for the House of Commons
|Electorate||80,788 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Richard Graham (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Number of members||Two|
|Type of constituency||Borough constituency|
Gloucester // (listen) is a constituency[n 1] centred on the cathedral city and county town of the same name, represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament[n 2] by Richard Graham of the Conservative Party.
A borough of Gloucester was established by 1295 that returned two burgesses as Members of Parliament to the House of Commons. Its population meant this was a situation not leading to an outright rotten borough identified for abolition under the Reform Act 1832 however on more fair (far more equal representation) national changes in 1885, representation was reduced to one member under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885.
Since 1979 Gloucester has been a bellwether constituency by passing between representatives of the two largest parties in the same way as the government. After nearly three decades as a Conservative seat, it was held by Labour from 1997 to 2010 before returning to a Conservative on a swing of 8.9%.
1918–1950: The County Borough of Gloucester.
1950–1955: The County Borough of Gloucester, and in the Rural District of Gloucester the parishes of Barnwood, Brockworth, Hempsted, Hucclecote, and Wotton Vill.
1955–1974: The County Borough of Gloucester, and in the Rural District of Gloucester the parishes of Barnwood, Brockworth, Hempsted, and Hucclecote.
Wotton Vill parish had been absorbed by Gloucester CB in 1951. The constituency boundaries remained unchanged.
1974–1983: The County Borough of Gloucester.
1983–1997: The City of Gloucester, and the District of Stroud wards of Quedgeley and Hardwicke, and Upton St Leonards.
1997–2010: The City of Gloucester.
2010–present: The City of Gloucester wards of Abbey, Barnwood, Barton and Tredworth, Elmbridge, Grange, Hucclecote, Kingsholm and Wotton, Matson and Robinswood, Moreland, Podsmead, Quedgeley Fieldcourt, Quedgeley Severn Vale, Tuffley, and Westgate.
Members of Parliament
In 1881, Robinson's willingness to stand down faced with a popular petition and the unwillingness of the Conservatives to make allegations nor investigate matters further led to suspicions of collusion between the parties and a Royal Commission was set up to examine electoral practices. The Royal Commission concluded that Gloucester was among the most corrupt of the seven towns investigated and that bribery was endemic in all elections in the city. The Commission concluded that half of the electorate had taken bribes in 1880 and blamed local politicians for most of the corruption. Despite these findings and virtually halving the electorate eligible to vote Robinson was reelected for Gloucester in 1885 when representation had been reduced to one member under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885.
MPs since 1885
Elections in the 2010s
|Labour Co-op||Fran Boait||18,882||35.1||5.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Rebecca Trimnell||4,338||8.1||3.1|
Note: The Brexit Party were due to field Richard Ford as a candidate, but the nomination was withdrawn.
|Liberal Democrats||Jeremy Hilton||2,716||5.0||0.4|
|Monster Raving Loony||George Ridgeon||210||0.4||0.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Jeremy Hilton||2,828||5.4||13.8|
|Monster Raving Loony||George Ridgeon||277||0.5||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Jeremy Hilton||9,767||19.2||+5.6|
|English Democrat||Alan Platt||564||1.1||New|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+8.9|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Jeremy Hilton||7,825||15.1||+0.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Tim Bullamore||6,875||14.3||+3.8|
|Socialist Alliance||Stewart Smyth||272||0.6||New|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Peter Munisamy||6,069||10.5||−7.2|
|UKIP||A. L. Harris||455||0.8||New|
|Natural Law||Moira Hamilton||281||0.5||New|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+11.5|
|Labour||Kevin E. Stephens||23,801||36.8||+7.2|
|Liberal Democrats||John M. Sewell||10,978||17.0||−3.7|
Elections in the 1980s
|Labour||C. W. V. Hinds||14,698||26.2||−9.8|
Elections in the 1970s
|Labour||M. D. Golder||18,747||36.3||−2.6|
|Liberal||D. G. Halford||7,213||14.0||−1.0|
|National Front||R. Morgan||527||1.0||New|
|Liberal||D. G. Halford||7,357||15.0||−4.6|
|Labour||A. E. Pegler||18,215||35.2||−9.6|
|Powell Conservative||B. Gordon-Storkey||366||0.7||New|
|Liberal||James P. Heppell||3,935||8.5||−6.7|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+7.2|
Elections in the 1960s
|Conservative||Christopher J. J. Balfour||15,678||36.3||+0.3|
Elections in the 1950s
|Conservative||H. D. Keith Scott||16,679||38.4||-10.7|
|Liberal||Patrick Herbert Lort-Phillips||7,336||16.9||N/A|
|Conservative||F. J. V. H. Dashwood||10,521||28.6||−20.5|
|Liberal||Patrick Herbert Lort-Phillips||7,393||20.1||New|
|Liberal||Gordon E Payne||3,292||7.6||−7.6|
|Conservative and National Liberal||Anthony Kershaw||15,708||37.1|
|Liberal||Harold Arthur Guy||6,444||15.2|
Election in the 1940s
|Liberal||Harold Arthur Guy||5,338||17.9||New|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+13.0|
Elections in the 1930s
Elections in the 1920s
|Liberal||Thomas Worrall Casey||6,589||23.4||+7.3|
|Labour||M. Philips Price||8,005||36.2||+0.5|
|Labour||M. Philips Price||8,127||35.7||−0.3|
|Labour||M. Philips Price||7,871||36.0||+18.7|
Elections in the 1910s
|Liberal||Thomas Henry Mordey||5,246||31.6|
|Labour||William Levason Edwards||2,860||17.3||New|
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
|Liberal||H. F. B. Lynch||3,899||50.0||+0.8|
Elections in the 1900s
|Liberal Unionist||Pandeli Ralli||3,044||48.2||−5.7|
|Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist||Swing||+5.7|
Elections in the 1890s
|Liberal Unionist||Charles James Monk||3,264||53.9||+4.6|
|Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+4.6|
|Liberal Unionist||Charles James Monk||2,800||49.3||+2.0|
Elections in the 1880s
|Conservative||William Killigrew Wait||1,726||43.7||+0.3|
|Liberal||Charles James Monk||2,680||27.7||+2.0|
|Conservative||William Killigrew Wait||2,304||23.8||−2.7|
|Conservative||Benjamin St John Ackers||1,898||19.6||−3.5|
|Turnout||4,840 (est)||86.7 (est)||+3.4|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+3.5|
- A petition was raised against the election of Robinson and Monk, leading to Robinson's election being made void. Although the petition against Monk was dismissed, the writ was suspended and Monk became the only MP for the constituency.
