The Cotswolds (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of The Cotswolds in Gloucestershire for the 2010 general election.
Location of Gloucestershire within England.
|Electorate||78,439 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
The constituency was created in 1997 as Cotswold, mostly from the former seat of Cirencester and Tewkesbury.
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Gloucestershire which reported in 2007, the Boundary Commission for England gained three wards from Stroud District and changed the name to The Cotswolds to reflect the local district name, as such the seat has electoral wards:
- Ampney-Coln, Avening, Beacon-Stow, Blockley, Bourton-on-the-Water, Campden Vale, Chedworth, Churn Valley, Cirencester: Beeches, Chesterton, Park, Stratton-Whiteway, and Watermoor wards, Ermin, Fairford, Fosseridge, Grumbolds Ash, Hampton, Kempsford-Lechlade, Moreton-in-March, Northleach, Rissingtons, Riversmeet, Sandywell, Tetbury, Thames Head, Three Rivers, and Water Park in the Cotswolds District
- Kingswood, Minchinhampton and Wotton-under-Edge in the Stroud District
The Cotswolds is a safe Conservative seat in an area of natural beauty and heritage, with its market towns constructed of rare cream-to-yellow Cotswold stone. The area is welcoming to tourists and tourism has overtaken agriculture as the largest single employer in the area.
The largest town in the constituency is Cirencester, a compact traditional town. Other settlements include Andoversford, Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden, Fairford, Lechlade, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Tetbury (and the neighbouring village of Doughton, location of Highgrove, the Prince of Wales's estate), and Wotton-under-Edge.
The seat has the highest number of listed buildings of any constituency in Britain. It also contains eight of the 20 most popular attractions in Gloucestershire, including Westonbirt Arboretum, Hidcote Manor, and Chedworth Roman Villa.
Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 1.6% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
Members of Parliament
|1997||Geoffrey Clifton-Brown||Conservative||1992-1997: represented Cirencester and Tewkesbury.|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: The Cotswolds|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Collins||16,211||29.6||+1.5|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Cotswold|
|Liberal Democrat||Philip Beckerlegge||13,638||28.8||+4.6|
|General Election 2001: Cotswold|
|Liberal Democrat||Angela Lawrence||11,150||24.2||+1.3|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Cotswold|
|Liberal Democrat||David Gayler||11,733||22.9||N/A|
|Referendum Party||Rupert Lowe||3,393||6.6||N/A|
|Natural Law||H. Brighouse||129||0.3||N/A|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
- BBC - Election 2010 - Cotswolds, The