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West Kent (UK Parliament constituency)

West Kent (formally known as "Kent, Western") was a county constituency in Kent in South East England. It returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.


The constituency was created by the Reform Act 1832 for the 1832 general election, and abolished by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election.

All three two-member constituencies in Kent were abolished in 1885: East Kent, Mid Kent and West Kent. They were replaced by eight new single-member constituencies: Ashford, Dartford, Faversham, Isle of Thanet, Medway, St Augustine's, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge.


Members of Parliament

Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1832 Thomas Law Hodges Thomas Rider
1835 Sir William Richard Powlett Geary
1838 Sir Edmund Filmer
1841 Charles Marsham, Viscount Marsham
1845 Thomas Austen
1847 Thomas Law Hodges
1852 William Masters Smith
Feb 1857 Charles Wykeham Martin
Apr 1857 James Whatman
1859 Viscount Holmesdale Sir Edmund Filmer
1865 William Hart Dyke Conservative
1868 Sir Charles Mills Conservative John Gilbert Talbot Conservative
1878 Viscount Lewisham Conservative

Election results


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