Beverley and Holderness (UK Parliament constituency)

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Beverley and Holderness
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Beverley and Holderness in Humberside.
Outline map
Location of Humberside within England.
CountyEast Riding of Yorkshire
Population99,748 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate79,775 (December 2010)[2]
Major settlementsBeverley, Hornsea, Hedon, Withernsea
Current constituency
Created1997
Member of parliamentGraham Stuart (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromBeverley, Boothferry and Bridlington (parts of)
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyYorkshire and the Humber

Beverley and Holderness is a constituency created in 1997,[n 1] represented in the House of Commons since 2005 by Graham Stuart of the Conservative Party — the party whose local candidate has won the seat since its creation.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1997–2010: The East Yorkshire Borough of Beverley wards of Cherry Holme, Leconfield, Leven, Minster North, Minster South, Molescroft, St Mary’s East, St Mary’s West, Tickton, Walkington, and Woodmansey, and the Borough of Holderness.

2010–present: The District of East Riding of Yorkshire wards of Beverley Rural, Mid Holderness, Minster and Woodmansey, North Holderness, St Mary’s, South East Holderness, and South West Holderness.

The constituency covers the south-east of the East Riding of Yorkshire and borders East Yorkshire, Haltemprice and Howden, Kingston upon Hull North and Kingston upon Hull East seats. It also borders a stretch of the North Sea coast from Skipsea to Spurn Point, and the north bank of the Humber Estuary inland to Hedon.

From and including the 2010 general election the composition of the seat has changed; the civil parishes Brandesburton and Woodmansey were transferred to other seats (East Yorkshire and Haltemprice and Howden respectively). Middleton on the Wolds and Newbald were gained from the same respective seats.[3]

Besides Beverley, the seat incorporates the market town of Hedon, which was itself a parliamentary borough until that seat was abolished at the Great Reform Act of 1832.

Political history[edit]

The seat has been won by the Conservative candidate since its creation in 1997— on a majority ranging between 1.7% of the votes cast in 2001 and 25.3% in 2017. The party of the runner-up candidate has been Labour five times and Liberal Democrat once (in 2010).

Predecessor seats[edit]

The core town of the constituency, having landmark cathedral-sized church Beverley Minster and excellent long-established state-sector schools (its Grammar School and High School), had a select area of streets from whom the property owners being the forty shilling freeholders (extended occasionally — particularly to the more expensive lease-holders from 1832) elected dual borough members to Parliament ("burgesses") regularly from 1563. Beverley per se was, in an era of rapid population growth of larger settlements, disenfranchised in 1869, its electors variously still or instead forming a key electorate of the two-member county division seat of the East Riding (some could vote until then twice, see plural voting). Beverley was revived for the periods 1950–1955 and 1983–1997. In 1997 the components of that constituency were renamed and slightly redrawn to form Beverley and Holderness.


Members of Parliament[edit]

Before 1997, see Beverley

Election Member[4] Party
1997 James Cran Conservative
2005 Graham Stuart Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Beverley and Holderness
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Graham Stuart 32,499 58.4 +10.2
Labour Johanna Boal 18,457 33.1 +8.2
Liberal Democrat Denis Healy 2,808 5.0 −0.5
Yorkshire Party Lee Walton 1,158 2.1 +0.8
Green Richard Howarth 756 1.4 −2.1
Majority 14,042 25.3 +2.1
Turnout 55,678 69.0 +3.8
Registered electors
Conservative hold Swing +1.0
General Election 2015: Beverley and Holderness[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Graham Stuart 25,363 48.1 +1.0
Labour Margaret Pinder 13,160 25.0 +3.9
UKIP Gary Shores 8,794 16.7 +13.2
Liberal Democrat Denis Healy 2,900 5.5 −17.2
Green Richard Howarth 1,802 3.4 +2.1
Yorkshire Party Lee Walton 658 1.2 +1.2
Majority 12,203 23.2
Turnout 52,677 65.2
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2010: Beverley and Holderness[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Graham Stuart 25,063 47.1 +6.2
Liberal Democrat Craig Dobson 12,076 22.7 +3.0
Labour Ian Saunders 11,224 21.1 -13.6
BNP Neil Whitelam 2,080 3.9 +3.9
UKIP Andy Horsfield 1,845 3.5 -1.2
Green Bill Rigby 686 1.3 +1.3
Independent Ron Hughes 225 0.4 +0.4
Majority 12,987 24.4
Turnout 53,199 66.8 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Beverley and Holderness[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Graham Stuart 20,435 40.7 -0.6
Labour George McManus 17,854 35.6 -4.0
Liberal Democrat Stewart Willie 9,578 19.1 +3.2
UKIP Oliver Marriott 2,336 4.7 +1.5
Majority 2,580 5.1 +3.4
Turnout 50,203 64.8 +2.8
Conservative hold Swing +1.7
General Election 2001: Beverley and Holderness[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Cran 19,168 41.3 +0.2
Labour Pippa Langford 18,387 39.6 +0.8
Liberal Democrat Stewart Willie 7,356 15.9 -2.6
UKIP Stephen Wallis 1,464 3.2 +1.8
Majority 781 1.7
Turnout 46,375 62.0 -10.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Beverley and Holderness[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Cran 21,629 41.2 N/A
Labour Norman O'Neill 20,418 38.9 N/A
Liberal Democrat John Melling 9,689 18.4 N/A
UKIP David Barley 695 1.3 N/A
Natural Law Stewart Withers 111 0.2 N/A
Majority 1,211 2.3 N/A
Turnout 52,542 72.9 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

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
  1. ^ "Beverley and Holderness: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Are you ready to vote in the next election?". East Riding News. East Riding of Yorkshire Council: p. 3. April 2010.
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 3)
  5. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Beverley & Holderness". BBC News. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Beverley & Holderness". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  9. ^ [1] Archived 14 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ a b Beverley and Holderness | Aristotle, guardian.co.uk

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 53°48′00″N 0°09′22″W / 53.800°N 0.156°W / 53.800; -0.156