Daventry (UK Parliament constituency)

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Daventry
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Daventry in Northamptonshire.
Outline map
Location of Northamptonshire within England.
County Northamptonshire
Electorate 71,903 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Daventry
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of Parliament Chris Heaton-Harris (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from South Northamptonshire
19181950
Replaced by South Northamptonshire
Created from South Northamptonshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Daventry is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Chris Heaton-Harris of the Conservative Party.

History[edit]

The seat, one of many created in 1918, was a narrower form of the oldest creation of South Northamptonshire and lasted 32 years until it reverted into "South Northamptonshire". Finally today's seat was recreated mostly from the north of the South Northants seat[n 2] in 1974. Since its recreation and during its first existence it has been served by Conservative MPs. As the 1997 majority was also not marginal, it has been to date an archetypal safe seat.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers the west of Northamptonshire and is named for the market town of Daventry. It covers the western part of Daventry and South Northamptonshire local government districts.

Latest boundary review[edit]

Owing to population increase, as described above, the Boundary Commission created a new seat in the county from the 2010 general election leading to a reduction in area of the Daventry seat. The seat consists of:

and the electoral wards:

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1918–1950[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1918 Edward FitzRoy Conservative
1928 Speaker
1943 by-election Reginald Manningham-Buller Conservative
1950 constituency abolished

MPs since Feb 1974[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
Feb 1974 Arthur Jones Conservative
1979 Reg Prentice Conservative
1987 Tim Boswell Conservative
2010 Chris Heaton-Harris Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Daventry[3][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Chris Heaton-Harris 29,252 56.5 +3.5
Liberal Democrat Christopher McGlynn[6] 10,064 19.4 +4.9
Labour Paul Corazzo 8,168 15.8 -12.1
UKIP Jim Broomfield 2,333 4.5 +1.6
English Democrats Alan Bennett-Spencer 1,187 2.3 +2.3
Green Steve Whiffen 770 1.5 +1.5
Majority 19,188 37.1
Turnout 51,774 72.5 +4.6
Conservative hold Swing -0.7

After the 2005 general election, Daventry incurred massive boundary changes following the creation of the new South Northamptonshire seat. The results of the 2010 general election are based on the notional results for the new boundaries.

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Daventry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Boswell 31,206 51.6 +2.4
Labour Andrew Hammond 16,520 27.3 -4.9
Liberal Democrat Hannah Saul 9,964 16.5 +0.4
UKIP Barry Mahoney 1,927 3.2 +0.8
Veritas Barrie Wilkins 822 1.4 +1.4
Majority 14,686 24.3
Turnout 60,439 68.1 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing +3.6
General Election 2001: Daventry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Boswell 27,911 49.2 +2.9
Labour Kevin Quigley 18,262 32.2 -2.2
Liberal Democrat Jamie Calder 9,130 16.1 +1.2
UKIP Peter Baden 1,381 2.4 +1.7
Majority 9,649 17.0
Turnout 56,684 65.5 -10.9
Conservative hold Swing +2.6

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Daventry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Boswell 28,615 46.3 -12.1
Labour K, Richie 21,237 34.4 +10.1
Liberal Democrat J. Gordon 9,233 15.0 -1.6
Referendum Party Mrs. B. Russocki 2,018 3.3 N/A
UKIP B. Mahoney 443 0.7 N/A
Natural Law R. France 204 0.3 -0.4
Majority 7,378 11.9
Turnout 61,750 77.0
Conservative hold Swing -11.1
General Election 1992: Daventry[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Boswell 34,734 58.4 +0.5
Labour Mrs LMAW Koumi 14,460 24.3 +3.8
Liberal Democrat AS Rounthwaite 9,820 16.5 −5.0
Natural Law RB France 422 0.7 N/A
Majority 20,274 34.1 −2.3
Turnout 59,436 82.7 +4.6
Conservative hold Swing −1.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Daventry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Boswell 31,353 57.94
Liberal IR Miller 11,663 21.55
Labour LMAW Koumi 11,097 20.51
Majority 19,690 36.39
Turnout 78.15
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Daventry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Reg Prentice 26,357 53.33
Social Democratic D Collins 13,221 26.75
Labour D Middleton 9,840 19.91
Majority 13,136 26.58
Turnout 76.84
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Daventry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Reg Prentice 41,422 56.61
Labour JL Rawlings 10,939 27.25
Liberal R Woodside 11,286 15.42
National Front G Younger 522 0.71
Majority 21,483 29.36
Turnout 80.50
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Daventry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Jones 29,801 46.43
Labour D Forwood 20,739 32.31
Liberal D Cassidy 13,640 21.25
Majority 9,062 14.12
Turnout 77.09
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Daventry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Jones 31,273 44.93
Labour P Jones 21,524 30.93
Liberal P Smout 16,802 24.14
Majority 9,749 14.01
Turnout 84.33
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Daventry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Reginald Manningham-Buller 14,863 42.85
Labour P Williams 13,693 39.48
Liberal WGE Dyer 6,130 17.67
Majority 1,170 3.37
Turnout 75.04
Conservative hold Swing
Daventry by-election, 1943:
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Reginald Manningham-Buller 9,043
Common Wealth Dennis Webb 6,391
Independent Liberal WGE Dyer 4,093
Majority 2,652
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Daventry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Speaker Capt. Edward FitzRoy 18,934 63.75
Labour TE Barnes 10,767 36.25
Majority 8,167 27.50
Turnout 75.97
Speaker hold Swing
General Election 1931: Daventry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Speaker Capt. Edward FitzRoy Unopposed
Speaker hold Swing

Notes and References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ South Northamptonshire was revived in 2010 and covers the area to the south including Towcester and Brackley
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated, Daventry District Council
  4. ^ Daventry, UKPollingReport
  5. ^ Daventry, BBC
  6. ^ Northampton Chronicle & Echo 21 April 2010
  7. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

See also[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Halifax
Constituency represented by the Speaker
1928–1943
Succeeded by
Hexham

Coordinates: 52°18′N 1°05′W / 52.30°N 1.08°W / 52.30; -1.08