Yeovil (UK Parliament constituency)

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Yeovil
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Yeovil in Somerset.
Outline map
Location of Somerset within England.
County Somerset
Electorate 82,771 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of Parliament David Laws (Liberal Democrat)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England

Yeovil is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers the towns of Yeovil, Chard, Crewkerne and Ilminster in Somerset. Until 1983 Somerset was split into four constituencies and Yeovil constitency also contained the towns of Ilchester, Martock and Somerton but they were transferred to the newly created constituency of Somerton and Frome.

As part of minor changes implemented following the review by the Boundary Commission for England, the town of Ilchester was returned to the Yeovil constituency at the 2010 general election.[2]

History[edit]

From 1918 until 1983, Yeovil always returned a Conservative MP. However since then the seat has always been held by a member of the Liberal Party or their successors, the Liberal Democrats: firstly former leader Paddy Ashdown (1983–2001) and then former Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws (2001 onwards).[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1918 Aubrey Herbert Conservative
1923 by-election George Davies Conservative
1945 William Kingsmill Conservative
1951 John Peyton Conservative
1983 Paddy Ashdown Liberal
1988 Liberal Democrats
2001 David Laws Liberal Democrats

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Yeovil[5][6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Laws 31,843 55.7 +4.2
Conservative Kevin Davis 18,807 32.9 −1.2
Labour Lee Skevington 2,991 5.2 −5.3
UKIP Nigel Pearson 2,357 4.1 +0.3
BNP Robert Baehr 1,162 2.0 +2.0
Majority 13,036 22.8
Turnout 57,160 69.4 +5.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +2.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Yeovil[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Laws 25,658 51.4 +7.2
Conservative Ian Jenkins 17,096 34.3 −1.7
Labour Colin Rolfe 5,256 10.5 −4.2
UKIP Graham Livings 1,903 3.8 +1.5
Majority 8,562 17.2
Turnout 49,913 64.3 0.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +4.5
General Election 2001: Yeovil[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Laws 21,266 44.2 −4.6
Conservative Marco Forgione 17,338 36.0 +8.4
Labour Joe Conway 7,077 14.7 −0.2
UKIP Neil Boxall 1,131 2.3 N/A
Green Alex Begg 786 1.6 +0.3
Liberal Anthony Prior 534 1.1 N/A
Majority 3,928 8.2 −12.8
Turnout 48,132 64.2 −8.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −6.5

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Yeovil[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Paddy Ashdown 26,349 48.7 −2.9
Conservative Nick Cambrook 14,946 27.7 −9.3
Labour Joe Conway 8,053 14.9 +5.3
Referendum Party John Beveridge 3,574 6.6 N/A
Green David Taylor 728 1.3 +0.2
Independent John Archer 306 0.6 N/A
Rainbow Dream Ticket Christopher Hudson 97 0.2 N/A
Majority 11,403 21.0
Turnout 53,747 72.3 −9.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +3.2
General Election 1992: Yeovil[6][7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Paddy Ashdown 30,958 51.7 +0.3
Conservative Julian Turner Davidson 22,125 36.9 −4.4
Labour Vivien Elson 5,765 9.6 +2.3
Green Jay Oliver Risbridger 639 1.1 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 338 0.6 N/A
Anti-Paddy Ashdown Keep Britain Independent Reginald Simmerson 70 0.1 N/A
Majority 8,833 14.7 +4.6
Turnout 59,895 82.0 +2.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +2.4

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Yeovil
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Paddy Ashdown 28,841 51.4 +0.3
Conservative George Dougal Sandeman 23,141 41.3 −4.4
Labour J.F. Fitzmaurice 4,099 7.3 +2.3
Majority 5,700 10.1 +3.8
Turnout 56,081 79.7 −0.1
Liberal hold Swing +2.4
General Election 1983: Yeovil
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Paddy Ashdown 26,608 50.5 +20.0
Conservative David Martin 23,202 44.0 −3.9
Labour Peter Brushett 2,928 5.6 −16.1
Majority 3,406 6.3
Turnout 52,738 79.8
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +12.0

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Yeovil
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Wynne William Peyton 31,321 47.9
Liberal Paddy Ashdown 19,939 30.5
Labour Ian Luder 14,098 21.6
Majority 11,382 17.4
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Yeovil
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Wynne William Peyton 25,658 43.0
Labour M. T. McVicar 17,330 29.0
Liberal Col. Geoffrey F. Taylor 17,298 29.0
Independent J. E. Tippett 332 0.5
Majority 7,379
Turnout 60,618 79.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Yeovil
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Wynne William Peyton 25,955 41.53
Liberal Col. Geoffrey F. Taylor 18,465 29.54
Labour M.T. McVicar 17,362 27.78
Democratic Conservative J.E. Tippett 720 1.15
Majority 7,490 11.98
Turnout 83.86
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Yeovil

Electorate 70,236

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Wynne William Peyton 27,689 49.69
Labour John A Elswood 20,621 37.00
Liberal David E Evans 7,418 13.31
Majority 7,068 12.68
Turnout 55,728 79.34
Conservative hold Swing +4.3

