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Flintshire UK Parliament Constituency
Flintshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Preserved countyFlintshire
1542-1950
Number of membersOne
Replaced byEast 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.

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

1604-1950

Year Member
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
1629-1640 No Parliaments summoned
1640 John Mostyn
1640 John Mostyn, disabled[clarification needed] 1643
1646 John Trevor
1653 Flintshire not represented in Barebones Parliament
Year First Member Second Member
Two members in first and second Protectorate Parliaments
1654 John Trevor Andrew Ellice
1656 John Trevor Sir John Glynne

Elections

Elections in the 1830s

General election 1830: Flintshire[3][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Whig Thomas Mostyn Unopposed
Registered electors c. 1,200
Whig hold
General election 1831: Flintshire[3][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Whig Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Unopposed
Registered electors c. 1,200
Whig hold
General election 1832: Flintshire[3][9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Whig Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Unopposed
Registered electors 1,271
Whig hold
General election 1835: Flintshire[3][9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Whig Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Unopposed
Registered electors 1,344
Whig hold
General election 1837: Flintshire[9][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Stephen Glynne 945 51.1
Whig Edward Lloyd-Mostyn 905 48.9
Majority 40 2.2
Turnout 1,850 84.5
Registered electors 2,189
Conservative gain from Whig

Elections in the 1840s

General election 1841: Flintshire[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Edward Lloyd-Mostyn 1,234 50.9 +2.0
Conservative Stephen Glynne 1,192 49.1 −2.0
Majority 42 1.8 N/A
Turnout 2,426 81.9 −2.6
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]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Unopposed
Registered electors 3,141
Whig hold

Elections in the 1850s

General election 1852: Flintshire[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Edward Lloyd-Mostyn 1,276 58.4 N/A
Conservative Edmund Peel[10] 910 41.6 New
Majority 366 16.8 N/A
Turnout 2,186 75.1 N/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]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Thomas Lloyd-Mostyn Unopposed
Whig hold
General election 1857: Flintshire[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Thomas Lloyd-Mostyn 1,171 57.2 −1.2
Conservative Stephen Glynne 876 42.8 +1.2
Majority 295 14.4 −2.3
Turnout 2,047 72.1 −3.0
Registered electors 2,840
Whig hold Swing −1.2
General election 1859: Flintshire[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
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]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Grosvenor 1,168 57.4 N/A
Conservative Hugh Robert Hughes[11] 868 42.6 New
Majority 300 14.8 N/A
Turnout 2,036 70.5 N/A
Registered electors 2,887
Liberal hold
General election 1865: Flintshire[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Grosvenor Unopposed
Registered electors 2,998
Liberal hold
General election 1868: Flintshire[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
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]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Grosvenor Unopposed
Liberal hold
General election 1874: Flintshire[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Grosvenor Unopposed
Registered electors 3,907
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1880s

General election 1880: Flintshire[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Grosvenor Unopposed
Registered electors 4,794
Liberal hold
General election 1885: Flintshire[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Grosvenor 4,758 60.3 N/A
Conservative Henry Richard Howel Lloyd-Mostyn 3,132 39.7 New
Majority 1,626 20.6 N/A
Turnout 7,890 78.3 N/A
Registered electors 10,081
Liberal hold Swing N/A

Grosvenor's resignation caused a by-election.

Samuel Smith
By-election, 2 Mar 1886: Flintshire[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Samuel Smith 4,248 60.8 +0.5
Conservative Philip Pennant Pennant[13] 2,738 39.2 -0.5
Majority 1,510 21.6 +1.0
Turnout 6,986 69.3 -9.0
Registered electors 10,081
Liberal hold Swing +0.5
General election 1886: Flintshire[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Samuel Smith Unopposed
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1890s

Robert Cunliffe
General election 1892: Flintshire[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Samuel Smith 4,597 59.4 N/A
Liberal Unionist Robert Cunliffe 3,145 40.6 New
Majority 1,452 18.8 N/A
Turnout 7,742 76.8 N/A
Registered electors 10,075
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General election 1895: Flintshire[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Samuel Smith 4,376 52.7 -6.7
Conservative Henry Richard Lloyd Howard 3,925 47.3 +6.7
Majority 451 5.4 -13.4
Turnout 8,301 78.4 +1.6
Registered electors 10,592
Liberal hold Swing -6.7

