Central Devon (UK Parliament constituency)

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Central Devon
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Central Devon in Devon.
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Location of Devon within England.
County Devon
Population 88,926 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate 71,563 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Mel Stride (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from North Devon, Teignbridge, Tiverton and Honiton, Torridge and West Devon, Totnes
European Parliament constituency South West England

Central Devon is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Mel Stride of the Conservative Party.[n 2]


The constituency was created for the 2010 general election, following a review of parliamentary representation in Devon by the Boundary Commission for England, which increased seats in the county from 11 to 12.[3] Central Devon covers parts of the East Devon, Mid Devon, Teignbridge and West Devon districts.

The wards from the last election presented a notional Conservative majority of just over 1,700, making it a marginal seat at the first election. Despite this, Mel Stride's majority was 17.1 percentage points and an absolute majority.[4]


The constituency contains electoral wards from four districts.[3]

  • From East Devon: Exe Valley;
  • From Mid Devon: Boniface, Bradninch, Cadbury, Lawrence, Newbrooke, Sandford and Creedy, Silverton, Taw, Taw Vale, Upper Yeo, Way, Yeo;
  • From Teignbridge: Ashburton and Buckfastleigh, Bovey Tracey, Chudleigh, Haytor, Kenn Valley, Moorland, Teignbridge North, Teign Valley;
  • From West Devon: Chagford, Drewsteignton, Exbourne, Hatherleigh, Lew Valley, North Tawton, Okehampton East, Okehampton West, South Tawton.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
2010 Mel Stride Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Central Devon[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mel Stride 28,436 52.2 +0.7
UKIP John Conway 7,171 13.2 +7.8
Labour Lynne Richards[7] 6,985 12.8 +5.9
Liberal Democrat Alex White 6,643 12.2 -22.2
Green Andy Williamson 4,866 8.9 +7.0
Independent Arthur Price 347 0.6 +0.6
Majority 21,265 39
Turnout 54,448 74.9
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2010: Central Devon[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mel Stride 27,737 51.5 +7.7
Liberal Democrat Phil Hutty 18,507 34.4 −4.4
Labour Moira Macdonald 3,715 6.9 −4.7
UKIP Bob Edwards 2,870 5.3 −0.5
Green Colin Matthews 1,044 1.9 N/A
Majority 9,230 17.1 +12.1
Turnout 53,873 75.7 +5.8
Conservative hold Swing +6.1[n 3]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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.
  3. ^ Notional
  1. ^ "Central Devon: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Final recommendations for Parliamentary constituencies in the counties of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay". Boundary Commission for England. 24 November 2004. Retrieved 25 April 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ Devon Central, UK Polling report, Retrieved 29 May 2010
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  7. ^ http://electionresults.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/devon-central-2015.html
  8. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°42′N 3°54′W / 50.7°N 3.9°W / 50.7; -3.9