Huntingdon (UK Parliament constituency)

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Huntingdon
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire.
Outline map
Location of Cambridgeshire within England.
County Cambridgeshire
Electorate 79,134 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements St Neots, Huntingdon, St Ives, Godmanchester
Current constituency
Created 1983 (1983)
Member of Parliament Jonathan Djanogly (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Huntingdonshire
1885 (1885)1918 (1918)
Number of members One
Type of constituency County constituency
Replaced by Huntingdonshire
Created from Huntingdonshire
c1290 (c1290)1885 (1885)
Number of members c1290–1868: Two
1868–1918: One
Type of constituency Borough constituency
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East of England

Huntingdon is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by Jonathan Djanogly, a Conservative.[n 2]

History[edit]

Representatives for seat, the standard two burgesses per parliamentary borough, were summoned to form the first fully assembled parliament, the Model Parliament in 1295 and at all parliaments assembled from then until 1868, in which year until the constituency lost its dual member entitlement. In 1885 the seat was further enlarged and given further election expenses rights as a county constituency. In the mid-17th century, this was Oliver Cromwell's constituency.

The seat was abolished in 1918 to re-create Huntingdonshire that co-existed in the early history of the above — this revived county seat lasted until 1983. That constituency was renamed and saw slight boundary changes, to form the current constituency of Huntingdon.

The former Conservative Prime Minister (1990-1997) John Major represented the seat from its re-creation in 1983 until his retirement in 2001.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency consists of the towns of St Neots, Huntingdon, St Ives, Godmanchester and a number of smaller settlements in Western Cambridgeshire. There were minor boundary changes at the 1983 general election, and more significant changes in 1997 when the neighbouring seat of North West Cambridgeshire was created from areas previously in the seats of Huntingdon and Peterborough.

The seat has electoral wards:

  • Alconbury and The Stukeleys, Brampton, Buckden, Fenstanton, Godmanchester, Gransden and The Offords, Huntingdon East, Huntingdon North, Huntingdon West, Kimbolton and Staughton, Little Paxton, St Ives East, St Ives South, St Ives West, St Neots Eaton Ford, St Neots Eaton Socon, St Neots Eynesbury, St Neots Priory Park and The Hemingfords all from the Huntingdonshire district.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs c1290–1660[edit]

Parliament First member Second member
1361 William Wightman[2]
1365 William Wightman[2]
1366 William Wightman[2]
1369 William Wightman[2]
1371 William Wightman[2]
1372 William Wightman[2]
1373 William Wightman[2]
1376 William Wightman[2]
1377 (Jan) William Wightman[2]
1377 (Oct) William Wightman[2]
1378 William Wightman[2]
1380 (Jan) William Wightman[2]
1381 William Wightman[2]
1382 (May) William Wightman[2]
1382 (Oct) William Wightman[2]
1383 (Oct) William Wightman[2]
1384 (Apr) William Wightman[2]
1384 (Nov) William Wightman[2]
1386 William Luton Thomas Daniel[3]
1388 (Feb) William Wightman Thomas Daniel[3]
1388 (Sep) William Wightman Thomas Daniel[3]
1390 (Jan) William Wightman Thomas Daniel[3]
1390 (Nov)
1391 William Wightman William Luton[3]
1393 William Albon John Pabenham[3]
1394 Henry Proude John Dunhead I[3]
1395 John Cutler John Dunhead II[3]
1397 (Jan) Walter Willardby John Dunhead I[3]
1397 (Sep) John Hawkin John Dunhead II[3]
1399 John Hawkin Richard Prentice[3]
1401 John Sabrisforth John Rous[3]
1402 Walter Devenham Ambrose Newton[3]
1404 (Jan)
1404 (Oct)
1406 John Hawkin Richard Prentice[3]
1407 Richard Prentice John Navet[3]
1410
1411 Robert Peck Thomas Freeman[3]
1413 (Feb)
1413 (May) Robert Peck John Denton[3]
1414 (Apr) Robert Peck John Denton[3]
1414 (Nov) Roger Chamberlain John Foxton[3]
1415 Robert Peck John Bickley[3]
1416 (Mar) Robert Peck John Denton[3]
1416 (Oct)
1417 John Fette Richard Freeman[3]
1419 Richard Spicer Hugh Parson[3]
1420 John Abbotsley John Foxton[3]
1421 (May) Robert [Peck II] John Colles[3]
1421 (Dec) Robert Peck II George Gidding[3]
1510-1523 No names known[4]
1529 Thomas Hall William Webbe[4]
1536  ?
1539  ?
1542  ?
1545  ?
1547 John Arscott John Millicent[4]
1553 (Mar) William Tyrwhitt Thomas Maria Wingfield[4]
1553 (Oct) Thomas Maria Wingfield John Purvey[4]
1554 (Apr) Thomas Maria Wingfield Simon Throckmorton[4]
1554 (Nov) Philip Clampe William Horwood[4]
1555 Robert Brockbank Thomas Worlich[4]
1558 Robert Brockbank John Brigandine[4]
1559 (Jan) Richard Patrick William Symcots[5]
1562/3 Richard Gooderick `George Blyth[5]
1571 Tristram Tyrwhitt Ralph Rokeby[5]
1572 (Apr) Thomas Slade John Turpin[5]
1584 (Nov) Francis Flower William Cervington[5]
1586 Francis Flower William Cervington[5]
1588 (Oct) Francis Flower William Cervington[5]
1593 Robert Lee Robert Cromwell[5]
1597 (Oct) Richard Cromwell Robert Cooke[5]
1601 William Beecher Thomas Chichley[5]
1604 Henry Cromwell Thomas Harley
1614 Sir Christopher Hatton Sir Miles Fleetwood
1621–1622 Sir Henry St John Sir Miles Sandys, 1st Baronet
1624 Sir Arthur Mainwaring Sir Henry St John
1625 Sir Arthur Mainwaring Sir Henry St John
1626 Sir Arthur Mainwaring John Goldsborough
1628 Oliver Cromwell James Montagu
1629–1640 No Parliaments sunmmoned
Apr 1640 Robert Bernard William Montagu
Nov 1640 George Montagu Edward Montagu, ennobled in 1644
and replaced by
Abraham Burrell
1653 Not represented in Barebones Parliament
1654 John Bernard
1656 John Bernard
1659 John Thurloe Sir John Bernard
1659 Abraham Burrell

