Rutland and Melton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Rutland and Melton
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Rutland and Melton in Leicestershire and Rutland.
Outline map
Location of Leicestershire and Rutland within England.
County 1983–1997 Leicestershire
1997–present Leicestershire and Rutland
Electorate 77,324 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Alan Duncan (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Rutland & Stamford, and Melton
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Rutland and Melton is a county constituency spanning Leicestershire and Rutland, 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. The constituency was first contested in 1983.

History[edit]

This is considered a safe Conservative seat. The current MP is Sir Alan Duncan.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was created in 1983 from the former seats of Rutland and Stamford and Melton. Initially it covered all of Rutland and Melton Borough and part of Charnwood. A boundary change implemented in 1997 saw the area of Charnwood replaced with part of Harborough District up to the boundary of the city of Leicester (for example Scraptoft).

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1983 Michael Latham Conservative
1992 Alan Duncan Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Rutland and Melton[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Duncan 28,228 51.2 ±0.0
Liberal Democrat Grahame Hudson 14,228 25.8 +7.2
Labour John Morgan 7,839 14.2 −10.8
UKIP Peter Baker 2,526 4.6 +1.4
BNP Keith Addison 1,757 3.2 N/A
Independent Leigh Higgins 588 1.1 N/A
Majority 14,000 25.4 −0.8
Turnout 55,166 71.7 +6.7
Conservative hold Swing -3.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Rutland and Melton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Duncan 25,237 51.2 +3.1
Labour Linda Arnold 12,307 25.0 −4.8
Liberal Democrat Grahame Hudson 9,153 18.6 +0.8
UKIP Peter Baker 1,554 3.2 +0.6
Veritas Duncan Shelley 696 1.4 N/A
Independent Helen Pender 337 0.7 N/A
Majority 12,930 26.2 +7.9
Turnout 49,284 65.0 +0.8
Conservative hold Swing +4.0
General Election 2001: Rutland and Melton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Duncan 22,621 48.1 +2.3
Labour Matthew O’Callaghan 14,009 29.8 +0.8
Liberal Democrat Kim Lee 8,386 17.8 −1.4
UKIP Peter Baker 1,223 2.6 +1.0
Green Chris Davies 817 1.7 N/A
Majority 8,612 18.3 +1.5
Turnout 47,056 64.2 −10.7
Conservative hold Swing +0.8

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Rutland and Melton[5][6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Duncan 24,107 45.8 −15.6
Labour John Meads 15,271 29.0 +8.2
Liberal Democrat Kim Lee 10,112 19.2 +3.5
Referendum Party Rupert King 2,317 4.4 N/A
UKIP Jeff Abbott 823 1.6 N/A
Majority 8,836 16.8 −23.8
Turnout 52,630 75.0
Conservative hold Swing -14.5
General Election 1992: Rutland and Melton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Duncan 38,603 59.0 −3.0
Labour Mrs Joan Taylor 13,068 20.0 +5.5
Liberal Democrat Richard Lustig 12,682 19.4 −4.1
Green Jim Berreen 861 1.3 N/A
Natural Law R Gray 237 0.4 N/A
Majority 25,535 39.0 +0.5
Turnout 65,451 80.8 +4.0
Conservative hold Swing −4.2

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Rutland and Melton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Latham 37,073 62.0 -
Liberal Rob Renold 14,051 23.5 -
Labour Chris Burke 8,680 14.5 -
Majority 23,022 38.50
Turnout 59,804 76.82 -
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Rutland and Melton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Latham 33,262 60.35 -
Liberal David Farrer 14,909 27.05 -
Labour John Whitby 6,414 11.64 -
Ecology Heather Goddard 532 0.97 -
Majority 18,353 33.30 -
Turnout 59,804 73.31 -
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ http://www.rutland.gov.uk/pp/pressrelease/pressdetail.asp?Id=8639
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 2010. Politics Resources. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  6. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.142 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  7. ^ The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
  8. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

Coordinates: 52°42′N 0°48′W / 52.7°N 0.8°W / 52.7; -0.8