Thirsk and Malton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Thirsk and Malton
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Thirsk and Malton in North Yorkshire.
Outline map
Location of North Yorkshire within England.
County North Yorkshire
Electorate 77,230 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Pickering, Filey, Thirsk, Easingwold, Malton
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of Parliament Anne McIntosh
Number of members One
Created from Ryedale (majority)
Vale of York(part)
18851983
Number of members One
Replaced by Ryedale
Created from Thirsk; preceded by North Riding of Yorkshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Thirsk and Malton is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 recreation by Anne McIntosh, a Conservative.[n 2]

History[edit]

1885–1983[edit]

The earlier version of the seat existed during this period.

Robin Turton was the Minister of Health (note head of department in that era) from December 1955 to January 1957. He also became father of the House and was among the longest-served of members for one constituency – for 43 years and 9 months.

2010-date[edit]

Anne McIntosh, a conservative, elected for Vale of York in 1997 then in Thirsk and Malton in 2010, qualified as an advocate and worked for six years as political adviser to the European Democrats group in Brussels, then won election as an MEP for two terms, since 2010 she chairs the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

Political history[edit]

Traditionally a safe Conservative seat, the main forerunner, Ryedale (abolished in 2010) was taken by Elizabeth Shields for the Liberal Party, following a by-election in 1986, held following the death of MP John Spence, and she held it for one year until the 1987 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in North Yorkshire, the Boundary Commission for England recommended the creation of a new seat of Thirsk and Malton for the 2010 general election. This took electoral wards from the former Ryedale and Vale of York constituencies.

The electoral wards contained in the constituency are:

Constituency profile[edit]

The seat also includes Pickering and most of the North York Moors (its southern part), a mixed rugged crags and hillside National Park; its coastline in the seat at Filey is where the Moors meet the sea, with picturesque bays near to Scarborough.

Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.3% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1885–1974[edit]

Thisk & Malton 1918–1948
Election Member[4] Party
1885 Lewis Payn Dawnay Conservative
1892 Sir John Lawson Conservative
1906 Viscount Helmsley Conservative
1915 by-election Sir Edmund Turton Conservative
1918 Coalition Conservative
1922 Conservative
1929 Sir Robin Turton Conservative
Feb 1974 John Spence Conservative
1983 Constituency abolished

MPs since 2010[edit]

Thisk & Malton 2010-date
Election Member[4] Party
2010 Anne McIntosh Conservative

Elections[edit]

For results before boundary changes, see Ryedale and Vale of York

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Thirsk and Malton[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anne McIntosh 20,167 52.9 +1.0
Liberal Democrat Howard Keal 8,886 23.3 +4.5
Labour Jonathan Roberts 5,169 13.6 −9.8
UKIP Toby Horton 2,502 6.6 +3.5
Liberal John Clark 1,418 3.7 N/A
Majority 11,281 29.6 +1.1
Turnout 38,142 50.0 −15.8
Conservative hold Swing +5.4

Thirsk and Malton was originally scheduled to be contested for the first time at the general election on 6 May 2010. However, the death of UKIP candidate John Boakes from a suspected heart-attack, announced on 22 April 2010, caused the poll in the constituency to be postponed until 27 May 2010. Under the Electoral Administration Act, UKIP were allowed to select a replacement candidate, but new nominations by other parties were not permitted.[6][7][8] The constituent parties of the Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition government formed in the aftermath of the general election fielded competing candidates.[9]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Thirsk and Malton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Spence 32,520 59.15
Labour EJ Roberts 11,924 21.69
Liberal R North 10,533 19.16
Majority 20,596 37.46
Turnout 76.46
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Thirsk and Malton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Spence 24,779 53.24
Liberal R Kent 10,917 23.46
Labour RK Illingworth 10,842 23.30
Majority 13,862 29.79
Turnout 72.88
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Thirsk and Malton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Spence 27,580 53.44
Liberal MJL Brooks 13,172 25.52
Labour MD Coupe 10,855 21.03
Majority 14,408 27.92
Turnout 81.46
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Thirsk and Malton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Robin Hugh Turton 30,892 66.86
Labour JR Bradshaw 15,309 33.14
Majority 15,583 33.73
Turnout 72.34
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Thirsk and Malton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Robin Hugh Turton 25,089 61.59
Labour RA Wilson 15,647 38.41
Majority 9,442 23.18
Turnout 70.27
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Thirsk and Malton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Robin Hugh Turton 28,272 55.39
Labour DL Hussey 14,315 33.61
Majority 13,957 32.77
Turnout 73.81
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Thirsk and Malton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robin Turton 27,413 69.00
Labour JW Bray 12,318 31.00
Majority 15,095 37.99
Turnout 75.65
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Thirsk and Malton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robin Turton 25,467 69.11
Labour GR Mitton 11,382 30.89
Majority 14,085 38.22
Turnout 73.39
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Thirsk and Malton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robin Turton 27,854 72.26
Labour AJ Parkinson 10,692 27.74
Majority 17,162 44.52
Turnout 77.41
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Thirsk and Malton

Electorate 49,373

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Robin Hugh Turton 26,324 65.41
Labour Ivan Ernest Geffen 11,480 28.53
Liberal Harry Aldam 2,441 6.07
Majority 14,844 36.88
Turnout 81.51
Conservative hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Thirsk and Malton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Robin Hugh Turton 20,483 60.15
Common Wealth Edward Warner Moeran 13,572 39.85
Majority 6,911 20.29
Turnout 65.55
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Thirsk and Malton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Robin Hugh Turton Unoppossed
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Thirsk and Malton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Robin Hugh Turton Unopposed
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Thirsk and Malton[10]

Electorate 36,820

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Robert Robin Hugh Turton 16,084
Liberal Thomas Sunley 11,069
Majority 5,015
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1924: Thirsk and Malton[11]

Electorate 28,855

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Edmund Russborough Turton 13,564
Liberal William Haughton Sessions 7,072
Majority 6,492
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923: Thirsk and Malton[12]

Electorate 28,086

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Edmund Russborough Turton 11,545 n/a
Liberal William Haughton Sessions 6,939 n/a
Majority 4,606 n/a
Turnout n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a
General Election 1922 : Thirsk and Malton[13]

Electorate 27,704

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Edmund Russborough Turton unopposed n/a n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918 Thirsk and Malton[14]

Electorate 29,052

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist 9,656
Liberal Samuel S Lockwood 4,317
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
  • denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.
By Election 1915 : Thirsk and Malton

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Edmund Russborough Turton Unopposed n/a n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a

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
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
  3. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  4. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ BBC – Election 2010 – Thirsk & Malton
  6. ^ "Election delayed after the death of candidate". Malton & Pickering Mercury. 2010-04-28. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  7. ^ Stead, Mark (2010-04-23). "Thirsk and Malton election postponed after candidate John Boakes dies". The Press (York Press). Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  8. ^ "Funeral for UKIP election candidate John Boakes". BBC News. 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  9. ^ Wainwright, Martin (12 May 2010). "Thirsk and Malton election to put coalition government to test". The Guardian (London). 
  10. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  11. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  12. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  13. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  14. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Saffron Walden
Constituency represented by the Father of the House
1965–1974
Succeeded by
Vauxhall