Wednesbury (UK Parliament constituency)

Wednesbury (UK Parliament Constituency)

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Wednesbury was a borough constituency in England's Black Country which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1868 until it was abolished for the February 1974 general election.

Wednesbury became a Parliamentary Borough under the Reform Act 1867, taking territory that previously belonged to the constituency of South Staffordshire. Initially the new constituency also included the parishes of West Bromwich, Tipton and Darlaston.

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The local people were inclined to vote Liberal so there were several contenders for Liberal candidate of whom Alexander Brogden was the man selected. He was by that time the senior partner in John Brogden and Sons, coal and ironminers, smelters and railway contractors. The other candidates were: Thomas Eades Walker, of the Patent Shaft Works, Conservative and Dr Kenealy, Independent.

The nominations were made on Monday, 16 November 1868 from a wooden husting erected on the South side of the Market Place. It was a lively occasion with all space taken, including windows and housetops. There was rioting and special constables had to be sworn in. Each candidate arrived in style and made a speech. By a show of hands organised by the Returning Officer, it was decided that the election would be on the next day<ref...
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