South East Cornwall (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°24′50″N 4°31′12″W / 50.414°N 4.520°W / 50.414; -4.520

South East Cornwall
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of South East Cornwall in Cornwall for the 2010 general election.
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Location of Cornwall within England.
County Cornwall
Electorate 71,851 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Saltash, Torpoint, Liskeard and Looe
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Sheryll Murray (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Bodmin
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England
Sketchmap of 2010 parliamentary constituencies in Cornwall - click to enlarge

South East Cornwall is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Sheryll Murray, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

South East Cornwall constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the former seat of Bodmin. It used to span the districts of Caradon and Restormel, abolished in 2009.

In the 2010 general election the boundaries were changed: the Stoke Climsland ward moved to North Cornwall; and the Fowey & Tywardreath ward and the St Blazey ward became part of the new St Austell and Newquay seat.[2]

The seat has the following electoral wards:

  • Callington, Calstock, Deviock and Sheviock, Dobwalls and District, Duloe, Lansallos and Pelynt, Lanteglos & St Veep, Liskeard North, Liskeard South, Looe and St Martin, Lynher, Menheniot & St Ive, Millbrook, Rame Peninsular, St Cleer & St Neot, St Germans, Saltash: Burraton, Essa, Pill, St Stephens wards, Torpoint East, Torpoint East in the (unitary) County of Cornwall[3]

History[edit]

The predecessor county division, Bodmin, serving the area from 1885 until 1983 had (during those 98 years) 15 members (two of whom had broken terms of office serving the area), seeing twelve shifts of preference between the Liberal, Liberal Unionist and Conservative parties, spread quite broadly throughout that period. Consistent with this, since 1983 the preference for an MP has alternated between Liberal Democrats and Conservatives.

Constituency profile[edit]

The villages around the South Eastern edges of Cornwall often serve as a commuter base to the town of Plymouth, over the border in Devon.

Workless claimants were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.5% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[4]

Despite the presence of 'South' in its name, this seat is the second most northern of the six Cornwall seat, and several parts of the seat extend further North than parts of Cornwall North.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
1983 Robert Hicks Conservative
1997 Colin Breed Liberal Democrat
2010 Sheryll Murray Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: South East Cornwall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Martin Corney [6]
Liberal Democrat Phil Hutty [7]
Mebyon Kernow Andrew Long [8]
UKIP Bradley Monk [9]
Conservative Sheryll Murray
General Election 2010: South East Cornwall[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sheryll Murray 22,390 45.1 +10.1
Liberal Democrat Karen Gillard 19,170 38.6 −8.1
Labour Michael Sparling 3,507 7.1 −3.4
UKIP Stephanie McWilliam 3,083 6.2 +1.1
Green Roger Creagh-Osborne 826 1.7 +1.7
Mebyon Kernow Roger Holmes 641 1.3 −0.4
Majority 3,220 6.5
Turnout 49,617 68.7 +1.0
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +9.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: South East Cornwall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Colin Breed 24,986 46.7 +0.8
Conservative Ashley Gray 18,479 34.6 −0.9
Labour Colin Binley 6,069 11.4 −1.0
UKIP David Lucas 2,693 5.0 +1.2
Mebyon Kernow Graham Sandercock 769 1.4 −0.9
Veritas Anne Assheton-Salton 459 0.9 N/A
Majority 6,507 12.2
Turnout 53,455 66.2 0.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +0.9
General Election 2001: South East Cornwall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Colin Breed 23,756 45.9 −1.2
Conservative Ashley Gray 18,381 35.5 −0.3
Labour William John Stevens 6,429 12.4 −0.4
UKIP Graham Gordon Palmer 1,978 3.8 +1.3
Mebyon Kernow Dr. Kenneth John George 1,209 2.3 +1.3
Majority 5,375 10.4
Turnout 51,753 65.4 −10.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −0.5

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: South East Cornwall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Colin Breed 27,044 47.1 +9.0
Conservative Warwick Lightfoot 20,564 35.8 −15.1
Labour Mrs. Dorothy M. Kirk 7,358 12.8 +3.6
UKIP J. A. Wonnacott 1,428 2.5 N/A
Mebyon Kernow Paul A.R. Dunbar 573 1.0 N/A
Liberal Bill Weights 268 0.5 −0.6
Natural Law Mrs. Margo K.F. Hartley 197 0.3 +0.0
Majority 6,480 11.3
Turnout 57,400 75.7
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing +12.0
General Election 1992: South East Cornwall[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Hicks 30,565 51.0 −0.6
Liberal Democrat Robin Teverson 22,861 38.1 −1.6
Labour Linda Gilroy 5,536 9.2 +0.6
Liberal Miss Maureen H. Cook 644 1.1 +1.1
Anti-Federalist League Anthony O.H. Quick 227 0.4 N/A
Natural Law Miss Rosaleen Allen 155 0.3 N/A
Majority 7,704 12.8 +1.0
Turnout 59,988 82.1 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing +0.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: South East Cornwall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Hicks 28,818 51.6 −3.7
Liberal I.P. Tunbridge 22,211 39.7 +0.8
Labour P.A. Clark 4,847 8.7 +3.8
Majority 6,607 11.9
Turnout 55.876 79.5 +0.9
Conservative hold Swing −2.3
General Election 1983: South East Cornwall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Hicks 28,326 55.3 N/A
Liberal D.J. Blunt 19,972 38.9 N/A
Labour A.J. Bebb 2,507 4.9 N/A
Ecology J. Chadwick 337 0.7 N/A
Independent Mrs. J.E. Dent 94 0.2 N/A
Majority 8,354 16.3 N/A
Turnout 51,236 78.6 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  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.
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