St Austell and Newquay (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°22′30″N 4°55′34″W / 50.375°N 4.926°W / 50.375; -4.926

St Austell and Newquay
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of St Austell and Newquay in Cornwall for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of Cornwall within England.
County Cornwall
Electorate 75,974 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements St Austell, Newquay
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of Parliament Stephen Gilbert (Liberal Democrat)
Number of members One
Created from North Cornwall
South East Cornwall
Truro & St Austell
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England
Sketchmap of 2010 parliamentary constituencies in Cornwall - click to enlarge

St Austell and Newquay is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Stephen Gilbert, a Liberal Democrat.[n 2]

History[edit]

2010 election

The seat on creation in 2010 had, based on complex forecasts involving its three constitutive seats, factoring in to different degrees the recent local election results, a widely varying notional Liberal Democrat majority (see results below). In analysis, one forecast suggested that the seat would prove to be a safe seat whereas another suggested an extremely marginal seat. The majority achieved was lower than an average of the two forecasts but by no means the most slender of majorities achieved in that election.

Other parties

In 2010, the Labour Party candidate polled in line with results of the recent decades in the forerunner seats, with 7.2% of the vote. Mebyon Kernow, the Cornish independence party, achieved its highest share of the vote in any constituency but narrowly lost its deposit by not reaching the 5% threshold.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was created for the 2010 general election, following a review of parliamentary representation by the Boundary Commission, which increased the number of seats in the county from five to six.[2] It has the same boundaries as the former Borough of Restormel, with the exception of the ward of Lostwithiel, which remains in the South East Cornwall constituency. Previously, the historic area was divided between the North Cornwall, South East Cornwall and Truro and St Austell seats.[3]

The seat has electoral wards:

  • Bethel, Crinnis, Edgcumbe: North and South wards, Fowey and Tywardreath, Gannel, Gover, Mevagissey, Mount Charles, Poltair, Rialton, Rock, St Blaise, St Columb, St Enoder, St Ewe, St Stephen, and Treverbyn in the unitary county of Cornwall[4]

Constituency profile[edit]

Workless claimants (registered jobseekers) were in November 2012 higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 4.2% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[5]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
2010 Stephen Gilbert Liberal Democrats

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: St Austell and Newquay[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Stephen Gilbert
Conservative Steve Double
Labour Deborah Hopkins
UKIP David Mathews
Green Steve Slade
General Election 2010: St Austell and Newquay[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Stephen Gilbert 20,189 42.7 -4.5
Conservative Caroline Righton 18,877 40.0 +5.1
Labour Lee Jameson 3,386 7.2 -6.6
Mebyon Kernow Dick Cole 2,007 4.2 +4.2
UKIP Clive Medway 1,757 3.7 -0.4
BNP James Fitton 1,022 2.2 +2.2
Majority 1,312 2.8
Turnout 47,238 61.9 -3.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -4.8

Notional election result[edit]

The official Rallings & Thrasher notional results for the 2005 election gave the Liberal Democrats a notional majority of 5,723 votes (12.44%).

The alternative UKPollingReport estimates gave a much smaller notional Liberal Democrat majority of 630 in 2005.[9]

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