Forest of Dean (UK Parliament constituency)
|Forest of Dean|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire for the 2010 general election.
Location of Gloucestershire within England.
|Electorate||68,703 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Mark Harper (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Number of members||One|
|Type of constituency||County constituency|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
This seat was created for the 1885 general election adding a seat of West Gloucestershire under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 and abolished for the 1950 election. It was re-established for the 1997 general election.
The Forest of Dean constituency covers Gloucestershire west of the river Severn, and lies in the south west of England, near the Welsh border.
The core of the constituency consists of the Royal Forest of Dean itself, which was established by William the Conqueror nearly a thousand years ago and is one of the last surviving Royal Forests in England. The seat has a rich industrial and mining history, evidenced by the market towns of Coleford and Cinderford, and the old port of Lydney from where coal mined in the Forest of Dean Coalfield would start its journey to all parts of the world. The Dean’s rich industrial heritage and spectacular natural beauty unsurprisingly means tourism is an increasingly important aspect of Forest life.
The Wye Valley forms the western border of the Forest and is an area of outstanding natural beauty, whilst the Vale of Leadon forms the northern portion of the constituency. The Vale consists of quintessentially unspoilt English countryside with rolling farmland centred around the picturesque Roman town of Newent, and also produces fine English wine.
The constituency also includes parishes from Tewkesbury district, including Forthampton, Chaceley Hole, Hasfield, Ashleworth and Highnam.
Members of Parliament
|1887 by-election||Godfrey Blundell Samuelson||Liberal|
|1892||Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke||Liberal|
|1911 by-election||Henry Webb||Liberal|
|1925 by-election||Albert Arthur Purcell||Labour|
|1929||David John Vaughan||Labour|
|1931||Sir John Vigers Worthington||National Labour|
|1935||Morgan Philips Price||Labour|
MPs since 1997
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Forest of Dean|
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Coleman||10,676||21.9||+4.7|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Forest of Dean|
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Coleman||8,185||17.2||+4.3|
|English Democrats||Gerald Morgan||125||0.3||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+4.5|
|General Election 2001: Forest of Dean|
|Liberal Democrat||David Gayler||5,762||12.9||+0.6|
Election in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Forest of Dean|
|Liberal Democrat||A Lynch||6,165||12.29|
|Referendum Party||J Hopkins||1,624||3.24|
Election in the 1940s
|General Election 1945: Forest of Dean|
|Labour||Morgan Philips Price||19,721||65.19|
Elections in the 1930s
|General Election 1935: Forest of Dean|
|Labour||Morgan Philips Price||16,768||57.61|
|National Labour||John Vigers Worthington||12,337||42.39|
|Labour gain from National Labour||Swing|
|General Election 1931: Forest of Dean|
|National Labour||John Vigers Worthington||14,815||52.71|
|Labour||David John Vaughan||13,291||47.29|
|National Labour gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1910s
|General Election 14 December 1918:
|Liberal||Lt-Col. Sir Henry Webb||5,765|
|Labour gain from Liberal||Swing|
- Webb received the coupon of endorsement from the Coalition government.
A general election was due to take place by the end of 1915. By the autumn of 1914, the following candidates had been adopted [*approved but not actually adopted] to contest that election. Due to the outbreak of war, the election never took place.
|General Election 1914/15:
|Forest of Dean by-election, 1911
|Conservative||David Hope Kyd||3,106|
|General Election December 1910
|Liberal||Rt Hon. Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke||5,544|
|Conservative||David Hope Kyd||2,820|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F" [self-published source][better source needed]