Portsmouth (UK Parliament constituency)

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Portsmouth
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Hampshire
Major settlements Portsmouth
1295–1918
Number of membersTwo
Replaced by Portsmouth North, Portsmouth South and Portsmouth Central

Portsmouth was a borough constituency based upon the borough of Portsmouth in Hampshire. It returned two members of parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the bloc vote system.

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History

The constituency first elected MPs in 1295. It was abolished at the 1918 general election, when the Representation of the People Act 1918 divided it into three new constituencies; Portsmouth North, Portsmouth South and Portsmouth Central.

According to Namier and Brooke in The House of Commons 1754–1790, the right of election was in the freemen of the borough who numbered about 100. The town was known as an Admiralty borough and at least one MP was usually an Admiral.

The Earl of Sandwich was First Lord of the Admiralty from 1771 to 1782. He imposed tighter Admiralty control over the borough. This change of policy led to an independent element of the local Council supporting challengers to the Admiralty candidates between 1774 and 1780.

When party politics re-emerged in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Portsmouth was a predominantly Whig constituency. It only once elected a Tory Member of Parliament between 1790 and 1832.

The Reform Act 1832 considerably expanded the electorate of the borough. The freemen retained their ancient right franchise, but were outnumbered by the new occupier voters amongst the 1,295 electors registered in 1832. As a result of the expanded electorate the borough became more competitive. Contested elections became the norm rather than the exception, as they had been before the Reform Act.

Candidates with naval connections continued to be frequent in Portsmouth, after the Reform Act. The borough developed into a marginal constituency, particularly in the last half century of its existence.

Boundaries

The parliamentary borough of Portsmouth was (as the area remains in the 21st century) a major seaport and naval base on the south coast of England. It is situated in the county of Hampshire.

From the 1885 general election until the dissolution before the 1918 election the constituency was surrounded (on the landward side) by the Fareham seat.

Members of Parliament

1295–1640

ParliamentFirst memberSecond member
1372 Richard Abraham ?
January 1377 Richard Abraham ?
February 1383 Richard Abraham ?
1386 William Bristowe Richard Mautravers [1]
1388 (Feb) John atte Mede ? [1]
1388 (Sep) Richard Gay William Bristowe [1]
1390 (Jan) Richard Robust William atte Pury [1]
1390 (Nov)
1391 William atte Pury Henry Seys [1]
1393 William atte Pury Richard Whiliare [1]
1394 William Hicche I Henry Seys [1]
1395 Richard Gay Stephen Agulon [1]
1397 (Jan) William Hicche II Henry Seys [1]
1397 (Sep) William Hicche II Henry Seys [1]
1399 William atte Pury William Balchief [1]
1401
1402 Richard Spicer alias Newport William Hicche II [1]
1404 (Jan)
1404 (Oct)
1406 William atte Pury Richard Gay [1]
1407
1410 Henry Abraham [1]
1411 William Balchief William atte Pury [1]
1413 (Feb)
1413 (May) William atte Pury William Balchief [1]
1414 (Apr)
1414 (Nov) William Balchief William atte Pury [1]
1415 William atte Pury Henry Abraham [1]
1416 (Mar) William atte Pury Thomas Robust [1]
1416 (Oct)
1417 William atte Pury Richard Gay [1]
1419 William Balchief John Serle [1]
1420 William Balchief John Versy [1]
1421 (May) Simon Stubbere Henry Abraham [1]
1421 (Dec) William Balchief Richard Hert [1]
1422 Henry Abraham
1433 Robert Abraham Unknown [2]
1437 Richard Abraham Unknown
1467 Henry Uvedale Unknown [2]
1449-1450 Robert Abraham Unknown [2]
1510–1523No names known [3]
1529 Geoffrey Lee Francis Dignely [3]
1536?
1539?John Chaderton ? [3]
1542 Christopher Staverton ?John Chaderton [3]
1545 John Fryer Michael Gore [3]
1547 Robert Blount Henry Knollys [3]
1553 (Mar) Sir Richard Wingfield John Chaderton [3]
1553 (Oct) John Chaderton Henry Bickley [3]
1554 (Apr) Richard Sackville William Cooke [3]
1554 (Nov) Edmund Cockerell John de Vic [3]
1555 Ralph Henslowe Edmund Cockerell [3]
1558 Edward Cordell Edmund Cockerell [3]
1559 William Wynter George Brooke alias Cobham [4]
1563 William Wynter Thomas Smythe [4]
1571 Lawrence Blundestone Henry Slater [4]
1572 Sir Henry Radclyffe Robert Colshill [4]
1584 Thomas Bodley Thomas Radcliffe [4]
1586 Thomas Harris Thomas Thorney [4]
1588 Thomas Harris Thomas Thorney [4]
1593 Edward Radclyffe Thomas Thorney [4]
1597 William Greene Thomas Thorney [4]
1601 John Moore Edward Jones [4]
1604 Sir Oliver St John Sir Richard Jenvoy
1614 John Griffith George Thorpe
1621–1622 Sir Daniel Norton Sir Benjamin Rudyerd
1624 Sir William Uvedale Sir Benjamin Rudyerd
1625 Sir Benjamin Rudyerd Sir Daniel Norton
1626 Sir James Fullerton Thomas Whatman
1628 Owen Jennens William Towerson
1629–1640No Parliaments summoned

