Wells (UK Parliament constituency)

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Wells
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Wells in Somerset
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Location of Somerset within England
County Somerset
Electorate 79,989 (December 2010) [1]
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of Parliament James Heappey (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created from Mid Somerset and East Somerset
1295–1868
Number of membersTwo
Type of constituency Borough constituency
Replaced by Mid Somerset

Wells is a constituency [n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by James Heappey of the Conservative Party. [n 2]

Contents

History

The original two-member borough constituency was created in 1295, and abolished by the Reform Act 1867 with effect from the 1868 general election. Its revival saw a more comparable size of electorate across the country and across Somerset, with a large swathe of the county covered by this new seat, under the plans of the third Reform Act and the connected Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 which was enacted the following year.

Political history

The seat was largely Conservative-held during the 20th century and has never elected a Labour MP ever in its history. The only other political party to have been represented is the Liberal Democrats or their predecessor, the Liberal Party, who achieved a marginal victory in 2010, see marginal seat.

Prominent frontbenchers

Sir William Hayter was chief government whip of the Commons under three Liberal Prime Ministers governing from the Lords, (Lord John) Russell, Aberdeen and Palmerston.

So too in this role was Lord Hylton from 1916 to 1922 alongside the Lord Colebrooke in the Conservative-Liberal National coalition.

Robert Sanders was Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Commons, 1918–1919, and Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, 1922–1924.

Robert Boscawen was a government whip (1988–1989).

David Heathcoat-Amory was Minister for Europe (1993–1994) and later a Shadow Cabinet member (1997–2001).

Boundaries

1885–1918: The Municipal Borough of Wells, and the Sessional Divisions of Axbridge and Wells (except the civil parish of Binegar).

1918–1950: The Municipal Boroughs of Glastonbury and Wells, the Urban Districts of Shepton Mallet and Street, the Rural Districts of Shepton Mallet, Wells, and Wincanton, and in the Rural District of Frome the civil parishes of Cloford, Marston Bigot, Nunney, Wanstrow, Whatley, and Witharn Friary.

1950–1983: The Municipal Boroughs of Glastonbury and Wells, the Urban Districts of Frome, Shepton Mallet, and Street, and the Rural Districts of Frome, Shepton Mallet, Wells, and Wincanton.

1983–2010: The District of Mendip wards of Ashwick, Avalon, Chilcompton and Ston Easton, Ebbor, Glastonbury St Benedict's, Glastonbury St Edmund's, Glastonbury St John's, Glastonbury St Mary's, Moor, Nedge, Pylcombe, Rodney, Sheppey, Shepton Mallet, Street North, Street South, Wells Central, Wells St Cuthbert's, and Wells St Thomas, and the District of Sedgemoor wards of Axbridge, Axe Vale, Berrow, Brent, Burnham North, Burnham South, Cheddar, Highbridge, Mark, Shipham, and Wedmore.

2010–present: The District of Mendip wards of Ashwick and Ston Easton, Avalon, Chilcompton, Glastonbury St Benedict’s, Glastonbury St Edmund’s, Glastonbury St John’s, Glastonbury St Mary’s, Knowle, Moor, Nedge, Pylcombe, Rodney and Priddy, St Cuthbert Out North and West, Shepton East, Shepton West, Street North, Street South, Street West, Wells Central, Wells St Cuthbert’s, and Wells St Thomas, and the District of Sedgemoor wards of Axbridge, Axe Vale, Berrow, Brent North, Burnham North, Burnham South, Cheddar and Shipham, Highbridge, Knoll, and Wedmore and Mark.

Constituency profile

Aside from energy, transportation, retail and distribution which are major sectors, agriculture and tourism are still important areas to this central and quite quintessential part of Somerset which includes the coastal resort of Burnham-on-Sea, the city of Wells with its cathedral, and notable natural landmarks such as the Cheddar Gorge and Glastonbury Tor. The site of the Glastonbury Festival also lies within this seat, causing a major influx of visitors in late June.

Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.1% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian . [2]

Members of Parliament

MPs 1295–1640

ParliamentFirst memberSecond member
1386 Nicholas Cristesham Thomas Phelpes [3]
February 1388 Richard Ferrour Nicholas Cristesham [3]
September 1388 John Blithe Thomas Hore [3]
January 1390 Nicholas More Thomas Tanner [3]
November 1390
1391 John Newmaster Roger Chapman [3]
1393 John Newmaster John Blithe [3]
1394 John Newmaster Thomas Hore [3]
1395 Nicholas Cristesham John Comelond [3]
January 1397 Nicholas More Thomas Wynchester [3]
September 1397 Roger Chapman William Greynton [3]
1399 Thomas Tanner John Blithe [3]
1401
1402 John Wycombe Roger Chapman [3]
January 1404 Roger Chapman Richard Groos [3]
October 1404 Walter Dyer John Bowyer [3]
1406 Thomas Wey Thomas Jay [3]
1407 Walter Duddesdon John Newmaster [3]
1410 John Russell Luke Wilton [3]
1411
February 1413 John Horewode I John Podmore [3]
May 1413 John Horewode I Luke Wilton [3]
April 1414 John Podmore Thomas Dynt [3]
November 1414 John Hynden Thomas Dynt [3]
1415
March 1416
October 1416 Simon Bailly John Cutte [3]
1417 Richard Setter Hildebrand Elwell [3]
1419 Richard Perys Richard Langford [3]
1420 Richard Setter Hildebrand Elwell [3]
May 1421 Hildebrand Elwell Richard Perys [3]
December 1421 Robert Elwell John Pedewell [3]
1510 John Welshot John Mawdley I [4]
1512 Walter Sarger Richard alias Robert Ruynon [4]
1515 Walter Sarger Richard alias Robert Ruynon [4]
1523 Walter Sarger John Mawdley I [4]
1529 John Cutte John Mawdley II [4]
1536?
1539 John Mawdley II John Godwin [4]
1542 John Godwin James Dyer [4]
1545 John Mawdley II Anthony Gilbert [4]
1547 Thomas Clerke John Aylworth [4]
First Parliament of 1553 John Aylworth William Godwin
Second Parliament of 1553 Thomas Lewis John Godwin
Parliament of 1554 John Mawdley II
Parliament of 1554–1555 William Gedney or Godwin
Parliament of 1555 Maurice Llewellyn
Parliament of 1558 John Aylworth died during the 1572 Parliament
In his place Ayshton Aylworth
John Mawdley II
Parliament of 1559
Parliament of 1563–1567 John Hippisley
Parliament of 1571 Henry Newton
Parliament of 1572–1581 William Bowerman
Parliament of 1584–1585 James Bisse George Upton
Parliament of 1586–1587 Thomas Godwyn William Smith
Parliament of 1588–1589 Thomas Purfrey John Ayshe
Parliament of 1593 Richard Goodwin James Goodwin
Parliament of 1597–1598 Leonard Crosse William Watkins
Parliament of 1601 James Kirton George Upton
Parliament of 1604–1611 Sir Robert Stapleton (Edward Forsett) [5]
Addled Parliament (1614) Sidney Montagu Thomas Southworth
Parliament of 1621–1622 Sir Edward Rodney
Happy Parliament (1624–1625)
Useless Parliament (1625) Sir Thomas Lake
Parliament of 1625–1626
Parliament of 1628–1629 Sir Ralph Hopton John Baber
No Parliament summoned 1629–1640

MPs 1640–1832

Election1st Member [6] 1st Party2nd Member [6] 2nd Party
April 1640 Sir Edward Rodney Royalist John Baber
November 1640 Sir Ralph Hopton Royalist
August 1642Rodney and Hopton disabled from sitting – both seats vacant
1645 Lislebone Long Recruiter Clement Walker
December 1648Walker excluded in Pride's Purge  – seat vacant
1653Wells was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament
1654 Lislebone Long Wells had only one seat in the First and
Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
1656 John Jenkyn
January 1659 Sir Lislebone Long Thomas White
May 1659 Not represented in the restored Rump
April 1660 Henry Bull Thomas White
1661 Sir Maurice Berkeley Lord Richard Butler
1673 John Hall
1679 Edward Berkeley William Coward
1680 John Hall
1685 Edward Berkeley Thomas Wyndham (died December 1689)
January 1690 William Coward
February 1690 Hopton Wyndham
1695 William Coward
1701 Henry Seymour Portman
1705 Maurice Berkeley
1708 Edward Colston William Coward
1710 Maurice Berkeley
1713 Sir Thomas Wroth Tory
1715 Thomas Strangways Horner Tory
May 1716 William Coward William Piers Whig
June 1716 Thomas Strangways Horner Tory
1717 John Dodd Whig
1719 Thomas Edwards
1722 Francis Gwyn
1727 Edward Prideaux Gwyn
1729 William Piers
1734 George Hamilton
1735 William Piers George Speke
1741 Francis Gwyn
1747 George Hamilton
1754 Lord Digby Charles Tudway
1757 Captain Robert Digby
1761 Lord Digby Clement Tudway
1765 Peter Taylor
1766 Robert Child
1782 John Curtis
1784 William Beckford
1790 Henry Berkeley Portman
1796 Sir Charles Taylor Whig
1815 John Paine Tudway Tory
1830 John Edwards-Vaughan Tory John Lee Lee Whig

