Hertsmere (UK Parliament constituency)

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County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Hertsmere in Hertfordshire.
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Location of Hertfordshire within England.
County Hertfordshire
Electorate 70,772 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Borehamwood
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament James Clappison (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from South Hertfordshire
European Parliament constituency East of England

Hertsmere is a constituency[n 1] identical with the area of the Hertsmere Borough of Hertfordshire in England represented since 1992 in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by James Clappison of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

Boundaries and composition[edit]

The constituency is coterminous with the borough of Hertsmere, in southern Hertfordshire. Hertsmere consists of the major towns and villages of Bushey, Radlett, Potters Bar and Borehamwood, elevated settlements above the headwaters of the River Colne which forms much of the northern border. Bushey borders Watford and the London Borough of Harrow to the west and south west, while Potters Bar borders Barnet and Broxbourne on the east. Borehamwood is just south-east of the centre, the largest town in the constituency — in the north and centre is Radlett, separated by two large villages and farms from St Albans to the north.

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Hertfordshire the Boundary Commission recommended no changes to constituency boundaries for the 2010 general election.

  • Bushey North, Bushey St James, Bushey Park, Bushey Heath, Aldenham West, Aldenham East, Elstree, Borehamwood Brookmeadow, Borehamwood Cowley Hill, Borehamwood Hillside, Borehamwood Kenilworth, Shenley, Potters Bar Furzefield, Potters Bar Parkfield, Potters Bar Oakmere[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

Just beyond the boundaries of Greater London and with fast railway lines into the capital, Hertsmere is an archetypal middle-class, mixed economy, Home Counties district with many commuters to London, considered by most to be well within the London Commuter Belt.

The Aldenham East ward was assessed as the least deprived of 8414 wards in England in IMD2000 of the year 2000 is in the constituency. A minority of wards of Borehamwood have Labour councillors and the seat has proven to date to be a Conservative safe seat. A close result for second place occurred 2010 with only 661 votes separating the Labour and the Liberal Democrat candidate.

Members of Parliament[edit]

This safe Conservative constituency was created in 1983 from the former seat of South Hertfordshire. The former Cabinet minister Cecil Parkinson, who previously represented South Hertfordshire, was the MP from the seat's creation until his retirement in 1992. James Clappison has held the seat since.

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Cecil Parkinson Conservative
1992 James Clappison Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Hertsmere[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Sophie Bowler
Labour Richard Butler[6]
Conservative Oliver Dowden
UKIP Frank Ward
General Election 2010: Hertsmere
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Clappison 26,476 56.0 +2.8
Labour Sam Russell 8,871 18.8 −8.4
Liberal Democrat Anthony Rowlands 8,210 17.4 −1.0
UKIP David Rutter 1,712 3.6 N/A
BNP Daniel Seabrook 1,397 3.0 N/A
Green Arjuna Krishna-Das 604 1.3 N/A
Majority 17,605 37.2
Turnout 47,270 64.7 +1.7
Conservative hold Swing 5.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Hertsmere
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Clappison 22,665 53.2 +5.4
Labour Kelly Tebb 11,572 27.2 −8.8
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Davies 7,817 18.4 +3.2
Socialist Labour James Dry 518 1.2 +0.2
Majority 11,093 26.1
Turnout 42,572 63.0 +2.7
Conservative hold Swing 7.1
General Election 2001: Hertsmere
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Clappison 19,855 47.8 +3.5
Labour Hilary Broderick 14,953 36.0 −2.2
Liberal Democrat Paul Thompson 6,300 15.2 +2.3
Socialist Labour James Dry 397 1.0 N/A
Majority 4,902 11.8
Turnout 41,505 60.3 −13.7
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Hertsmere
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Clappison 22,305 44.3
Labour Beth Kelly 19,230 38.2
Liberal Democrat Ann Gray 6,466 12.8
Referendum Party J Marlow 1,703 3.4 N/A
UKIP R Saunders 453 0.9 N/A
Natural Law N Kahn 191 0.4 N/A
Majority 3,075 6.1
Turnout 74.0
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Hertsmere[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Clappison 32,133 56.8 +0.2
Labour DN Souter 13,398 23.7 +4.1
Liberal Democrat Zerbanoo Gifford 10,681 18.9 −4.9
Natural Law Ms. D.M. Harding 373 0.7 N/A
Majority 18,735 33.1 +0.4
Turnout 56,585 80.9 +5.5
Conservative hold Swing −1.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Hertsmere
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cecil Parkinson 31,278 56.58
Liberal LS Brass 13,172 23.82
Labour F Ward 10,835 19.60
Majority 18,106 32.75
Turnout 75.35
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Hertsmere
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cecil Parkinson 28,628 53.20
Liberal Zerbanoo Gifford 13,758 25.56
Labour IDD Reed 10,315 19.17
Independent Communist R Parkinson 1,116 2.07
Majority 14,870 27.63
Turnout 73.72
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.
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 2015 proposed map
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/2015guide/hertsmere/
  5. ^ "Statement Of Persons Nominated And Notice Of Poll". Acting Returning Officer. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  6. ^ http://electionresults.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/hertsmere-2015.html
  7. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

Coordinates: 51°40′N 0°16′W / 51.667°N 0.267°W / 51.667; -0.267