East Devon (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of East Devon in Devon for the 2010 general election.
Location of Devon within England.
|Electorate||72,406 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Exmouth, Ottery St Mary, Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth|
|Member of parliament||Hugo Swire (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Number of members||Two|
|Type of constituency||County constituency|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
1997–2010: The District of East Devon wards of Axminster Hamlets, Axminster Town, Beer, Budleigh Salterton, Colyton, Edenvale, Exmouth Brixington, Exmouth Halsdon, Exmouth Littleham Rural, Exmouth Littleham Urban, Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh, Exmouth Withycombe Urban, Lympstone, Newbridges, Newton Poppleford and Harpford, Raleigh, Seaton, Sidmouth Rural, Sidmouth Town, Sidmouth Woolbrook, Trinity, Upper Axe, Woodbury, and Yarty.
2010-present: The District of East Devon wards of Broadclyst, Budleigh, Clyst Valley, Exmouth Brixington, Exmouth Halsdon, Exmouth Littleham, Exmouth Town, Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh, Newton Poppleford and Harpford, Ottery St Mary Rural, Ottery St Mary Town, Raleigh, Sidmouth Rural, Sidmouth Sidford, Sidmouth Town, Whimple, and Woodbury and Lympstone, and the City of Exeter wards of St Loyes and Topsham.
Following a review of parliamentary representation in Devon by the Boundary Commission for England, which has increased the number of seats in the county from 11 to 12, East Devon was subject to significant boundary changes at the 2010 general election. In particular, the towns of Axminster and Seaton were transferred to the Tiverton and Honiton constituency. Also, two wards from the City of Exeter are now part of the East Devon seat.
Members of Parliament
- Constituency created – two seats (1868)
|Election||First member||First party||Second member||Second party|
|1868||Sir Lawrence Palk, Bt||Conservative||Lord Courtenay||Conservative|
|1870||Sir John Henry Kennaway, Bt||Conservative|
|1880||William Hood Walrond||Conservative|
The two-seat constituency of East Devon was abolished at the 1885 general election.
At the 1997 general election a new constituency of East Devon was established. Sir Peter Emery, MP for Honiton since a 1967 by-election, represented the new East Devon seat until standing down in 2001, when Hugo Swire was elected.
In 2015 and 2017, the seat saw an unusually strong performance for the Independent anti-austerity candidacy of Claire Wright, a Devon County Councillor, winning 24% of the vote in 2015 and 35% in 2017 and coming second, and significantly ahead of any other candidates, both times.
|1997||Sir Peter Emery||Conservative|
|2001||Sir Hugo Swire||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Alison Eden||1,468||2.4||−4.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Stuart Mole||3,715||6.8||−24.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Paull Robathan||16,548||31.2||+3.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Tim Dumper||15,139||30.7||+0.4|
|Independent (politician)||Christopher Way||400||0.8||+0.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Tim Dumper||14,486||30.3||+1.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Rachel Trethewey||15,308||29.1||N/A|
|National Democrats||Gary Needs||131||0.2||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
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