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Coordinates: 54°52′44″N 2°56′13″W / 54.879°N 2.937°W / 54.879; -2.937

Carlisle
Borough constituency
CarlisleConstituency.svg
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Carlisle shown within Cumbria, and Cumbria shown within England
Created: 1295
MP: Eric Martlew
Party: Labour
Type: House of Commons
County: Cumbria
EP constituency: North West England

Carlisle is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. It has been a Labour seat since 1964, but is now a marginal constituency with the Conservatives as the main challengers.

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Boundaries

The Carlisle constituency covers the most populated part of the City of Carlisle district in Cumbria, including the city of Carlisle itself. It also covers the rural area of the district to the south and west of the city, including the village of Dalston. The remaining parts of the district are in the Penrith and the Border constituency.

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Boundary review

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Cumbria, the Boundary Commission for England have modified the boundaries of the Carlisle constituency, as a consequence of population changes. The altered constituency to be fought at the 2010 general election will be formed from the following wards:

  • Belah, Belle Vue, Botcherby, Burgh, Castle, Currock, Dalston, Denton Holme, Harraby, Morton, St Aidans, Stanwix Urban, Upperby, Wetheral, and Yewdale.

Members of Parliament

MPs -1660

  • 1381 and 1384: John de Blennerhassett[1]
  • 1413: Ralph de Blenerhayset[2]
  • 1441: John Blenerhayset[3]
  • 1584-1585: Thomas Blennerhassett[4]
  • 1621-1626: Henry Vane the Elder
  • 1626: Richard Graham
  • 1628-1629: Richard Graham

Long Parliament

  • 1640-1644: Sir William Dalston (Royalist) - disabled to sit, January 1644
  • 1640-1648 (?): Richard Barwis (Parliamentarian) - not recorded as having sat after Pride's Purge, December 1648
  • 1645(?)-1648(?): Thomas Cholmley- not recorded as having sat after Pride's Purge, December 1648

Carlisle was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament.

First Protectorate Parliament (One member only)

  • 1654-1655:?

Second Protectorate Parliament (One member only)

Third Protectorate Parliament

Long Parliament (restored)

  • 1659-1660: ?

MPs 1660-1885

Year First member First party Second member Second party
1660 William Briscoe Jeremiah Tolhurst
1661 Sir Christopher Musgrave Sir Philip Howard
1681 Viscount Morpeth
1685 James Grahme
1689 Jeremiah Bubb
1690 Christopher Musgrave
1692 William Lowther
1694 James Lowther
1695 William Howard
1701 Philip Howard Whig
1702 Christopher Musgrave Thomas Stanwix Whig
1705 Sir James Montagu
1713 Sir Christopher Musgrave, Bt Tory
1715 William Strickland Whig
1721 Henry Aglionby
1722 James Bateman Tory
1727 Charles Howard John Hylton Tory
1741 John Stanwix Whig
1742 John Hylton Tory
1746 John Stanwix Whig
1761 Raby Vane Henry Curwen
1768 Lord Charles Edward Bentinck George Musgrave
1774 Anthony Storer Fletcher Norton [5]
1775 Walter Spencer-Stanhope
1780 Earl of Surrey William Lowther
1784 Edward Norton
April 1786 John Lowther
May 1786 John Christian
November 1786 Edward Knubley [6]
1787 Rowland Stephenson
1790 James Clarke Satterthwaite [7] Edward Knubley
1791 Wilson Bradyll John Christian Curwen Whig
1796 Sir Frederick Fletcher-Vane Whig
1802 Walter Spencer-Stanhope Tory
1812 Sir James Graham Tory Henry Fawcett
1816 John Christian Curwen [8] Whig
1820 William James Whig
1825 Sir Philip Musgrave Tory
1826 Sir James Graham Whig
1827 James Law Lushington Tory
1829 Sir William Scott Tory
1830 Philip Henry Howard Whig
1831 William James Whig
1835 William Marshall Whig
1847 William Nicholson Hodgson Conservative John Dixon [9] Whig
1848 Philip Henry Howard Whig
1852 Joseph Ferguson Whig Sir James Graham Peelite
1857 William Nicholson Hodgson Conservative
1859 Wilfrid Lawson Liberal
1861 Edmund Potter Liberal
1865 William Nicholson Hodgson Conservative
1868 Sir Wilfrid Lawson Liberal
1874 Robert Ferguson Liberal
  • Representation reduced to one member (1885)

MPs 1885-present

Year Member Party
1885 Representation reduced to one member
1885 Robert Ferguson Liberal
1886 William Court Gully Gladstonian Liberal
1905 Frederick William Chance Liberal
1910 January Richard Denman Liberal
1918 William Theodore Carr Coalition Liberal
1922 George Middleton Labour
1924 William Watson Conservative
1929 George Middleton Labour
1931 Louis Spears Conservative
1945 Edgar Grierson Labour
1950 Alfred Hargreaves (aka Alex) Labour
1955 Dr Donald Johnson Conservative
1964 Ronald Lewis Labour
1987 Eric Martlew Labour

Election results

Elections in the 18th century

Election results taken from the History of Parliament Trust series.

