Denbigh (UK Parliament constituency)

Denbigh (UK Parliament constituency)
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Preserved county Denbighshire
Major settlements Denbigh
1918 (1918)1983 (1983)
Replaced by Clwyd North West and Clwyd South West
Created from Denbigh Boroughs
East Denbighshire
West Denbighshire

Denbigh was a county constituency centred on the town of Denbigh in North Wales. 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 voting system.

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the 1983 general election.



This was a county division of Denbighshire. In 1918 it comprised the whole of the county, except for the Municipal Borough of Wrexham and part of the Chirk Rural District which formed the Wrexham division.

The local authorities in the Denbigh division were the Municipal Boroughs of Denbigh and Ruthin; the Urban Districts of Abergele and Pensarn, Colwyn Bay and Colwyn, Llangollen, and Llanrwst; as well as the Rural Districts of Llangollen, Llanrwst, Llansillin, Ruthin, St Asaph (Denbigh), Uwchaled, part of Chirk, and the part of Glan Conway not in Caernarvonshire.

The local authorities in Denbighshire were re-organised in 1935, but that did not affect the boundaries of the parliamentary constituency.

In the redistribution which took effect in 1950, the division was re-defined as comprising the Municipal Boroughs of Colwyn Bay, Denbigh, and Ruthin; the Urban Districts of Abergele, Llangollen, and Llanrwst; and the Rural Districts of Aled, Hiraethog, Ruthin, part of Ceiriog, and part of Wrexham. The same local authorities remained within the constituency in the 1974 redistribution.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1918 Sir David Sanders Davies Coalition Liberal
1922 John Cledwyn Davies National Liberal 1
1923 Ellis William Davies Liberal
1929 Sir Henry Morris-Jones Liberal
1931 National Liberal 2
1942 Independent
1943 National Liberal 2
1950 Emlyn Garner Evans National Liberal 2
1959 Geraint Morgan Conservative
1983 constituency abolished


  • 1 A party, led by David Lloyd George, which succeeded the Coalition Liberals.
  • 2 A party allied with the Conservative Party.

Election results

See also


  • Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Reference Publications 1972)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Macmillan Press, revised edition 1977)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services 1983)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1974-1983, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services 1984)
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 1)

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