MPs 1660–1868[edit]

Year First member[6] First party Second member[6] Second party
1660 John Bernard Nicholas Pedley
1661 Sir John Cotton, 3rd Bt Lionel Walden
Apr 1679 Hon. Sidney Wortley-Montagu Sir Nicholas Pedley
Aug 1679 Lionel Walden
1685 Hon. Oliver Montagu
1689 John Bigg Hon. Sidney Wortley-Montagu
1690 Hon. Richard Montagu
1695 John Pocklington
1697 Francis Wortley-Montagu
1698 Edward Carteret
1701 The Earl of Orrery
1702 Anthony Hammond
1705 Edward Wortley-Montagu Sir John Cotton, 4th Bt
1706 John Pedley
1708 Francis Page
1713 Sidney Wortley-Montagu Viscount Hinchingbrooke
1722 Edward Wortley-Montagu Roger Handasyde
1734 Edward Montagu
May 1741 Hon. Wills Hill
Dec 1741 Albert Nesbitt
1747 Kelland Courtenay
1748 John Montagu
1754 Robert Jones
1768 Henry Seymour
Feb 1774 Hon. William Augustus Montagu
Oct 1774 George Wombwell
1776 The Lord Mulgrave
1780 Hugh Palliser
1784 Sir Walter Rawlinson Lancelot Brown
1787 John Willett Payne
Jun 1790 Hon. John George Montagu
Dec 1790 Henry Speed
1796 William Henry Fellowes John Calvert
1807 William Meeke Farmer
1809 Samuel Farmer
1818 William Augustus Montagu
1820 Earl of Ancram Tory
1824 James Stuart
1831 Jonathan Peel Sir Frederick Pollock Tory
1844 Thomas Baring -
1868 representation reduced to one member

MPs 1868–1918[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1868 Thomas Baring Conservative
1873 by-election Sir John Burgess Karslake Conservative
1876 by-election Viscount Hinchingbrooke Conservative
1884 by-election Sir Robert Peel Conservative
1885 Thomas Coote Liberal
1886 Arthur Smith-Barry Conservative
1900 George Montagu Conservative
1906 Samuel Howard Whitbread Liberal
1910 (Jan) John Cator Conservative
1918 constituency abolished, Huntingdonshire from 1918

MPs since 1983[edit]

