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County constituency
House House of Commons
Created 1559 (1559)
Abolished 1983 (1983)

Clitheroe was a constituency in Lancashire.

It returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom until 1832, and then one MP until it was abolished for the 1983 general election. It was then largely replaced by the new Ribble Valley constituency.



Members of Parliament


MPs 1660-1832

Two members returned to Parliament

Year First member First party Second member Second party
Apr 1660 Sir Ralph Assheton William White
Jul 1660 William Hulton
Apr 1661 John Heath
1662 Ambrose Pudsay
1675 Sir Thomas Stringer
1679 Sir Ralph Assheton
1680 Henry Marsden
1685 Lord Strange Edmund Assheton
1689 Anthony Parker Christopher Wilkinson
1690 Roger Kenyon
1693 Fitton Gerard
1695 Christopher Lister Ambrose Pudsay
1698 Thomas Stringer
1701 Ambrose Pudsay
1705 Edward Harvey
1707 Daniel Harvey
1708 Christopher Parker
Apr 1713 Thomas Lister I
Sep 1713 Charles Zedenno Stanley
1715 Edward Harvey
1722 Nathaniel Curzon
1727 The Viscount Galway
1734 William Curzon
1745 Thomas Lister II
1747 Nathaniel Curzon
1754 Assheton Curzon
1761 Nathaniel Lister
1773 Thomas Lister III
1780 John Parker
1782 John Lee Tory
1790 Sir John Aubrey, 6th Baronet Penn Assheton Curzon
1792 Assheton Curzon
1794 Richard Erle Drax Grosvenor
1796 Lord Edward Bentinck Robert Curzon
1802 John Cust Tory
1808 James Gordon
Oct 1812 Viscount Castlereagh Tory
Dec 1812 Edward Wilbraham-Bootle
1818 William Cust
1822 Henry Porcher
1826 Peregrine Francis Cust

MPs 1832-1983

Election Member Party
1832 representation reduced to one member
1832 John Fort Liberal
1841 Mathew Wilson Liberal
1842 Edward Cardwell Conservative
1847 Mathew Wilson Liberal
1853 John Thomas Walshman Aspinall Conservative
1853 Le Gendre Nicholas Starkie Liberal
1857 John Turner Hopwood Liberal
1865 Richard Fort Liberal
1868 Ralph Assheton Conservative
1880 Richard Fort Liberal
1885 Sir Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth Liberal
1902 David James Shackleton Labour
1910 Albert Smith Labour
1918 Alfred Davies Labour
1922 Sir William Brass Conservative
1945 Harry Randall Labour
1950 Richard Fort Conservative
1959 Sir Francis Pearson Conservative
1970 David Walder Conservative
1979 by-election David Waddington Conservative
1983 constituency abolished: see Ribble Valley

Election results

1906 General Election: Clitheroe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David James Shackleton 12,035 75.9
Independent Conservative B J Belton 3,828 24.1
Majority 8,207 51.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s



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