Grantham and Stamford (UK Parliament constituency)

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Grantham and Stamford
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Grantham and Stamford in Lincolnshire.
Outline map
Location of Lincolnshire within England.
County Lincolnshire
Electorate 79,118 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Nicholas Boles (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Grantham, and Stamford & Spalding
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Grantham and Stamford is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Nicholas Boles, a Conservative.[n 2]


The constituency covers the towns Grantham[2] and Stamford in Lincolnshire with surrounding villages. Most of the constituency was formerly in the Stamford and Spalding constituency. As well as the two Lincolnshire constituencies that it neighbours (Sleaford and South Holland), it neighbours Rutland and Melton to the west, and North West Cambridgeshire to the south. All five are academically considered, based on results in recent elections, Conservative safe seats.

2010 revision[edit]

Following a Boundary Commission review in 2001, the constituency's boundary with Sleaford constituency saw more wards ceded to the Sleaford seat and all of Truesdale was united into this seat, which before was shared with South Holland and the Deepings. The recommendation saw an estimated electorate size of 73,336 comprising: twenty-five wards of the District of South Kesteven:

  • All Saints, Aveland, Belmont, Bourne East, Bourne West, Earlesfield, Forest, Glen Eden, Grantham St John's, Green Hill, Greyfriars, Harrowby, Hillsides, Isaac Newton, Lincrest, Morkery, Ringstone, St Anne's, St George's, St Mary's, St Wulfram's, Stamford St John's, Thurlby, Toller and Truesdale.[3][4]

The new boundary does not include Barrowby, Sedgebrook, Great Gonerby or Belton but includes Baston and Langtoft.

Constituency profile[edit]

This is a large rural seat in southern Lincolnshire. Grantham and Stamford are at the extreme north and south of the seat, with a large swathe of agricultural countryside between them, dotted with small rural villages. The only other large settlement in the seat is the rapidly growing town of Bourne, situated at the west of the Lincolnshire Fens. Food processing and agriculture are the major industries.[5]

Politically Grantham is associated with Margaret Thatcher, who grew up in the town, however, Grantham itself is probably the most Labour part of the seat. The rural part of the seat and the historical town of Stamford outweigh any Labour votes in Grantham and it is normally a safely Conservative seat. The history of Conservative representation was briefly interrupted between 2007 and 2010 when the sitting Conservative MP, Quentin Davies[6][7] defected to Labour.

Workless claimants were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.8% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[8]

Local government[edit]

The whole constituency lies within the area served by Lincolnshire County Council and South Kesteven District Council.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[9] Party
1997 Quentin Davies Conservative
2007 Labour[10]
2010 Nicholas Boles Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Grantham and Stamford[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Harrish Bisnauthsing
Conservative Nicholas Boles[12]
Green Aidan Campbell[13]
UKIP Marietta King

General Election 2010: Grantham and Stamford[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nicholas Boles 26,552 50.3 +3.4
Liberal Democrat Harrish Bisnauthsing 11,726 22.2 +5.7
Labour Mark Bartlett 9,503 18.0 -13.2
BNP Christopher Robinson 2,485 4.7 +4.7
UKIP Anthony Wells 1,604 3.0 -0.2
Lincolnshire Independents Mark Horn 929 1.8 +1.8
Majority 14,826 28.1 +12.3
Turnout 52,799 68.0 +5.0
Conservative hold Swing -1.2

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Grantham and Stamford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Quentin Davies 22,109 46.9 +0.8
Labour Ian Selby 14,664 31.1 −5.2
Liberal Democrat Patrick O'Connor 7,838 16.6 +2.2
UKIP Stuart Rising 1,498 3.2 0.0
English Democrats Benedict Brown 774 1.6 N/A
Organisation of Free Democrats John Andrews 264 0.6 N/A
Majority 7,445 15.8 +6.0
Turnout 47,147 63.6 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing 3.0
General Election 2001: Grantham and Stamford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Quentin Davies 21,329 46.1 +3.3
Labour John Robinson 16,811 36.3 -1.4
Liberal Democrat Jane Carr 6,665 14.4 +1.9
UKIP Marilyn Swain 1,484 3.2 +2.2
Majority 4,518 9.8
Turnout 46,289 61.3 -11.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Grantham and Stamford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Quentin Davies 22,672 42.8 N/A
Labour Peter Denning 19,980 37.7 N/A
Liberal Democrat John Sellick 6,612 12.5 N/A
Referendum Party Marilyn Swain 2,721 5.1 N/A
UKIP M. Charlesworth 556 1.0 N/A
ProLife Alliance R. Clark 314 0.6 N/A
Natural Law R. Harper 115 0.2 N/A
Majority 2,692 N/A
Turnout 73.3 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

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.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°48′N 0°30′W / 52.80°N 0.50°W / 52.80; -0.50