Harrogate and Knaresborough (UK Parliament constituency)
|Harrogate and Knaresborough|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Harrogate and Knaresborough in North Yorkshire for the 2010 general election.
Location of North Yorkshire within England.
|Electorate||75,044 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Harrogate and Knaresborough|
|Member of parliament||Andrew Jones (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Harrogate constituency|
|European Parliament constituency||Yorkshire and the Humber|
An area with little unemployment, a relatively large retired population and large neighbourhoods of high house prices[n 3] the former Harrogate constituency was a safe Conservative seat. When former Chancellor Norman Lamont stood for the Harrogate and Knaresborough seat in The New Labour landslide general election in 1997 Harrogate moved the way of other famous spa towns in England such as Bath[n 4] by returning the Liberal Democrat MP Phil Willis until Andrew Jones regained the seat for his party on Willis's retirement in the 2010 General Election with a swing of 9.1% and a margin of 1,039 votes.
1997-2010: The Borough of Harrogate wards of Bilton, Duchy, East Central, Granby, Harlow, Knaresborough East, Knaresborough West, New Park, Pannal, Starbeck, Wedderburn, and West Central.
2010-present: The Borough of Harrogate wards of Bilton, Boroughbridge, Claro, Granby, Harlow Moor, High Harrogate, Hookstone, Killinghall, Knaresborough East, Knaresborough King James, Knaresborough Scriven Park, Low Harrogate, New Park, Pannal, Rossett, Saltergate, Starbeck, Stray, and Woodfield.
Before 1950 the two eponymous towns had been part of the Ripon constituency. The constituency was created as Harrogate and following boundary changes in 1997 the name was changed to 'Harrogate and Knaresborough'.
Members of Parliament
|1997||Phil Willis||Liberal Democrat|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Harrogate and Knaresborough|
|Liberal Democrat||Helen Flynn|
|General Election 2010: Harrogate and Knaresborough|
|Liberal Democrat||Claire Kelley||23,266||43.8||-8.4|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat||Swing||9.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Harrogate and Knaresborough|
|Liberal Democrat||Phil Willis||24,113||56.3||+0.7|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing|
As per the Electoral Commission the candidate John Allmann was coded as an "Independent" candidate because his chosen party label - Alliance For Change Human Rights First - did not match a registered political party name.
|General Election 2001: Harrogate and Knaresborough|
|Liberal Democrat||Phil Willis||23,445||55.6||+4.0|
|ProLife Alliance||John Cornforth||272||0.6||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Harrogate and Knaresborough|
|Liberal Democrat||Phil Willis||24,558||51.5||N/A|
|Loyal Conservative||J. Blackburn||614||1.3||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing|
Notes and references
- A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- In the 2001 census: worklessness was the status of (see Harrogate 009 Middle Layer SOA for access to the whole district): 1.0% of working age people compared to Yorkshire and the Humber: 2.6% England 2.3%
However in the 2001 Census publication "Indices of Deprivation and Classification: Social Grade" 0.27% of the wider District population of 69,614 of working age were Class E: On state benefit, unemployed, lowest grade workers, slightly higher than 0.22% Yorkshire and the Humber average and 0.24% national average
- And for example more urban and less touristic Cheltenham, which is in the Gloucester conurbation
- Mouseprice.com heat map
- "Harrogate and Knaresborough: Blow to Lib Dems as close-run race ends in loss". Yorkshire Post. Johnston Press Digital Publishing. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "UK > England > Yorkshire & the Humber > Harrogate & Knaresborough". Election 2010 (BBC). 7 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
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