9,32223.83
Majority5,76014.72
Turnout 79.10
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1966: Hereford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative David Gibson-Watt 17,529 44.60
Labour Michael Prendergast14,78237.61
Liberal Kenneth Vaus 6,99617.80
Majority2,7476.99
Turnout 77.30
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General election 1970: Hereford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative David Gibson-Watt 22,011 53.20
Labour Gerard D Purnell14,41034.83
Liberal Thomas R Crowther4,95311.97
Majority7,60118.37
Turnout 73.37
Conservative hold Swing
General election February 1974: Hereford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative David Gibson-Watt 18,676 41.31
Liberal CB Tannant Nash15,23833.70
Labour IE Geffen11,29924.99
Majority3,4387.60
Turnout 78.89
Conservative hold Swing
General election October 1974: Hereford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Colin Shepherd 17,060 38.9
Liberal CB Tannant Nash15,94836.4
Labour Michael K Prendergast10,82024.7
Majority1,1122.5
Turnout 75.8
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1979: Hereford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Colin Shepherd 23,012 47.7
Liberal Christopher Green18,04237.4
Labour IR Adshead7,15014.8
Majority4,97010.3
Turnout 78.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s

General election 1983: Hereford [43]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Colin Shepherd 23,334 48.1 +0.3
Liberal Christopher Green21,05743.4+5.9
Labour J Evans3,6907.6-7.2
Ecology Victoria Murray4631.0
Majority2,2774.7-5.6
Turnout 75.8
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1987: Hereford [44]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Colin Shepherd 24,865 47.5
Liberal Christopher Green23,45244.8
Labour Vivian Woodell4,0317.7
Majority1,4132.7
Turnout 78.0
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1992: Hereford [45] [46]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Colin Shepherd 26,727 47.2 Decrease2.svg 0.3
Liberal Democrats Gwynoro Jones 23,31441.2Decrease2.svg 3.6
Labour JE Kelly6,00510.6Increase2.svg 2.9
Green CT Mattingly5961.1Increase2.svg 1.1
Majority3,4136.0Increase2.svg 3.3
Turnout 56,64281.3Increase2.svg 3.2
Conservative hold Swing Increase2.svg 1.7
General election 1997: Hereford [47]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Democrats Paul Keetch 25,198 47.9
Conservative Colin Shepherd 18,55035.3
Labour Chris Chappell6,59612.6
Referendum Clive Easton2,2094.2
Majority6,64812.6
Turnout 52,55375.2
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 2000s

General election 2001: Hereford [48] [49]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Democrats Paul Keetch 18,244 40.9 Decrease2.svg 7
Conservative Virginia Taylor17,27638.7Increase2.svg 3.4
Labour David Hallam6,73915.1Increase2.svg 2.5
UKIP Clive Easton1,1842.7N/A
Green David Gillett1,1812.6N/A
Majority9682.2Decrease2.svg 10.4
Turnout 44,62463.6Decrease2.svg 11.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Decrease2.svg5.2
General election 2005: Hereford [50] [51]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Democrats Paul Keetch 20,285 43.3 Increase2.svg 2.4
Conservative Virginia Taylor19,32341.2Increase2.svg 2.5
Labour Thomas Calver4,80010.2Decrease2.svg 4.9
Green Brian Lunt1,0522.2Decrease2.svg 0.4
UKIP Christopher Kingsley1,0302.2Decrease2.svg 0.5
Independent Peter Morton4040.9Steady2.svg
Majority9622.1Decrease2.svg 0.12
Turnout 46,89466.2Increase2.svg 2.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Decrease2.svg 0.06

See also

Notes and references

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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1386-1421/member/nash-%28ash%29-richard-13945
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 "History of Parliament" . Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  4. 1 2 3 4 http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1386-1421/member/buryton-william
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  7. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "History of Parliament" . Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  8. 1 2 Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 2)
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  10. Later adopted the surname Winford
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  12. Created a baronet, May 1774
  13. Surrey was also elected for Carlisle, which he chose to represent, and never sat for Hereford
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  30. On petition, the election of 1868 was declared void and a by-election was held
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