Osgoldcross (UK Parliament constituency)

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Osgoldcross
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851918
Number of membersone
Replaced byBarkston Ash, Hemsworth and Pontefract
Created fromEastern West Riding of Yorkshire

Osgoldcross was a parliamentary constituency in the Osgoldcross Rural District of West Yorkshire. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.

History[edit]

The constituency was created when the two-member Eastern West Riding of Yorkshire was divided by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election. It was abolished for the 1918 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 provided that the constituency should consist of

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Sir John Ramsden, Bt Independent Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1886 Sir John Austin, Bt Liberal
1899 Independent Liberal
1906 Sir Joseph Compton-Rickett Liberal
1918 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General election 1885: Osgoldcross[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Ramsden 5,153 62.8 N/A
Conservative Reginald Hardy[3] 3,053 37.2 N/A
Majority 2,100 25.6 N/A
Turnout 8,206 79.5 N/A
Registered electors 10,322
Liberal win (new seat)
John Austin
General election 1886: Osgoldcross [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Austin 4,008 57.1 -5.7
Liberal Unionist John Ramsden 3,010 42.9 +5.7
Majority 998 14.2 -11.4
Turnout 7,018 68.0 −11.5
Registered electors 10,322
Liberal hold Swing −5.7

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General election 1892: Osgoldcross [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Austin 5,160 61.1 +4.0
Conservative Charles Brook Dobson[6] 3,284 38.9 -4.0
Majority 1,876 22.2 +8.0
Turnout 8,444 66.9 -1.1
Registered electors 12,615
Liberal hold Swing +4.0
General election 1895: Osgoldcross [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Austin 5,119 55.8 -5.3
Conservative John Harling 4,054 44.2 +5.3
Majority 1,065 11.6 -10.6
Turnout 9,173 70.1 +3.2
Registered electors 13,083
Liberal hold Swing -5.3

Austin left the Liberal Party and sought re-election as an independent candidate.

Charles Roberts
1899 Osgoldcross by-election[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Liberal John Austin 5,818 66.8 N/A
Liberal Charles Henry Roberts 2,893 33.2 −22.6
Majority 2,925 33.6 N/A
Turnout 8,711 62.2 −7.9
Registered electors 14,009
Independent Liberal gain from Liberal Swing N/A

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Rutherford
General election 1900: Osgoldcross [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Liberal John Austin 5,609 65.0 N/A
Liberal Vickerman Rutherford 3,025 35.0 −20.8
Majority 2,584 30.0 N/A
Turnout 8,634 58.8 −11.3
Registered electors 14,689
Independent Liberal gain from Liberal Swing N/A
Joseph Rickett
General election 1906: Osgoldcross[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Compton-Rickett 8,482 66.1 +31.1
Conservative Granville Wheler 4,358 33.9 N/A
Majority 4,124 32.2 N/A
Turnout 12,840 75.8 +17.0
Registered electors 16,935
Liberal gain from Independent Liberal Swing N/A

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General election January 1910: Osgoldcross [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Compton-Rickett 9,517 66.3 +0.2
Conservative Gerald Hargreaves 4,840 33.7 −0.2
Majority 4,677 32.6 +0.4
Turnout 14,357 78.5 +2.7
Registered electors 18,286
Liberal hold Swing +0.2
General election December 1910: Osgoldcross[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Compton-Rickett 8,518 66.2 -0.1
Conservative Malcolm Campbell-Johnston 4,347 33.8 +0.1
Majority 4,171 32.4 -0.2
Turnout 12,865 70.4 −8.1
Registered electors 18,286
Liberal hold Swing -0.1

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;

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Redistribution of Seats Act 1885
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  3. ^ "The Elections". Edinburgh Evening News. 30 November 1885. p. 3. Retrieved 6 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  6. ^ "Administrative papers rel to the candidate of Charles Brook Dobson in the Osgoldcross division". The National Archives. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  7. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  8. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  9. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  10. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  11. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  12. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  13. ^ The miners and British politics 1906-1914