Grantham and Stamford (UK Parliament constituency)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Grantham and Stamford
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Grantham and Stamford in Lincolnshire.
Outline map
Location of Lincolnshire within England.
Electorate79,118 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentNick Boles (Independent)
Number of membersOne
Created fromGrantham, and Stamford & Spalding
European Parliament constituencyEast Midlands

Grantham and Stamford is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Nick Boles, an Independent politician.[n 2]


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[2] 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.

2010 revision[edit]

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.

Constituency profile[edit]

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.[3]

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[3][4] defected to Labour,as well as 2019 when an MP, Nick Boles, left the Conservative Party, though not standing down as MP.

Workless claimants were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.8% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[5]

Local government[edit]

The whole constituency lies within the area served by Lincolnshire County Council and South Kesteven District Council.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1997 Quentin Davies Conservative
2007 Labour[7]
2010 Nick Boles Conservative
2019 Independent Progressive Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2017: Grantham and Stamford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Nick Boles 35,090 62.0 +9.2
Labour Barrie Fairbairn 14,996 26.5 +9.6
Liberal Democrat Anita Day 3,120 5.5 -0.6
UKIP Marietta King 1,745 3.1 -14.4
Independent Tariq Mahmood 860 1.5 -0.4
Green Becca Thackray 782 1.4 -2.1
Majority 20,094 35.5 +0.2
Turnout 56,593 69.2 +3.0
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 0.2
General election 2015: Grantham and Stamford[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Nick Boles[10] 28,399 52.8 +2.5
UKIP Marietta King 9,410 17.5 +14.5
Labour Barrie Fairbairn 9,070 16.9 −1.1
Liberal Democrat Harrish Bisnauthsing 3,263 6.1 −16.1
Green Aidan Campbell 1,872 3.5 N/A
Independent Ian Selby 1,017 1.9 N/A
Lincolnshire Independent Jan Hansen 724 1.3 −0.4
Majority 18,989 35.3 +7.2
Turnout 53,755 66.2 −1.8
Conservative hold Swing
General election 2010: Grantham and Stamford[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Nick Boles 26,552 50.3 +3.4
Liberal Democrat Harrish Bisnauthsing 11,726 22.2 +5.7
Labour Mark Bartlett 9,503 18.0 -13.2
BNP Christopher Robinson 2,485 4.7 +4.7
UKIP Anthony Wells 1,604 3.0 -0.2
Lincolnshire Independent Mark Horn 929 1.8 +1.8
Majority 14,826 28.1 +12.3
Turnout 52,799 68.0 +5.0
Conservative hold Swing -1.2

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Grantham and Stamford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Quentin Davies 22,109 46.9 +0.8
Labour Ian Selby 14,664 31.1 −5.2
Liberal Democrat Patrick O'Connor 7,838 16.6 +2.2
UKIP Stuart Rising 1,498 3.2 0.0
English Democrat Benedict Brown 774 1.6 N/A
Organisation of Free Democrats John Andrews 264 0.6 N/A
Majority 7,445 15.8 +6.0
Turnout 47,147 63.6 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing 3.0
General election 2001: Grantham and Stamford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Quentin Davies 21,329 46.1 +3.3
Labour John Robinson 16,811 36.3 -1.4
Liberal Democrat Jane Carr 6,665 14.4 +1.9
UKIP Marilyn Swain 1,484 3.2 +2.2
Majority 4,518 9.8
Turnout 46,289 61.3 -11.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Grantham and Stamford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Quentin Davies 22,672 42.8 N/A
Labour Peter Denning 19,980 37.7 N/A
Liberal Democrat John Sellick 6,612 12.5 N/A
Referendum Marilyn Swain 2,721 5.1 N/A
UKIP Malcolm Charlesworth 556 1.0 N/A
ProLife Alliance Rosa Clark 314 0.6 N/A
Natural Law Ian Harper 115 0.2 N/A
Majority 2,692 5.1 N/A
Turnout 52,970 73.3 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

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.
  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ Grantham - the home town of former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
  3. ^ a b "UK Polling Report".
  4. ^ "Conservative MP defects to Labour". 27 June 2007 – via
  5. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 2)
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Grantham & Stamford Parliamentary constituency". Election 2015. BBC. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  12. ^ "UK > England > East Midlands > Grantham & Stamford". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°48′N 0°30′W / 52.80°N 0.50°W / 52.80; -0.50