Under the Reform Act of 1832 West Bromwich became part of
the new southern division of the county, and under
the Reform Act of 1867 it was transferred to the
parliamentary borough of Wednesbury. (fn. 4) Under the
Redistribution of Seats Act of 1885 the borough of
West Bromwich became a parliamentary borough
returning one member. (fn. 5) Although the boundaries of
the county borough were subsequently altered, it
was not until 1948 that the parliamentary borough
was again made to coincide with the county
borough. (fn. 6) In 1885 West Bromwich returned a
Liberal, but from 1886 to 1918 it was held by the
Conservatives, except for the period 1906-10 when
it was again represented by a Liberal. From 1910 to
1918 the member was Viscount Lewisham (succeeded as 7th earl of Dartmouth in 1936). In 1918
it returned a Labour member, and, except for the
period 1931-5 when the member was a National
Unionist, it has remained a Labour seat. (fn. 7)
||White, Dir. Staffs. (1834), 15; 30 & 31 Vic. c. 102. For
an attempt in 1859 to make West Bromwich a parliamentary borough see Staffs. Advertiser, 12 and 19 Feb.,
5 Mar. 1859.
V.C.H. Staffs. i. 273.
||Representation of the People Act, 1948, 11 & 12 Geo.
VI, c. 65; Woodall, West Bromwich Yesterdays, 45.
||Woodall, West Bromwich Yesterdays, 44-6; County
Boro. of West Bromwich: Council Diary & Municipal
Yearbook 1966/67; Burke, Peerage (1967), 690.