West Hertfordshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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For the constituency alternatively called West Hertfordshire between 1885 and 1918, see Watford (UK Parliament constituency).
West Hertfordshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Hertfordshire
19831997
Number of members One
Replaced by Hemel Hempstead, South West Hertfordshire

West Hertfordshire was a parliamentary constituency in Hertfordshire. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom by the first past the post system.

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1983 general election, and abolished for the 1997 general election. It was held by the Conservatives for the entire period of its existence.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was based around the Hertfordshire town of Hemel Hempstead.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Year Member[1] Party
1983 Robert Jones Conservative
1997 constituency abolished: see Hemel Hempstead and South West Hertfordshire

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Hertfordshire West[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Jones 33,340 51.5 +1.8
Labour Mrs ME McNally 19,400 30.0 +6.0
Liberal Democrat MJ Trevett 10,464 16.2 −10.2
Green J Hannaway 674 1.0 +1.0
National Front John McAuley 665 1.0 +1.0
Natural Law GG Harvey 175 0.3 +0.3
Majority 13,940 21.5 −1.8
Turnout 64,718 82.4 +1.4
Conservative hold Swing −2.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Hertfordshire West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Jones 31,760 49.69
Social Democrat N.A. Hollinghurst 16,836 26.34
Labour A. McBrearty 15,317 24.0
Majority 14,924 23.35
Turnout 80.94
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Hertfordshire West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Jones 28,436 46.6
Social Democrat N Hollinghurst 18,860 31.0
Labour Paul Boateng 13,583 22.3
Majority 9,486 15.6
Turnout 79.42
Conservative win (new seat)

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