Hexham (UK Parliament constituency)

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Hexham
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Hexham in Northumberland.
Outline map
Location of Northumberland within England.
CountyNorthumberland
Electorate60,499 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsHexham, Corbridge, Stocksfield, Ponteland, Prudhoe, Wylam, Haydon Bridge, Haltwhistle
Current constituency
Created1885
Member of parliamentGuy Opperman (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromNorth Northumberland and South Northumberland
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyNorth East England

Hexham is a constituency[n 1] in Northumberland represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Guy Opperman, a Conservative.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

This large seat reaches to the Pennines and traverses Hadrians Wall which runs almost due east–west through England, includes substantial agricultural holdings, forestry, wood processing, food, minerals, and manufactured hardware industries and has been held by the Conservative Party and rarely with only marginal majorities since 1924. In the midst of the northwest of the area is Kielder Water and running between this area and the middle of the seat is the southern portion of Kielder Forest, and in the west, the attractions of the precipitous Haltwhistle Burn, Viaduct and Castle. SSE of Hexham is the Derwent Reservoir.[2] Aside from the geographical highlights as set out above this area also houses a portion of Newcastle's commuting middle class; Hexham was the only Conservative seat in the North East between 1997–2010, and the only one in Northumberland from 1973 until the Conservatives won Berwick-upon-Tweed in 2015. Despite this middle-class population there are some more working-class areas of the seat, with Prudhoe frequently returning Labour councillors and having similar demographics to neighbouring parts of Blaydon, a safe Labour seat. There is also some deprivation in rural areas particularly around Haltwhistle.

Demonstrated by latest published old age dependency ratios, a slightly larger than national average proportion of the electorate is retired.[3] Whilst the result in 1997 saw the Labour Party within touching distance of winning the seat generally, results suggest the seat is a safe seat for candidates of the Conservative party.[4]

History[edit]

The seat was created under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. Colonel Douglas Clifton Brown, who was Speaker of the House of Commons during the latter years of the World War II, represented the seat for two separate tenures (from 1918–23, and from 1924–51).

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency is named after the town of Hexham in Northumberland. It includes the former Tynedale district and part of the former Castle Morpeth district.[n 3]

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Northumberland, the Boundary Commission for England has made only minor changes to the existing boundaries of the Hexham constituency. The electoral wards used in its formation are:

  • The entire former district of Tynedale
  • The former Castle Morpeth wards of Heddon-on-the-Wall, Ponteland East, Ponteland North, Ponteland South, Ponteland West, Stamfordham and Stannington

Members of Parliament[edit]

Year Member[5] Whip
1885 Miles MacInnes Liberal
1892 Nathaniel George Clayton Conservative
1893 Miles MacInnes Liberal
1895 Wentworth Beaumont
1907 Richard Durning Holt
1918 Douglas Clifton Brown Unionist
1923 Victor Harold Finney Liberal
1924 Douglas Clifton Brown Unionist
1943 Speaker
1951 Rupert Speir Conservative
1966 Geoffrey Rippon
1987 Alan Amos
1992 Peter Atkinson
2010 Guy Opperman

