Daventry (UK Parliament constituency)

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Daventry
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Daventry in Northamptonshire
Outline map
Location of Northamptonshire within England
CountyNorthamptonshire
Electorate74,674 (2018)[1]
Major settlementsDaventry, Earls Barton, Brixworth
Current constituency
Created1974 (1974)
Member of ParliamentChris Heaton-Harris (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromSouth Northamptonshire
19181950
Replaced bySouth Northamptonshire
Created fromSouth Northamptonshire and Mid Northamptonshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyEast Midlands

Daventry is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Chris Heaton-Harris of the Conservative Party.

History[edit]

The seat, one of many created in 1918, was a narrower form of the oldest creation of South Northamptonshire and lasted 32 years until it reverted into "South Northamptonshire". Finally today's seat was recreated mostly from the north of the South Northants seat[n 2] in 1974. Since its recreation and during its first existence it has been served by Conservative MPs. As the 1997 majority was also not marginal, it has been to date an archetypal safe seat.

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1950: The Boroughs of Daventry and Brackley, the Rural Districts of Brackley, Crick, Daventry, Hardingstone, Middleton Cheney, Potterspury, and Towcester, and part of the Rural District of Northampton.

1974-1983: The Boroughs of Daventry and Brackley, and the Rural Districts of Brackley, Brixworth, Daventry, Northampton, and Towcester.

1983-1997: The District of Daventry wards of Abbey North, Abbey South, Badby, Barby, Brampton, Braunston, Byfield, Crick and West Haddon, Drayton, Everdon, Flore, Guilsborough, Hill, Kilsby, Long Buckby, Ravensthorpe, Spratton, Weedon, Welford, Woodford, and Yelvertoft, and the District of South Northamptonshire wards of Astwell, Blakesley, Brackley East, Brackley West, Cosgrove, Danvers, Deanshanger, Forest, Grafton, Greatworth, King's Sutton, Kingthorn, Middleton Cheney, Potterspury, Rainsborough, Slapton, Tove, Towcester, and Wardoun.

1997-2010: The District of Daventry wards of Abbey North, Abbey South, Badby, Barby, Brampton, Braunston, Byfield, Crick and West Haddon, Drayton, Everdon, Flore, Hill, Kilsby, Long Buckby, Ravensthorpe, Weedon, Woodford, and Yelvertoft, and the District of South Northamptonshire wards of Astwell, Blakesley, Blisworth, Brackley East, Brackley West, Bugbrooke, Cosgrove, Danvers, Deanshanger, Forest, Gayton, Grafton, Greatworth, Heyford, King’s Sutton, Kingthorn, Middleton Cheney, Potterspury, Rainsborough, Slapton, Tove, Towcester, and Wardoun.

2010-present: The District of Daventry, the District of South Northamptonshire wards of Cote, Downs, Grange, Harpole, and Heyford, and the Borough of Wellingborough wards of Earls Barton and West.

The constituency covers the west of Northamptonshire and is named for the market town of Daventry. It covers the western part of Daventry and South Northamptonshire local government districts.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1918–1950[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1918 Edward FitzRoy Conservative
1928 Speaker
1943 by-election Reginald Manningham-Buller Conservative
1950 constituency abolished

MPs since Feb 1974[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
Feb 1974 Arthur Jones Conservative
1979 Reg Prentice Conservative
1987 Tim Boswell Conservative
2010 Chris Heaton-Harris Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Next general election: Daventry
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Clare Slater[3]
Liberal Democrat Andrew Simpson
General election 2017: Daventry[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Chris Heaton-Harris[5] 35,464 63.7 +5.5
Labour Aiden Ramsey 13,730 24.7 +6.6
Liberal Democrat Andrew Simpson 4,015 7.2 +2.7
UKIP Ian Gibbins 1,497 2.7 -13.1
Green Jamie Wildman 957 1.7 -1.8
Majority 21,734 39.0 -1.1
Turnout 55,663 74.0 +1.8
Conservative hold Swing -0.55
General election 2015: Daventry[6][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Chris Heaton-Harris[5] 30,550 58.2 +1.7
Labour Abigail Campbell[7] 9,491 18.1 +2.3
UKIP Michael Gerard[8] 8,296 15.8 +11.3
Liberal Democrat Callum Delhoy[9] 2,352 4.5 -15
Green Steve Whiffen 1,829 3.5 +2
Majority 21,059 40.1 +3
Turnout 52,518 72.2 -0.3
Conservative hold Swing

UKIP originally selected Nigel Wickens,[10] who was also selected for Mid Bedfordshire.

General election 2010: Daventry[11][12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Chris Heaton-Harris 29,252 56.5 +3.5
Liberal Democrat Christopher McGlynn[14] 10,064 19.4 +4.9
Labour Paul Corazzo 8,168 15.8 −12.1
UKIP Jim Broomfield 2,333 4.5 +1.6
English Democrat Alan Bennett-Spencer 1,187 2.3 +2.3
Green Steve Whiffen 770 1.5 +1.5
Majority 19,188 37.1
Turnout 51,774 72.5 +4.6
Conservative hold Swing −0.7

After the 2005 general election, Daventry incurred massive boundary changes following the creation of the new South Northamptonshire seat. The results of the 2010 general election are based on the notional results for the new boundaries.

