Hertford and Stortford (UK Parliament constituency)

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Hertford and Stortford
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Hertford and Stortford in Hertfordshire.
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Location of Hertfordshire within England.
County Hertfordshire
Electorate 79,255 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Hertford, Bishop's Stortford, Ware
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Mark Prisk (Conservative)
Number of members One
European Parliament constituency East of England

Hertford and Stortford /ˈhɑrtfʉd ənd stɔrtfʉd/ is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Mark Prisk of the Conservative Party.[n 2]


Following their review of parliamentary representation in Hertfordshire the Boundary Commission for England consultation and changed modified the Hertford and Stortford seat for the 2010 general election. The electoral wards are included in the district of East Hertfordshire:

  • Bishop’s Stortford All Saints, Bishop’s Stortford Central, Bishop’s Stortford Meads, Bishop’s Stortford Silverleys, Bishop’s Stortford South, Great Amwell, Hertford Bengeo, Hertford Castle, Hertford Heath, Hertford Kingsmead, Hertford Sele, Hunsdon, Much Hadham, Sawbridgeworth, Stanstead Abbotts, Ware Chadwell, Ware Christchurch, Ware St Mary’s and Ware Trinity.


The constituency is semi-rural which includes picturesque villages and farmland separating the county town of Hertford, population 25,000, which is architecturally rich.[2] The rivers Rib, Beane, Mimram, and Lea all meet in Hertford, which is protected from over development by Green Belt land which encircles the town separating it from its neighbour Ware (17,000) in the western part of the constituency. Farms continue between Ware and the ancient market town of Bishop's Stortford with a population of more than 32,000 people in the north east corner of the seat. Bishop's Stortford has developed into a popular area for commuters, with rail links to London's Liverpool Street station. Thorley on the south side of Stortford, contains a huge residential estate of owner occupied houses built mainly in the 1980s. The constituency is affluent, having a majority of professional and managerial workers as it is within commuting distance of London. Stansted Airport, which lies just outside the seat's eastern perimeter has been responsible for bringing jobs and an improved train service to the constituency. The pharmaceutical industry is also an important provider of jobs - GlaxoSmithKline has facilities in Ware and nearby Harlow, and Merck is based at Gilston on the seat's southern border. London is within commuting distance with trains to the City running from all the towns in the constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Bowen Wells Conservative
2001 Mark Prisk Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Hertford and Stortford[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Adrian Baker[5]
Labour Katherine Chibah[6]
Conservative Mark Prisk
Green To Be Decided
General Election 2010: Hertford and Stortford[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Prisk 29,810 53.8 +3.6
Liberal Democrat Andrew Lewin 14,373 26.0 +7.5
Labour Stephen Terry 7,620 13.8 -10.5
UKIP David Sodey 1,716 3.1 +1.0
BNP Roy Harris 1,297 2.3 N/A
Independent Loucas Xenophontos 325 0.6 N/A
Independent Martin Adams 236 0.4 N/A
Majority 15,437 27.9
Turnout 55,377 70.6 +4.1
Conservative hold Swing -1.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Hertford and Stortford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Prisk 25,074 50.5 +5.8
Labour Richard Henry 11,977 24.1 −8.7
Liberal Democrat James Lucas 9,129 18.4 −1.5
Green Peter Hart 1,914 3.9 N/A
UKIP David Sodey 1,026 2.1 −0.5
Veritas Debbie Le May 572 1.2 N/A
Majority 13,097 26.4
Turnout 49,692 67.7 +5.5
Conservative hold Swing +7.2
General Election 2001: Hertford and Stortford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Prisk 21,074 44.7 +0.6
Labour Simon Spellar 15,471 32.8 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Mione Goldspink 9,388 19.9 +2.2
UKIP Stuart Rising 1,243 2.6 +0.4
Majority 5,603 11.9
Turnout 47,176 62.2 -13.3
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Hertford and Stortford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bowen Wells 24,027 44.1
Labour Simon Spellar 17,142 31.4
Liberal Democrat Michael Wood 9,679 17.7
Referendum Party Hugo Page Croft 2,105 3.9
UKIP B G Smalley 1,233 2.2
ProLife Alliance Michael Franey 259 0.5
Majority 6,885 12.6
Turnout 54,571 75.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Hertford and Stortford[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bowen Wells 35,716 57.5 −.0
Liberal Democrat CJ White 15,506 25.0 −3.4
Labour AJ Bovaird 10,125 16.3 +3.5
Green JA Goth 780 1.3 −0.1
Majority 20,210 32.5 +3.3
Turnout 62,127 81.0 +3.3
Conservative hold Swing +1.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Hertford and Stortford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bowen Wells 33,763 57.52
Social Democratic RE Wotherspoon 16,623 28.32
Labour PRE Sumner 7,494 12.77
Green GC Cole 814 1.39
Majority 17,140 29.20
Turnout 77.73
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Hertford and Stortford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bowen Wells 29,039 55.98
Social Democratic R Wotherspoon 16,110 31.05
Labour J Carr 6,203 11.96
BNP G Wiles 304 0.59
Prosperity For All P Cullen 221 0.43
Majority 12,929 24.92
Turnout 75.61
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: 51°49′N 0°01′E / 51.817°N 0.017°E / 51.817; 0.017