Elections in the 1900s

Smith
General election 1900: Flintshire[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Samuel Smith 4,528 53.6 +0.9
Conservative Henry Howard 3,922 46.4 −0.9
Majority 606 7.2 +1.8
Turnout 8,450 78.4 0.0
Registered electors 10,774
Liberal hold Swing +0.9
Herbert Lewis
General election 1906: Flintshire[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Herbert Lewis 6,294 63.8 +10.2
Conservative Harold Edwards 3,572 36.2 −10.2
Majority 2,722 27.6 +20.4
Turnout 9,866 83.0 +4.6
Registered electors 11,892
Liberal hold Swing +10.2

Elections in the 1910s

General election January 1910: Flintshire[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Herbert Lewis 6,610 59.7 -4.1
Conservative Henry Howard 4,454 40.3 +4.1
Majority 2,156 19.4 -8.2
Turnout 11,064 86.6 +3.6
Registered electors 12,774
Liberal hold Swing -4.1
General election December 1910: Flintshire[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
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
General election 1918: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
C Liberal Tom Parry Unopposed
Liberal hold
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Elections in the 1920s

General election 1922: Flintshire [15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal Tom Parry 16,854 44.2 N/A
Unionist Austin Lloyd Jones 15,080 39.6 New
Labour David Gwynfryn Jones 6,163 16.2 New
Majority 1,774 4.6 N/A
Turnout 38,097 79.4 N/A
National Liberal hold Swing N/A
General election 1923: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Tom Parry 19,609 56.8 +12.6
Unionist Ernest Roberts 14,926 43.2 +3.6
Majority 4,683 13.6 +9.0
Turnout 34,535 69.4 -10.0
Liberal hold Swing +4.5
General election 1924: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Ernest Roberts 19,054 46.4 +3.2
Liberal Tom Parry 14,169 34.5 -22.3
Labour David Gwynfryn Jones 7,821 19.1 New
Majority 4,885 11.9 N/A
Turnout 41,044 80.2 +10.8
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +12.7
General election 1929: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Frederick Llewellyn-Jones 24,012 43.0 +8.5
Unionist Ernest Roberts 19,536 35.0 -11.4
Labour Cyril O Jones 12,310 22.0 +2.9
Majority 4,476 8.0 N/A
Turnout 55,858 81.3 +1.1
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +10.0

Elections in the 1930s

General election 1931: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Frederick Llewellyn-Jones 40,405 71.4 +36.4
Labour Frances Edwards 16,158 28.6 +6.6
Majority 24,247 42.8 +34.8
Turnout 56,563 77.9 -3.4
Liberal National hold Swing
General election 1935: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gwilym Rowlands 26,644 44.9 -26.5
Liberal John Emlyn-Jones 16,536 27.9 New
Labour Cyril O Jones 16,131 27.2 -1.6
Majority 10,108 17.0 N/A
Turnout 59,311 76.3 -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]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Birch 27,800 38.8 -6.1
Labour Eirene Jones 26,761 37.4 +10.2
Liberal John Williams Hughes 17,007 23.8 -4.1
Majority 1,039 1.5 -15.5
Turnout 71,568 76.7 +0.4
Conservative hold Swing

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m 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 2018 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ a b c Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage. 2 (107th edition, 3 volumes ed.). Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books). p. 2797.
  5. ^ a b c Cragoe, Matthew (2004). Culture, Politics, and National Identity in Wales, 1932-1886. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 214. ISBN 0-19-820754-9. Retrieved 2018 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ a b c "Success of Mr. Mostyn". The Evening Chronicle. 12 July 1841. p. 2. Retrieved 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "Flint County Election". Bucks Herald. 13 May 1854. p. 4. Retrieved 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ a b Escott, Margaret. "Flintshire". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o 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 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  11. ^ "The Flintshire Election". North Wales Chronicle. 1 June 1861. p. 11. Retrieved 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  13. ^ "The General Election". The Morning Post. 25 Nov 1885. p. 2. Retrieved 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. ^ [1] Archived 2014-10-25 at the Wayback Machine Political resources.net

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