South West Wiltshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°15′36″N 2°11′10″W / 51.260°N 2.186°W / 51.260; -2.186

South West Wiltshire
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of South West Wiltshire in Wiltshire for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of Wiltshire within England.
County Wiltshire
Electorate 72,820 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of Parliament Andrew Murrison (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Westbury, Salisbury
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England

South West Wiltshire is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Andrew Murrison, a Conservative.[n 2]

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 2010 general election, following the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies tasked to the Boundary Commission, by which Parliament increased the number of seats in the county from six to seven.[2]

The previous Westbury constituency was abolished: the northern part (including the town of Bradford-on-Avon) was transferred to the reinstated Chippenham seat, and the southern bulk (including the towns of Trowbridge, Warminster and Westbury) formed the bulk of this constituency, which to complete it, received a minority of wards from the Salisbury seat.

Boundaries[edit]

The seat has electoral wards:[3]

  • Dilton Marsh, Donhead, Ethandune, Fonthill and Nadder, Knoyle, Mid Wylye Valley, Shearwater, Southwick and Wingfield, Summerham, Tisbury and Fovant; Trowbridge: Adcroft, College, Drynham, John of Gaunt and Park wards; Warminster East, Warminster West, Westbury Ham, Westbury Laverton and Western and Mere.

All wards are in the (unitary) County of Wiltshire.[4]

Constituency profile[edit]

Workless claimants (registered jobseekers) were in November 2012 lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.6% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[5]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party Notes
2010 Dr Andrew Murrison Conservative Surgeon Commander (RN) and Minister for International Security Strategy

Elections[edit]

For the approximate comparator before 2010, as the main predecessor seat, see Westbury.

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: South West Wiltshire[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Murrison 25,321 51.7 +2.5
Liberal Democrat Trevor Carbin 14,954 30.5 +0.3
Labour Rebecca Rennison 5,613 11.5 -5.7
UKIP Michael Cuthbert-Murray 2,684 5.5 +2.0
Independent Crispin Black 446 0.9 +0.9
Majority 10,367 21.1
Turnout 49,018 68.4 +3.8
Conservative hold Swing +1.1

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.
References