Broxbourne (UK Parliament constituency)

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Broxbourne
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Broxbourne in Hertfordshire.
Outline map
Location of Hertfordshire within England.
County Hertfordshire
Electorate 71,872 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Broxbourne
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Charles Walker (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East of England

Broxbourne is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Charles Walker of the Conservative Party.[n 1]

Boundaries[edit]

Broxbourne constituency was created in 1983 from the former seat of East Hertfordshire. It includes the whole of the borough of Broxbourne together with the ward of Northaw in Welwyn Hatfield, directly north of the borough.

Latest boundary review[edit]

Following the national review and recommendations of the Boundary Commission no change was made to the seat of Broxbourne, which continues to link the Welywn Hatfield electoral ward of Northaw with the borough of Broxbourne.

Constituency profile[edit]

Broxbourne is, on the winning candidate's share of the vote, the safest seat for any Conservative in Hertfordshire and one of the safest in the country.

Just beyond the outer limits of Greater London,[2] the seat consists almost exclusively of low unemployment census output areas,[3] with walks, golf courses and leisure facilities and a relatively high proportion compared to Greater London of the retired and high-income self-employed,[4] Broxbourne's economy is also supported by good links to the City of London by train.[5]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1983 Dame Marion Roe Conservative
2005 Charles Walker Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Broxbourne[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Walker 26,844 58.8 +4.9
Labour Michael Watson 8,040 17.6 −7.9
Liberal Democrat Allan Witherick 6,107 13.4 +1.1
BNP Steve McCole 2,159 4.7 0.0
UKIP Martin Harvey 1,890 4.1 +0.5
English Democrats Debbie Lemay 618 1.4 +1.4
Majority 18,804 41.2
Turnout 45,658 64.0 +4.7
Conservative hold Swing +4.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Broxbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Walker 21,878 53.8 −0.3
Labour Jamie Bolden 10,369 25.5 −4.9
Liberal Democrat Andrew Porrer 4,973 12.2 +1.2
BNP Andrew Emerson 1,929 4.7 +2.5
UKIP Martin Harvey 1,479 3.6 +1.3
Majority 11,509 28.3
Turnout 40,628 59.7 +4.0
Conservative hold Swing +2.3
General Election 2001: Broxbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Marion Roe 20,487 54.1 +5.3
Labour David Prendergast 11,494 30.4 −4.3
Liberal Democrat Julia Davies 4,158 11.0 −0.3
UKIP Martin Harvey 858 2.3 N/A
BNP John Cope 848 2.2 +0.9
Majority 8,993 23.7
Turnout 37,845 55.7 −14.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Broxbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Marion Roe 22,952 48.8
Labour Benjamin J. Coleman 16,299 34.7
Liberal Democrat Mrs. Julia M. Davies 5,310 11.3
Referendum Party David S. Millward 1,633 3.5 N/A
BNP David J. Bruce 610 1.3 N/A
Independent Brent A. Cheetham 172 0.4 N/A
Majority 6,653 14.2
Turnout 46,976 70.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Broxbourne[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Marion Roe 36,094 62.6 −0.6
Labour Martin Hudson 12,124 21.0 +4.1
Liberal Democrat Mrs. Julia M. Davies 9,244 16.0 −3.9
Natural Law George Woolhouse 198 0.3 +0.3
Majority 23,970 41.6 −1.7
Turnout 57,660 79.9 +4.7
Conservative hold Swing −2.4

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Broxbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Marion Roe 33,567 63.2
Liberal Mrs. E. Yates 10,572 19.9
Labour P.W. Parry 8,984 16.9
Majority 22,995 43.3
Turnout 53,123 75.2
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Broxbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Marion Roe 29,328 58.8 N/A
Liberal B.B. Pollock 11,862 23.8 N/A
Labour Martin J. Stears 8,159 16.4 N/A
BNP J.R. Smith 502 1.0 N/A
Majority 17,466 35.0 N/A
Turnout 49,851 74.0 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References

Coordinates: 51°43′40″N 0°04′00″W / 51.72778°N 0.06667°W / 51.72778; -0.06667