MPs 1832–1868

Election1st Member1st Party2nd Member2nd Party
1832 Norman Lamont Whig [7] John Lee Lee Whig [7]
1834 by-election Nicholas Ridley-Colborne Whig [7]
1837 Richard Blakemore Conservative [7] William Hayter Whig [8] [9] [10] [7]
1852 Robert Tudway Conservative
1855 by-election Hedworth Jolliffe Conservative
1859 Liberal
1865 Arthur Hayter Liberal
1868 borough constituency abolished

MPs 1885–present

ElectionMemberParty
1885 Sir Richard Paget, Bt. Conservative
1895 Hylton Jolliffe Conservative
1899 by-election Robert Edmund Dickinson Conservative
1906 Thomas Ball Silcock Liberal
January 1910 George Sandys Conservative
1918 Harry Greer Coalition Conservative
1922 Robert Bruford Conservative
1923 Arthur Hobhouse Liberal
1924 Sir Robert Sanders, Bt. Conservative
1929 Anthony Muirhead Conservative
1939 Lt. Col. Dennis Boles Conservative
1951 Lynch Maydon Conservative
1970 Robert Boscawen Conservative
1983 David Heathcoat-Amory Conservative
2010 Tessa Munt Liberal Democrats
2015 James Heappey Conservative

Elections

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Wells election results

Elections in the 2010s

General election 2019: Wells [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative James Heappey 33,336 54.1 +4.0
Liberal Democrats Tessa Munt 23,34537.9+0.3
Labour Kama McKenzie4,3047.0-4.7
Independent Dave Dobbs3730.6+0.6
Motherworld PartySusie Quatermass2070.3+0.3
Majority9,99116.2+3.7
Turnout 61,84073.5-0.4
Conservative hold Swing +1.9
General election 2017: Wells [12] [13]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative James Heappey 30,488 50.1 +4.0
Liberal Democrats Tessa Munt 22,90637.6+4.9
Labour Andy Merryfield7,12911.7+5.1
Christian Peoples Alliance Lorna Corke3200.5+0.5
Majority7,58212.5-0.8
Turnout 60,84373.95+2.2
Conservative hold Swing -0.5
General election 2015: Wells [14] [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative James Heappey 26,247 46.1 +3.6
Liberal Democrats Tessa Munt 18,66232.8−11.2
UKIP Helen Hims5,6449.9+6.9
Labour Chris Inchley3,7806.6−0.9
Green Jon Cousins2,3314.1+3.0
Independent Paul Arnold830.1N/A
BirthdayDave Dobbs810.1N/A
Independent Gypsy Watkins [16] 760.1+ 0.1
Majority7,58513.3+12.2
Turnout 56,90471.7+1.4
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing +7.4
General election 2010: Wells [17] [18] [19]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Democrats Tessa Munt 24,560 44.0 +6.1
Conservative David Heathcoat-Amory 23,76042.5-1.0
Labour Andy Merryfield4,1987.5-8.1
UKIP Jake Baynes1,7113.1+0.1
BNP Richard Boyce1,0041.8N/A
Green Chris Briton6311.1N/A
Majority8001.5N/A
Turnout 55,86470.3+2.6
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing +3.6

Elections in the 2000s

General election 2005: Wells [20]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative David Heathcoat-Amory 23,07143.6−0.2
Liberal Democrats Tessa Munt 20,03137.8−0.5
Labour Dan Whittle8,28815.6+0.2
UKIP Steve Reed1,5753.0+0.8
Majority3,0405.8+0.3
Turnout 52,96568.0−1.2
Conservative hold Swing +0.1
General election 2001: Wells [21]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative David Heathcoat-Amory 22,46243.8+4.4
Liberal Democrats Graham Oakes19,66638.3-0.1
Labour Andy Merryfield7,91515.4-2.7
UKIP Steve Reed1,1042.2N/A
Wessex Regionalist Colin Bex1670.3N/A
Majority2,7965.5+4.6
Turnout 51,31469.2-8.7
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1997: Wells [22]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative David Heathcoat-Amory 22,20839.4−5.8
Liberal Democrats Peter Gold21,68038.5−0.2
Labour Michael Eavis 10,20418.1+7.5
Referendum Patricia Phelps2,1963.9N/A
Natural Law Lynn Royse920.2N/A
Majority5280.9-10.7
Turnout 56,38077.8-4.9
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1992: Wells [23] [24]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative David Heathcoat-Amory 28,62049.6−4.0
Liberal Democrats Humphrey Temperley21,97138.0+0.5
Labour John Pilgrim6,12610.6+1.9
Green Mike Fenner1,0421.8+1.8
Majority6,64911.6−4.4
Turnout 57,75982.7+3.2
Conservative hold Swing −2.2

