Harborough (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Harborough in Leicestershire for the 2010 general election.
Location of Leicestershire within England.
|Electorate||78,753 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Market Harborough, Oadby, Wigston|
|Member of parliament||Edward Garnier (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||South Leicestershire|
|European Parliament constituency||East Midlands|
Harborough // or //is a constituency[n 1] covering the south of Leicestershire[n 2] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament[n 3] since 1992 by Conservative Party member and barrister Sir Edward Garnier QC.
- 1 Current representative
- 2 Boundaries
- 3 History
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
- 8 Sources
- 9 External links
Sir Edward Garnier QC was Shadow Attorney General England and Wales, scrutinizing decisions of the head of the UK government's highest legal office[n 4] and "earned wide acclaim for a thoughtful performance in that role, in which he demonstrated his legal expertise without becomingly excessively partisan" from 1997 until 2001. From 2007 until 8 September 2009 he was Shadow Minister for Prisons after which he once again became Shadow Attorney General. He served for two years from 2010 until a reshuffle on 4 September 2012 as Solicitor General which is a slightly lower position than Attorney-General, delegated specific advice responsibilities, without litigation responsibilities.
The constituency takes its name from Market Harborough, seat of the Harborough local government district. The constituency excludes parts of the Harborough district (including some eastern suburbs of Leicester which are in the Rutland & Melton constituency, but includes the smaller borough of Oadby and Wigston that adjoins Leicester.
The seat was created in the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 and in boundary changes in 1974 reflecting the growth in population and electorate of Leicestershire lost a large amount of its territory to the new seat of Blaby.
|This section requires expansion. (June 2008)|
Latest boundary review
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Leicestershire, the Boundary Commission for England has made only minor changes to the existing constituency arrangement. The modified constituency will be formed by the following electoral wards;
- The entire borough of Oadby and Wigston
- Bosworth, Fleckney, Glen, Kibworth, Lubenham, Market Harborough-Great Bowden and Arden, Market Harborough-Little Bowden, Market Harborough-Logan and Market Harborough-Welland in the Harborough district
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Harborough|
|Liberal Democrat||Zuffar Haq||7,037||13.4||-17.7|
|General Election 2010: Harborough|
|Liberal Democrat||Zuffar Haq||17,017||31.0||-3.6|
|English Democrats||David Ball||568||1.0||+1.0|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Harborough|
|Liberal Democrat||Jill Hope||16,644||34.7||+1.3|
|General Election 2001: Harborough|
|Liberal Democrat||Jill Hope||15,496||33.4||+3.9|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Harborough|
|Liberal Democrat||Mark Cox||15,646||29.52|
|General Election 1992: Harborough|
|Liberal Democrat||MA Cox||20,737||33.0||+5.3|
|Labour||Ms. C Mackay||7,483||11.9||−1.0|
|Natural Law||AP Irwin||328||0.5||+0.5|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Harborough|
|Conservative||John Arnold Farr||35,216||59.40|
|General Election 1983: Harborough|
|Conservative||John Arnold Farr||32,957||60.10|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Harborough|
|Conservative||John Arnold Farr||33,328||60.37|
|National Front||A Ashby||1,002||1.81|
|General Election October 1974: Harborough|
|Conservative||John Arnold Farr||25,776||51.27|
|General Election February 1974: Harborough|
|Conservative||John Arnold Farr||27,974||50.81|
|General Election 1970: Harborough|
|Conservative||John Arnold Farr||44,933||56.35|
|Liberal||Wilfrid EH Pickard||9,079||11.39|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: Harborough|
|Conservative||John Arnold Farr||32,450||46.11|
|Labour||Wilfred Frank Higgins||25,453||36.17|
|Liberal||Jack O Galloway||12,475||17.73|