Elections in the 1870s
|Conservative||William Killigrew Wait||2,132||26.5||+4.4|
|Liberal||Charles James Monk||2,070||25.7||−2.2|
|Liberal||John Joseph Powell||1,990||24.7||−3.4|
|Turnout||4,029 (est)||83.3 (est)||+5.8|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+3.9|
|Conservative||William Killigrew Wait||1,850||51.1||+7.1|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+7.1|
- Caused by Price's resignation after being appointed a railway commissioner.
Elections in the 1860s
|Liberal||William Philip Price||1,933||28.1||−8.2|
|Liberal||Charles James Monk||1,922||27.9||−5.0|
|Conservative||William Nassau Lees||1,520||22.1||+6.7|
|Conservative||Edward John Brennan||1,504||21.9||+6.5|
|Turnout||3,440 (est)||77.5 (est)||−12.3|
|Liberal||William Philip Price||854||36.3||−0.7|
|Liberal||Charles James Monk||774||32.9||−2.8|
|Conservative||Adam Steinmetz Kennard||726||30.8||+3.5|
|Turnout||1,540 (est)||89.8 (est)||+9.1|
|Liberal||John Joseph Powell||Unopposed|
- Caused by Powell's appointment as Recorder of Wolverhampton.
|Liberal||John Joseph Powell||716||33.1||−2.6|
|Turnout||1,426 (est)||81.8 (est)||+1.1|
- Caused by the previous election being declared void on petition "by reason of extensive corruption".
Elections in the 1850s
|Liberal||William Philip Price||807||37.0||+3.9|
|Liberal||Charles James Monk||779||35.7||+3.0|
|Turnout||1,388 (est)||80.7 (est)||−2.8|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+3.2|
|Radical||William Philip Price||717||33.1||−1.9|
|Turnout||1,456 (est)||83.5 (est)||−13.3|
|Conservative gain from Whig||Swing||+1.3|
|Radical||William Philip Price||Unopposed|
- Caused by Price seeking re-election after resigning to accept a contract for supplying huts to the army in the Crimea.
|Conservative||Henry Thomas Hope||670||46.8||+14.8|
- Caused by Berkeley's appointment as a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty.
|Radical||William Philip Price||831||35.0||N/A|
|Conservative||Henry Thomas Hope||760||32.0||N/A|
|Turnout||1,569 (est)||96.8 (est)||N/A|
|Radical gain from Conservative|
Elections in the 1840s
|Conservative||Henry Thomas Hope||Unopposed|
|Conservative gain from Whig|
- Appointment of Berkeley as a Naval Lord of the Admiralty
|Conservative||Henry Thomas Hope||646||24.5||+6.9|
|Conservative||John Loftus, 3rd Marquess of Ely||510||19.3||+1.7|
|Whig gain from Conservative||Swing||−3.6|
Elections in the 1830s
|Conservative||Henry Thomas Hope||685||54.2||+19.0|
- Hope seeks re-election after election petition against him had been dismissed.
|Conservative||Henry Thomas Hope||727||35.2||−8.8|
|Conservative||Henry Thomas Hope||621||26.7||+12.2|
|Conservative gain from Whig||Swing||+9.9|
|Tory||Henry Thomas Hope||566||55.3||+26.3|
|Tory gain from Whig||Swing||+26.3|
- Appointment of Berkeley as a Naval Lord of the Admiralty
|Tory||Henry Thomas Hope||549||29.0||New|
|Turnout||964||c. 50.7||c. −33.5|
|Registered electors||c. 1,900|
|Tory||Robert Bransby Cooper||415||20.2|
|Registered electors||c. 1,900|
|Whig gain from Tory|
Notes and references
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- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 1)
- Lenthall was also elected for Oxfordshire. Cobbett's recording of William Lenthall as elected for Gloucester may be an error, as his son John sat for the city both before and after this Parliament.
- Major-General John Desborough elected but was also elected for Somerset. Chose Somerset and was replaced by James Stephens
- At the election of 1727 there was a double return, but two of the candidates returned, Matthew Ducie Moreton and Thomas Chester waived their rights and Bathurst and Selwyn were declared duly elected.
- Created a baronet, 1784
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- On petition, Robinson's election was declared void, the writ was suspended and a Royal Commission appointed to investigate
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