South East Cambridgeshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 52°07′52″N 0°18′36″E / 52.131°N 0.310°E / 52.131; 0.310

South East Cambridgeshire
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of South East Cambridgeshire in Cambridgeshire.
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Location of Cambridgeshire within England.
County Cambridgeshire
Electorate 82,265 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Ely Listeni/ˈli/
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament James Paice (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Cambridgeshire, Isle of Ely
European Parliament constituency East of England

South East Cambridgeshire is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1987 by James Paice, a Conservative.[n 2]


The constituency includes the eastern half of South Cambridgeshire district and the southern part of East Cambridgeshire. Ely is the city, in fact with cathedral city status, and largest community, with many smaller settlements including Burwell, Fulbourn, Isleham, Linton, Milton, Soham and Waterbeach.

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 South East Cambridgeshire constituency fought at the 2010 general election are:

  • The East Cambridgeshire wards of Bottisham, Burwell, Cheveley, Dullingham Villages, Ely East, Ely North, Ely South, Ely West, Fordham Villages, Haddenham, Isleham, Soham North, Soham South, Stretham and The Swaffhams
  • The South Cambridgeshire wards of Balsham, Fulbourn, Histon and Impington, Linton, Milton, Teversham, The Wilbrahams, Waterbeach, and Willingham and Over.


The constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the former seats of Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely. It has to date been a safe Conservative seat.

Constituency profile[edit]

Workless claimants were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 1.4% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Francis Pym Conservative
1987 James Paice Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: South East Cambridgeshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Chatfield [4]
Conservative Lucy Frazer [5][n 3]
Labour Huw Jones [7]
UKIP Deborah Rennie [8]
Green Clive Semmens [9]
General Election 2010: South East Cambridgeshire[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Paice 27,629 48.0 +0.8[12]
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Chatfield 21,683 37.6 +6.2
John Cowan 4,380 7.6 −13.8 [n 4]
UKIP Andy Monk 2,138 3.7 N/A
Green Simon Sedgwick-Jell 766 1.3 N/A
Independent Geoffrey Woollard 517 0.9 N/A
Christian Peoples Daniel Bell 489 0.8 N/A
Majority 5,946 10.3
Turnout 57,602 69.3 +5.1
Conservative hold Swing −2.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: South East Cambridgeshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Paice 26,374 47.1 +2.9
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Chatfield 17,750 31.7 +4.8
Labour Fiona Ross 11,936 21.3 −5.1
Majority 8,624 15.4
Turnout 56,060 65.3 +1.8
Conservative hold Swing −1.0
General Election 2001: South East Cambridgeshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Paice 22,927 44.2 +1.2
Liberal Democrat Sal Brinton 13,937 26.9 +1.8
Labour Andrew Inchley 13,714 26.4 −0.1
UKIP Neil Scarr 1,308 2.5 N/A
Majority 8,990 17.3
Turnout 51,886 63.5 −10.8
Conservative hold Swing −0.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: South East Cambridgeshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Paice 24,397 42.9 −15.0
Labour Rex Collinson 15,048 26.5 +6.5
Liberal Democrat Sal Brinton 14,246 25.1 +4.8
Referendum Party J E Howlett 2,838 5.0 N/A
Building a Fair Society K H L Lam 167 0.3 N/A
Natural Law P H While 111 0.2 −0.2
Majority 9,349 17.3
Turnout 56,807 75.1 −5.5
Conservative hold Swing −10.8
General Election 1992: South East Cambridgeshire[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Paice 36,693 57.9 −0.9
Liberal Democrat Ron Wotherspoon 12,883 20.3 −7.2
Labour Murray Jones 12,688 20.0 +6.3
Green John W. Marsh 836 1.3 N/A
Natural Law Ms Bridget D. Langridge 231 0.4 N/A
Majority 23,810 37.5
Turnout 63,331 80.6
Conservative hold Swing +3.2

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: South East Cambridgeshire[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Paice 32,901 58.8 +1.2
Social Democratic P C Lee 15,399 27.5 −2.3
Labour T G Ling 7,694 13.7 +1.1
Majority 17,502 31.3
Turnout 55,994 77.4 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing +1.8
General Election 1983: South East Cambridgeshire[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Francis Pym 28,555 57.6 N/A
Social Democratic C J Slee 14,791 29.8 N/A
Labour M E Jackson 6,261 12.6 N/A
Majority 13,764 27.8
Turnout 49,607 74.2
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
  3. ^ Note: In January 2014 Lucy Frazer, a barrister, was "reaffirmed" as Conservative candidate for South East Cambridgeshire on Friday despite claims that she had been beaten in an open primary by another woman, Heidi Allen,[6] who is the Conservative candidate in the neighbouring constituency, South Cambridgeshire.
  4. ^ Note: In April 2010 John Cowan was suspended from the Labour Party following controversy over comments he had made which, if elected, would have led to a period as an independent MP. As nominations for candidates had closed, Labour were unable to replace him, nor did he withdraw his candidature.[13] He had previously been expelled from the Liberal Democrats.[14]

External links[edit]

South East Cambridgeshire Conservative Association