Tiverton and Honiton (UK Parliament constituency)
|Tiverton and Honiton|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Tiverton and Honiton in Devon.
Location of Devon within England.
|Electorate||75,839 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Tiverton, Honiton, Axminster, Seaton and Cullompton|
|Member of Parliament||Neil Parish (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Tiverton, Honiton|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
1997-2010: The District of Mid Devon except the wards of Taw, Taw Vale, and West Creedy; and the District of East Devon wards of Broadclyst, Clystbeare, Clyst Valley, Exe Valley, Honiton St Michael's, Honiton St Paul's, Otterhead, Ottery St Mary Rural, Ottery St Mary Town, Patteson, and Tale Vale.
2010-present: The District of Mid Devon wards of Canonsleigh, Castle, Clare and Shuttern, Cranmore, Cullompton North, Cullompton Outer, Cullompton South, Halberton, Lower Culm, Lowman, Upper Culm, and Westexe; and the District of East Devon wards of Axminster Rural, Axminster Town, Beer and Branscombe, Coly Valley, Dunkeswell, Feniton and Buckerell, Honiton St Michael’s, Honiton St Paul’s, Newbridges, Otterhead, Seaton, Tale Vale, Trinity, and Yarty.
The constituency is in east Devon, covering the towns of Tiverton and Honiton and their surrounding villages (which include extensive farmland, rivers popular with kayakers and part of the Blackdown Hills) These settlements are in the Mid Devon and East Devon districts.
Boundary changes for 2010
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election, and gave Devon 12 seats instead of 11. Some wards in Mid Devon District transferred to the new Central Devon constituency; parts of the East Devon constituency, including the towns of Axminster and Seaton were however gained.
The seat came about from the merger of the constituencies of Honiton and Tiverton in 1997. Both were long-established seats, with the former having existed from 1640 and the latter from 1615. Both elected two Members of Parliament until the 1884 Reform Act reduced the number for both to one and their area was widened to cover two divisions of the county under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885.
- Political history
In the early 19th century the seats, respectively, featured prominent Whig politicians Joseph Locke, a railway pioneer and Viscount (i.e. Lord) Palmerston, the Prime Minister who served in government for almost 58 years and was twice in that role, termed by historians, a Liberal interventionist.
The seat can be regarded as a safe Conservative seat, if including either of its predecessors, the area served by the constituency has not been represented by another party in Westminster since 1923.
Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.0% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
Members of Parliament
|General Election 2010: Tiverton and Honiton|
|Liberal Democrat||Jon Underwood||18,294||33.3||+4.2|
|General Election 2005: Tiverton and Honiton|
|Liberal Democrat||David Nation||16,787||28.9||-6.9|
|General Election 2001: Tiverton and Honiton|
|Liberal Democrat||Jim Barnard||19,974||35.8||-2.7|
|General Election 1997: Tiverton and Honiton|
|Liberal Democrat||Jim Barnard||22,785||38.53|
|Referendum Party||S Lowings||2,952||4.99|
|National Democrat||Del Charles||236||0.40|
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 "T" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Finan, Kevin (20 April 2010). "Statement of Persons Nominated - Tiverton & Honiton" (MS Word). Acting Returning Officer, Mid Devon District Council. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
- David Boothroyd. "Constituencies in the unreformed House". Constituency enfranchisment dates. Retrieved August 6, 2005.