Torbay (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°27′36″N 3°32′17″W / 50.460°N 3.538°W / 50.460; -3.538

Torbay
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Torbay in Devon.
Outline map
Location of Devon within England.
County Devon
Electorate 76,219 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Paignton and Torquay
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of Parliament Adrian Sanders (Liberal Democrat)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England

Torbay is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Adrian Sanders, a Liberal Democrat.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers the majority of the Torbay unitary authority in Devon, including the seaside resorts of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.

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.[2]

The remainder of the borough is covered by the Totnes constituency.

History[edit]

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

Sir Frederic Bennett did not achieve his own ministry nationally, but he chaired in the European Parliament the European Democrats group.

Constituency profile[edit]

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.[3]

The seat is home to the Plainmoor football ground, home to Torquay United. Current MP Adrian Sanders is a notable supporter of his local site.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
Feb 1974 Sir Frederic Bennett Conservative
1987 Rupert Allason Conservative
1997 Adrian Sanders Liberal Democrat

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Torbay[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Adrian Sanders 23,126 47.0 +5.2
Conservative Marcus Wood 19,048 38.7 +2.9
Labour David Pedrick-Friend 3,231 6.6 −7.9
UKIP Julien Parrott 2,628 5.3 −2.7
BNP Ann Conway 709 1.4 N/A
Green Sam Moss 468 1.0 N/A
Majority 4,078 8.3
Turnout 49,210 64.6 +4.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +1.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Torbay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Adrian Sanders 19,317 40.8 −9.7
Conservative Marcus Wood 17,288 36.5 +0.1
Labour David Pedrick-Friend 6,972 14.7 +5.3
UKIP Graham Booth 3,726 7.9 +4.7
Majority 2,029 4.3
Turnout 47,303 61.9 −0.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −4.9
General Election 2001: Torbay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
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
UKIP Graham Booth 1,512 3.2 −0.5
Independent Mrs. Pam Winwrite Neale 251 0.5
Majority 6,708 14.1
Turnout 47,569 62.5 −11.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Torbay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Adrian Sanders 21,094 39.6
Conservative Rupert Allason 21,082 39.5
Labour Michael Morey 7,923 14.9
UKIP Graham Booth 1,962 3.7
Liberal Bruce Cowling 1,161 2.2
Rainbow Dream Ticket Paul Wild 100 0.2
Majority 12 0.1
Turnout 53,322 73.8
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing 5.1
General Election 1992: Torbay[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rupert Allason 28,624 49.9 −4.1
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
Majority 5,787 10.1 −6.3
Turnout 57,389 80.6 +4.3
Conservative hold Swing −3.2

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Torbay[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rupert Allason 29,029 54.0 +1.2
Liberal Nicholas David Bye 20,209 37.6 −1.6
Labour Gerald Robert Taylor 4,538 8.4 +1.2
Majority 8,820 16.4
Turnout 53,776 76.4
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Torbay[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederic Bennett 25,721 52.6
Liberal Michael Norman Mitchell 19,166 39.2
Labour Philip William Rackley 3,521 7.2
Independent Anne Mary Louise Murray 500 1.0
Majority 6,555 13.4
Turnout 48,908 72.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Torbay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederic Bennett 36,099 54.1 6.3
Liberal Michael Norman Mitchell 15,231 23.1 −5.4
Labour E.V. Fear 12,919 19.6 −3.5
Ecology D. Abrahams 1,161 1.8
National Front J.G. Spry 647 1.0
Majority 20,868 31.59
Turnout 75.08
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Torbay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederic Bennett 30,208 48.4
Liberal J. Goss 17,770 28.5
Labour J.R.W. Tench 14,441 23.1
Majority 12,438 19.93
Turnout 72.94
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Torbay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederic Bennett 33,163 48.6 N/A
Liberal Mrs. B. Trethewy 20,755 30.4 N/A
Labour J.R.W. Tench 14,389 21.1 N/A
Majority 12,408 18.2 N/A
Turnout 68,307 80.3 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough 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. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ "Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll: Torbay". Torbay Borough Council. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Torbay". BBC News. 
  7. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1987. Politics Resources. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1983. Politics Resources. Retrieved 16 November 2011.