Haltemprice and Howden (UK Parliament constituency)

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Haltemprice and Howden
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Haltemprice and Howden in Humberside.
Outline map
Location of Humberside within England.
County East Riding of Yorkshire
Electorate 70,864 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament David Davis (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Beverley, Boothferry
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Haltemprice and Howden is a constituency[n 1] in the East Riding of Yorkshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by David Davis, a Conservative and current Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.[n 2] The seat mainly consists of suburbs of Hull that lie outside the city boundaries. Including middle class areas like Willerby, and Kirk Ella, and less affluent areas such as Anlaby and Cottingham (which also includes most of the Halls of Residence for Hull University). Beyond that it stretches out westwards along the A63 to take in smaller, rural towns and villages like Bubwith and Howden itself. Overall, area is affluent and has one of the highest proportions of owner-occupiers in the country.[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

The Electoral Reform Society considers it to be historically the second safest seat in the country, after North Shropshire. Taking into account the previous seats roughly covering its boundaries, the Society considers that the seat has been held continuously by the Conservative Party since the 1837 general election.[3]

Boundaries and local government[edit]

1997–2010: The Borough of Boothferry wards of East Derwent, East Howdenshire, Gilberdyke, Holme upon Spalding Moor, Howden, Mid Howdenshire, and North Cave, and the East Yorkshire Borough of Beverley wards of Anlaby, Brough, Castle, Kirk Ella, Mill Beck and Croxby, Priory, Skidby and Rowley, South Cave, Springfield, Swanland, and Willerby.

2010–present: The District of East Riding of Yorkshire wards of Cottingham North, Cottingham South, Dale, Howden, Howdenshire, South Hunsley, Tranby, and Willerby and Kirk Ella.

The constituency covers a wide area stretching from the border of Hull in the east to the outskirts of Goole in the west and northwards to Holme-on-Spalding-Moor in the Yorkshire Wolds. The bulk of the population is centred in the villages of Willerby, Kirk Ella, Anlaby and Cottingham. Rural Howdenshire forms the bulk of the geographical area of the constituency but provides only a small part of the total electorate.

The constituency includes many towns and villages along the A63 corridor including, Brough, Elloughton, South Cave, North Ferriby, Swanland, Gilberdyke, Newport, Welton and Melton.

There are currently Conservative councillors in Howden, Howdenshire, Dale, South Hunsley, Cottingham North, Cottingham South, and Willerby and Kirk Ella Wards. The Liberal Democrats, who previously enjoyed relatively strong support in the constituency, suffered heavy losses in the 2011 local elections, losing their seats to the Conservatives in the Cottingham South and Willerby & Kirk Ella wards. As a result of the 2011 local elections, the Liberal Democrats now only hold one seat in Tranby ward (Anlaby & Anlaby Common), after losing their other seat there to Labour candidate Josh Newlove, who was 19 years of age at the time of the election. This was the first time a Labour candidate had been elected in the constituency, the party recording a 27% swing in its favour to win just four years after it came fourth in the same ward.


The constituency was created for the 1997 general election, covering an area previously part of the Beverley and Boothferry constituencies. In 1997, it returned the Conservative David Davis, who had previously been the member for Boothferry; he was re-elected in the 2001, 2005 and 2010 general elections.

The area was placed as 10th most affluent in the country in the 2003 Barclays Private Clients survey.[4]

2008 by-election[edit]

On 12 June 2008, a day after a vote on the extension of detention of terror suspects without charge, in an unexpected move, Davis took the Chiltern Hundreds, effectively resigning his seat as the constituency's MP. He stated this was to force a by-election, in which he intended to provoke a wider public debate on the single issue of the perceived erosion of civil liberties. Over the course of the following week, the campaign was launched on the theme of David Davis for Freedom.

