Kettering (UK Parliament constituency)

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Kettering
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Kettering in Northamptonshire.
Outline map
Location of Northamptonshire within England.
County Northamptonshire
Electorate 69,610 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Kettering, Desborough, and Rothwell
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of Parliament Philip Hollobone (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from North Northamptonshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Kettering is a constituency[n 1] in Northamptonshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Philip Hollobone, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

This constituency covers the major town of Kettering, smaller towns of Desborough and Rothwell, the large village of Burton Latimer and rural settlements. A semi-rural seat; the preponderance of constituents live in the towns and a minority of the wards form a wide array of rural communities that have civil parish or hamlet status.

In local government and in electoral wards, it comprises the Borough of Kettering.

Boundary changes[edit]

The constituency created in 1918 included the generally (in the late 20th century) Labour-majority industrial town of Corby until before the 1983 general election, when Corby gained its own constituency.

The Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies proposed an additional seat due to population growth in the county. Parliament approved its recommendations for 2010 which made way for the new constituency of South Northamptonshire therefore the constituency lost some wards in these boundary changes.[n 3]

Constituency profile[edit]

Economically, it is predominantly middle-class, well within managerial/directorial commuter zones for London and the West Midlands. Industry continues in some sectors ranging from, for example, lingerie,[2] food production, rigid containers, abattoirs, to the Weetabix factory in Burton Latimer, but the industrial activity of the area, as with the rest of the county, is reduced whereas the wider area's headline gross value added for the area per head has been mostly consistently higher, from £11,667 in 1997 in North Northamptonshire to £17,835.[n 4][3]

In 2005 The Guardian described it as:

'[A] mixed industrial town in Northamptonshire with good links to London.'

Members of Parliament[edit]

The current member of Parliament is Philip Hollobone of the Conservative Party. He was elected in 2005 when he defeated the sitting Labour MP, Phil Sawford, in an election which nationally saw a reduced majority for the Blair Ministry.

Kettering Constituency (1918-present)[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1918 Alfred Waterson Co-operative
1922 Owen Parker Conservative
1923 Samuel Perry Labour Co-op
1924 Sir Mervyn Manningham-Buller Conservative
1929 Samuel Perry Labour Co-op
1931 John Eastwood Conservative
1940 by-election John Profumo Conservative
1945 Gilbert Mitchison Labour
1964 Geoffrey de Freitas Labour
1979 William Homewood Labour
1983 Roger Freeman Conservative
1997 Phil Sawford Labour
2005 Philip Hollobone Conservative

Mid Northamptonshire Constituency (1885-1918)[edit]

Prior to boundary changes in 1918, at least the majority of modern-day Kettering Constituency lay within the Mid Northamptonshire constituency.

North Northamptonshire Constituency (1832-1885)[edit]

Prior to boundary changes in 1885, at least the majority of modern-day Kettering Constituency lay within the North Northamptonshire constituency, which elected two members to Parliament.

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Kettering [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat
Conservative Philip Hollobone
Labour Rhea Keehn
General Election 2010: Kettering[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Philip Hollobone 23,247 49.1 +6.2
Labour Phil Sawford 14,153 29.9 -12.7
Liberal Democrat Chris Nelson 7,498 15.8 +3.6
BNP Clive Skinner 1,366 2.9 +2.9
English Democrats Derek Hilling 952 2.0 +2.0
Bus-Pass Elvis Party Dave Bishop 112 0.2 +0.2
Majority 9,094 19.2
Turnout 47,328 68.8 -0.4
Conservative hold Swing 9.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Philip Hollobone 25,401 45.6% +2.1%
Labour Phil Sawford 22,100 39.7% -5.0%
Liberal Democrat Roger Aron 6,882 12.4% +2.2%
UKIP Rosemarie Clarke 1,263 2.3% +0.6%
Majority 3,301 5.9% 396.4%
Turnout 55,646 68.0% -0.1%
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 3.6%
General Election 2001: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Phil Sawford 24,034 44.7% +1.4%
Conservative Philip Hollobone 23,369 43.5% +0.5%
Liberal Democrat Roger Aron 5,469 10.2% -0.5%
UKIP Barry Mahoney 880 1.6% -1.4%
Majority 665 1.2% +0.9%
Turnout 53,752 68.1% -7.4%
Labour hold Swing -0.5%

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Phil Sawford 24,650 43.3 +11.2
Conservative Roger Freeman 24,461 43.0 -9.0
Liberal Democrat Roger Aron 6,098 10.7 -5.3
Referendum Party A.E. Smith 1551 2.7 N/A
Natural Law Rosemary le Carpentier 197 0.3 N/A
Majority 189 0.3
Turnout 56,957 75.5 -7.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +9.9
General Election 1992: Kettering[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roger Freeman 29,115 52.0 +0.9
Labour Phil Hope 17,961 32.1 +12.4
Liberal Democrat Richard D. Denton-White 8,962 16.0 −13.3
Majority 11,154 19.9 −1.9
Turnout 56,038 82.6 +3.8
Conservative hold Swing −5.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roger Freeman 26,532 51.0 +2.6
Social Democrat Celia McClare Goodhart 15,205 29.3 -1.2
Labour A.M. Minto 10,229 19.7 -1.4
Majority 11,327 21.8 +3.9
Turnout 51,196 78.8 +2.4
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roger Freeman 23,223 48.4 +5.5
Social Democrat Celia McClare Goodhart 14,637 30.5 n/a
Labour Alex Gordon 10,119 21.09 -23.96
Majority 8,586 17.9
Turnout 47,979 76.4 -2.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +14.7

