|Eastern West Riding of Yorkshire|
|Former County constituency|
for the House of Commons
|County||West Riding of Yorkshire|
|Number of members||Two|
|Replaced by||Barkston Ash, Osgoldcross, Otley, Pudsey, Ripon and Spen Valley|
|Created from||Southern West Riding of Yorkshire|
Eastern West Riding of Yorkshire was a parliamentary constituency covering part of the historic West Riding of Yorkshire. 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.
The constituency was created in 1868 when the West Riding of Yorkshire was redistributed from two divisions into three. The two-member West Riding of Yorkshire constituency had been divided for the 1865 general election into two new constituencies, each returning two members: Northern West Riding of Yorkshire and Southern West Riding of Yorkshire. The extra seats were taken from parliamentary boroughs which had been disenfranchised for corruption. In the redistribution which took effect for the 1868 general election the Eastern division was created and the Northern and Southern divisions modified. Each of the three divisions returned two members.
All three were abolished by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election. The Eastern division was replaced by six new single-member constituencies: Barkston Ash, Osgoldcross, Otley, Pudsey, Ripon and Spen Valley.
The Reform Act 1867, as amended by the Boundary Act 1868, defined the constituency as the wapentakes of Claro, Skyrack, Barkston Ash and Osgoldcross with the part of Morley not in the Northern division. Skyrack is the wapentake centred on Leeds. The other areas included a number of small towns and the surrounding rural parishes.
Members of Parliament
|Election||1st Member||1st Party||2nd Member||2nd Party|
|1868||Christopher Beckett Denison||Conservative||Joshua Fielden||Conservative|
|1880||Sir Andrew Fairbairn||Liberal||Sir John Ramsden, Bt||Liberal|
|1885 Constituency abolished: see Barkston Ash, Osgoldcross, Otley, Pudsey, Ripon and Spen Valley|
Each voter had as many votes as there were seats to be filled. Before the introduction of the secret ballot, in 1872, votes had to be cast by a spoken declaration. Voting took place in public, at the hustings, which were at the place of election for the constituency which was in Leeds.
Elections in the 1880s
|Conservative||Christopher Beckett Denison||8,341||23.5||−3.2|
|Turnout||17,711 (est)||81.8 (est)||+4.3|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+3.4|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+3.1|
Elections in the 1870s
|Conservative||Christopher Beckett Denison||8,240||26.7||+0.6|
|Turnout||15,410 (est)||77.5 (est)||+0.5|
Elections in the 1860s
|Conservative||Christopher Beckett Denison||7,437||26.1|
|Turnout||14,243 (est)||77.0 (est)|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
- "Representation of the People Act 1867" (PDF). Retrieved 23 May 2020.
- "A Collection of the Public General Statutes: 1867/68. Cap. XLVI. An Act to settle and describe the Limits of certain Boroughs and the Divisions of certain Counties in England and Wales, in so far as respects the Election of Members to serve in Parliament". London: Eyre and Spottiswoode. 1868. pp. 119–166. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
- Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (e-book) (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. p. 492. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3.
- "The Elections West Riding Eastern Division". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. 28 November 1868.