General Election 1715: Carlisle (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig William Strickland Unopposed N/A N/A
Whig Thomas Stanwix Unopposed N/A N/A
By-Election 12 April 1721: Carlisle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Non Partisan Henry Aglionby 268 67.00 N/A
Whig Thomas Stanwix 132 33.00 N/A
General Election 27 March 1722: Carlisle (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Non Partisan Henry Aglionby 398 37.65 N/A
Tory James Bateman 350 33.11 N/A
Whig Thomas Stanwix 309 29.23 N/A
General Election 1727: Carlisle (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Non Partisan Charles Howard Unopposed N/A N/A
Tory John Hylton Unopposed N/A N/A
General Election 3 May 1734: Carlisle (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Non Partisan Charles Howard 354 37.82 N/A
Tory John Hylton 351 37.50 N/A
Non Partisan Henry Aglionby 231 24.68 N/A
General Election 13 May 1741: Carlisle (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Non Partisan Charles Howard 109 38.11 N/A
Whig John Stanwix 90 31.47 N/A
Tory John Hylton 87 30.42 N/A
  • Note: Stanwix was unseated on petition and replaced by Hylton, 26 January 1742
  • Death of Hylton
By-Election 26 November 1746: Carlisle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig John Stanwix N/A N/A N/A
Non Partisan Sir Richard Musgrave, Bt N/A N/A N/A
General Election 1747: Carlisle (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Non Partisan Charles Howard Unopposed N/A N/A
Whig John Stanwix Unopposed N/A N/A

Elections in the 20th century

General Election 1970:Carlisle[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronald Lewis 21,866 53.19
Conservative BA Marsden 19,241 46.81
Majority 2,625 6.39
Turnout 41,105 78.55
General Election February 1974: Carlisle[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronald Lewis 23,119 55.2
Conservative EM White 18,139 43.31
Independent Socialist J Wild 628 1.5
Majority 4,980 11.89
Turnout 41,887 88.83
General Election October 1974: Carlisle[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronald Lewis 21,079 51.15
Conservative D Bloomer 14,825 35.97
Liberal F Phillips 5,306 12.88
Majority 6,254 15.18
Turnout 41,211 78.77
General Election 1979: Carlisle[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronald Lewis 21,343 49.69
Conservative D Bloomer 16,777 39.06
Liberal T Potts 4,829 11.24
Majority 4,566 10.63
Turnout 42,951 79.98
General Election 1983: Carlisle[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronald Lewis 15,618 37.51
Conservative R Sowler 15,547 37.34
SDP-Liberal Alliance R Hunt 10,471 25.15
Majority 71 0.17
Turnout 41,638 76.38
General Election 1987: Carlisle[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Martlew 18,311 42.23
Conservative WG Hodgson 17,395 40.12
SDP-Liberal Alliance R Hunt 7,655 17.65
Majority 916 2.11
Turnout 43,359 78.76
General Election 1992: Carlisle[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Martlew 20,479 46.78
Conservative CW Condie 17,371 39.68
Liberal Democrat RE Aldersey 5,740 13.11
Natural Law N Robinson 190 0.43
Majority 3,108 7.1
Turnout 43,781 79.4
General Election 1997: Carlisle[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Martlew 25,031 57.4
Conservative R Lawrence 12,641 28.99
Liberal Democrat C Mayho 4,576 10.49
Referendum Party A Fraser 1,233 2.83
Natural Law W Stevens 126 0.29
Majority 12,390 28.41
Turnout 43,607 72.78

Elections in the 21st century

General Election 2001: Carlisle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Martlew 17,856 51.2 -6.3
Conservative Mike Mitchelson 12,154 34.8 +5.8
Liberal Democrat John Guest 4,076 11.7 +1.2
Legalise Cannabis Colin Paisley 554 1.6 +1.6
Socialist Alliance Paul Wilcox 269 0.8 +0.8
Majority 5,702 16.4
Turnout 34,909 59.4 -13.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election 2005: Carlisle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Martlew 17,019 48.1 -3.1
Conservative Mike Mitchelson 11,324 32.0 -2.8
Liberal Democrat Steven Tweedie 5,916 16.7 +5.0
UKIP Steven Cochrane 792 2.2 +2.2
Legalise Cannabis Lezley Gibson 343 1.0 -0.6
Majority 5,695 16.1
Turnout 35,394 59.5 +0.1
Labour hold Swing -0.2
Confirmed candidates for the United Kingdom general election, 2010 [18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Boaden
Independent John Metcalfe
UKIP Michael Owen
Green John Reardon
BNP Paul Stafford
Conservative John Stevenson
Liberal Democrat Stephen Tweedie
Majority
Turnout

Notes

  1. ^ thePeerage.com - Person Page 27878
  2. ^ thePeerage.com - Person Page 16305
  3. ^ thePeerage.com - Person Page 16558
  4. ^ thePeerage.com - Person Page 16589
  5. ^ Norton was also elected for Guildford, which he chose to represent, and never sat for Carlisle
  6. ^ Knubley defeated Rowland Stephenson in a contested by-election by 553 votes to 405; but on petition Knubley was unseated and Stephenson declared elected
  7. ^ At the general election Satterthwaite and Knubley defeated Curwen and Bradyll; however on petition the result was overturned and Curwen and Bradyll were declared elected. Knubley and Stephenson had each secured 503 votes of which 377 came from newly appointed freemen
  8. ^ Curwen was re-elected at the 1820 general election but was also elected for Cumberland, which he chose to represent, and did not sit for Carlisle in this parliament
  9. ^ On petition, the 1847 election in Carlisle was declared void. At the resulting by-election held in March 1848, Hodgson was re-elected but Howard, who had come third in the original election, finished ahead of Dixon
  10. ^ UK General Election results 1970 [Archive]
  11. ^ UK General Election results: February 1974 [Archive]
  12. ^ UK General Election results: October 1974 [Archive]
  13. ^ UK General Election results: May 1979 [Archive]
  14. ^ UK General Election results: June 1983 [Archive]
  15. ^ UK General Election results: June 1987 [Archive]
  16. ^ UK General Election results: April 1992 [Archive]
  17. ^ Carlisle
  18. ^ ukpollingreport.co.uk » Carlisle

References

See also

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Warwick and Leamington
Constituency represented by the Speaker
1895 – 1905
Succeeded by
Penrith

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