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Yeovil

Electorate 62,771

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Wynne William Peyton 22,664 43.17
Labour John A Elswood 20,584 39.21
Liberal David E Evans 9,248 17.62
Majority 2,080 3.96
Turnout 52,496 83.63
Conservative hold Swing +2.65
General Election 1964: Yeovil

Electorate 61,838

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Wynne William Peyton 21,919 42.55
Labour Albert C Reed 17,171 33.33
Liberal Col. Geoffrey F. Taylor 12,426 24.12
Majority 4,748 9.22
Turnout 51,516 83.31
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Yeovil

Electorate 59,739

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Wynne William Peyton 23,771 46.71
Labour W. Alex Baker 17,638 34.66
Liberal Col. Geoffrey F. Taylor 9,484 18.64
Majority 6,133 12.05
Turnout 50,893 85.19
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Yeovil

Electorate 58,714

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Wynne William Peyton 24,059 48.17
Labour Moss Murray 19,793 39.63
Liberal Col. Geoffrey F. Taylor 6,089 12.19
Majority 4,266 8.54
Turnout 49,941 85.06
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Yeovil

Electorate 57,525

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Wynne William Peyton 23,701 46.84
Labour Moss Murray 20,780 41.07
Liberal Miss Marguerite L Winsor 6,118 12.09
Majority 2,921 5.77
Turnout 87.96
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Yeovil

Electorate 56,791

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Henry Kingsmill 21,145 42.57
Labour M. Shinwell 19,532 39.33
Liberal Leon MacLaren 8,990 18.10
Majority 1,613 3.25
Turnout 87.46
Conservative hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Yeovil
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Henry Kingsmill 16,815 37.78
Labour Malcolm MacPherson 16,641 37.38
Liberal James D Bateman 11,057 24.84
Majority 174 0.39
Turnout 75.26
Conservative hold Swing

Another general election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Yeovil[10]

Electorate 48,130

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Frederick Davies 17,640 46.8 -4.1
Liberal James D. Bateman 12,482 33.1 -2.4
Labour Albert E Millett 7,567 20.1 +6.5
Majority 5,158 13.7 -1.7
Turnout 78.3 -5.8
Conservative hold Swing -0.9
General Election 1931: Yeovil[10]

Electorate 47,053

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Frederick Davies 20,165 50.9 +9.8
Liberal Percy Holt Heffer 14,046 35.5 -3.3
Labour Henry Hamilton Fyfe 5,377 13.6 -6.5
Majority 6,119 15.5 +13.1
Turnout 84.1 +0.7
Conservative hold Swing +6.6

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929[10]

Electorate 45,321

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist George Frederick Davies 15,526 41.1 -7.2
Liberal Percy Holt Heffer 14,679 38.8 +7.7
Labour Francis Campbell Ross Douglas 7,609 20.1 -0.5
Majority 847 2.3 -14.9
Turnout 37,814 83.4
Unionist hold Swing -7.5
General Election 1924[10]

Electorate 35,872

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist George Frederick Davies 14,477 48.3 +3.8
Liberal Charles Waley Cohen 9,320 31.1 -6.5
Labour James Lievsley George 6,179 20.6 +2.8
Majority 5,157 17.2 +10.2
Turnout 29,976 83.6
Unionist hold Swing +5.1
1923 General Election

Electorate 35,103[10]

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist George Frederick Davies 12,690 44.5 -2.1
Liberal Charles Waley Cohen 10,715 37.6 +12.8
Labour William Thomas Kelly 5,080 17.8 -10.9
Majority 1,975 6.9
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing -7.5
Yeovil by-election, 1923

Electorate 34,321[10]

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist George Frederick Davies 13,205 46.6 -15.2
Labour William Thomas Kelly 8,140 28.7 -9.6
Liberal Charles Waley Cohen 7,024 24.8 n/a
Majority 17.9 -5.7
Turnout 80.8 +7.8
Unionist hold Swing -2.8
1922 General Election

Electorate 34,321[10]

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Aubrey Nigel Henry Molyneux Herbert 15,468 61.8 +11.3
Labour William Thomas Kelly 9,581 38.3 +1.9
Majority 5,887 23.5 +9.4
Turnout 73.0 +11.2
Unionist hold Swing +4.7

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 14 December 1918: Yeovil[10]

Electorate 33,747

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist 10,522 50.5 n/a
Labour William Thomas Kelly 7,589 36.4 n/a
Liberal J. R. Brough 2,743 13.2 n/a
Majority 2,933 14.1 n/a
Turnout 20,854 61.8 n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a
  • Herbert was the endorsed candidate of the Coalition Government.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Electorate Figures — Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Fifth periodical report — Volume 4 Mapping for the Non-Metropolitan Counties and the Unitary Authorities, The Stationery Office, 26 February 2007, ISBN 0-10-170322-8 
  3. ^ "Yeovil". Telegraph. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Yeovil (UK Parliament Constituency)". Altius Directory. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Yeovil". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Parliamentary Elections — Yeovil Constituency". South Somerset Council. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Yeovil". Guardian. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  9. ^ Western Gazette, 4 Feb 1938
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1949