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Homewood 31,579 45.0 -4.3
Conservative Rupert Allason 30,101 42.9 +11.4
Liberal G. Raven 8,424 12.0 -7.1
Majority 1,478 2.1% -15.7
Turnout 70,104 79.3 +6.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Geoffrey de Freitas 30,970 49.3 +3.4
Conservative G.D. Reed 19,800 31.5 -0.2
Liberal A. James W. Haigh 12,038 19.2 -7.1
Majority 11,170 17.8 3.6
Turnout 62,808 73.2% -7.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Geoffrey de Freitas 31,659 45.9 -2.3
Conservative G.D. Reed 21,872 31.7 -10.7
Liberal A. James W. Haigh 15,393 22.3 +13.0
Majority 9,787 14.2 +8.4
Turnout 68,924 81.1 +5.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Geoffrey de Freitas 34,803 48.3 -4.4
Conservative John Charles Taylor 30,613 42.5 +6.9
Liberal A. James W. Haigh 6,695 9.3 -2.5
Majority 4,190 5.8 -11.3
Turnout 72,111 75.5 -5.9
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Geoffrey de Freitas 35,337 52.6 -2.5
Conservative Dr. Trevor E.T. Weston 23,877 35.6 -9.2
Liberal Anthony Smith 7,903 11.8 N/A
Majority 11,460 17.1 +6.7
Turnout 67,117 81.3 -0.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Geoffrey de Freitas 36,210 55.2 +2.4
Conservative J. Hedley Lewis 29,405 44.8 -2.4
Majority 6,805 10.4 +2.4
Turnout 65,615 81.5 +4.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gilbert Richard Mitchison 32,933 52.8 -2.4
Conservative Neil Stone 29,448 47.2 2.4
Majority 3,485 5.6 -4.8
Turnout 62,381 77.5 -4.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gilbert Richard Mitchison 31,198 55.2 -0.7
Conservative John F. Nash 25,495 44.8 0.7
Majority 5,903 10.4 -1.3
Turnout 56,893 81.6 -5.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gilbert Richard Mitchison 32,604 55.8 +3.2
Conservative C. Peter B. Bailey 25,777 44.2 +5.6
Majority 6,827 11.7 -2.4
Turnout 58,381 87.2 -0.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gilbert Richard Mitchison 30,243 52.6 -1.0
Conservative Sir Gyles Isham 22,169 38.6 -3.5
Liberal Ian Thomas Morrow 4,692 8.2 N/A
Communist L.P. O'Connor 368 0.6 N/A
Majority 8,074 14.0 +2.5
Turnout 57,472 88.1 13.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Maj. Gilbert Richard Mitchison 29,868 53.6
Conservative Lt-Col. John Dennis Profumo 23,424 42.1 −30.9
Christian Pacifist Cllr. John Chamberlain Dempsey 2,381 4.3
Majority 6,444 11.5
Turnout 24,530 75.1 +37.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Kettering by-election, 1940
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Profumo 17,914 73.0 +20.9
Workers' and Pensioners' Anti-War W. Ross 6,616 27.0 N/A
Majority 11,298 46.0 +41.8
Turnout 24,530 37.8 −39.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Eastwood 22,885 52.1 -8.1
Labour J.R. Sadler 21,042 47.9 +8.1
Majority 1,843 4.2 -16.1
Turnout 43,927 77.3 -8.4
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Eastwood 25,811 60.2 +23.1
Labour Co-op Samuel Perry 17,095 39.8 -3.9
Majority 8,716 20.3
Turnout 42,906 85.7 -0.1
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Samuel Frederick Perry 18,253 43.8 -5.8
Conservative Sir Mervyn Manningham-Buller 15,469 37.1 -13.3
Liberal Cuthbert Snowball Rewcastle 7,972 19.1 N/A
Majority 2,784 6.7
Turnout 41,694 85.8 4.2
Labour Co-op gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1924: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Mervyn Manningham-Buller 15,042 50.4 +15.4
Labour Co-op Samuel Frederick Perry 14,801 49.6 +6.0
Majority 241 0.8
Turnout 29,843 81.6 -0.1
Conservative gain from Labour Co-op Swing
General Election 1923: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Samuel Frederick Perry 12,718 43.6
Conservative Owen Parker 10,212 35.0
Liberal Sir Alfred William Yeo 3,137 N/A
Majority 2,506 8.6
Turnout 29,203 81.7
Labour Co-op gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1922: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Owen Parker 14,333 50.2
Co-operative Party A.E. Waterson 14,204 48.8
Majority 129 0.4
Turnout 28,537 81.5
Conservative gain from Co-operative Party Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Kettering
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Co-operative Party Alfred Edward Waterson 10,299 45.7
Coalition Liberal Leland William Buxton 7,761 34.4
National Party Algernon F.H. Ferguson 4,489 19.9
Majority 2,538
Turnout 22,549 65.1
Co-operative Party gain from Liberal 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.
  3. ^ Before 2010 it contained some eastern wards of the district of Daventry; the predominant parts of which being based around the large villages of Brixworth and Moulton.
  4. ^ A decrease during the year 2009 was seen to £16,885
References

Sources[edit]

  • Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd edition ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°25′N 0°45′W / 52.42°N 0.75°W / 52.42; -0.75