Truro and Falmouth (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°11′49″N 5°00′58″W / 50.197°N 5.016°W / 50.197; -5.016

Truro and Falmouth
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Truro and Falmouth in Cornwall.
Outline map
Location of Cornwall within England.
County Cornwall
Electorate 71,340 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Truro and Falmouth
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of Parliament Sarah Newton (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Truro and St Austell, Falmouth and Camborne
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England
Sketchmap of 2010 parliamentary constituencies in Cornwall – click to enlarge

Truro and Falmouth is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Sarah Newton, a Conservative.[n 2]

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 2010 general election, following a review of parliamentary representation in Cornwall by the Boundary Commission, which has increased the number of seats in the county from five to six. It replaces parts of the former Truro and St Austell and Falmouth and Camborne seats.

Political history

The result was a very marginal one in 2010, with the previous results in either predecessor seat also closely fought between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives.

Boundaries[edit]

The Truro and Falmouth has the same boundaries as the former district of Carrick, with the exception of the ward of Mount Hawke, which is part of the Camborne and Redruth seat.[2] The main habitations in the constituency are the city of Truro and the town of Falmouth, after which it is named. Other settlements include Penryn, Perranporth, St Agnes and St Mawes.[3]

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency has visitor attractions spanning diametrically opposite coasts, including Porthtowan and Perranporth, noted for beaches. Falmouth abounds with restaurants, places to stay and sailing and motor yacht facilities. However industries and businesses are not dominated by the arts or leisure and also rely on maritime maintenance, hospitality, tourism, retail, distribution and agriculture. Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 3.0% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
2010 Sarah Newton Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Truro and Falmouth[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Health Action Rik Evans
UKIP John Hyslop
Green Sharron Kelsey
Conservative Sarah Newton
Liberal Democrat Simon Rix
Labour Hanna Toms
General election 2010: Truro and Falmouth[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sarah Newton 20,349 41.7 +10.0
Liberal Democrat Terrye Teverson 19,914 40.8 -0.1
Labour Charlotte MacKenzie 4,697 9.6 -9.4
UKIP Harry Blakeley 1,911 3.9 -1.8
Mebyon Kernow Loic Rich 1,039 2.1 -0.4
Green Ian Wright 858 1.8 +1.8
Majority 435 0.9
Turnout 48,768 69.1 +4.0
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +5.1

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