Hertsmere (UK Parliament constituency)
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for the House of Commons
Boundary of Hertsmere in Hertfordshire.
Location of Hertfordshire within England.
|Electorate||70,772 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Oliver Dowden (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||South Hertfordshire|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
Hertsmere is a constituency[n 1] identical with the area of the Hertsmere Borough of Hertfordshire in England represented since 2010 in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Oliver Dowden of the Conservative Party.[n 2]
Boundaries and composition
The constituency is coterminous with the borough of Hertsmere, in southern Hertfordshire. Hertsmere consists of the major towns and villages of Bushey, Radlett, Potters Bar and Borehamwood, elevated settlements above the headwaters of the River Colne which forms much of the northern border. Bushey borders Watford and the London Borough of Harrow to the west and south west, while Potters Bar borders Barnet and Broxbourne on the east. Borehamwood is just south-east of the centre, the largest town in the constituency — in the north and centre is Radlett, separated by two large villages and farms from St Albans to the north.
- Bushey North, Bushey St James, Bushey Park, Bushey Heath, Aldenham West, Aldenham East, Elstree, Borehamwood Brookmeadow, Borehamwood Cowley Hill, Borehamwood Hillside, Borehamwood Kenilworth, Shenley, Potters Bar Furzefield, Potters Bar Parkfield, Potters Bar Oakmere
Just beyond the boundaries of Greater London and with fast railway lines into the capital, Hertsmere is an archetypal middle-class, mixed economy, Home Counties district with many commuters to London, considered by most to be well within the London Commuter Belt.
The Aldenham East ward, assessed as the least deprived of 8414 wards in England in IMD2000 of the year 2000, is in the constituency. A minority of wards of Borehamwood have Labour councillors and the seat has proven to date to be a Conservative safe seat. A close result for second place occurred 2010 with only 661 votes separating the Labour and the Liberal Democrat candidate.
Members of Parliament
This safe Conservative constituency was created in 1983 from the former seat of South Hertfordshire. The former Cabinet minister Cecil Parkinson, who previously represented South Hertfordshire, was the MP from the seat's creation until his retirement in 1992. James Clappison held the seat from 1992 until his decision to stand down from parliament at the 2015 General Election. The seat was subsequently won by Oliver Dowden.
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Hertsmere|
|Liberal Democrat||Sophie Bowler||2,777||5.5||-11.8|
|General Election 2010: Hertsmere|
|Liberal Democrat||Anthony Rowlands||8,210||17.4||−1.0|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Hertsmere|
|Liberal Democrat||Jonathan Davies||7,817||18.4||+3.2|
|Socialist Labour||James Dry||518||1.2||+0.2|
|General Election 2001: Hertsmere|
|Liberal Democrat||Paul Thompson||6,300||15.2||+2.3|
|Socialist Labour||James Dry||397||1.0||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Hertsmere|
|Liberal Democrat||Ann Gray||6,466||12.8|
|Referendum Party||James Marlow||1,703||3.4||N/A|
|Natural Law||Nigel Kahn||191||0.4||N/A|
|General Election 1992: Hertsmere|
|Liberal Democrat||Zerbanoo Gifford||10,681||18.9||−4.9|
|Natural Law||Ms. D.M. Harding||373||0.7||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Hertsmere|
|General Election 1983: Hertsmere|
|Independent Communist||R. Parkinson||1,116||2.1||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2015 proposed map
- Hertsmere MP James Clappison to stand down at next election Watford Observer, 3 July 2014
- Oliver Dowden retains Conservative seat in Hertsmere Watford Observer, 8 May 2015
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Statement Of Persons Nominated And Notice Of Poll". Acting Returning Officer. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.