East Yorkshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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For the 1832-1885 constituency, see East Riding of Yorkshire (UK Parliament constituency).
East Yorkshire
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of East Yorkshire in Humberside.
Outline map
Location of Humberside within England.
County East Riding of Yorkshire
Electorate 80,435 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Bridlington, Driffield, Pocklington and
Market Weighton
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Greg Knight (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Bridlington
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

East Yorkshire is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by Greg Knight of the Conservative Party.[n 2]


East Yorkshire constituency covers the northern part of the East Riding of Yorkshire unitary authority from Pocklington and Market Weighton through Driffield to Bridlington and corresponds to the former East Yorkshire district.

For the 2010 general election minor boundary changes affected the constituency. The civil parish of Middleton on the Wolds was transferred to the Beverley and Holderness constituency while Brandesburton was gained from the Beverley and Holderness constituency.[2]


This seat was created in 1997 and replaced Bridlington. The Conservative MP for that seat since 1979, John Townend, won the new seat, and held it until he retired in 2001. His successor, the current incumbent Greg Knight, had previously represented the marginal seat of Derby North from 1983 until he was defeated in the 1997 Labour landslide election. To date it has been a Conservative safe seat and ranks 170th in terms of their share of the vote of their 631 candidates, with in 2010 an approximately equally divided opposition.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1997 John Townend Conservative
2001 Greg Knight Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Yorkshire East[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Robert Adamson[6]
Yorkshire First Stewart Arnold[7]
Labour Kevin Hickson
Conservative Greg Knight
Green Mark Maloney[8]
UKIP Stephanie Todd[9]
General Election, 2010: Yorkshire East[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Greg Knight 24,328 47.5 +2.1
Liberal Democrat Robert Adamson 10,842 21.2 +2.2
Labour Paul Rounding 10,401 20.3 -11.8
UKIP Chris Daniels 2,142 4.2 +0.5
BNP Gary Pudsey 1,865 3.6 N/A
Social Democratic Ray Allerston 914 1.8 N/A
Green Mike Jackson 762 1.5 N/A
Majority 13,486 26.3
Turnout 51,254 63.8 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing -0.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: East Yorkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Greg Knight 21,215 45.2 −0.7
Labour Emma Hoddinott 14,932 31.8 −3.2
Liberal Democrat Jim Wastling 9,075 19.3 +4.8
UKIP Christopher Tresidder 1,703 3.6 −0.2
Majority 6,283 13.4
Turnout 46,925 61.2 +1.1
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2001: East Yorkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Greg Knight 19,861 45.9 +3.2
Labour Tracey Simpson-Laing 15,179 35.0 −0.9
Liberal Democrat Mary-Rose Hardy 6,300 14.5 −4.0
UKIP Trevor Pearson 1,661 3.8 N/A
Independent Paul Dessoy 313 0.7 N/A
Majority 4,682 10.8
Turnout 43,314 59.9 −10.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: East Yorkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Townend 20,904 42.7 N/A
Labour Ian Male 17,567 35.9 N/A
Liberal Democrat David Leadley 9,070 18.5 N/A
Social Democratic Trevor Pearson 1,049 2.1 N/A
National Democrats Mike Cooper 381 0.8 N/A
Majority 3,337 6.8 N/A
Turnout 48,971 70.6 N/A
Conservative hold Swing

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.

Coordinates: 54°01′44″N 0°27′58″W / 54.029°N 0.466°W / 54.029; -0.466