Forest of Dean (UK Parliament constituency)
|Forest of Dean|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire for the 2010 general election.
Location of Gloucestershire within England.
|Electorate||68,703 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Mark Harper (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||West Gloucestershire|
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||West Gloucestershire|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 History
- 3 Constituency profile
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 6 Notes and references
- 7 See also
1885-1918: The Sessional Divisions of Coleford, Lydney, Newent, and Newnham.
1918-1950: The Urban Districts of Awre, Coleford, Newnham, and Westbury-on-Severn, the Rural Districts of East Dean and United Parishes, Lydney, Newent, and West Dean, and part of the Rural District of Gloucester.
This seat was created for the 1885 general election, replacing the two-seat constituency of West Gloucestershire under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, and abolished for the 1950 general election. It was re-created, with different boundaries, for the 1997 general election.
The Forest of Dean constituency covers Gloucestershire west of the river Severn, and lies in the south west of England, near the Welsh border.
The core of the constituency consists of the Royal Forest of Dean itself, which was established by William the Conqueror nearly a thousand years ago and is one of the last surviving Royal Forests in England. The seat has a rich industrial and mining history, evidenced by the market towns of Coleford and Cinderford, and the old port of Lydney from where coal mined in the Forest of Dean Coalfield would start its journey to all parts of the world. The Dean’s rich industrial heritage and spectacular natural beauty unsurprisingly means tourism is an increasingly important aspect of Forest life.
The Wye Valley forms the western border of the Forest and is an area of outstanding natural beauty, whilst the Leadon Valley forms the northern portion of the constituency. The Vale consists of quintessentially unspoilt English countryside with rolling farmland centred on the picturesque Tudor town of Newent, and also produces fine English wine.
The constituency also includes parishes from Tewkesbury district, including Forthampton, Chaceley Hole, Hasfield, Ashleworth and Highnam.
Members of Parliament
|1887||Godfrey Blundell Samuelson||Liberal|
|1892||Sir Charles Dilke||Liberal|
|1925||Albert Arthur Purcell||Labour|
|1929||David John Vaughan||Labour|
|1931||John Vigers Worthington||National Labour|
|1935||Morgan Philips Price||Labour|
MPs since 1997
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Coleman||2,630||5.3||−16.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Coleman||10,676||21.9||+4.7|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Coleman||8,185||17.2||+4.3|
|English Democrat||Gerald Morgan||125||0.3||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+4.5|
|Liberal Democrat||David Gayler||5,762||12.9||+0.6|
Election in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Anthony Stephen Lynch||6,165||12.3||N/A|
|Referendum||Dominic John Hopkins||1,624||3.2||N/A|
|Independent||Gerald Raymond Morgan||218||0.4||N/A|
|Independent||Colin Richard Palmer||80||0.2||N/A|
|Independent||Stephen Rex Porter||34||0.1||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Election in the 1940s
|Labour||Morgan Philips Price||19,721||65.19|
Elections in the 1930s
|Labour||Morgan Philips Price||16,768||57.61|
|National Labour||John Vigers Worthington||12,337||42.39|
|Labour gain from National Labour||Swing|
|National Labour||John Vigers Worthington||14,815||52.71|
|Labour||David John Vaughan||13,291||47.29|
|National Labour gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1920s
|Labour||David John Vaughan||13,976||52.1|
|Unionist||William Campbell Mitchell Cotts||7,092||26.5|
|Labour||Albert Arthur Purcell||11,629|
|Conservative||W. M. Beaumont||8,607|
|Unionist||Augustus George Cuthbert Dinnick||7,383||39.1||+10.2|
|Unionist||Augustus George Cuthbert Dinnick||5,966||28.9||n/a|
|National Liberal||Winifred Margaret Coombe Tennant||3,861||18.7||n/a|
Elections in the 1910s
|Labour gain from Liberal||Swing|
- endorsement by Coalition Government
General Election 1914/15: A general election was due to take place by the end of 1915. By the autumn of 1914, the following candidates had been selected to contest that election. Due to the outbreak of war, the election never took place;
|Conservative||David Hope Kyd||3,106|
|Liberal||Rt Hon. Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke||5,544|
|Conservative||David Hope Kyd||2,820|
Notes and references
- "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.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F" [self-published source][better source needed]
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
- "Forest of Dean Election". North Devon Journal. 16 July 1925. Retrieved 13 October 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (. ))
- FWS Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1949