East Devon (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of East Devon in Devon for the 2010 general election.
Location of Devon within England.
|Electorate||72,406 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Exmouth, Ottery St Mary, Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth|
|Member of Parliament||Hugo Swire (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Number of members||Two|
|Type of constituency||County constituency|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
1997-2010: The District of East Devon wards of Axminster Hamlets, Axminster Town, Beer, Budleigh Salterton, Colyton, Edenvale, Exmouth Brixington, Exmouth Halsdon, Exmouth Littleham Rural, Exmouth Littleham Urban, Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh, Exmouth Withycombe Urban, Lympstone, Newbridges, Newton Poppleford and Harpford, Raleigh, Seaton, Sidmouth Rural, Sidmouth Town, Sidmouth Woolbrook, Trinity, Upper Axe, Woodbury, and Yarty.
2010-present: The District of East Devon wards of Broadclyst, Budleigh, Clyst Valley, Exmouth Brixington, Exmouth Halsdon, Exmouth Littleham, Exmouth Town, Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh, Newton Poppleford and Harpford, Ottery St Mary Rural, Ottery St Mary Town, Raleigh, Sidmouth Rural, Sidmouth Sidford, Sidmouth Town, Whimple, Woodbury, and Lympstone; and the City of Exeter wards of St Loyes and Topsham.
Following a review of parliamentary representation in Devon by the Boundary Commission for England, which has increased the number of seats in the county from 11 to 12, East Devon is subject to significant boundary changes at the 2010 general election. In particular, the towns of Axminster and Seaton have been transferred to the Tiverton and Honiton constituency. Also, two wards from the City of Exeter are now part of the East Devon seat.
Members of Parliament
- Constituency created - two seats (1868)
|Election||First member||First party||Second member||Second party|
|1868||Sir Lawrence Palk, Bt||Conservative||Lord Courtenay||Conservative|
|1870||Sir John Henry Kennaway, Bt||Conservative|
|1880||William Hood Walrond||Conservative|
The two-seat constituency of East Devon was abolished at the 1885 general election.
At the 1997 general election a new constituency of East Devon was established. Sir Peter Emery, MP for Honiton since a 1967 by-election, represented the new East Devon seat until standing down in 2001, when Hugo Swire was elected.
|1997||Sir Peter Emery||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: East Devon|
|Liberal Democrat||Paull Robathan||16,548||31.2||+3.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: East Devon|
|Liberal Democrat||Tim Dumper||15,139||30.7||+0.4|
|Independent (politician)||Christopher Way||400||0.8||+0.8|
|General Election 2001: East Devon|
|Liberal Democrat||Tim Dumper||14,486||30.3||+1.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: East Devon|
|Liberal Democrat||R Trethewey||15,308||29.13||N/A|
|Referendum Party||W Dixon||3,200||6.09||N/A|
|National Democrats||Gary Needs||131||0.25||N/A|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Final recommendations for Parliamentary constituencies in the counties of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay". Boundary Commission for England. 2004-11-24. Retrieved 2010-04-25.[dead link]
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Reference Publications 1972)
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Macmillan Press 1977)
- Who's Who of British Members of Parliament: Volume I 1832-1885, edited by M. Stenton (The Harvester Press 1976)
- Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, Volume II 1886-1918, edited by M. Stenton and S. Lees (Harvester Press 1978)