List of Parliamentary constituencies in Leicestershire and Rutland
The ceremonial county of Leicestershire, (which includes the unitary authority of Leicester), is divided into 10 Parliamentary constituencies - 3 Borough constituencies and 7 County constituencies. One of these also includes the small county of Rutland.
Finalised proposals by the Boundary Commission for England retain these 10 constituencies, with changes to realign constituency boundaries with the boundaries of current local government wards, and to reduce the electoral disparity between constituencies. These changes were implemented at the United Kingdom general election, 2010. They have confirmed that the new constituency which almost corresponds to the existing Blaby is renamed South Leicestershire on the grounds that it does not match the borders of Blaby district, and the village of Blaby itself is not one of the major population centres.
Under the Reform Act 1832, Leicestershire was split into two divisions, North and South, which each elected two members. The Reform Act 1885 redistributed these seats in four single-member divisions: Melton, or Eastern, Loughborough, or Mid, Harborough, or Southern, and Bosworth, or Western.
At the 1918 general election, the four divisions of the county were retained, and the borough of Leicester was split into three single-member constituencies, Leicester East, Leicester South, and Leicester West. From 1948 to 1970 Leicester had four constituencies, these being Leicester North East, Leicester North West, Leicester South East and Leicester South West: the three seat arrangement of South, East and West was reverted to thereafter.
In 1983, seats in Leicestershire were shaken up. Rutland was associated with Melton to form Rutland and Melton, with Loughborough, Bosworth, and Harborough remaining as seat names. Two new seats were created: Blaby in the south-west, and in the north-west the North West Leicestershire constituency. A further constituency, Charnwood was created in the north for the 1997 election.
(part) signifies that only part of a ward is located in the constituency.
|Name[nb 1]||Electorate||Majority[nb 2]||Member of Parliament||Nearest opposition||Electoral wards||Map|
|Bosworth CC||72,948||5,032||David Tredinnick†||Michael Mullaney|
|Charnwood CC||70,869||15,029||Stephen Dorrell†||Robin Webber-Jones|
|Harborough CC||72,881||9,797||Edward Garnier†||Zuffar Haq¤|
|Leicester East BC||66,176||14,082||Keith Vaz‡||Jane Hunt†|
|Leicester South BC*||78,433||12,078||Jon Ashworth‡||Zuffar Haq¤|
|Leicester West BC||64,301||4,017||Elizabeth Kendall‡||Celia Harvey†|
|Loughborough CC||70,983||3,744||Nicky Morgan‡||Andy Reed†|
|North West Leicestershire CC||67,534||7,511||Andrew Bridgen||Ross Willmott|
|Rutland and Melton CC||72,214||14,000||Alan Duncan†||Grahame Hudson|
|South Leicestershire CC||72,731||15,524||Andrew Robathan†||Aladdin Ayesh|
- Result of Leicester South by-election, 2011
Changes for the 2010 general election
|No. on map||Constituency||2005 boundaries||2010 boundaries|
|8||North West Leicestershire|
|9||Rutland and Melton|
|10||South Leicestershire (previously Blaby)|
- East Midlands (European Parliament constituency)
- Leicestershire County Council
- Rutland County Council
- BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
- The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.
- "Boundary Commission for England: Fifth Periodical Report". Boundary Commission for England. Crown Copyright. Retrieved 6 November 2009.
- Craig, Frederick Walter Scott (1972). Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885–1972. Chichester, Sussex: Political Reference Publications. ISBN 0-900178-13-2.
- Boundary Commission for England pp. 677–689.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". Office of Public Sector Information. Crown copyright. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- Boundary Commission for England pp. 1004–1007