Torridge and West Devon (UK Parliament constituency)
|Torridge and West Devon|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Torridge and West Devon in Devon.
Location of Devon within England.
|Electorate||77,417 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Bideford, Great Torrington, Holsworthy and Tavistock|
|Member of Parliament||Geoffrey Cox (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
1983-1997: The District of Torridge; and the Borough of West Devon.
1997-2010: The District of Torridge; and the Borough of West Devon wards of Bere Ferrers, Bridestowe, Burrator, Chagford, Courtenay, Drewsteignton, Exbourne, Hatherleigh, Lew Valley, Lydford, Mary Tavy, Milton Ford, North Tawton, Okehampton, South Tawton, Tamarside, Tavistock North, Tavistock South, Thrushel, and Walkham.
2010-present: The District of Torridge; and the Borough of West Devon wards of Bere Ferrers, Bridestowe, Buckland Monachorum, Burrator, Lydford, Mary Tavy, Milton Ford, Tamarside, Tavistock North, Tavistock South, Tavistock South West, Thrushel, and Walkham.
Before the 2010 general election, the constituency comprised Torridge District and almost all of West Devon District.[n 3] However, when the number of seats in the county rose from 11 to 12, the town of Okehampton and scattered small settlements surrounding it transferred to the new Central Devon seat.
- Political history
The seat unusually saw its second member, who attained the second absolute majority in its history, a Conservative, defect or "cross the floor" in 1995 to the Liberal Democrats (Emma Nicholson) — she was appointed for the subsequent election to the Lords.
The seat was then won by that party's candidate for the next Parliament John Burnett (LD). He also was elevated to a peerage, and in losing incumbency, the seat yielded to Geoffrey Cox who attained a majority of more than 3000 votes in 2005. The 2010 boundary changes described made the lower majority obtained in 2010 notionally a small swing to the Conservatives, from the other parties, however the majority is, at fewer than 3000 votes, fairly marginal.
The economy of the area is dominated by sectors such as agriculture, food processing, defence, hospitality, construction, maintenance and engineering and from Bideford and Northam a small amount of fishing; it also includes tourism, such as the island of Lundy, and sandy resort of Westward Ho!, to the small, centrally pedestrianised, cobbled, museum-dotted village of Clovelly. Great Torrington and Buckland Monachorum are among the archetypal rural villages, in an area with tranquil retreats, relatively close to the edge of Dartmoor.
Members of Parliament
|1997||John Burnett||Liberal Democrat|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Torridge and West Devon |
|Liberal Democrat||Paula Dolphin|
|General Election 2010: Torridge and West Devon|
|Liberal Democrat||Adam Symons||22,273||40.3||+3.4|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Torridge and West Devon|
|Liberal Democrat||David Walter||21,777||37.2||-5.0|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat||Swing||+3.9|
|General Election 2001: Torridge and West Devon|
|Liberal Democrat||John Burnett||23,474||42.2||+0.3|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Torridge and West Devon|
|Liberal Democrat||John Burnett||24,744||41.84|
|Referendum Party||Roger Lea||1,946||3.29|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing|
|General Election 1992: Torridge and West Devon|
|Liberal Democrat||DI McBride||26,013||41.5||+2.3|
|Natural Law||DH Collins||141||0.2||+0.2|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Torridge and West Devon|
|General Election 1983: Torridge and West|
|Wessex Regionalist||Henrietta Rous||113||0.21|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- Excepted were Buckland Monachorum and a small part of Walkham, before 2010 in the South West Devon seat, in West Devon. The combined electorate of these was stated in 2007 to be 2,874.
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll: Torridge and West Devon" (PDF). West Devon Borough Council. 2010-04-20. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Devon West & Torridge". BBC News.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.