Rugby and Kenilworth (UK Parliament constituency)

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Rugby and Kenilworth
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Rugby and Kenilworth in Warwickshire for the 2005 general election.
Outline map
Location of Warwickshire within England.
County Warwickshire
Major settlements Rugby, Kenilworth
19832010
Number of members One
Replaced by Kenilworth & Southam
Rugby
Created from Rugby

Rugby and Kenilworth was a county constituency in Warwickshire, England. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It existed from 1983 to 2010.

History[edit]

The constituency of Rugby and Kenilworth was created for the 1983 election and was held by the Conservative Jim Pawsey until the 1997 election when the Labour candidate Andy King was narrowly elected. In the 2001 election he increased his majority slightly. The Conservatives regained the seat in 2005, with Jeremy Wright becoming the Member of Parliament.

Rugby and Kenilworth was a marginal seat from 1997 onwards, but had been a safe Conservative seat previously (see Elections). Rugby, being an industrial town, traditionally leans towards Labour. Kenilworth, however, is a prosperous dormitory town and leans towards the Conservatives.[citation needed]

Boundaries[edit]

The Warwickshire seat took areas from the Rugby and Warwick authorities. From Rugby came the town itself, and parishes on the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire borders. From neighbouring Warwick came Kenilworth and country villages bordering Coventry and Solihull.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Warwickshire, the seat of Rugby and Kenilworth was abolished for the 2010 election.

The successor seats were Kenilworth and Southam, which was originally to be named "Mid Warwickshire",[citation needed] and a re-formed Rugby constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1983 Jim Pawsey Conservative
1997 Andy King Labour
2005 Jeremy Wright Conservative
2010 constituency abolished: see Kenilworth & Southam and Rugby

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Rugby and Kenilworth[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeremy Wright 23,447 41.2 +1.5
Labour Andy King 21,891 38.4 -6.6
Liberal Democrat Richard Allanach 10,143 17.8 +4.0
UKIP John Thurley 911 1.6 +0.1
Independent Brian Hadland 298 0.5 N/A
Independent Lillian Phallikaropoulos 258 0.5 N/A
Majority 1,556 2.7 −2.6
Turnout 56,949 68.4 +1.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +4.0
General Election 2001: Rugby & Kenilworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andy King 24,221 45.0 +2.0
Conservative David Martin 21,344 39.7 -2.6
Liberal Democrat Gwen Fairweather 7,444 13.8 -0.4
UKIP Paul Garrett 787 1.5 N/A
Majority 2,877 5.3 +0.0
Turnout 53,796 67.4 -9.6
Labour hold Swing +2.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Rugby & Kenilworth[3][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andy King 26,356 43.0 +11.0
Conservative Jim Pawsey 25,861 42.2 −10.2
Liberal Democrat Jeremy Roodhouse 8,737 14.3 −1.0
Natural Law Michael Twite 251 0.4 +0.1
Majority 495 5.3 −15.1
Turnout 61,205 77.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +10.6
General Election 1992: Rugby and Kenilworth[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jim Pawsey 34,110 52.4 +0.8
Labour J Airey 20,862 32.0 +7.1
Liberal Democrat JM Roodhouse 9,934 15.3 −8.2
Natural Law SH Withers 202 0.3 +0.3
Majority 13,248 20.3 −6.3
Turnout 65,108 83.7 +4.1
Conservative hold Swing −3.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Rugby and Kenilworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jim Pawsey 31,485 51.57
Labour J Airey 15,221 24.93
Liberal DR Owen-Jones 14,343 23.49
Majority 16,264 26.64
Turnout 79.64
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Rugby and Kenilworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jim Pawsey 29,622 50.91
Liberal DR Owen-Jones 15,381 26.44
Labour P Blundell 13,180 22.65
Majority 14,241 24.48
Turnout 78.10
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/elections/results/general_elections/uk-general-election-2005/rugby--and--kenilworth
  3. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  4. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.142 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  5. ^ The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
  6. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 

Coordinates: 52°21′N 1°21′W / 52.35°N 1.35°W / 52.35; -1.35