1640–1918

YearFirst memberFirst partySecond memberSecond party
April 1640 The Earl of Lanark Hon. Henry Percy [n 1] Royalist
November 1640 Hon. George Goring Royalist
1640 (?) Edward Dowse [n 2] Parliamentarian
August 1642Goring disabled from sitting – seat vacant
1646 Edward Boote
December 1648Boote not recorded as sitting after Pride's Purge Dowce died late 1648 – seat left vacant
1653Portsmouth was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament and the First and Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
1654 Nathaniel Whetham Portsmouth had only one seat in the First and
Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
1656 Thomas Smith
January 1659 Francis Willoughby John Child
May 1659 Portsmouth was not represented in the restored Rump
April 1660 Richard Norton Henry Whithed
May 1660 Andrew Henley
1661 Richard Norton Sir George Carteret, Bt
February 1679 George Legge Sir John Kempthorne
August 1679 Richard Norton
1685 William Legge Henry Slingsby
1689 Richard Norton
1690 Edward Russell Nicholas Hedger
1695 Matthew Aylmer
1696 John Gibson
1698 Thomas Erle Sir George Rooke
January 1702 John Gibson
July 1702 Thomas Erle [n 3]
December 1702 William Gifford
May 1708 Thomas Erle [n 3] George Churchill Tory
December 1708 Sir Thomas Littleton, Bt
January 1710 [n 4] Sir Charles Wager
October 1710 Sir John Jennings
1711 Admiral Sir James Wishart Sir William Gifford
1713 Sir Thomas Mackworth, Bt
1715 Sir Charles Wager Sir Edward Ernle, Bt
1722 Sir John Norris
1734 Thomas Lewis Philip Cavendish
1737 Charles Stewart
February 1741 Edward Vernon
May 1741 Martin Bladen
1743 Sir Charles Hardy
1744 Isaac Townsend
1746 Thomas Gore [n 5]
15 December 1747 Hon. Edward Legge [n 6] Whig
28 December 1747 Sir Edward Hawke [n 7]
1754 Sir William Rowley
1761 Sir Matthew Fetherstonhaugh, Bt
1774 Peter Taylor
1776 Maurice Suckling
1777 Sir William Gordon
1778 Hon. Robert Monckton
1782 Sir Henry Fetherstonhaugh, Bt Non-partisan [5]
1783 Hon. Thomas Erskine Whig [5]
1784 Hon. William Cornwallis Non-partisan [5]
1790 Whig [5] Hon. Thomas Erskine Whig [5]
1796 Lord Hugh Seymour Non-partisan [5]
1801 John Markham Whig [5]
February 1806 Hon. David Erskine
November 1806 Sir Thomas Miller, Bt Whig [5]
1816 John Bonham Carter Whig [5] [6] [7]
1818 Sir George Cockburn, Bt Tory [5]
1820 John Markham Whig [5]
1826 Francis Baring Whig [5] [8] [6] [7]
1838 Sir George Thomas Staunton Whig [5] [9] [10]
1852 The Viscount Monck Whig
1857 Sir James Dalrymple-Horn-Elphinstone, Bt Conservative
1859 Liberal
1865 William Henry Stone Liberal Stephen Gaselee Liberal
1868 Sir James Dalrymple-Horn-Elphinstone, Bt Conservative
1874 Thomas Charles Bruce Conservative
1880 Sir Henry Drummond Wolff Conservative
1885 Sir William Crossman Liberal Philip Vanderbyl Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist Sir Samuel Wilson Conservative
1892 Sir John Baker Liberal Walter Clough Liberal
1900 Thomas Bramsdon Liberal
1900 James Majendie Conservative Reginald Lucas Conservative
1906 Sir John Baker Liberal Thomas Bramsdon Liberal
1910 Lord Charles Beresford Conservative Sir Bertram Falle Liberal Unionist
1912 Unionist
1916 Sir Hedworth Meux Unionist
1918 Constituency abolished