Election Member[6] Party Notes
1983 Rt Hon John Major Conservative Cabinet minister 1987-90; Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister 1990-97
2001 Jonathan Djanogly Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Huntingdon[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jonathan Djanogly 26,516 48.9 −1.9
Liberal Democrat Martin Land 15,697 28.9 +2.3
Labour Anthea Cox 5,982 11.0 −7.4
UKIP Ian Curtis 3,258 6.0 +1.8
Independent Jonathan Salt[8] 1,432 2.6 N/A
Green John Clare 652 1.2 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Lord Toby Jug[9] 548 1.0 N/A
Animal Protection Carrie Holliman 181 0.3 N/A
Majority 10,819 19.9
Turnout 54,266 64.9 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing −2.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Huntingdon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jonathan Djanogly 26,646 50.8 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Julian Huppert 13,799 26.3 +2.4
Labour Stephen Sartain 9,821 18.7 −4.1
UKIP Derek Norman 2,152 4.1 +0.7
Majority 12,847 24.5 −1.5
Turnout 52,418 62.5 +1.4
Conservative hold Swing −0.8
General Election 2001: Huntingdon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jonathan Djanogly 24,507 49.9 −5.4
Liberal Democrat Michael Pope 11,715 23.9 +9.1
Labour Takki Sulaiman 11,211 22.8 −0.6
UKIP Derek Norman 1,656 3.4 +2.8
Majority 12,792 26.0 −5.8
Turnout 49,089 61.1 −13.8
Conservative hold Swing −7.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Huntingdon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Major 31,501 55.3 −9.9
Labour Jason Reece 13,361 23.5 +6.6
Liberal Democrat Matthew Owen 8,390 14.7 −6.4
Referendum Party David Bellamy 3,114 5.5 N/A
UKIP Charles Coyne 331 0.6 N/A
Christian Democrat Veronica Hufford 177 0.3 N/A
Independent Duncan Robertson 89 0.2 N/A
Majority 18,140 31.80 −6.8
Turnout 56,963 74.9 −4.3
Conservative hold Swing −8.3
General Election 1992: Huntingdon[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Major 48,662 66.2 +2.6
Labour Hugh Seckleman 12,432 16.9 +3.0
Liberal Democrat Andrew Duff 9,386 12.8 −8.3
Liberal Paul Wiggin 1,045 1.4 N/A
Green Deborah Birkhead 846 1.2 −0.2
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 728 1.0 N/A
Conservative Thatcherite Michael Flanagan 231 0.3 N/A
Gremloids Lord Buckethead 107 0.1 N/A
Forward to Mars Party Charles S. Cockell 91 0.1 N/A
Natural Law David Shepherd 26 0.0 N/A
Majority 36,230 49.3 +6.8
Turnout 73,554 79.2 +5.2
Conservative hold Swing −0.2

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Huntingdon[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Major 40,530 63.6 +1.2
Social Democrat A J Nicholson 13,486 21.1 N/A
Labour D M Brown 8,883 13.9 +2.4
Green W B Lavin 874 1.4 +0.6
Majority 27,044 42.5
Turnout 63,773 74.0 +2.4
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Huntingdon[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Major 34,254 62.4 N/A
Liberal S J Gatiss 13,906 25.3 N/A
Labour Mark Slater 6,317 11.5 N/A
Ecology T M B Eiloart 444 0.8 N/A
Majority 20,348 37.1
Turnout 54,921 71.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1910 (December): Huntingdon[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Cator 2,287 51.7 −2.3
Liberal O S B Brett 2,139 48.3 +2.3
Majority 148 3.4
Turnout 4,426 85.5 −2.7
Conservative hold Swing −2.3
General Election 1910 (January): Huntingdon[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Cator 2,466 54.0 +9.4
Liberal O S B Brett 2,099 46.0 −9.4
Majority 367 8.0
Turnout 4,565 88.2 +5.1
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +9.4

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1906: Huntingdon[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Samuel Howard Whitbread 2,426 55.4 +8.9
Conservative John Cator 1,957 44.6 −8.9
Majority 469 10.8
Turnout 4,383 83.1 +7.3
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +8.9
General Election 1900: Huntingdon[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Charles Montagu 2,118 53.5 −0.4
Liberal C R W Adeane 1,838 46.5 +0.4
Majority 280 7.0
Turnout 3,956 75.8 −6.8
Conservative hold Swing −0.4

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1895: Huntingdon[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Hugh Smith-Barry 2,419 53.9 +3.7
Liberal J J Wilks 2,068 46.1 −3.7
Majority 351 7.8
Turnout 4,487 82.6 +0.8
Conservative hold Swing +3.7
General Election 1892: Huntingdon[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Hugh Smith-Barry 2,251 50.2 −1.6
Liberal Samuel Howard Whitbread 2,229 49.8 +1.6
Majority 22 0.4
Turnout 4,480 81.8 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing −1.6

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1886: Huntingdon[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Hugh Smith-Barry 2,302 51.8 +3.4
Liberal Thomas Coote 2,141 48.2 −3.4
Majority 161 3.6
Turnout 4,443 78.6 −2.1
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +3.4
General Election 1885: Huntingdon[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Coote 2,354 51.6
Conservative O G P Montagu 2,208 48.4
Majority 146 3.2
Turnout 4,562 80.7
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  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, though this was not the case in its first creation
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z "History of Parliament". Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "History of Parliament". Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of Parliament". Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  6. ^ a b c d Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  7. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated, Huntingdonshire District Council
  8. ^ http://www.jonathansalt.co.uk
  9. ^ Local Radio station Star 107
  10. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  11. ^ a b British Parliamentary Election results 1983-97
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h F. W. S. Craig (1989), British Parliamentary Election Results, 1885-1918. Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 299
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Blaby
Constituency represented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer
1989–1990
Succeeded by
Kingston-upon-Thames
Preceded by
Finchley
Constituency represented by the Prime Minister
28 November 1990 – 2 May 1997
Succeeded by
Sedgefield
Preceded by
Sedgefield
Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
2 May 1997 – 19 June 1997
Succeeded by
Richmond, Yorks