List of Parliamentary constituencies in Cambridgeshire

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Location of the county of Cambridgeshire (red) and the Peterborough unitary authority (orange) in England.

The ceremonial county of Cambridgeshire (which includes the area of the Peterborough unitary authority) is divided into seven parliamentary constituencies. There are two borough constituencies and five county constituencies, which each elect one Member of Parliament to represent it in the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Constituencies[edit]

      † Conservative       ‡ Labour       ¤ Liberal Democrat

Constituency[nb 1] Electorate[1] Majority[nb 2][2] Member of Parliament Nearest opposition[nb 3] Electoral wards[3][4] Map
Cambridge BC 75,926 6,792   Julian Huppert ¤   Nick Hillman † Cambridge City Council: Abbey, Arbury, Castle, Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, East Chesterton, King’s Hedges, Market, Newnham, Petersfield, Romsey, Trumpington, West Chesterton.
A small constituency, located in the centre of the county.
Huntingdon CC 77,592 10,819   Jonathan Djanogly   Martin Land ¤ Huntingdonshire District Council: 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, The Hemingfords.
A medium constituency in the southwest of the county.
North East Cambridgeshire CC 79,907 16,425   Stephen Barclay   Lorna Spenceley ¤ East Cambridgeshire District Council: Downham Villages, Littleport East, Littleport West, Sutton.
Fenland District Council: Bassenhally, Benwick, Coates and Eastrea, Birch, Clarkson, Delph, Doddington, Elm and Christchurch, Hill, Kingsmoor, Kirkgate, Lattersey, Manea, March East, March North, March West, Medworth, Parson Drove and Wisbech St Mary, Peckover, Roman Bank, St Andrews, St Marys, Slade Lode, Staithe, The Mills, Waterlees, Wenneye, Wimblington.
A large constituency, located in the northeast of the county.
North West Cambridgeshire CC 83,959 16,677   Shailesh Vara   Kevin Wilkins ¤ Peterborough City Council: Barnack, Fletton, Glinton and Wittering, Northborough, Orton Longueville, Orton Waterville, Orton With Hampton, Stanground Central, Stanground East.
Huntingdonshire District Council: Earith, Ellington, Elton and Folksworth, Ramsey, Sawtry, Somersham, Stilton, Upwood and The Raveleys, Warboys and Bury, Yaxley and Farcet.
A medium-to-large constituency, stretching from the centre of the county to the northwest.
Peterborough BC 73,819 4,861   Stewart Jackson   Ed Murphy ‡ Peterborough City Council: Bretton North, Bretton South, Central, Dogsthorpe, East, Eye and Thorney, Newborough, North, Park, Paston, Ravensthorpe, Walton, Werrington North, Werrington South, West.
A small constituency in the northwest of the county.
South Cambridgeshire CC 75,885 7,838   Andrew Lansley   Sebastian Kindersley ¤ Cambridge City Council: Queen Edith’s.
South Cambridgeshire District Council: Bar Hill, Barton, Bassingbourn, Bourn, Caldecote, Comberton, Cottenham, Duxford, Fowlmere and Foxton, Gamlingay, Girton, Hardwick, Harston and Hauxton, Haslingfield and The Eversdens, Longstanton, Melbourn, Meldreth, Orwell and Barrington, Papworth and Elsworth, Sawston, Swavesey, The Abingtons, The Mordens, The Shelfords and Stapleford, Whittlesford.
A medium constituency in the south of the county.
South East Cambridgeshire CC 78,203 5,946   James Paice   Jonathan Chatfield ¤ East Cambridgeshire District Council: Bottisham, Burwell, Cheveley, Dullingham Villages, Ely East, Ely North, Ely South, Ely West, Fordham Villages, Haddenham, Isleham, Soham North, Soham South, Stretham, The Swaffhams.
South Cambridgeshire District Council: Balsham, Fulbourn, Histon and Impington, Linton, Milton, Teversham, The Wilbrahams, Waterbeach, Willingham and Over.
A large constituency, situated in the southeast of the county.