Notes

  1. Percy was re-elected to serve in the Long Parliament but was also elected for Northumberland, which he chose to represent, and did not sit again for Portsmouth
  2. This list follows that given by Brunton & Pennington. Cobbett lists Dowse as elected after the Civil War to replace Nicholas Weston, disabled from sitting in 1642, but Brunton & Pennington's more recent research records Weston as MP for Newtown (Isle of Wight).
  3. 1 2 Erle was also elected for Wareham, which he chose to represent, and did not for Portsmouth in this Parliament
  4. On petition, the result of the 1710 election was overturned, and Wager and Jennings were declared not to have been duly elected
  5. Gore was re-elected in 1747, but had also been elected for Bedford, which he chose to represent, and did not sit again for Portsmouth
  6. It was afterwards discovered that Legge, who had been elected in his absence, had been dead some days before his election, which was declared void
  7. Admiral from 1757

Election notes

The bloc vote electoral system was used in two seat elections and first past the post for single member by-elections. Each voter had up to as many votes as there were seats to be filled. Votes had to be cast by a spoken declaration, in public, at the hustings (until the secret ballot was introduced in 1872).

Note on percentage change calculations: Where there was only one candidate of a party in successive elections, for the same number of seats, change is calculated on the party percentage vote. Where there was more than one candidate, in one or both successive elections for the same number of seats, then change is calculated on the individual percentage vote.

Note on sources: The information for the election results given below is taken from Sedgwick 1715–1754, Namier and Brooke 1754–1790, Stooks Smith 1790–1832 and from Craig thereafter. Where Stooks Smith gives additional information or differs from the other sources this is indicated in a note after the result.

Election results 1715–1800

1710s1720s1730s1740s1750s1760s1770s1780s1790s

Elections in the 1710s

General election 31 January 1715: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Edward Ernle UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan Charles Wager UnopposedN/AN/A
By-Election 7 April 1715: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Charles Wager UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A
By-Election 28 March 1718: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Charles Wager UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1720s

General election 24 March 1722: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan John Norris UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan Charles Wager UnopposedN/AN/A
General election 19 August 1727: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan John Norris UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan Charles Wager UnopposedN/AN/A

Elections in the 1730s

General election 24 April 1734: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Thomas Lewis UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan Philip Cavendish UnopposedN/AN/A
By-Election 10 February 1737: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Charles Stewart UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1740s

By-Election 21 February 1741: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Edward Vernon UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A
General election 6 May 1741: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Philip Cavendish 6048.78N/A
Non Partisan Martin Bladen 5443.90N/A
Non Partisan Edward Vernon 97.32N/A
Turnout 123N/AN/A
By-Election 23 March 1742: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Philip Cavendish UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A
By-Election 14 December 1743: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Charles Hardy UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A
By-Election 28 December 1744: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Isaac Townsend UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A
By-Election 3 March 1746: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Thomas Gore UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A
General election 1 July 1747: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Isaac Townsend UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan Thomas Gore UnopposedN/AN/A
By-Election 15 December 1747: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Edward Legge UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A
By-Election 28 December 1747: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Edward Hawke UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1750s

General election 18 April 1754: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan William Rowley UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan Edward Hawke UnopposedN/AN/A
By-Election 25 April 1757: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan William Rowley UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1760s

General election 31 March 1761: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Edward Hawke UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan Matthew Fetherstonhaugh UnopposedN/AN/A
By-Election 10 December 1766: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Edward Hawke UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A
General election 22 March 1768: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Edward Hawke UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan Matthew Fetherstonhaugh UnopposedN/AN/A