|General Election 1964: Harborough|
|Conservative||John Arnold Farr||32,905||49.24|
|Labour||George Henry Perry||20,389||30.51|
|Liberal||Edward G Rushworth||13,533||20.25|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: Harborough|
|Conservative||John Arnold Farr||29,281||51.03|
|Labour||John R Mably||16,767||29.22|
|Liberal||Edward G Rushworth||11,333||19.75|
|General Election 1955: Harborough|
|Conservative||John Markham Baldock||27,257||53.60|
|Labour||Robert N Hales||17,073||33.57|
|Liberal||Edward G Rushworth||6,524||12.83|
|General Election 1951: Harborough|
|Conservative||John Markham Baldock||29,395||52.21|
|Labour||Thomas Christopher Boyd||21,648||38.45|
|Liberal||Henry Charles Bazeley||5,258||9.34|
|General Election 1950: Harborough|
|Conservative||John Markham Baldock||27,842||49.75|
|Labour||Humphrey Cooper Attewell||21,381||38.21|
|Liberal||Henry Charles Bazeley||6,467||11.56|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1940s
|General Election 1945: Harborough|
|Labour||Humphrey Cooper Attewell||23,353||42.50|
|Conservative||Arthur Ronald Lambert Field Tree||23,149||42.13|
|Liberal||Wilfrid Horace Kirby||8,451||15.38|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
General Election 1939/40:
Another general election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;
- Conservative: Ronald Tree
- Labour: A E Bennett
Elections in the 1930s
|General Election 1935: Harborough|
|Conservative||Arthur Ronald Lambert Field Tree||25,308||63.23|
|Labour||Ronald McKinnon Wood||14,718||36.77|
|Harborough by-election, 1933|
|Conservative||Arthur Ronald Lambert Field Tree||19,320|
|Liberal||W C Wilson||6,144|
|General Election 1931: Harborough|
|Conservative||The Earl of Castle Stewart||29,790||74.47|
|Labour||Frederick John Wise||10,212||25.53|
Elections in the 1920s
|General Election 1929: Harborough|
|Unionist||The Earl of Castle Stewart||16,164||41.8||-10.8|
|Labour||Frederick John Wise||12,620||32.7||+8.4|
|General Election 1924: Harborough|
|Unionist||Lewis Phillips Winby||13,024||52.6|
|Labour||J. S. Hyder||6,032||24.3|
|Liberal||John Wycliffe Black||5,726||23.1|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing|
|General Election 1923: Harborough|
|Liberal||John Wycliffe Black||10,841||53.2||+24.0|
|Unionist||Sir Keith Alexander Fraser||9,537||46.8||+4.2|
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing||+9.9|
|General Election 1922: Harborough|
|Unionist||Sir Keith Alexander Fraser||9,356|
|Liberal||John Wycliffe Black||6,427|
|Labour||Walter John Baker||6,205|
Elections in the 1910s
|General Election 1918: Harborough|
|Liberal||Percy Alfred Harris||4,608|
|Labour||Walter John Baker||4,495||n/a|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing|
- endorsed by the Coalition Government
|Harborough by-election, 1916 |
|Liberal||Percy Alfred Harris||7,826||67.8|
|Independent||Thomas Gibson Bowles||3,711||32.2|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- But excluding Blaby District since 1974
- 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.
- who brings actions on points of unsatisfactory criminal common law and unduly lenient sentences; and supervises the Crown Prosecution Service, the Serious Fraud Office, and other government lawyers with the authority to prosecute cases. Additionally, the Attorney General superintends the Treasury Solicitor's Department, HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, The Service Prosecuting Authority and the strategic body, the National Fraud Authority.
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Edward Garnier, Conservative MP Harborough". BBC News. 22 Oct 2002. Retrieved 11 Apr 2010.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Harborough UKIP parliamentary candidate Clive Langley quits the election race". Leicester Mercury. 14 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. 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.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- British Parliamentary Election Results, 1885-1918 FWS Craig
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- Harborough Conservative Association
- Harborough Liberal Democrats
- Edward Garnier QC MP
- Kevin McKeever (Labour Parliamentary Candidate)