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Daventry[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Boswell 31,206 51.6 +2.4
Labour Andrew Hammond 16,520 27.3 −4.9
Liberal Democrat Hannah Saul 9,964 16.5 +0.4
UKIP Barry Mahoney 1,927 3.2 +0.8
Veritas Barrie Wilkins 822 1.4 +1.4
Majority 14,686 24.3
Turnout 60,439 68.1 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing +3.6
General election 2001: Daventry[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Boswell 27,911 49.2 +2.9
Labour Kevin Quigley 18,262 32.2 -2.2
Liberal Democrat Jamie Calder 9,130 16.1 +1.2
UKIP Peter Baden 1,381 2.4 +1.7
Majority 9,649 17.0
Turnout 56,684 65.5 -10.9
Conservative hold Swing +2.6

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Daventry[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Boswell 28,615 46.3 −11.4
Labour Ken Ritchie 21,237 34.4 +10.5
Liberal Democrat John Gordon 9,233 15.0 −2.7
Referendum Barbara Russocki 2,018 3.3 N/A
UKIP B.J. Mahoney 443 0.7 N/A
Natural Law Russell B. France 204 0.3 −0.4
Majority 7,378 11.9
Turnout 61,750 77.0
Conservative hold Swing −11.1
General election 1992: Daventry[18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Boswell 34,734 58.4 +0.5
Labour Lesley Koumi 14,460 24.3 +3.8
Liberal Democrat Anthony S. Rounthwaite 9,820 16.5 −5.0
Natural Law Russell B. France 422 0.7 N/A
Majority 20,274 34.1 −2.3
Turnout 59,436 82.7 +4.6
Conservative hold Swing −1.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1987: Daventry[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Boswell 31,353 57.94
Liberal Ian Miller 11,663 21.55
Labour Lesley Koumi 11,097 20.51
Majority 19,690 36.39
Turnout 78.15
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1983: Daventry[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Reg Prentice 26,357 53.33
Social Democratic D Collins 13,221 26.75
Labour D Middleton 9,840 19.91
Majority 13,136 26.58
Turnout 76.84
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General election 1979: Daventry
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Reg Prentice 41,422 56.61
Labour JL Rawlings 10,939 27.25
Liberal R Woodside 11,286 15.42
National Front G Younger 522 0.71
Majority 21,483 29.36
Turnout 80.50
Conservative hold Swing
General election October 1974: Daventry
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Jones 29,801 46.43
Labour D Forwood 20,739 32.31
Liberal D Cassidy 13,640 21.25
Majority 9,062 14.12
Turnout 77.09
Conservative hold Swing
General election February 1974: Daventry
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Jones 31,273 44.93
Labour P Jones 21,524 30.93
Liberal P Smout 16,802 24.14
Majority 9,749 14.01
Turnout 84.33
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General election 1945: Daventry[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Reginald Manningham-Buller 14,863 42.8 -20.9
Labour Paul F Williams 13,693 39.5 +3.2
Liberal William George Ernest Dyer 6,130 17.7 -3.0
Majority 1,170 3.3 -24.1
Turnout 75.0 +26.3
Conservative hold Swing n/a
1943 Daventry by-election[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Reginald Manningham-Buller 9,043 45.9 -17.8
Common Wealth Dennis G Webb 6,591 33.4 n/a
Independent Liberal William George Ernest Dyer 4,093 20.7 n/a
Majority 2,452 12.5 -14.9
Turnout 48.7 -27.3
Conservative hold Swing n/a

General Election 1939/40:

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 from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General election 1935: Daventry[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Speaker Edward FitzRoy 18,934 63.7 n/a
Labour TE Barnes 10,767 36.3 n/a
Majority 8,167 27.4 n/a
Turnout 76.0 n/a
Speaker hold Swing n/a
General election 1931: Daventry[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Speaker Edward FitzRoy Unopposed n/a n/a
Speaker hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General election 1929: Daventry [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Speaker Edward FitzRoy unopposed n/a n/a
Speaker hold Swing n/a
General election 1924: Daventry[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Edward FitzRoy 12,683 50.4 +5.7
Liberal Charles Kerr 12,483 49.6 +11.8
Majority 200 0.8 -6.1
Turnout 79.7 +3.6
Unionist hold Swing -3.1
General election 1923: Daventry [23][22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Edward FitzRoy 10,514 44.7 -14.9
Liberal Charles Kerr 8,914 37.8 n/a
Labour Len Smith 4,127 17.5 -22.9
Majority 1,600 6.9 -12.3
Turnout 23,555 76.1 +4.0
Unionist hold Swing n/a
General election 1922: Daventry[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Edward FitzRoy 13,055 59.6 +0.8
Labour Will Rogers 8,850 40.4 -0.8
Majority 4,205 19.2 +1.6
Turnout 72.1 +9.4
Unionist hold Swing +0.8

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General election 1918 Daventry[22][24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Unionist Edward FitzRoy 11,176 58.8 n/a
Labour Will Rogers 7,824 41.2 n/a
Majority 3,352 17.6 n/a
Turnout 62.7 n/a
Unionist win (new seat)
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ South Northamptonshire was revived in 2010 and covers the area to the south including Towcester and Brackley
References
  1. ^ "England Parliamentary electorates 2010-2018". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 1)
  3. ^ "Prospective General Election Candidates". Green Party. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Daventry parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ a b "UK ELECTION RESULTS: DAVENTRY 2015".
  6. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  7. ^ http://www.abigailcampbell.org/
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ https://yournextmp.com/person/7056/callum-delhoy
  10. ^ "New candidate chosen by UKIP". www.daventryexpress.co.uk.
  11. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  12. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated[permanent dead link], Daventry District Council
  13. ^ Daventry, BBC
  14. ^ Northampton Chronicle & Echo 21 April 2010
  15. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  20. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  21. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  23. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1930
  24. ^ Debretts House of Commons & Judicial Bench 1922

See also[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Halifax
Constituency represented by the Speaker
1928–1943
Succeeded by
Hexham

Coordinates: 52°18′N 1°05′W / 52.30°N 1.08°W / 52.30; -1.08