Hitchin and Harpenden (UK Parliament constituency)
|Hitchin and Harpenden|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Hitchin and Harpenden in Hertfordshire.
|Electorate||74,189 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Hitchin, Harpenden, Wheathampstead|
|Member of Parliament||Peter Lilley (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||North Hertfordshire
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
The constituency was created for the first time for the 1997 General Election. The Boundary Commission's third Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies looked at the county and recommended that this constituency contain electoral wards in North Hertfordshire and St Albans, as detailed below.
- From North Hertfordshire: Cadwell, Chesfield (previously known as Graveley and Wymondley), Hitchin Bearton, Hitchin Highbury, Hitchin Oughton, Hitchin Priory, Hitchin Walsworth, Kimpton, and Hitchwood, Hoo, Offa and the newer development of Great Ashby.
- From St Albans: Harpenden East, Harpenden North, Harpenden South, Harpenden West, Redbourn, Sandridge and Wheathampstead.
The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of several former Hertfordshire seats. Prior to 1997 Hitchin was included in the North Hertfordshire constituency and Harpenden in the St Albans constituency, while the village of Wheathampstead was part of the Welwyn Hatfield constituency.
The seat's first, and so far only, MP is Peter Lilley, a former Secretary of State for various government departments in the Conservative Administration in the 1990s, who had previously represented St Albans from 1983 to 1997.
Members of Parliament
|General Election 2010: Hitchin and Harpenden|
|Liberal Democrat||Nigel Quinton||14,598||26.7||+0.9|
|Labour||Oliver de Botton||7,413||13.6||-8.8|
|Citizens for Undead Rights and Equality||Simon Byron||108||0.2||+0.2|
|Your Right to Democracy||Eric Hannah||90||0.2||+0.2|
|General Election 2005: Hitchin and Harpenden|
|Liberal Democrat||Hannah Hedges||12,234||25.8||+7.8|
|General Election 2001: Hitchin and Harpenden|
|Liberal Democrat||John Murphy||8,076||18.0||-2.1|
|General Election 1997: Hitchin and Harpenden|
|Liberal Democrat||Chris White||10,515||20.1||N/A|
|Natural Law||D. Cooke||290||0.6||N/A|
|Socialist Alternative||Jim Horton||217||0.4||N/A|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Hitchin and Harpenden". Election 2010. BBC News. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010.