Ryedale (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°08′20″N 0°47′24″W / 54.139°N 0.79°W / 54.139; -0.79

Ryedale
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Ryedale in North Yorkshire for the 2005 general election.
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Location of North Yorkshire within England.
County North Yorkshire
Major settlements Malton, Helmsley, Pickering
19832010
Number of members One
Replaced by Thirsk and Malton, York Outer
Created from Thirsk and Malton

Ryedale was a constituency in North Yorkshire 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. It was created in 1983 and abolished in 2010.

History[edit]

This was traditionally a safe Conservative seat, although it was briefly taken by Elizabeth Shields for the Liberal Party, following a by-election in 1986 held following the death of MP John Spence.

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The District of Ryedale wards of Amotherby, Ampleforth, Birdsall, Clifton Without, Dales, Ebberston, Haxby North East, Haxby West, Helmsley, Hovingham, Huntington North, Huntington South, Kirby Misperton, Kirkbymoorside, Malton, New Earswick, Norton, Pickering, Rawcliffe, Rillington, Sherburn, Sheriff Hutton, Skelton, Stockton and Bossall, Strensall, Thornton Dale, and Wigginton; the District of Hambleton wards of Crayke, Easingwold, Helperby, Huby-Sutton, Shipton, Stillington, and Tollerton; and the Borough of Scarborough wards of Filey and Hertford.

1997-2010: The District of Ryedale wards of Amotherby, Ampleforth, Birdsall, Dales, Ebberston, Helmsley, Hovingham, Huntington North, Huntington South, Kirby Misperton, Kirkbymoorside, Malton, Norton, Osbaldwick and Heworth, Pickering, Rillington, Sherburn, Sheriff Hutton, Stockton and Bosall, Strensall, and Thornton Dale; and the Borough of Scarborough wards of Filey and Hertford.

The constituency was created in 1983 and at the time of its abolition in 2010, covered Ryedale (including Malton, Norton-on-Derwent, Helmsley and Pickering), Filey and the north eastern suburbs of York (including Huntington, Strensall, Osbaldwick and Heworth Without).

Boundary review[edit]

Following its review of parliamentary representation of North Yorkshire, Ryedale constituency was abolished, with its electoral wards being used to form a new Thirsk and Malton seat. These changes were implemented in 2010.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party Notes
1983 John Spence Conservative previously MP for Thirsk and Malton
1986 by-election Elizabeth Shields Liberal
1987 John Greenway Conservative
2010 constituency abolished: see Thirsk and Malton

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Ryedale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Greenway 21,251 48.2 +1.0
Liberal Democrat Gordon Beever 10,782 24.4 -11.7
Labour Paul Blanchard 9,148 20.7 +6.0
UKIP Stephen Feaster 1,522 3.4 +1.4
Liberal John Clark 1,417 3.2 N/A
Majority 10,469 23.7
Turnout 44,120 65.1 -0.6
Conservative hold Swing +6.3
General Election 2001: Ryedale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Greenway 20,711 47.2 +3.4
Liberal Democrat Keith Orrell 15,836 36.1 +2.7
Labour David B. Ellis 6,470 14.7 -3.2
UKIP Stephen Feaster 882 2.0 +0.1
Majority 4,875 11.1
Turnout 43,899 65.7 -9.1
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Ryedale[2][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Greenway 21,351 43.8 −11.6
Liberal Democrat Keith Orrell 16,293 33.4 +3.4
Labour Mrs. Alison M. Hiles 8,762 18.0 +3.3
Referendum Party John E. Mackfall 1,460 3.0 N/A
UKIP Stephen Feaster 917 1.9 N/A
Majority 5,038 10.4 −15.0
Turnout 48,783 74.8
Conservative hold Swing −7.5
General Election 1992: Ryedale[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Greenway 39,888 56.1 +2.7
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Shields 21,449 30.1 −8.4
Labour John Healy 9,812 13.8 +5.7
Majority 18,439 25.9 +11.1
Turnout 71,149 81.7 +2.5
Conservative hold Swing +5.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Ryedale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Greenway 35,149 53.3
SDP–Liberal Alliance (Liberal) Elizabeth Shields 25,409 38.6
Labour J. Beighton 5,340 8.1
Majority 9,740 14.8
Turnout 65,988 79.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
Ryedale by-election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SDP–Liberal Alliance (Liberal) Elizabeth Shields 27,612 50.3 +19.8
Conservative Neil Balfour 22,672 41.3 −17.9
Labour Mrs. Shirley Haines 4,633 8.4 −1.9
Majority 4,940 9.0
Turnout 54,917 67.3
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing 19.0[6]
General Election 1983: Ryedale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Spence 33,312 59.2 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance (Liberal) Elizabeth Shields 17,170 30.5 N/A
Labour P.R. Bloom 5,816 10.3 N/A
Majority 16,142 28.7 N/A
Turnout 56,298 71.8 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

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.politicsresources.net/area/uk/constit/507.htm General Election 1997, Ryedale
  3. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.142 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  4. ^ The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 
  6. ^ Chris Cook and John Ramsden (eds.), By-elections in British Politics (Routledge, 1997), p. 11.