Hitchin and Harpenden (UK Parliament constituency)
|Hitchin and Harpenden|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Hitchin and Harpenden in Hertfordshire
|Electorate||74,189 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Hitchin, Harpenden, Wheathampstead|
|Member of Parliament||Bim Afolami (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||North Hertfordshire|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
The constituency was created for the 1997 general election from parts of several former Hertfordshire seats. Prior to 1997, Hitchin was included in the abolished North Hertfordshire constituency and Harpenden in the St Albans constituency, while the village of Wheathampstead was part of the Welwyn Hatfield constituency.
The seat's first MP was Peter Lilley, a former Secretary of State for various government departments in the Major ministry in the 1990s, who had previously represented St Albans from 1983-1997. He announced he would not contest the seat at the 2017 general election. He was succeeded in 2017 by Bim Afolami of the Conservatives, who retained it at the 2019 general election albeit with a reduced majority.
1997–2010: The District of North Hertfordshire wards of Ashbrook, Bearton, Cadwell, Highbury, Hitchwood, Hoo, Kimpton, Offa, Oughton, Priory, and Walsworth, and the City of St Albans wards of Harpenden East, Harpenden North, Harpenden South, Harpenden West, Redbourn, Sandridge, and Wheathampstead.
2010–present: The District of North Hertfordshire wards of Cadwell, Graveley and Wymondley, Hitchin Bearton, Hitchin Highbury, Hitchin Oughton, Hitchin Priory, Hitchin Walsworth, Hitchwood, Hoo, Kimpton, and Offa, and the City of St Albans wards of Harpenden East, Harpenden North, Harpenden South, Harpenden West, Redbourn, Sandridge, and Wheathampstead.
Minor gain from North East Hertfordshire due to revision of local authority wards.
Changes proposed by the Boundary Commission
The Boundary Commission for England submitted their final proposals in respect of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies (the 2018 review) in September 2018 which would reduce the total number of MPs from 650 to 600. Although the proposals were immediately laid before Parliament they were not brought forward by the Government for approval. Accordingly, they will not come into effect for the 2019 election due to take place on 12 December 2019, which will be contested using the constituency boundaries in place since 2010.
The Commission recommend that no changes be made to the boundaries of this constituency.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Sam Collins||20,824||35.4||24.8|
|Christian Peoples Alliance||Sid Cordle||268||0.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Hugh Annand||6,236||10.6||2.5|
|Christian Peoples Alliance||Sid Cordle||242||0.4||0.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Pauline Pearce||4,484||8.1||-18.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Nigel Quinton||14,598||26.7||+0.9|
|Labour||Oliver de Botton||7,413||13.6||−8.8|
|Citizens for Undead Rights and Equality||Simon Byron||108||0.2||+0.2|
|Your Right to Democracy||Eric Hannah||90||0.2||+0.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Hannah Hedges||12,234||25.8||+7.8|
|Liberal Democrats||John Murphy||8,076||18.0||−2.1|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Chris J. White||10,515||20.1||N/A|
|Natural Law||David R.H. Cooke||290||0.6||N/A|
|Socialist Alternative||Jim D.O. Horton||217||0.4||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
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- "Hitchin MP announces his decision to stand down after 34 years". 26 April 2017.[permanent dead link]
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 3)
- "Hitchin & Harpenden Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
- "UK Parliamentary General Election 8 June 2017". St Albans City and District Council. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
- "BBC News: Hitchin and Harpenden Parliamentary Constituency". St Albans City and District Council. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
- "General Election 2017: Conservatives name parliamentary candidate for Hitchin and Harpenden". The Herts Advertiser. 6 May 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
- "General Election 2017 – Candidate List – (A – M)". labour.org.uk. Archived from the original on 1 Oct 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
- "Hitchin and Harpenden Liberal Democrat candidate hopes to win 'enormous pro-remain' area". Hertfordshire Mercury. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.[permanent dead link]
- "Lets create 'shock wave of hope' says Hitchin Green candidate". 4 May 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Harpenden & Hitching parliamentary constituency – Election 2015 – BBC news". bbc.co.uk.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Hitchin and Harpenden". Election 2010. BBC News. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010.