Parliamentary Elections for
Bury St Edmunds Constituency
1924 onwards

Year of Election Member of Parliament electedParty Majority Second Place
October 1924
Lt Col Rt Hon Walter E Guinness, DSO Conservative 6,681 J Day, Liberal
December 1925
By-election
Lt Col Rt Hon Walter E Guinness, DSO Conservative 5,997 G Nicholls, Liberal
May 1929
Lt Col Rt Hon Walter E Guinness, DSO Conservative 5,118 M D Lyons, Liberal
October 1931
Capt Frank F A Heilgers Conservative - Unopposed
November 1935
Capt Frank F A Heilgers Conservative - Unopposed
February 1944
By-election
Major Edgar M Keatinge Conservative - Unopposed
July 1945
Lt Col G B Clifton-Brown Conservative 5,818 Miss C McCall, Labour
February 1950
W T Aitken Conservative 4,129 Miss C McCall, Labour
October 1951
W T Aitken Conservative 3,989 N Stanley, Labour
May 1955
W T Aitken Conservative 4,570 N Stanley, Labour
October 1959
W T Aitken Conservative 7,962 N Stanley, Labour
May 1964
By-election
Eldon W Griffiths Conservative 2,459 N J Insley, Labour
October 1964
Eldon W Griffiths Conservative 4,990 N J Insley, Labour
June 1966
Eldon W Griffiths Conservative 4,642 C J V Seager, Labour
June 1970
Eldon W Griffiths Conservative 13,402 C J V Seager, Labour
February 1974
Eldon W Griffiths Conservative 13,253 J K Stephenson, Labour
October 1974
Eldon W Griffiths Conservative 11,082 J K Stephenson, Labour
May 1979
Eldon W Griffiths Conservative 20,259 Mrs A Gibson, Labour
June 1983
Eldon W Griffiths Conservative 16,122 Air Marshall Sir Reginald Harland, KBE, CB,
Social Democratic Party
June 1987
Sir Eldon W Griffiths Conservative 21,458 Air Marshall Sir Reginald Harland, KBE, CB,
Social Democratic Party
April 1992
Richard J G Spring Conservative 18,767 T Sheppard, Labour
May 1997
David L Ruffley Conservative 368 Mark A Ereira-Guyer, Labour
June 2001
David L Ruffley Conservative 2,503 Mark A Ereira, Labour
May 2005
David L Ruffley Conservative 9,930 David Monaghan, Labour

Prepared for the St Edmundsbury local history website
by David Addy, June 2006


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