Grantham and Stamford (UK Parliament constituency)
|Grantham and Stamford|
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||81,502 (December 2019)|
|Major settlements||Grantham, Stamford|
|Member of Parliament||Gareth Davies (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Grantham, and Stamford & Spalding|
1997–2010: The District of South Kesteven wards of All Saints, Aveland, Barrowby, Belmont, Bourne East, Bourne West, Casewick, Devon, Earlesfield, Forest, Glen Eden, Grantham St John's, Greyfriars, Harrowby, Hillsides, Isaac Newton, Lincrest, Morkery, Peascliffe, Ringstone, St Anne's, St George's, St Mary's, St Wulfram's, Stamford St John's, and Toller.
2010–present: The District of South Kesteven wards of All Saints, Aveland, Belmont, Bourne East, Bourne West, Earlesfield, Forest, Glen Eden, Grantham St John's, Green Hill, Greyfriars, Harrowby, Hillsides, Isaac Newton, Lincrest, Morkery, Ringstone, St Anne's, St George's, St Mary's, St Wulfram's, Stamford St John's, Thurlby, Toller, and Truesdale.
The constituency covers the towns Grantham and Stamford in Lincolnshire with surrounding villages. Most of the constituency was formerly in the Stamford and Spalding constituency. As well as the two Lincolnshire constituencies that it neighbours (Sleaford and South Holland), it neighbours Rutland and Melton to the west, and North West Cambridgeshire to the south. All five are academically considered, based on results in recent elections, Conservative safe seats.
Following a Boundary Commission review for the 2010 election, the constituency's boundary with the Sleaford and North Hykeham constituency saw more wards ceded to the latter seat and all of Truesdale was united into this seat, which before was shared with South Holland and The Deepings. The recommendation saw an estimated electorate size of 73,336. The new boundary does not include Barrowby, Sedgebrook, Great Gonerby or Belton but includes Baston and Langtoft.
This is a large rural seat in southern Lincolnshire. Grantham and Stamford are at the extreme north and south of the seat, with a large swathe of agricultural countryside between them, dotted with small rural villages. The only other large settlement in the seat is the rapidly growing town of Bourne, situated at the west of the Lincolnshire Fens. Food processing and agriculture are the major industries.
Politically, Grantham is associated with former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was born and raised in the town. However, the town of Grantham itself probably has the biggest Labour Party support of the constituency. The rural part of the seat and the historical town of Stamford outweigh any Labour votes in Grantham, and it is normally a safe Conservative seat. The history of Conservative representation was briefly interrupted between 2007-10 when the sitting Conservative MP, Quentin Davies defected to Labour, as well as 2019 when an MP, Nick Boles, left the Conservative Party.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Harrish Bisnauthsing||6,153||11.0||+5.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Anita Day||3,120||5.5||-0.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Harrish Bisnauthsing||3,263||6.1||−16.1|
|Lincolnshire Independent||Jan Hansen||724||1.3||−0.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Harrish Bisnauthsing||11,726||22.2||+5.7|
|Lincolnshire Independent||Mark Horn||929||1.8||New|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Patrick O'Connor||7,838||16.6||+2.2|
|English Democrat||Benedict Brown||774||1.6||New|
|Organisation of Free Democrats||John Andrews||264||0.6||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Jane Carr||6,665||14.4||+1.9|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||John Sellick||6,612||12.5|
|ProLife Alliance||Rosa Clark||314||0.6|
|Natural Law||Ian Harper||115||0.2|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in Lincolnshire
- Stamford (UK Parliament list of constituencies)
Notes and references
- "Grantham & Stamford Parliamentary constituency". BBC. BBC News. 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
- Grantham - the home town of former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
- "UK Polling Report". ukpollingreport.co.uk.
- "Conservative MP defects to Labour". 27 June 2007 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 2)
- In late June 2007, the incumbent Conservative MP Quentin Davies announced he was defecting to the Labour Party, shortly before Gordon Brown was due to take over the position of Prime Minister from Tony Blair.
- "Grantham & Stamford Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
- "2019 BES Constituency Results with Census and Candidate Data". The British Election Study. BES. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Grantham & Stamford Parliamentary constituency". Election 2015. BBC. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
- "UK ELECTION RESULTS: GRANTHAM & STAMFORD 2015".
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "UK > England > East Midlands > Grantham & Stamford". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- BBC Election 2010
- GCSE results in the constituency
- Election Maps
- Ask Aristotle
- Statistical data at DEFRA