Torbay (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Torbay in Devon.
Location of Devon within England.
|Electorate||76,219 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Paignton and Torquay|
|Member of parliament||Kevin Foster (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election since which it has electoral wards:
- Clifton-with-Maidenway, Cockington-with-Chelston, Ellacombe, Goodrington-with-Roselands, Preston, Roundham-with-Hyde, St Marychurch, Shiphay-with-the-Willows, Tormohun, Watcombe and Wellswood.
The remainder of the borough is covered by the Totnes constituency.
- Political history
After being held for several Parliaments (taking together various predecessor areas) by Conservatives, since 1997 the seat has been held by Liberal Democrats. The majority in 1997 was the most marginal of that election, since which, the majority of 2,029 in 2005 has been the lowest to date.
- Prominent frontbenchers
Consisting almost entirely of coastal towns and villages, the constituency has a range of shopping, tourist and visitor facilities from Paignton Zoo, safe bathing and boating to mini-golf, as well as a few nearby luxury resorts. Perhaps owing to the seasonal rise in employment, workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 5.0% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
The seat is home to the Plainmoor football ground, home to Torquay United. Past MP Adrian Sanders is a notable supporter of the football club.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||Sir Frederic Bennett||Conservative|
|1997||Adrian Sanders||Liberal Democrat|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Torbay|
|Liberal Democrat||Adrian Sanders||16,265||33.8||-13.2|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat||Swing|
|General Election 2010: Torbay|
|Liberal Democrat||Adrian Sanders||23,126||47.0||+5.2|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||+1.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Torbay|
|Liberal Democrat||Adrian Sanders||19,317||40.8||−9.7|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||−4.9|
|General Election 2001: Torbay|
|Liberal Democrat||Adrian Sanders||24,015||50.5||+10.9|
|Conservative||Christian St. John Sweeting||17,307||36.4||−3.2|
|Labour||John Robert MacKay||4,484||9.4||−5.4|
|Independent||Mrs. Pam Winwrite Neale||251||0.5|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Torbay|
|Liberal Democrat||Adrian Sanders||21,094||39.6|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Paul Wild||100||0.2|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing||5.1|
|General Election 1992: Torbay|
|Liberal Democrat||Adrian Sanders||22,837||39.8||+2.2|
|Labour||Dr. Peter Truscott||5,503||9.6||+1.2|
|National Front||Robert Paul Jones||268||0.5||+0.5|
|Natural Law||Mrs Alison Hazel Thomas||157||0.3||+0.3|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Torbay|
|Liberal||Nicholas David Bye||20,209||37.6||−1.6|
|Labour||Gerald Robert Taylor||4,538||8.4||+1.2|
|General Election 1983: Torbay|
|Liberal||Michael Norman Mitchell||19,166||39.2|
|Labour||Philip William Rackley||3,521||7.2|
|Independent||Anne Mary Louise Murray||500||1.0|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Torbay|
|Liberal||Michael Norman Mitchell||15,231||23.1||−5.4|
|National Front||J.G. Spry||647||1.0||N/A|
|General Election October 1974: Torbay|
|General Election February 1974: Torbay|
|Liberal||Mrs. Bridget V. Trethewey||20,755||30.4||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
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
- 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]
- "UK Polling Report". ukpollingreport.co.uk.
- "Mr Foster's website". Conservative Party.
- "Tony McIntyre's website". UKIP.
- "About Ms Maddock". Labour Party.
- "Green candidate announced for Torbay". Torquay Herald Express.
- "Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll: Torbay". Torbay Borough Council. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Torbay". BBC News.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1987. Politics Resources. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1983. Politics Resources. Retrieved 16 November 2011.