Davis formally resigned as an MP on 18 June 2008, and the by-election took place on 10 July 2008, which Davis won.[5]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1997 David Davis Conservative
2008 by - election David Davis Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Haltemprice and Howden[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Davis 26,414 54.2 +3.9
Labour Edward Hart 10,219 21.0 +5.3
UKIP John Kitchener 6,781 13.9 N/A
Liberal Democrat Carl Minns 3,055 6.3 -20.2
Green Tim Greene 1,809 3.7 +2.3
Yorkshire First Diana Wallis 479 1.0 N/A
Majority 16,195 33.2
Turnout 48,757 68.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2010: Haltemprice and Howden[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Davis 24,486 50.2 +3.2
Liberal Democrat Jon Neal 12,884 26.4 -10.0
Labour Danny Marten 7,630 15.7 +2.2
BNP James Cornell 1,583 3.2 +1.6
English Democrat Joanne Robinson 1,485 3.0 N/A
Green Shan Oakes 669 1.4 N/A
Majority 11,602 23.8
Turnout 48,737 69.2 -1.2
Conservative hold Swing +6.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Haltemprice and Howden by-election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Davis 17,113 71.6 +24.1
Green Shan Oakes 1,758 7.4 N/A
English Democrat Joanne Robinson 1,714 7.2 N/A
National Front Tess Culnane 544 2.3 N/A
Miss Great Britain Party Gemma Garrett 521 2.2 N/A
Independent Jill Saward 492 2.1 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Mad Cow-Girl 412 1.7 N/A
Independent Walter Sweeney 238 1.0 N/A
Independent John Nicholson 162 0.7 N/A
Independent David Craig 135 0.6 N/A
New Party David Pinder 135 0.6 N/A
no label David Icke 110 0.5 N/A
Freedom 4 Choice Hamish Howitt 91 0.4 N/A
Socialist Equality Chris Talbot 84 0.4 N/A
Independent Grace Astley 77 0.3 N/A
Christian George Hargreaves 76 0.3 N/A
Church of the Militant Elvis David Bishop 44 0.2 N/A
Independent John Upex 38 0.2 N/A
Independent Greg Wood 32 0.1 N/A
Independent Eamonn Fitzpatrick 31 0.1 N/A
Make Politicians History Ronnie Carroll 29 0.1 N/A
Independent Thomas Darwood 25 0.1 N/A
Independent Christopher Foren 23 0.1 N/A
Independent Herbert Crossman 11 0.0 N/A
Independent Tony Farnon 8 0.0 N/A
Independent Norman Scarth 8 0.0 N/A
Majority 15,355 64.2 +53.5
Turnout 23,911 34.5[11] -35.7
Conservative hold Swing N/A
General Election 2005: Haltemprice and Howden[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Davis 22,792 47.5 +4.3
Liberal Democrat Jon Neal 17,676 36.8 –2.1
Labour Edward Hart 6,104 12.7 –3.0
BNP John Mainprize 798 1.7 N/A
UKIP Philip Lane 659 1.4 –0.8
Majority 5,116 10.7 +6.4
Turnout 48,029 70.1 +4.3
Conservative hold Swing +3.2
General Election 2001: Haltemprice and Howden[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Davis 18,994 43.2 –0.8
Liberal Democrat Jon Neal 17,091 38.9 +10.1
Labour Leslie Howell 6,898 15.7 –7.9
UKIP Joanne Robinson 945 2.2 +1.5
Majority 1,903 4.3 -10.9
Turnout 43,928 65.8 –9.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Haltemprice and Howden[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Davis 21,809 44.0 N/A
Liberal Democrat Diana Wallis 14,295 28.8 N/A
Labour George McManus 11,701 23.6 N/A
Referendum Trevor Pearson 1,370 2.8 N/A
UKIP Godfrey Bloom 301 0.6 N/A
Natural Law Barry Stevens 74 0.1 N/A
Majority 7,514 15.2 N/A
Turnout 49,550 75.5 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. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Haltemprice and Howden". UK Polling Report. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Safe seats", Electoral Reform Society
  4. ^ "North tops 'real' rich league". BBC News. 14 May 2003. Retrieved 19 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Labour did not stand against Davis". BBC News. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2008. 
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Haltemprice & Howden Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Haltemprice & Howden". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  11. ^ This is Hull and East Riding
  12. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

Coordinates: 53°47′46″N 0°41′20″W / 53.796°N 0.689°W / 53.796; -0.689