Elections in the 1770s

By-Election 29 March 1774: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Peter Taylor 3961.90N/A
Non Partisan Joshua Iremonger 2438.10N/A
Majority1523.81N/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A
General election 10 October 1774: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Edward Hawke 6547.79N/A
Non Partisan Peter Taylor 3727.21N/A
Non Partisan Joshua Iremonger 3425.00N/A
By-Election 18 May 1776: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Maurice Suckling UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A
By-Election 26 November 1777: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan William Gordon 2365.71N/A
Non Partisan Henry Fetherstonhaugh 1234.29N/A
Majority1131.43N/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A
By-Election 10 August 1778: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Robert Monckton UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1780s

General election 9 September 1780: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Robert Monckton 3452.31N/A
Non Partisan William Gordon 2030.77N/A
Non Partisan Henry Fetherstonhaugh 1116.92N/A
By-Election 5 June 1782: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Henry Fetherstonhaugh UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A
By-Election 28 July 1783: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Thomas Erskine UnopposedN/AN/A
Whig gain from Non Partisan Swing N/A
General election 1 April 1784: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Non Partisan Henry Fetherstonhaugh UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan William Cornwallis UnopposedN/AN/A

Elections in the 1790s

General election 1790: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Henry Fetherstonhaugh UnopposedN/AN/A
Whig Thomas Erskine UnopposedN/AN/A
General election 1796: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Thomas Erskine UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan Hugh Seymour UnopposedN/AN/A

Election results 1801–1918

1800s1810s1820s1830s1840s1850s1860s1870s1880s1890s1900s1910s

Elections in the 1800s

By-Election November 1801: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig John Markham UnopposedN/AN/A
Whig gain from Non Partisan Swing N/A
General election 1802: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Thomas Erskine UnopposedN/AN/A
Whig John Markham UnopposedN/AN/A
General election 1806: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig John Markham UnopposedN/AN/A
Whig Thomas Miller UnopposedN/AN/A
General election 1807: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig John Markham UnopposedN/AN/A
Whig Thomas Miller UnopposedN/AN/A

Elections in the 1810s

General election 1812: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig John Markham UnopposedN/AN/A
Whig Thomas Miller UnopposedN/AN/A
By-Election February 1817: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig John Bonham-Carter UnopposedN/AN/A
Whig hold Swing N/A
General election 1818: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig John Bonham-Carter UnopposedN/AN/A
Tory George Cockburn UnopposedN/AN/A

Elections in the 1820s

General election 1820: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig John Bonham-Carter 5348.62N/A
Whig John Markham 3431.19N/A
Tory George Cockburn 2220.18N/A
General election 1826: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig John Bonham-Carter UnopposedN/AN/A
Whig Francis Baring UnopposedN/AN/A

Elections in the 1830s

General election 1830: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig John Bonham-Carter UnopposedN/AN/A
Whig Francis Baring UnopposedN/AN/A
By-Election November 1830: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Francis Baring UnopposedN/AN/A
Whig hold Swing N/A
General election 1831: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig John Bonham-Carter UnopposedN/AN/A
Whig Francis Baring UnopposedN/AN/A
General election 1832: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal John Bonham-Carter 82646.12N/A
Liberal Francis Baring 70739.48N/A
Liberal Charles Napier 25814.41N/A
Turnout 1,791 (983 voted)75.91N/A
Registered electors 1,295

Note (1832): Stooks Smith was the source for the number of electors voting and classified Carter and Baring as Whigs and Napier as a Radical candidate.

General election 1835: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal John Bonham-Carter 64330.53-15.59
Liberal Francis Baring 57127.11-12.37
Conservative C. Rowley55726.45N/A
Liberal Charles Napier 33515.9+1.50
Turnout 2,106 (1,143 voted)85.30+9.39
Registered electors 1,340

Note (1835): Stooks Smith was the source for the number of electors voting. He classified Carter and Baring as Whigs, Rowley as a Tory and Napier as a Radical candidate.