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Guy Opperman 24,996 54.1 +1.4
Labour Co-op Stephen Powers 15,760 34.1 +9.2
Liberal Democrat Fiona Hall 3,285 7.1 +0.3
Green Wesley Foot 1,253 2.7 -2.9
UKIP Francis Miles 930 2.0 -7.9
Majority 9,236 20.0 -7.8
Turnout 46,224 75.1 +4.2
Conservative hold Swing -3.9
General Election 2015: Hexham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Guy Opperman 22,834 52.7 +9.5
Labour Liam Carr 10,803 24.9 +5.9
UKIP David Nicholson 4,302 9.9 N/A
Liberal Democrat Jeff Reid[7] 2,961 6.8 -23.1
Green Lee Williscroft-Ferris 2,445 5.6 +5.6
Majority 12,031 27.8 +9.5
Turnout 43,345 71.5 +0.7
Conservative hold Swing +1.8
General Election 2010: Hexham[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Guy Opperman 18,795 43.2 +0.8
Liberal Democrat Andrew Duffield 13,007 29.9 +4.2
Labour Antoine Tinnion 8,253 19.0 −11.4
Independent Steven Ford 1,974 4.5 N/A
BNP Quentin Hawkins 1,205 2.8 N/A
Independent Colin Moss 249 0.6 N/A
Majority 5,788 13.3
Turnout 43,483 70.8 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing −1.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Hexham[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Atkinson 17,605 42.4 −2.2
Labour Kevin Graham 12,585 30.3 −8.3
Liberal Democrat Andrew Duffield 10,673 25.7 +10.7
English Democrat Ian Riddell 521 1.3 +1.3
Imperial Thomas Davison 129 0.3 +0.3
Majority 5,020 12.1
Turnout 41,513 68.8 −2.1
Conservative hold Swing +3.0
General Election 2001: Hexham[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Atkinson 18,917 44.6 +5.8
Labour Paul Brannen 16,388 38.6 +0.4
Liberal Democrat Philip Latham 6,380 15.0 −2.4
UKIP Alan Patterson 728 1.7 −0.8
Majority 2,529 6.0
Turnout 42,413 70.9 −6.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Hexham[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Atkinson 17,701 38.8 -13.6
Labour Ian McMinn 17,479 38.2 +14.0
Liberal Democrat Philip Carr 7,959 17.4 -4.3
Referendum Robert Waddell 1,362 3.0
UKIP David Lott 1,170 2.6
Majority 222 0.5 -27.7
Turnout 45,671 77.5 -4.9
Conservative hold Swing +13.8
General Election 1992: Hexham[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Atkinson 24,967 52.4 +2.8
Labour Ian Swithenbank 11,529 24.2 +6.2
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Wallace 10,344 21.7 −10.0
Green John Hartshorne 781 1.6 +0.9
Majority 13,438 28.2 +10.3
Turnout 47,621 82.4 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing −1.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Hexham[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alan Amos 22,370 49.6
Liberal Evan Robson 14,304 31.7
Labour Mike Wood 8,103 18.0
Green Sheila Wood 336 0.7
Majority 8,066 17.9
Turnout 80.0
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Hexham[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geoffrey Rippon 21,374 51.5
Liberal Evan Robson 13,066 31.5
Labour Stephen Byers 7,056 17.0
Majority 8,308 20.0
Turnout 73.36
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geoffrey Rippon 25,483 48.0
Labour Stuart Bell 16,935 31.9
Liberal John Shipley 10,697 20.1
Majority 8,548 16.1
Turnout 79.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geoffrey Rippon 21,352 43.53
Labour E Wade 16,711 34.07
Liberal Roy Cairncross 10,991 22.41
Majority 4,641 9.46
Turnout 75.37
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geoffrey Rippon 24,059 45.46
Labour E Wade 16,129 30.48
Liberal Roy Cairncross 12,730 24.06
Majority 7,930 14.99
Turnout 82.62
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geoffrey Rippon 24,516 51.96
Labour John E Miller 16,645 35.28
Liberal David Cogan 6,021 12.76
Majority 7,871 16.68
Turnout 75.31
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geoffrey Rippon 20,889 48.10
Labour James B. Lamb 16,105 37.08
Liberal Douglas A. Robson 6,434 14.82
Majority 4,784 11.02
Turnout 78.05
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rupert Speir 22,468 50.70
Labour John Alderson 14,127 31.88
Liberal Douglas A. Robson 7,722 17.42
Majority 8,341 18.82
Turnout 81.88
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rupert Speir 25,500 62.99
Labour Wilfrid Roberts 14,980 37.01
Majority 10,520 25.99
Turnout 81.11
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rupert Speir 23,462 64.00
Labour Edward Garrett 13,198 36.00
Majority 10,264 28.00
Turnout 77.28
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Hexham[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rupert Speir 23,267 59.61
Labour Co-op Thomas L. MacDonald 15,768 40.39
Majority 7,499 19.21
Turnout 82.42
Conservative gain from Speaker Swing
General Election 1950: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Speaker Douglas Clifton Brown 24,703 85.06
Independent Liberal Alexander Hancock 4,154 14.40
Majority 20,549 71.21
Turnout 61.88
Speaker hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Speaker Douglas Clifton Brown 16,431 58.23
Labour Ernest Kavanagh 11,786 41.77
Majority 4,645 16.46
Turnout 73.80
Speaker hold Swing
  • 1943: Douglas Clifton-Brown becomes Speaker of the House of Commons.

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Douglas Clifton Brown 17,241 62.55
Labour Ernest Kinghorn 10,324 37.45
Majority 6,917 25.09
Turnout 75.92
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Douglas Clifton Brown 20,578 73.14
Labour E. O. Dunnico 7,557 26.86
Majority 13,021 46.28
Turnout 79.21
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Douglas Clifton Brown 11,069 39.1 −8.9
Liberal Francis Acland 9,103 32.2 +2.9
Labour Ernest Owen Dunnico 8,135 28.7 +6.0
Majority 1,966 6.9 −11.8
Turnout 28,307 80.2 −2.0
Registered electors 35,304
Unionist hold Swing −5.9
General Election 1924: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Douglas Clifton Brown 10,741 48.0 +4.0
Liberal Victor Harold Finney 6,551 29.3 −26.7
Labour C R Flynn 5,089 22.7 N/A
Majority 4,190 18.7 N/A
Turnout 22,381 82.2 +6.7
Registered electors 27,237
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +15.4
General Election 1923: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Victor Harold Finney 11,293 56.0 +25.0
Unionist Douglas Clifton Brown 8,887 44.0 −0.8
Majority 2,406 12.0 N/A
Turnout 20,180 75.6 −3.7
Registered electors 26,732
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +12.9
General Election 1922: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Douglas Clifton Brown 9,369 44.8 −4.1
Liberal Victor Harold Finney 6,486 31.0 +6.1
Labour George Shield 5,050 24.2 −2.0
Majority 2,883 13.8 −8.9
Turnout 20,905 79.3 +16.9
Registered electors 26,372
Unionist hold Swing −5.1

