Teignbridge (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°32′46″N 3°29′49″W / 50.546°N 3.497°W / 50.546; -3.497

Teignbridge
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Teignbridge in Devon for the 2005 general election.
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Location of Devon within England.
County Devon
19832010
Number of members One
Replaced by Newton Abbot, Central Devon

Teignbridge was, from 1983 until 2010, a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

History[edit]

The constituency was based on the Teignbridge local government district in Devon. It was created in 1983 from parts of the seats of Totnes and Tiverton. Towns in the constituency included Dawlish, Newton Abbot and Teignmouth.

The seat was held by Patrick Nicholls of the Conservative Party from its creation until his defeat by Richard Younger-Ross of the Liberal Democrats at the 2001 general election. Younger-Ross successfully defended the seat in 2005, with a majority of 6,215 over the Conservatives' Stanley Johnson, the father of Boris Johnson.

Abolition[edit]

Following a review of parliamentary representation in Devon by the Boundary Commission for England, which increased the number of seats in the county from 11 to 12, the Teignbridge constituency was abolished. The southern part, including the main towns of Dawlish, Newton Abbot and Teignmouth, formed the new Newton Abbot seat, while the northern portion formed part of Central Devon.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1983 Patrick Nicholls Conservative
2001 Richard Younger-Ross Liberal Democrats
2010 Constituency abolished: see Newton Abbot and Central Devon

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Teignbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Richard Younger-Ross 27,808 45.7 +1.3
Conservative Stanley Johnson 21,593 35.5 -3.8
Labour Chris Sherwood 6,931 11.4 -1.0
UKIP Trevor Colman 3,881 6.4 +2.6
Liberal Reginald Wills 685 1.1 +1.1
Majority 6,215 10.2 +5.1
Turnout 60,898 68.7 -0.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +2.55
General Election 2001: Teignbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Richard Younger-Ross 26,343 44.4 +5.6
Conservative Patrick Nicholls 23,332 39.3 +0.1
Labour Christopher David Bain 7,366 12.4 -5.6
UKIP Paul Exmouth 2,269 3.8 +1.3
Majority 3,011 5.1
Turnout 59,310 69.3 -7.3
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing +2.75

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Teignbridge[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick Nicholls 24,679 39.2 −10.8
Liberal Democrat Richard Younger-Ross 24,398 38.8 +2.9
Labour Sue Dann 11,311 18.0 +5.0
UKIP S. Stokes 1,601 2.5 +2.5
Green N. Banwell 817 1.3 +1.3
Rainbow Dream Ticket L. Golding 139 0.2 +0.2
Majority 281
Turnout 77.1 −6.3
Conservative hold Swing −6.9
General Election 1992: Teignbridge[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick Nicholls 31,274 50.0 −3.2
Liberal Democrat Richard Younger-Ross 22,416 35.9 +0.7
Labour Robert A. Kennedy 8,128 13.0 +1.9
Monster Raving Loony Alan Hope 437 0.7 +0.2
Natural Law Nicholas J. Hayes 234 0.4 +0.4
Majority 8,858 14.2 −3.9
Turnout 62,489 82.4 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing −1.9

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