Boundary changes[edit]

The 2007 report of the Boundary Commission for England retained the same seven constituencies that had existed since the 1997 election, with minor boundary changes to align with current local government wards and to better equalise the electorates. These changes were implemented at the United Kingdom general election, 2010.

  Name Boundaries 1997 – 2010 Boundaries 2010 – present
1 Cambridge BC
Parliamentary constituencies in Cambridgeshire 1997 - 2005
Parliamentary constituencies in Cambridgeshire 2010 - present
2 Huntingdon CC
3 North East Cambridgeshire CC
4 North West Cambridgeshire CC
5 Peterborough BC
6 South Cambridgeshire CC
7 South East Cambridgeshire CC

Election results[edit]

1997 2001 2005 2010
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The total number of votes cast for each political party or individual candidate who fielded candidates in constituencies within Cambridgeshire in the 2010 general election were as follows;

Conservative 169,389 (45.0%), Liberal Democrat 109,159 (29.0%), Labour 60,983 (16.2%), UK Independence Party 19,288 (5.1%), Green Party 6,784 (1.8%), Independents 5,034 (1.3%), English Democrats 2,564 (0.7%), British National Party 1,747 (0.5%), Monster Raving Loony 548 (0.1%), Christian Peoples' Alliance 489 (0.1%), Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 362 (0.1%), Animal Protection Party 181 (0.0%). Total votes: 376,528

Former constituencies[edit]

Cambridge has been continuously represented in Parliament since 1295. The remainder of the county was represented by Cambridgeshire from 1290 to 1885, returning two members prior to 1832 and three members from 1832 to 1885. The county was divided in 1885 between the single member divisions of Chesterton, Newmarket and Wisbech. Cambridgeshire was recreated as a single member constituency in 1918 but did not cover the administrative county of Isle of Ely, which was now represented by the Isle of Ely constituency. Both Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely were abolished in 1983, and replaced with North East Cambridgeshire, South East Cambridgeshire and South West Cambridgeshire. The latter was abolished in 1997 to form the new constituency of South Cambridgeshire.

Additionally, Cambridge University returned two Members of Parliament from 1603 to 1950. However it was not a geographic area and instead represented the graduates of the university.

Huntingdonshire, historically a county in its own right, returned two members from the Huntingdonshire constituency from 1290 and two members from Huntingdon from 1295 until 1868 when representation from the latter was reduced to one member. In 1885 the county was divided between the two single member divisions of Huntingdon and Ramsey. Huntingdonshire was recreated in 1918 as a single member constituency and was renamed Huntingdon in 1983. The historic county was again divided in 1997 when North West Cambridgeshire was created.

Peterborough was historically a part of Northamptonshire. Some parts of the modern-day constituencies of North West Cambridgeshire and Peterborough were represented as part of Northamptonshire prior to 1832, followed by North Northamptonshire until 1918 when that constituency was abolished and merged into the Peterborough constituency.

  1290 – 1295 1295 – 1541 1541 – 1603 1603 – 1885 1885 – 1918 1918 – 1950 1950 – 1983 1983 – 1997 1997 – present
Cambridgeshire 1290 – 1885   1918 – 1983  
Huntingdonshire 1290 – 1885   1918 – 1983  
Cambridge   1295 – present
Huntingdon   1295 – 1918   1983 – present
Peterborough   1541 – present
Cambridge University   1603 – 1950  
Chesterton   1885 – 1918  
Newmarket   1885 – 1918  
Ramsey   1885 – 1918  
Wisbech   1885 – 1918  
Isle of Ely   1918 – 1983  
South West Cambridgeshire   1983 – 1997  
North East Cambridgeshire   1983 – present
South East Cambridgeshire   1983 – present
North West Cambridgeshire   1997 – present
South Cambridgeshire   1997 – present

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
  2. ^ The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.
  3. ^ As of the 2010 general election.

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