General election 1837: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Francis Baring 63528.59+1.48
Liberal John Bonham-Carter 63028.37-2.16
Conservative George Cockburn 51823.32N/A
Conservative James Harris 43819.72N/A
Turnout 2,221 (1,118 voted)71.62-13.68
Registered electors 1,561

Note (1837): Stooks Smith gives a registered electorate figure of 1,517; but Craig's figure is used to calculate turnout. Stooks Smith was the source for the number of electors voting. He classified Carter and Baring as Whigs, with Cockburn and Fitzharris as Tories.

By-Election 26 February 1838: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal George Staunton UnopposedN/AN/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A
By-Election 30 August 1839: Portsmouth
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Francis Baring UnopposedN/AN/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1840s

General election 1841: Portsmouth (2 seats) [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Francis Baring Unopposed
Whig George Staunton Unopposed
Registered electors 1,834
Whig hold
Whig hold
General election 1847: Portsmouth (2 seats) [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Francis Baring Unopposed
Whig George Staunton Unopposed
Registered electors 2,068
Whig hold
Whig hold
By-election, 6 February 1849: Portsmouth [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Francis Baring Unopposed
Whig hold

Elections in the 1850s

General election 1852: Portsmouth (2 seats) [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Francis Baring Unopposed
Whig Charles Monck Unopposed
Registered electors 3,332
Whig hold
Whig hold
By-election, 14 March 1855: Portsmouth [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig Charles Monck 1,47875.8N/A
Radical Stephen Gaselee [12] 47324.2N/A
Majority1,00551.5N/A
Turnout 1,95156.7N/A
Registered electors 3,439
Whig hold Swing N/A
General election 1857: Portsmouth (2 seats) [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative James Dalrymple-Horn-Elphinstone 1,52233.9N/A
Whig Francis Baring 1,49633.3N/A
Whig Charles Monck 1,47632.8N/A
Majority260.6N/A
Turnout 2,247 (est)61.2 (est)N/A
Registered electors 3,671
Conservative gain from Whig Swing N/A
Whig hold Swing N/A
General election 1859: Portsmouth (2 seats) [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative James Dalrymple-Horn-Elphinstone 1,64027.1+10.1
Liberal Francis Baring 1,57426.07.3
Conservative Thomas Charles Bruce 1,44723.9+6.9
Liberal Henry Keppel 1,38622.99.9
Turnout 3,024 (est)79.1 (est)+17.9
Registered electors 3,821
Majority661.1+0.5
Conservative hold Swing +9.4
Majority1272.1N/A
Liberal hold Swing 7.9

Elections in the 1860s

General election 1865: Portsmouth (2 seats) [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal William Henry Stone 2,16428.8+2.8
Liberal Stephen Gaselee 2,10328.0+5.1
Conservative James Dalrymple-Horn-Elphinstone 1,67722.44.7
Conservative Thomas Charles Bruce 1,55920.83.1
Majority4265.7+3.6
Turnout 3,752 (est)80.3 (est)+1.2
Registered electors 4,670
Liberal hold Swing +3.4
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +4.5
General election 1868: Portsmouth (2 seats) [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative James Dalrymple-Horn-Elphinstone 5,30641.51.7
Liberal William Henry Stone 3,78529.6+0.8
Liberal Stephen Gaselee 3,68728.9+0.9
Majority1,52111.9N/A
Turnout 9,042 (est)78.0 (est)2.3
Registered electors 11,597
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing 1.7
Liberal hold Swing +0.8

Elections in the 1870s

General election 1874: Portsmouth (2 seats) [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative James Dalrymple-Horn-Elphinstone 5,92728.2+7.4
Conservative Thomas Charles Bruce 5,87927.9+7.1
Liberal William Henry Stone 4,64422.17.5
Liberal Wyndham Portal [13] 4,58821.87.1
Majority1,2355.96.0
Turnout 10,51970.57.5
Registered electors 14,931
Conservative hold Swing +7.4
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +7.2
By-Election 16 March 1874: Portsmouth [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative James Dalrymple-Horn-Elphinstone Unopposed
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1880s

