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 and South West 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 2015 in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Oliver Dowden of the Conservative Party.[n 2]
Boundaries and composition
1983-1997: The Borough of Hertsmere, and the City of St Albans ward of London Colney.
1997-present: The Borough of Hertsmere.
Since 1997 the constituency is coterminous with the borough of Hertsmere, in southern Hertfordshire (before then it had also included one electoral ward from the City of St Albans district). 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.
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Hertfordshire, the Boundary Commission recommended no changes to constituency boundaries for the 2010 general election. The seat has electoral wards:
- Aldenham East, Aldenham West, Borehamwood Brookmeadow, Borehamwood Cowley Hill, Borehamwood Hillside, Borehamwood Kenilworth, Bushey Heath, Bushey North, Bushey Park, Bushey St James, Elstree, Potters Bar Furzefield, Potters Bar Oakmere, Potters Bar Parkfield, Shenley.
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
|Liberal Democrat||Sophie Bowler||2,777||5.5||−11.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Anthony Rowlands||8,210||17.4||−1.0|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Jonathan Davies||7,817||18.4||+3.2|
|Socialist Labour||James Dry||518||1.2||+0.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Paul Thompson||6,300||15.2||+2.3|
|Socialist Labour||James Dry||397||1.0||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Ann Gray||6,466||12.8|
|Natural Law||Nigel Kahn||191||0.4||N/A|
|Labour||David Norman Souter||13,398||23.7||+4.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Zerbanoo Gifford||10,681||18.9||−4.9|
|Natural Law||Ms. Diana Muriel Harding||373||0.7||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Liberal||Laurence Stephen Brass||13,172||23.8|
|Labour||Ian David Derek Reed||10,315||19.2||N/A|
|Independent Communist||Ronald William 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.
- "'Hertsmere', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
- 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]
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Statement Of Persons Nominated And Notice Of Poll". Acting Returning Officer. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 14 April 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.
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. 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.