Willesden East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Willesden East
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
WillesdenEast1918.png
Willesden East in Middlesex 1918-50
Major settlementsCricklewood, approximately half of Neasden, Kilburn and part of Maida Vale
1918–February 1974
Number of membersone
Replaced byBrent East (similar boundaries)
Brent South (small part of)
Created fromHarrow (small part of)

Willesden East (/wɪlzdən/) was a constituency in Middlesex adjoining the County of London and forming part of the London conurbation, in London itself from 1965. It returned one member to the House of Commons of the UK Parliament 1918 – 1974.

The outcome of the seat was a bellwether of the national outcome from 1931 until its abolition. Before 1945 the seats electorate had not elected any Labour candidate, however had sided overall with the Liberal candidate once, in 1923, in a by-election.

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1950: The Urban District of Willesden wards of Brondesbury Park, Cricklewood, Kensal Rise, Mid Kilburn, North Kilburn, and South Kilburn.

1950-1974: The Municipal Borough of Willesden wards of Brondesbury Park, Carlton, Cricklewood, Kilburn, Mapesbury, and Neasden.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Sir Harry Mallaby-Deeley Conservative
1923 by-election Harcourt Johnstone Liberal
1924 George Stanley Conservative
1929 Daniel Somerville Conservative
1938 by-election Samuel Hammersley Conservative
1945 Maurice Orbach Labour
1959 Trevor Skeet Conservative
1964 Reg Freeson Labour
Feb 1974 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Mallaby-Deeley
General election 1918: Willesden East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Unionist Harry Mallaby-Deeley 12,044 61.0 n/a
Labour Henry James Lincoln 4,941 25.0 n/a
Liberal Herbert John Doree 2,757 14.0 n/a
Majority 7,103 36.0 n/a
Turnout 50.9 n/a
Unionist win
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General election 1922: Willesden East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Harry Mallaby-Deeley 12,525 52.8 -8.2
Liberal Harcourt Johnstone 11,211 47.2 +33.2
Majority 1,314 5.6 -31.4
Turnout 58.4 +7.5
Unionist hold Swing -20.7
1923 Willesden East by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Harcourt Johnstone 14,824 60.6 +13.4
Unionist George Stanley 9,648 39.4 -13.4
Majority 5,176 21.2 26.8
Turnout 60.2
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +13.4
General election 1923: Willesden East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Harcourt Johnstone 11,260 40.5 -20.1
Unionist George Stanley 11,146 40.1 +0.7
Labour Joseph George Butler 5,392 19.4 n/a
Majority 114 0.4 -20.8
Turnout 68.1 +7.9
Liberal hold Swing -10.4
General election 1924: Willesden East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist George Stanley 15,965 50.2 +10.1
Liberal Harcourt Johnstone 7,992 25.1 -15.4
Labour William Davies Lloyd 7,860 24.7 +5.3
Majority 7,973 25.1 25.5
Turnout 76.0 +7.9
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +12.7
General election 1929: Willesden East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Daniel Somerville 17,090 40.4 -9.8
Labour William Davies Lloyd 13,977 33.1 +8.4
Liberal Maurice Gordon Liverman 11,190 26.5 +1.4
Majority 3,113 7.3 -17.8
Turnout 69.3 -6.7
Unionist hold Swing -9.1

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General election 1931: Willesden East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Daniel Somerville 28,993 62.1 +21.7
Labour William Davies Lloyd 10,010 21.4 -11.7
Liberal Joseph Samuel Bridges 7,684 16.5 -10.0
Majority 18,983 40.7 +33.4
Turnout 46,687 68.3 -1.0
Conservative hold Swing 16.7
General election 1935: Willesden East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Daniel Somerville 25,613 57.7 -4.4
Labour Maurice Orbach 15,523 35.0 +13.6
Liberal Nancy Stewart Parnell 3,217 7.3 -9.2
Majority 10,090 22.7 -18.0
Turnout 62.0 -6.3
Conservative hold Swing -9.0
1938 Willesden East by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Samuel Hammersley 16,009 56.6 -1.1
Labour Maurice Orbach 12,278 43.4 +8.4
Majority 3,731 13.2 -9.5
Turnout 39.3 -22.7
Conservative hold Swing -4.7

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

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: Willesden East[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Maurice Orbach 23,457 53.00 +9.60
Conservative Samuel Hammersley 14,027 31.70 -14.90
Liberal RLR Morgan 6,771 15.30 n/a
Majority 9,430 21.31 n/a
Turnout 44,255 72.69 +33.39
Registered electors 60,882
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +12.25

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General election 1950: Willesden East[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Maurice Orbach 24,345 47.13 -5.87
Conservative Samuel Hammersley 21,004 40.66 +8.96
Liberal Walter John Done 6,310 12.21 -3.09
Majority 3,341 6.47 -14.84
Turnout 51,659 82.53 +9.84
Registered electors 62,596
Labour hold Swing -7.42
General election 1951: Willesden East[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Maurice Orbach 26,695 51.81 +4.68
Conservative Ronald E Simms 24,827 48.19 +7.53
Majority 1,868 3.63 -2.84
Turnout 51,522 81.83 -0.70
Registered electors 62,962
Labour hold Swing -1.43
General election 1955: Willesden East[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Maurice Orbach 23,397 50.71 -1.10
Conservative Ronald E Simms 22,738 49.29 +1.10
Majority 659 1.43 -2.20
Turnout 46,135 76.13 -5.70
Registered electors 60,604
Labour hold Swing -1.10
General election 1959: Willesden East[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Trevor Skeet 22,709 52.56 +3.27
Labour Maurice Orbach 20,499 47.44 -3.27
Majority 2,210 5.11 n/a
Turnout 43,208 73.40 -2.73
Registered electors 58,865
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +3.27

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General election 1964: Willesden East[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Reg Freeson 20,543 52.27 +4.83
Conservative Trevor Skeet 18,755 47.73 -4.83
Majority 1,788 4.55 n/a
Turnout 39,298 68.76 -4.64
Registered electors 57,153
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +4.83
General election 1966: Willesden East[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Reg Freeson 21,767 54.62 +2.35
Conservative Peter Fry 14,761 37.04 -10.69
Liberal Malcolm H Brahams 2,765 6.94 n/a
Independent Olive Bysouth 556 1.40 n/a
Majority 7,006 17.58 +13.03
Turnout 39,849 71.05 +2.29
Registered electors 56,085
Labour hold Swing +6.52

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General election 1970: Willesden East[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Reg Freeson 20,073 56.33 +1.71
Conservative Horace Cutler 15,564 43.67 +6.63
Majority 4,509 12.65 -4.93
Turnout 35,637 62.35 -8.70
Registered electors 57,152
Labour hold Swing -2.46

References[edit]

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