Plymouth Sutton (UK Parliament constituency)
|Former Borough constituency|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Plymouth, Sutton in Devon for the 2005 general election.
Location of Devon within England.
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Plymouth Moor View, Plymouth Sutton and Devonport|
Plymouth, Sutton was, from 1918 until 2010, a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
Plymouth Sutton covered parts of the city of Plymouth, in South West England, and was first contested at the 1918 general election. In a by-election in 1919, it became the second constituency in the UK (and the first in Great Britain) to elect a female MP: Nancy Astor became the first woman to take a seat in the House of Commons (the first female MP was the Sinn Féin member Constance Markievicz, who did not take her seat). Three of its MPs have been members of the Astor family. A more recent prominent MP was the flamboyant Conservative Alan Clark, who represented Plymouth Sutton from 1974 until 1992.
Following a review of parliamentary representation in Devon by the Boundary Commission for England, constituencies in Plymouth have been reorganised, with both Plymouth Sutton and Plymouth Devonport being replaced by new constituencies of Plymouth Sutton and Devonport and Plymouth Moor View from 2010.
At the time of its abolition, the electoral wards making up the Plymouth Sutton seat were Compton, Devonport (part), Drake, Efford and Lipson, Ham (part), Peverell, St Peter and the Waterfront, Stoke (part), and Sutton and Mount Gould.
The 1997 boundary changes were superficially helpful to Labour in this constituency: what had been a safe Conservative seat became a marginal seat. As such the seat from 1997 until 2010 was closer in its wards to the defunct marginal seat of Plymouth Drake.
Members of Parliament
|1919 by-election||Nancy Astor||Conservative|
|Feb 1974||Alan Clark||Conservative|
|1997||Linda Gilroy||Labour Co-operative|
|2010||Constituency abolished: see Plymouth Moor View
and Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Plymouth, Sutton|
|Labour Co-op||Linda Gilroy||15,497||40.6||−10.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Karen Gillard||8,685||22.7||+8.4|
|Socialist Labour||Rob Hawkins||230||0.6||−0.3|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||−4.2|
|General Election 2001: Plymouth, Sutton|
|Labour Co-op||Linda Gilroy||19,827||50.7||+0.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Alan Connett||5,605||14.3||+0.5|
|Socialist Labour||Henry Leary||361||0.9||N/A|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||−0.3|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Plymouth Sutton|
|Labour Co-op||Linda Gilroy||23,881||50.1||+11.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Steve Melia||6,613||13.9||+0.7|
|Referendum Party||Tim Hanbury||1,654||3.5|
|Natural Law||Frank Lyons||168||0.4||−0.1|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||11.4|
|General Election 1992: Plymouth Sutton|
|Liberal Democrat||Julian P. Brett-Freeman||12,291||22.5||−15.4|
|Natural Law||Jeremy J. Bowler||256||0.5||+0.5|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Plymouth Sutton|
|General Election 1983: Plymouth Sutton|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Plymouth Sutton|
|General Election October 1974: Plymouth Sutton|
|General Election February 1974: Plymouth Sutton|
Elections in the 1930s
|General election, 1931|
Elections in the 1910s
|Plymouth Sutton by-election, 1919|
|Coalition Conservative||Lady Astor||14,495|
|Labour||William Thomas Gay||9,292|
|Coalition Conservative hold||Swing|
|General Election 1918: Plymouth Sutton|
|Coalition Conservative||Waldorf Astor||17,091||N/A|
|Labour||William Thomas Gay||5,334||N/A|
|Liberal||Capt. Sidney Ransom||3,488||N/A|
Notes and references
- "Final recommendations for Parliamentary constituencies in the counties of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay". Boundary Commission for England. 24 November 2004. Retrieved 25 April 2010.[dead link]
- C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, pp.133, 244 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995).
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Oliver Colvile, Official PPC Website
- "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
- C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.133 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
- The 1997 election result has swings relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- UK General Election results: June 1983 [Archive]
- UK General Election results: May 1979 [Archive]
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd edition ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.