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Poole is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commonsmarker of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. The present constituency has existed since 1950, but Poole was previously a parliamentary borough from 1455 to 1885.

Until 1950, most of this constituency was in the East Dorset seat.


Members of Parliament



Year First member First party Second member Second party
April 1660 George Cooper Sir Walter Erle
1661 Sir John Fitzjames John Morton
1670 Thomas Trenchard
February 1673 George Cooper
March 1673 Thomas Strangways
1679 Henry Trenchard Thomas Chafin
1685 William Ettrick
1689 Henry Trenchard Sir Nathaniel Napier
1690 Sir John Trenchard Whig
1695 Lord Ashley
1698 William Joliffe Sir William Phippard
1705 Samuel Weston
1708 William Lewen Thomas Ridge
1710 Sir William Phippard
1711 Sir William Lewen
1713 George Trenchard
1722 Thomas Ridge
1727 Denis Bond
1732 Thomas Wyndham
1741 Joseph Gulston Thomas Missing
1747 George Trenchard
1754 Colonel Sir Richard Lyttelton
1761 Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Calcraft
1765 Joseph Gulston
1768 Joshua Mauger
1774 Major-General Sir Eyre Coote
1780 Joseph Gulston William Morton Pitt
1784 Michael Angelo Taylor
1790 Colonel the Hon. Charles Stuart Benjamin Lester
1791 Michael Angelo Taylor
1796 Hon. Charles Stuart John Jeffery
1801 George Garland
1808 Sir Richard Bickerton
1809 Benjamin Lester Lester Whig
1812 Michael Angelo Taylor
1818 John Dent
1826 William Ponsonby
1831 Sir John Byng Whig
January 1835 Charles Augustus Tulk Whig
May 1835 Hon. George Stephens Byng Whig
1837 Hon. Charles Ponsonby Whig George Richard Philips Whig
1847 George Richard Robinson Conservative
1850 Henry Danby Seymour Whig
1852 George Woodroffe Franklyn Conservative
1859 Liberal
1865 Charles Waring Liberal
1868 Representation reduced to one Member


Year Member Party
1868 Arthur Guest Conservative
February 1874 Charles Waring Liberal
May 1874 Hon. Evelyn Ashley Liberal
1880 Charles Schreiber Conservative
1884 William James Harris Conservative
1885 Constituency abolished


Year Member Party
1950 Colonel Mervyn Wheatley Conservative
1951 Richard Pilkington Conservative
1964 Oscar Murton Conservative
1979 John Ward Conservative
1997 Robert Syms Conservative


Election results


  • Robert Beatson, A Chronological Register of Both Houses of Parliament (London: Longman, Hurst, Res & Orme, 1807) [138684]
  • F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (2nd edition, Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services, 1989)

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