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Leicester was a parliamentary borough in Leicestershiremarker, which elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commonsmarker from 1295 until 1918, when it was split into three single-member divisions.


Members of Parliament



Year First member First party Second member Second party

April 1640 Simon Every ?
November 1640 Thomas Coke Royalist Lord Grey of Groby Parliamentarian
January 1644 Coke disabled from sitting - seat vacant
1645 Peter Temple
1653 Leicester was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament
1654 Sir Arthur Hesilrige William Stanley
January 1659
May 1659 Peter Temple One seat vacant through the death of Lord Grey of Groby
1660 Thomas Armeston John Grey
1661 Sir William Hartopp Sir John Pretyman
1677 John Grey
1679 Sir Henry Beaumont
1685 Thomas Babington
1689 Lawrence Carter
1690 Sir Edward Abney
1695 Archdale Palmer
1698 Sir William Villiers Lawrence Carter
1701 James Winstanley Lawrence Carter
1702 Sir George Beaumont
1719 Thomas Noble
1722 Lawrence Carter
January 1727 Thomas Boothby-Skrymsher
August 1727 George Wrighte
1737 James Wigley
1765 Anthony James Keck
1766 John Darker
1768 Hon. Booth Grey Eyre Coote
1774 John Darker
February 1784 Shukburgh Ashby
April 1784 John Macnamara Charles Loraine-Smith
1790 Thomas Boothby Parkyns Samuel Smith
1800 Thomas Babington
1818 John Mansfield Thomas Pares
1826 Sir Charles Abney-Hastings Robert Otway-Cave
1830 William Evans Whig
1831 Wynne Ellis Whig
1835 Edward Goulburn Conservative Thomas Gladstone Conservative
1837 Samuel Duckworth Whig Sir John Easthope Whig
1839 Wynne Ellis Whig
1847 Sir Joshua Walmsley Whig Richard Gardner Whig
1848 John Ellis Whig Richard Harris Whig
1852 Sir Joshua Walmsley Whig Richard Gardner Whig
1856 John Biggs Whig
1857 John Dove Harris Whig
1859 Joseph William Noble Liberal Liberal
1861 William Unwin Heygate Conservative
1862 Peter Alfred Taylor Liberal
1865 John Dove Harris Liberal
1874 Alexander McArthur Liberal
1884 James Allanson Picton Liberal
1892 Sir James Whitehead Liberal
1894 Henry Broadhurst Liberal Walter Hazell Liberal
1900 Sir John Fowke Lancelot Rolleston Conservative
January 1906 Ramsay Macdonald Labour
March 1906 Franklin Thomasson Liberal
1910 Eliot Crawshay-Williams Liberal
1913 Sir Gordon Hewart Liberal
1918 Constituency abolished: see Leicester Eastmarker, Leicester Southmarker, Leicester Westmarker

  1. The election of 1847 was declared void on petition and a by-election was held

Election results


  • D. Brunton & D. H. Pennington, Members of the Long Parliament (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954)
  • Cobbett's Parliamentary history of England, from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the year 1803 (London: Thomas Hansard, 1808) [453678]
  • The Constitutional Year Book for 1913 (London: National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations, 1913)
  • F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1832–1885 (2nd edition, Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services, 1989)
  • J E Neale, The Elizabethan House of Commons (London: Jonathan Cape, 1949)
  • J Holladay Philbin, Parliamentary Representation 1832 - England and Wales (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1965)

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