Central Devon (UK Parliament constituency)

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Central Devon
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Central Devon in Devon.
Outline map
Location of Devon within England.
County Devon
Electorate 71,563 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Crediton and Okehampton
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of Parliament Mel Stride (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from North Devon, Teignbridge, Tiverton and Honiton, Torridge and West Devon, Totnes
European Parliament constituency South West England

Central Devon is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Mel Stride of the Conservative Party.[n 2]


The constituency was created for the 2010 general election, following a review of parliamentary representation in Devon by the Boundary Commission for England, which increased seats in the county from 11 to 12.[2] Central Devon covers parts of the East Devon, Mid Devon, Teignbridge and West Devon districts.

The wards from the last election presented a notional Conservative majority of just over 1,700 i.e. a marginal seat before the first election however Mel Stride gained a 17.1% majority and an absolute majority.[3]


The constituency contains electoral wards from four districts.[2]

  • From East Devon: Exe Valley;
  • From Mid Devon: Boniface, Bradninch, Cadbury, Lawrence, Newbrooke, Sandford and Creedy, Silverton, Taw, Taw Vale, Upper Yeo, Way, Yeo;
  • From Teignbridge: Ashburton and Buckfastleigh, Bovey Tracey, Chudleigh, Haytor, Kenn Valley, Moorland, Teignbridge North, Teign Valley;
  • From West Devon: Chagford, Drewsteignton, Exbourne, Hatherleigh, Lew Valley, North Tawton, Okehampton East, Okehampton West, South Tawton.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
2010 Mel Stride Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Central Devon[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mel Stride
Labour Lynne Richards[6]
Green Andy Williamson
UKIP John Conway
General Election 2010: Central Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mel Stride 27,737 51.5 +7.7
Liberal Democrat Phil Hutty 18,507 34.4 −4.4
Labour Moira Macdonald 3,715 6.9 −4.7
UKIP Bob Edwards 2,870 5.3 −0.5
Green Colin Matthews 1,044 1.9 N/A
Majority 9,230 17.1 +12.1
Turnout 53,873 75.7 +5.8
Conservative hold Swing +6.1[n 3]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Notional

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Coordinates: 50°42′N 3°54′W / 50.7°N 3.9°W / 50.7; -3.9