Truro and St Austell (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°18′58″N 4°54′54″W / 50.316°N 4.915°W / 50.316; -4.915

Truro and St Austell
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Truro and St Austell in Cornwall for the 2005 general election.
Outline map
Location of Cornwall within England.
County Cornwall
Major settlements Truro and St Austell
19972010
Number of members One
Replaced by Truro and Falmouth, St Austell and Newquay
Created from Truro

Truro and St Austell was a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was centred on the former district of Carrick, which contains the city of Truro and the former borough of Restormel which contains the town of St Austell.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Cornwall, the Boundary Commission for England created an extra seat for the county which meant consequential changes for the existing seats. Truro and St Austell was disbanded, and was partly succeeded by St Austell and Newquay.

The city of Truro forms part of the newly drawn Truro and Falmouth constituency.

History[edit]

The constituency has existed in a number of different forms. The Truro constituency, up until 1885 elected two members to parliament; this was reduced to one. In 1918 the constituency was abolished but it was recreated again in 1950.

In 1997, in spite of the fact that no boundary changes were made to Truro on that occasion, the Boundary Commission nonetheless saw fit to change its name to Truro and St. Austell, reflecting the fact that St Austell has a larger population than Truro. The Truro seat became a safe Liberal seat due to the popularity of its former MP, David Penhaligon. He died in a car crash in 1986, aged 42 and was succeeded at a by-election the following year by Matthew Taylor, who held the seat comfortably until his retirement, and the constituency's abolition, in 2010.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1997 Matthew Taylor Liberal Democrat
2010 constituency abolished: see Truro and Falmouth
and St Austell and Newquay

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Truro and St Austell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Matthew Taylor 24,089 46.7 -1.6
Conservative Fiona Kemp 16,686 32.4 +0.1
Labour Charlotte Mackenzie 6,991 13.6 -0.1
UKIP David Noakes 2,736 5.3 +2.0
Mebyon Kernow Conan Jenkin 1,062 2.1 -0.2
Majority 7,403 14.4
Turnout 51,564 64.2 0.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -0.8
General Election 2001: Truro and St Austell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Matthew Taylor 24,296 48.3 -0.2
Conservative Timothy Peter Carleton Bonner 16,231 32.3 +5.8
Labour David Mervyn Phillips 6,889 13.7 -1.6
UKIP James Alan Wonnacott 1,664 3.3 +2.3
Mebyon Kernow Conan James Trevenen Jenkin 1,137 2.3 +1.5
Independent John Willis Lee 78 0.2 -0.3
Majority 8,065 16.0
Turnout 50,295 63.5 -10.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -3.0

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Truro and St Austell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Matthew Taylor 27,502 48.5
Conservative Neil Badcock 15,001 26.4
Labour Michael Dooley 8,697 15.3
Referendum Party Carl Hearn 3,682 6.5
UKIP Alan Haithwaite 576 1.0
Green Dorienne Robinson 482 0.8
Mebyon Kernow Davyth Hicks 450 0.8
Independent Lorna Yelland 240 0.4
Natural Law Peter Bolland 117 0.2
Majority 12,501 22.0
Turnout 56,747 74.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

For elections before 1997, see Truro

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Robert Beatson, A Chronological Register of Both Houses of Parliament (London: Longman, Hurst, Res & Orme, 1807) [1]