Taunton Deane (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Taunton Deane in Somerset.
Location of Somerset within England.
|Electorate||82,882 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Taunton, Wellington|
|Member of Parliament||Jeremy Browne (Liberal Democrats)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which created this constituency for the General Election 2010 as a reduced form of the Taunton seat. The western wards, transferred to the new seat of Bridgwater and West Somerset for 2010, were all close to or in Exmoor, which were five in number:
- Aville Vale, Brompton Ralph and Haddon, Dulverton and Brushford, Exmoor and, Qualme.
- Political history
The predecessor seat, while approximately 7% larger in electorate (and thus due to population and settlements' growth, oversized), had been held by a Liberal Democrat, Jeremy Browne, since 2005, who won this seat as its main successor with a relatively marginal majority. In the two elections before that, the seat had seen alternation between a Conservative and a Liberal Democrat. The last general election in which either party polled less than 38% of the vote, thus allowing a larger majority, was in 1987, taking into account only one of their notionally equivalent predecessors, the Social Democratic Party - their candidate participated in the SDP–Liberal Alliance.
- Prominent members
Since the 2010 election, the elected member Jeremy Browne has been a Minister of State, until September 2012 of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and after this of the Home Office. He announced on 15 October 2014 that he would be stepping down at the 2015 General Election.
The seat has electoral wards:
- Bishop's Hull, Bishops Lydeard, Blackdown, Bradford on Tone, Comeytrowe, Milverton and North Deane, Monument, Neroche, North Curry, Norton Fitzwarren, Ruishton and Creech, Staplegrove, Stoke St Gregory, Taunton: Blackbrook and Holway, Eastgate, Fairwater, Halcon, Killams and Mountfield, Lyngford, Manor and Wilton, Pyrland and Rowbarton wards, Trull, Wellington: East, North, Rockwell Green and West wards, West Monkton, Wiveliscombe and West Deane forming the Borough of Taunton Deane
In the 2005 general election, the victorious Liberal Democrats' candidate in Taunton required the smallest percentage swing from the Conservative MP for them to take the seat. In the 2010 general election, the seat was identified as a target for the Conservative party, ranking 29th on their target list. The incumbent, Jeremy Browne had a notional 3.3% lead from the 2005 election. Browne held the seat in 2010, increasing his majority to 6.9%, a 1.8% swing from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats.
The seat is a mixture of partially agricultural commuter villages and a spacious urban town, which has business parks in a similar way to Wells, connected by road and rail to the major conurbations, north and south, Bristol and Exeter. The majority of the eastern half of the ridge-like Blackdown Hills is in the Blackdown electoral ward. 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.
Members of Parliament
|2010||Jeremy Browne||Liberal Democrats|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Taunton Deane|
|General Election 2010: Taunton Deane|
|Liberal Democrat||Jeremy Browne||28,531||49.1||+4.7|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||+1.8|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- "New Parliamentary Constituencies for England SN/PC/04297". House of Commons Library. 5 November 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
- "Election 2010: Conservative target seats". BBC News. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- "Election 2010: UK, England, South West, Taunton Deane". BBC News. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- "Taunton Deane". Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
- James, P (20 April 2010). "Statement of Persons Nominated & Notice of Poll" (PDF). Acting Returning Officer, Taunton Deane Borough Council. Retrieved 24 April 2010.