Haltemprice and Howden (UK Parliament constituency)
|Haltemprice and Howden|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Haltemprice and Howden in Humberside.
Location of Humberside within England.
|County||East Riding of Yorkshire|
|Electorate||70,864 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||David Davis (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Beverley, Boothferry|
|European Parliament constituency||Yorkshire and the Humber|
The Electoral Reform Society considers it to be historically the second safest seat in the country, after North Shropshire. Taking into account the previous seats roughly covering its boundaries, the Society considers that the seat has been held continuously by the Conservative Party since the 1837 general election.
Boundaries and local government
The constituency covers a wide area stretching from the border of Hull in the east to the outskirts of Goole in the west and northwards to Holme-on-Spalding-Moor in the Yorkshire Wolds. The bulk of the population is centred in the villages of Willerby, Kirk Ella, Anlaby and Cottingham. Rural Howdenshire forms the bulk of the geographical area of the constituency but provides only a small part of the total electorate.
There are currently Conservative councillors in Howden, Howdenshire, Dale, South Hunsley, Cottingham North, Cottingham South, and Willerby and Kirk Ella Wards. The Liberal Democrats, who previously enjoyed relatively strong support in the constituency, suffered heavy losses in the 2011 local elections, losing their seats to the Conservatives in the Cottingham South and Willerby & Kirk Ella wards. As a result of the 2011 local elections, the Liberal Democrats now only hold one seat in Tranby ward (Anlaby & Anlaby Common), after losing their other seat there to Labour candidate Josh Newlove, who was 19 years of age at the time of the election. This was the first time a Labour candidate had been elected in the constituency, the party recording a 27% swing in its favour to win just four years after it came fourth in the same ward.
The constituency saw only small boundary changes for the 2010 general election. The minor adjustments brought the constituencies of the East Riding into line with local government boundaries. Haltemprice and Howden lost the civil parish of Newbald to Beverley and Holderness and gained the civil parish of Woodmansey from Beverley and Holderness. The electoral impact of these changes is insignificant.
The constituency was created for the 1997 general election, covering an area previously part of the Beverley and Boothferry constituencies. In 1997, it returned the Conservative David Davis, who had previously been the member for Boothferry; he was re-elected in the 2001, 2005 and 2010 general elections.
On 12 June 2008, a day after a vote on the extension of detention of terror suspects without charge, in an unexpected move, Davis took the Chiltern Hundreds, effectively resigning his seat as the constituency's MP. He stated this was to force a by-election, in which he intended to provoke a wider public debate on the single issue of the perceived erosion of civil liberties. Over the course of the following week, the campaign was launched on the theme of David Davis for Freedom.
Davis formally resigned as an MP on 18 June 2008, and the by-election took place on 10 July 2008, which Davis won.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Haltemprice and Howden|
|Liberal Democrat||Jon Neal||12,884||26.4||-10.0|
|English Democrats||Joanne Robinson||1,485||3.0||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|Haltemprice and Howden by-election, 2008|
|English Democrats||Joanne Robinson||1,714||7.2||N/A|
|National Front||Tess Culnane||544||2.3||N/A|
|Miss Great Britain Party||Gemma Garrett||521||2.2||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||Mad Cow-Girl||412||1.7||N/A|
|New Party||David Pinder||135||0.6||N/A|
|no label||David Icke||110||0.5||N/A|
|Freedom 4 Choice||Hamish Howitt||91||0.4||N/A|
|Socialist Equality||Chris Talbot||84||0.4||N/A|
|Church of the Militant Elvis||David Bishop||44||0.2||N/A|
|Make Politicians History||Ronnie Carroll||29||0.1||N/A|
|General Election 2005: Haltemprice and Howden|
|Liberal Democrat||Jon Neal||17,676||36.8||–2.1|
|General Election 2001: Haltemprice and Howden|
|Liberal Democrat||Jon Neal||17,091||38.9||+10.1|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Haltemprice and Howden|
|Liberal Democrat||Diana Wallis||14,295||28.8||N/A|
|Referendum Party||Trevor Pearson||1,370||2.8||N/A|
|Natural Law||Barry Stevens||74||0.1||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Safe seats", Electoral Reform Society
- "Are you ready to vote in the next election?". East Riding News (East Riding of Yorkshire Council): p. 3. April 2010.
- "North tops 'real' rich league". BBC News. 14 May 2003. Retrieved 19 June 2008.
- "Labour did not stand against Davis". BBC News. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2008.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Haltemprice & Howden". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- This is Hull and East Riding