South Holland and The Deepings (UK Parliament constituency)

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South Holland and The Deepings
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of South Holland and The Deepings in Lincolnshire.
Outline map
Location of Lincolnshire within England.
County Lincolnshire
Electorate 76,939 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Spalding and Holbeach
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament John Hayes (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Holland with Boston
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

South Holland and The Deepings is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 1997 creation by John Hayes, a Conservative.[n 2]


The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the former seats of Holland with Boston & Stamford and Spalding. It covers the area around Spalding. It roughly corresponds to the South Holland local government district, with Market, and West Deeping added to it.

In minor boundary changes in place for the 2010 general election, parts of the two civil parishes, Baston, and Langtoft forming much of the Truesdale ward, moved to neighbouring Grantham and Stamford. This made Market Deeping and Deeping St. James the only South Kesteven parishes to stay in the constituency, the remainder being in South Holland District.

The seat has electoral wards:

  • Crowland, Deeping St Nicholas, Donington, Fleet, Gedney, Gosberton Village, Holbeach: Hurn, St Johns and Town wards, Long Sutton, Pinchbeck, Spalding: Castle, Monks House, St John's, St Mary's, St Paul's and Wygate wards, Surfleet, Sutton Bridge, The Saints, Weston and Moulton, Whaplode in the South Holland District
  • Market Deeping and Deeping St. James in the South Kesteven District


The last non-Conservative member for the predecessor main seat was Sir Herbert Butcher (served 1937-1966) who for much of that time was in the National Liberal Party set up in 1931.

The member from 1966 until 1997 was Richard Body for the main contributor seat (in later years as MP, knighted), who had previously been an MP during the Eden government and the start of the Macmillan government for Billericay, and later wrote assertive books on agriculture and on the Common Agricultural Policy.

Constituency profile[edit]

Workless claimants were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.8% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1997 John Hayes Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: South Holland and the Deepings[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Hayes 29,303 59.6 +0.5
UKIP David Parsons[6] 10,736 21.8 +15.4
Labour Matthew Mahabadi 6,122 12.4 -1.6
Green Daniel Wilshire[7] 1,580 3.2 +1.8
Liberal Democrat George Smid[8] 1,466 3.0 -12.5
Majority 18,567 37.7
Turnout 49,207 63.9
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2010: South Holland and the Deepings[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Hayes 29,639 59.1 +2.1
Liberal Democrat Jennifer Conroy 7,759 15.5 +2.6
Labour Gareth Gould 7,024 14.0 −10.5
UKIP Richard Fairman 3,246 6.5 +2.5
BNP Roy Harban 1,796 3.6 N/A
Green Ashley Baxter 724 1.4 N/A
Majority 21,880 43.6 +11.1
Turnout 50,188 65.8 +4.3
Conservative hold Swing +6.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: South Holland and The Deepings
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Hayes 27,544 57.1 +1.7
Labour Linda Woodings 11,764 24.4 −7.0
Liberal Democrat Steve Jarvis 6,244 12.9 +2.6
UKIP Jamie Corney 1,950 4.0 +1.1
Independent Paul Poll 747 1.5 N/A
Majority 15,780 32.7
Turnout 48,249 60.6 −1.5
Conservative hold Swing +4.4
General Election 2001: South Holland and The Deepings
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Hayes 25,611 55.4 +6.2
Labour Graham Walker 14,512 31.4 -1.9
Liberal Democrat Grace Hill 4,761 10.3 -5.3
UKIP Malcolm Charlesworth 1,318 2.9 N/A
Majority 11,099 24.0
Turnout 46,202 62.1 -9.8
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: South Holland and The Deepings
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Hayes 24,691 49.3 N/A
Labour John Lewis 16,700 33.3 N/A
Liberal Democrat Peter Millen 7,836 15.6 N/A
Non-party Conservative Guy Erwood 902 1.8 N/A
Majority 7,991 N/A
Turnout 72.0 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

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.

Coordinates: 52°45′N 0°06′W / 52.75°N 0.10°W / 52.75; -0.10