Elections in the 1980s

General election 1987: Wells [25]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative David Heathcoat-Amory 28,62453.5+0.9
Liberal Alan Butt-Philip20,08337.6-1.4
Labour Peter James4,6378.7+0.9
Independent John Fish1340.3N/A
Majority8,54116.0+2.4
Turnout 79.6+2.0
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1983: Wells [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative David Heathcoat-Amory 25,38552.65
Liberal Alan Butt-Philip18,81039.01
Labour A.M. Leigh3,7477.77
Independent G. Livings2730.57
Majority6,57513.64
Turnout 77.57
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General election 1979: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Robert Boscawen 30,40051.35
Liberal Alan Butt-Philip18,20430.75
Labour Paul Murphy 10,02516.93
IndependentG. Livings4210.71
Wessex Regionalist Alexander Thynn 1550.26
Majority12,19620.60
Turnout 79.24
Conservative hold Swing
General election October 1974: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Robert Boscawen 23,97943.64
Liberal Alan Butt-Philip16,27829.63
Labour G. Mortimer13,90925.31
United Democratic Party P. Howard7781.42
Majority7,70114.01
Turnout 78.88
Conservative hold Swing
General election February 1974: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Robert Boscawen 25,43044.25
Liberal Alan Butt-Philip17,64530.70
Labour D.K. Pearce14,39925.05
Majority7,78513.55
Turnout 83.29
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1970: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Robert Boscawen 25,10649.6
Labour Frank R. Thompson16,33532.3
Liberal William Fedde J Pinching9,17418.1
Majority8,77117.3
Turnout 77.4
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General election 1966: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Lynch Maydon 20,52843.0
Labour John G Cousins16,98935.6
Liberal Howard Fry 10,22421.4
Majority3,5397.4
Turnout 81.5
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1964: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Lynch Maydon 20,66343.2
Labour Reginald George White15,08031.5
Liberal Howard Fry 12,13225.3
Majority5,58311.7
Turnout 82.4
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General election 1959: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Lynch Maydon 23,35748.6
Labour Jon Antony A Evans16,45234.2
Liberal Paul R Hobhouse8,22017.1
Majority6,90514.4
Turnout 83.6
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1955: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Lynch Maydon 25,62456.4
Labour Maxwell Bresler19,74543.5
Majority5,87912.9
Turnout 79.5
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1951: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Lynch Maydon 26,52455.2
Labour David Llewellyn 21,48144.8
Majority5,04310.4
Turnout 84.2
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1950: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Dennis Boles 20,61342.6
Labour Dorothy Archibald 17,98737.2
Liberal Anthony Marreco 9,77120.2
Majority2,6265.4
Turnout 87.8
Conservative hold Swing

Election in the 1940s

General election 1945: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Dennis Boles 13,00441.3
Labour Cyril Morgan10,53933.5
Liberal Violet Bonham Carter 7,91025.2
Majority2,4657.8
Turnout 75.0
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s

1939 Wells by-election
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Dennis Boles Unopposedn/an/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a

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 and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

General election 1935: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Anthony Muirhead 14,89853.4
Liberal Arnold H Jones7,27726.1
Labour William James Waring5,71620.5
Majority7,62127.3
Turnout 73.7
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1931: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Anthony Muirhead 17,71158.7
Liberal John Thompson 12,44041.3
Majority5,27117.5
Turnout 17.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s

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Arthur Hobhouse
General election 1929: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist Anthony Muirhead 13,02643.6-9.0
Liberal Arthur Hobhouse 12,38241.4+5.3
Labour R. D. Q. Davies4,47215.0+3.7
Majority6442.2-14.3
Turnout 82.5+0.3
Unionist hold Swing -7.2
General election 1924: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist Robert Sanders 12,64252.6
Liberal Arthur Hobhouse 8,66836.1
Labour Wilfred Thomas Young2,72611.3+3.7
Majority
Turnout 82.2
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing
General election 6 December 1923: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Arthur Hobhouse 10,81848.2+14.8
Unionist Robert Bruford 9,90944.2-3.5
Labour Charles Henry Whitlow1,7137.6-11.3
Majority9094.018.3
Turnout 79.1+1.3
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +9.1
General election 1922: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist Robert Bruford 10,21047.7
Liberal Arthur Hobhouse 7,15633.4
Labour Len Smith 4,04818.9
Majority3,05414.3
Turnout 77.8
Unionist hold Swing