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Hexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Unionist Douglas Clifton Brown 7,763 48.9 +3.1
Labour William Weir 4,168 26.2 N/A
Liberal Wentworth Beaumont 3,948 24.9 −29.3
Majority 3,595 22.7 N/A
Turnout 15,879 62.4 −21.0
Registered electors 25,341
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +16.2
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

General Election 1914/15:

Percy

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

Holt
General Election December 1910: Hexham [19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Richard Durning Holt 5,124 54.2 −1.2
Conservative Alfred Henry Chaytor 4,334 45.8 +1.2
Majority 790 8.4 −2.4
Turnout 9,458 83.4 −3.9
Registered electors 11,335
Liberal hold Swing −1.2
General Election January 1910: Hexham [19][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Richard Durning Holt 5,478 55.4 −6.0
Conservative Charles Loftus Bates 4,417 44.6 +6.0
Majority 1,061 10.8 −12.0
Turnout 9,895 87.3 +4.2
Registered electors 11,335
Liberal hold Swing −6.0

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Hexham by-election, 1907[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Richard Durning Holt 5,401 56.0 −5.4
Conservative Charles Loftus Bates 4,244 44.0 +5.4
Majority 1,157 12.0 −10.8
Turnout 9,645 86.8 +3.7
Registered electors 11,116
Liberal hold Swing −5.4
General Election 1906: Hexham [19][22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Wentworth Beaumont 5,632 61.4 +10.3
Conservative Nathaniel George Clayton 3,547 38.6 −10.3
Majority 2,085 22.8 +20.6
Turnout 9,179 83.1 +3.5
Registered electors 11,049
Liberal hold Swing +10.3
Morpeth
General Election 1900: Hexham [19][22][23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Wentworth Beaumont 4,197 51.1 −1.5
Liberal Unionist Charles Howard 4,011 48.9 +1.5
Majority 186 2.2 −3.0
Turnout 8,208 79.6 −2.2
Registered electors 10,310
Liberal hold Swing −1.5

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Beaumont
General Election 1895: Hexham [19][22][24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Wentworth Beaumont 4,438 52.6 +3.1
Conservative Charles Edward Hunter 4,003 47.4 −3.1
Majority 435 5.2 N/A
Turnout 8,441 81.8 +0.4
Registered electors 10,316
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +3.1
Hexham by-election, 1893 [19][22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Miles MacInnes 4,804 52.4 +2.9
Conservative Richard Clayton 4,358 47.6 −2.9
Majority 446 4.8 N/A
Turnout 9,162 87.3 +5.9
Registered electors 10,494
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +2.9
  • Caused after the 1892 result was declared void on petition.
General Election 1892: Hexham [19][22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative 4,092 50.5 +7.0
Liberal Miles MacInnes 4,010 49.5 -7.0
Majority 82 1.0 N/A
Turnout 8,102 81.4 +9.1
Registered electors 9,954
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +7.0
  • Clayton was unseated on petition

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

Melgund
General Election 1886: Hexham [19][22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Miles MacInnes 4,177 56.5 -2.1
Conservative Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound 3,220 43.5 +2.1
Majority 957 13.0 -4.2
Turnout 7,397 72.3 −14.2
Registered electors 10,237
Liberal hold Swing -2.1
Ridley
General Election 1885: Hexham [19][22][25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Miles MacInnes 5,193 58.6 N/A
Conservative Matthew Ridley 3,663 41.4 N/A
Majority 1,530 17.2 N/A
Turnout 8,856 86.5 N/A
Registered electors 10,237
Liberal win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  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.
  3. ^ Tynedale and Castle Morpeth district councils were abolished in April 2009 in favour of a unitary Northumberland County Council.
References

Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.

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  4. ^ 2001 Census
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  12. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
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  17. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1951.
  18. ^ Newcastle Journal 12 Mar 1914
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  25. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1886
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Daventry
Constituency represented by the Speaker
1943–1951
Succeeded by
Cirencester and Tewkesbury

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