Bewdley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bewdley was the name of a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1605 until 1950.wikipedia
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Stanley Baldwin

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Its MPs included the former Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, who represented the seat from 1908 to 1937, and afterwards took the name of the constituency as part of his title when he was raised to the peerage.
He joined the family iron and steel making business and entered the House of Commons in 1908 as the Member of Parliament for Bewdley, succeeding his father Alfred.

Reform Act 1832

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Under the Reform Act 1832, which liberalised the franchise, Bewdley's boundaries were also extended to take in the whole of Ribbesford parish; this brought six hamlets into the borough, and almost doubled the population to 7,500.
Most English boroughs elected two MPs; but five boroughs elected only one MP: Abingdon, Banbury, Bewdley, Higham Ferrers and Monmouth.


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The borough consisted of part of Ribbesford parish in Worcestershire, of which the market town of Bewdley was the main settlement.
For many centuries Bewdley had its own Member of Parliament (MP), most famously the Conservative Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin who represented it from 1908–1937, but in 1950 the Bewdley constituency was abolished and the town was included in the Kidderminster constituency.

Sir Richard Young, 1st Baronet

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With the creation of the new parliamentary seat of Bewdley in Worcestershire, Zouche nominated Young for the seat, which he held from 1605 until 1610.

Henry Herbert (Master of the Revels)

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He was the Member of Parliament for Montgamery Boroughs in 1626 and Bewdley in 1640 (in both the Short and the Long parliaments), but was disabled from sitting by resolution of the Commons in 1642 because he put into execution the king's commission of array.

Alfred Baldwin (politician)

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Alfred Baldwin was elected as MP in 1892, holding the seat until his death in 1908.
At the 1892 general election, Baldwin was elected as MP for Bewdley in Worcestershire, holding the seat until his death, when he was succeeded by his only child, Stanley Baldwin, who later became prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Nicholas Lechmere

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On the outbreak of the Civil War, he sided with Parliament, and in 1648 was elected MP for Bewdley.

Thomas Edmondes

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He was elected as an MP for Bewdley in 1621, for Chichester in February 1624, for Oxford University, all in the first Parliament of King Charles I in 1625 and in 1628 for Penrhyn.

Thomas Foley (died 1677)

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(In 1677, the Commons upheld a petition against Thomas Foley's election on grounds of bribery, and declared his opponent duly elected in his place.) At later periods the "patronage" was held alternately by the Lytteltons and the Winningtons; but from 1806 the influence passed to a local attorney, Wilson Roberts.
He was elected MP for Bewdley in 1660 for the Convention Parliament.

Charles Cornewall

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This time he was successful, being elected member for Bewdley on 2 March 1709.

Salwey Winnington

He entered Parliament in 1694 as MP for Bewdley, one of the small number of English constituencies which was represented only by a single MP, and was its member for all but two-and-a-half years of the next twenty.

Sir Charles Lyttelton, 3rd Baronet

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He became Member of Parliament for Bewdley from 1685 until 1689.

Philip Foley

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Philip was also involved in politics as a Member of Parliament and was first elected for Bewdley in 1679.

William Hopkins (Bewdley MP)

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In 1647, he was elected Member of Parliament for Bewdley in a double return.

Henry Herbert, 2nd Baron Herbert of Chirbury

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Herbert stood for Parliament at Bewdley at the 1705 English general election but was defeated in the poll and was then unsuccessful with a petition.

Grey James Grove

At the 1715 British general election, Grey was returned as Member of Parliament for Bewdley on the interest of Lord Herbert of Chirbury.

South Worcestershire (UK Parliament constituency)

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The Bewdley division was abolished with effect from the general election of 1950, being divided between the Kidderminster constituency (in which Bewdley itself was placed) and Worcestershire South (which included Malvern).

Henry Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Chirbury

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Like his father he served as Member of Parliament for Bewdley, from 1677 to 1679, for Worcester in Charles II's last Parliament and again for Bewdley from 1689 to 1694.

John Pickersgill-Cunliffe

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John Cunliffe Pickersgill-Cunliffe (1819 – 6 October 1873) was a British banker, who briefly served as Member of Parliament for Bewdley in 1869, representing the Conservative Party.

William Bowles (1686–1748)

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At the 1734 British general election Bowles was returned as MP for both Bridport and Bewdley where he had acquired a controlling interest, but chose to sit for Bridport again and brought his brother Phineas in for Bewdley.

Phineas Bowles (British Army officer, born 1690)

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Bowles was returned unopposed as Member of Parliament (MP) for Bewdley at a by-election on 20 February 1735 to replace his elder brother William, who chose to sit for Bridport.

George Lyttelton, 2nd Baron Lyttelton

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Between 1798 and 1800, Lyttelton represented Granard in the Irish House of Commons He succeeded his father as Member of Parliament for Bewdley in 1790 and to his title and his estates in Hagley, Halesowen, and Frankley in 1808.