North West Cambridgeshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 52°27′11″N 0°12′00″E / 52.453°N 0.200°E / 52.453; 0.200

North West Cambridgeshire
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of North West Cambridgeshire in Cambridgeshire.
Outline map
Location of Cambridgeshire within England.
County Cambridgeshire
Electorate 89,419 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Shailesh Vara (Conservative)
Created from Huntingdon, Peterborough
European Parliament constituency East of England

North West Cambridgeshire is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Constituency Profile[edit]

This safe Conservative seat includes a substantial part of the cathedral city of Peterborough, specifically the suburban areas to the south of the river Nene and west of the Soke parkway, as well as several rural wards from the historic county of Huntingdonshire. While both Labour and the Liberal democrats are competitive in some wards at local elections, the opposition is evenly divided, and there is a strong Conservative presence in all parts of the seat, ensuring a large Tory majority.

The London Road home of Peterborough United F.C. is located within the seat.


The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the seats of Peterborough and Huntingdon. It was won in 1997 by Sir Brian Mawhinney, former Conservative MP for Peterborough (which was gained on that occasion by Labour). The Conservative Shailesh Vara has represented the seat since 2005.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Cambridgeshire in 2007, the Boundary Commission for England made minor alterations to the existing constituencies to deal with population changes. The electoral wards used to create the modified North West Cambridgeshire constituency fought at the United Kingdom general election, 2010 are:

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
part of Huntingdon and Peterborough prior to 1997
1997 Brian Mawhinney Conservative
2005 Shailesh Vara Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: North West Cambridgeshire [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Nicola Day[4]
UKIP Peter Reeve [5]
Liberal Democrat Nicholas Sandford[6]
Labour Nick Thulbourn [7]
Conservative Shailesh Vara
General Election 2010: North West Cambridgeshire[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Shailesh Vara 29,425 50.5 +4.3[10]
Liberal Democrat Kevin Wilkins[11] 12,748 21.9 −1.0
Labour Chris York 9,877 16.9 −8.7
UKIP Robert Brown 4,826 8.3 +3.0
English Democrats Stephen Goldspink 1,407 2.4 +2.4
Majority 16,677 28.6
Turnout 58,283 65.6 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing +2.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: North West Cambridgeshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Shailesh Vara 22,504 45.8 −4.0
Labour Ayfer Orhan 12,671 25.8 −5.6
Liberal Democrat John Souter 11,232 22.9 +7.1
UKIP Robert Brown 2,685 5.5 +3.5
Majority 9,833 20.0
Turnout 49,092 61.6 −0.1
Conservative hold Swing +0.8
General Election 2001: North West Cambridgeshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Mawhinney 21,895 49.8 +1.7
Labour Anthea Cox 13,794 31.4 −0.8
Liberal Democrat Alastair Taylor 6,957 15.8 +0.7
UKIP Barry Hudson 881 2.0 +1.5
Independent David Hall 429 1.0 N/A
Majority 8,101 18.4
Turnout 43,956 61.7 −12.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: North West Cambridgeshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Mawhinney 23,488 48.1 N/A
Labour Lee Steptoe 15,734 32.2 N/A
Liberal Democrat Barbara McCoy 7,388 15.1 N/A
Referendum Party S. Watts 1,939 4.0 N/A
UKIP B. Wyatt 269 0.6 N/A
Majority 7,754 15.9
Turnout 48,818 74.2
Conservative hold Swing

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