General election 1880: Portsmouth (2 seats) [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Thomas Charles Bruce 6,68326.41.5
Conservative Henry Drummond Wolff 6,59326.02.2
Liberal John Freeman Norris [14] 6,04023.8+1.7
Liberal Edmund Verney 6,02323.8+2.0
Majority5532.23.7
Turnout 12,67077.0+6.5
Registered electors 16,463
Conservative hold Swing 1.6
Conservative hold Swing 2.1
General election 1885: Portsmouth (2 seats) [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal William Crossman 8,36726.3+2.5
Liberal Philip Vanderbyl 8,21425.8+2.0
Conservative Thomas Charles Bruce 7,65024.02.4
Conservative Henry Drummond Wolff 7,59523.92.1
Majority5641.8N/A
Turnout 16,06879.2+2.2
Registered electors 20,279
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +2.5
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +2.1
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Sir John Baker
General election 1886: Portsmouth (2 seats) [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Unionist William Crossman 8,48227.2+3.2
Conservative Samuel Wilson 8,32526.8+2.9
Liberal Philip Vanderbyl 7,19623.22.6
Liberal John Baker 7,06922.83.5
Turnout 15,72277.51.7
Registered electors 20,279
Majority1,2864.0N/A
Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +2.9
Majority1,1293.6N/A
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +3.2

Elections in the 1890s

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Walter Clough
General election 1892: Portsmouth (2 seats) [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal John Baker 9,64325.9+3.1
Liberal Walter Clough 9,44825.4+2.2
Conservative George Willis 9,13524.52.3
Liberal Unionist Anthony Ashley 9,00024.23.0
Majority3130.9N/A
Turnout 18,73180.6+3.1
Registered electors 23,237
Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist Swing +3.1
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +2.3
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Harmsworth
General election 1895: Portsmouth (2 seats) [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal John Baker 10,45126.2+0.3
Liberal Walter Clough 10,25525.6+0.2
Conservative Alfred Harmsworth 9,71724.30.2
Liberal Unionist Anthony Ashley 9,56723.90.3
Majority5381.3+0.4
Turnout 20,12983.7+3.1
Registered electors 24,057
Liberal hold Swing +0.3
Liberal hold Swing +0.3

Elections in the 1900s

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Bramsdon
1900 Portsmouth by-election
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Thomas Bramsdon 10,28751.40.4
Conservative James Majendie 9,70848.6+0.4
Majority5792.8+1.5
Turnout 19,99574.98.8
Registered electors 26,698
Liberal hold Swing 0.4
General election 1900: Portsmouth (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative James Majendie 10,81826.1+1.8
Conservative Reginald Lucas 10,38325.1+1.2
Liberal John Baker 10,21424.61.6
Liberal Thomas Bramsdon 10,03124.21.4
Majority1690.5N/A
Turnout 21,07278.94.8
Registered electors 26,698
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +1.7
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +1.3
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Sanders
General election 1906: Portsmouth (2 seats) [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Thomas Bramsdon 10,50022.61.6
Liberal John Baker 10,23622.02.6
Labour Repr. Cmte. William Sanders 8,17217.6N/A
Conservative E.W. Hills7,97017.19.0
Conservative A. Whitelaw7,75216.78.4
Naval Fred T. Jane 1,8594.0N/A
Majority2,0644.4N/A
Turnout 25,47882.8+3.9
Registered electors 30,754
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +3.7
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +2.9

Elections in the 1910s

General election January 1910: Portsmouth (2 seats) [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Charles Beresford 16,77728.7+11.6
Liberal Unionist Bertram Falle 15,59226.8+10.1
Liberal Thomas Bramsdon 12,39721.31.3
Liberal Richard Lambert 9,96517.14.9
Labour William Sanders 3,5296.111.5
Turnout 30,10089.4+6.6
Registered electors 33,666
Majority4,3807.4N/A
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +6.5
Majority3,1955.5N/A
Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +7.5
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Hemmerde
General election December 1910: Portsmouth (2 seats) [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Charles Beresford 15,12526.91.8
Liberal Unionist Bertram Falle 14,85626.50.3
Liberal Edward Hemmerde 13,14623.4+2.1
Liberal Henry Harben 13,01323.2+4.1
Turnout 28,23683.95.5
Registered electors 33,666
Majority1,9793.53.9
Conservative hold Swing 2.0
Majority1,7103.12.4
Liberal Unionist hold Swing 2.2
1916 Portsmouth by-election [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist Hedworth Meux Unopposed
Unionist hold

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