Election results 1885-1918

Elections in the 1880s

General election 1885: Wells [28] [29] [30]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Richard Paget 4,20055.7N/A
Liberal Pandeli Ralli 3,33544.3N/A
Majority86511.4N/A
Turnout 7,53579.3N/A
Registered electors 9,501
Conservative win (new seat)
General election 1886: Wells [28] [30]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Richard Paget Unopposed
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1890s

General election 1892: Wells [28] [30]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Richard Paget 4,33556.1N/A
Liberal Beaumont Morice3,39543.9N/A
Majority94012.2N/A
Turnout 7,73075.6N/A
Registered electors 10,230
Conservative hold Swing N/A
General election 1895: Wells [28] [31] [30]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Hylton Jolliffe 4,69658.8+2.7
Liberal Beaumont Morice3,28641.22.7
Majority1,41017.6+5.4
Turnout 7,98274.11.5
Registered electors 10,771
Conservative hold Swing 5.4

Joliffe's elevation to the peerage, becoming Lord Hylton, caused a by-election.

By-election, 7 Dec 1899: Wells [28] [31] [30]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Robert Edmund DickinsonUnopposed
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1900s

General election 1900: Wells [28] [31] [30]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Robert Edmund DickinsonUnopposed
Conservative hold
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Silcock
General election 1906: Wells [28] [30]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Thomas Ball Silcock 5,14651.9N/A
Conservative Robert Edmund Dickinson4,76148.1N/A
Majority3853.8N/A
Turnout 9,90784.5N/A
Registered electors 11,725
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing N/A

Elections in the 1910s

General election January 1910: Wells [32] [30]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative George Sandys 6,16755.9+7.8
Liberal Thomas Ball Silcock 4,87144.17.8
Majority1,29611.8N/A
Turnout 11,03887.3+2.8
Registered electors 12,642
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +7.8
General election December 1910: Wells [32] [30]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative George Sandys 6,17860.1+4.2
Liberal Arthur Lane Wills4,09439.94.2
Majority2,08420.2+8.4
Turnout 10,27281.36.0
Registered electors 12,642
Conservative hold Swing +4.2
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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: Wells
PartyCandidateVotes%±
C Unionist Harry Greer 9,78655.84.3
Liberal John Coleby Morland6,93539.60.3
National G.C.S. Hodgson8044.6N/A
Majority2,85116.24.0
Turnout 17,52565.016.3
Registered electors 26,951
Unionist hold Swing 2.0
Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Election results 1832-1868

Elections in the 1840s

General election 1841: Wells [33] [7]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Richard Blakemore Unopposed
Whig William Hayter Unopposed
Registered electors 346
Conservative hold
Whig hold
General election 1847: Wells [33]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Richard Blakemore Unopposed
Whig William Hayter Unopposed
Registered electors 375
Conservative hold
Whig hold

Hayter was appointed Judge Advocate General of the Armed Forces, requiring a by-election.

By-election, 27 December 1847: Wells [33]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig William Hayter Unopposed
Whig hold

Elections in the 1850s

General election 1852: Wells [33]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Robert Tudway 18740.4N/A
Whig William Hayter 17537.8N/A
Radical John Alexander Kinglake [34] 10121.8N/A
Turnout 232 (est)71.2 (est)N/A
Registered electors 325
Majority122.6N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Majority7416.0N/A
Whig hold Swing N/A

Tudway's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 21 November 1855: Wells [33]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Hedworth Jolliffe 14654.7+14.3
Radical John Alexander Kinglake [35] 12145.3+23.5
Majority259.4+6.8
Turnout 26770.30.9
Registered electors 380
Conservative hold Swing 4.6
General election 1857: Wells [33]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig William Hayter Unopposed
Conservative Hedworth Jolliffe Unopposed
Registered electors 343
Whig hold
Conservative hold
General election 1859: Wells [33]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal William Hayter Unopposed
Conservative Hedworth Jolliffe Unopposed
Registered electors 327
Liberal hold
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1860s

General election 1865: Wells [33]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Arthur Hayter Unopposed
Conservative Hedworth Jolliffe Unopposed
Registered electors 274
Liberal hold
Conservative hold

See also

Notes and references

Notes
  1. A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
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