Hitchin and Harpenden (UK Parliament constituency)

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Hitchin and Harpenden
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Hitchin and Harpenden in Hertfordshire.
County Hertfordshire
Electorate 74,189 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Hitchin, Harpenden, Wheathampstead
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Bim Afolami (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from North Hertfordshire
St Albans
Welwyn Hatfield
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East of England

Hitchin and Harpenden is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2017 by Bim Afolami, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

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.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of several former Hertfordshire seats. Prior to 1997 Hitchin was included in the 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 Conservative Administration in the 1990s, who had previously represented St Albans from 1983 to 1997. He announced he would not contest the seat in the 2017 election.[2] He was succeeded in 2017 by Conservative Bim Afolami.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1997 Peter Lilley Conservative
2017 Bim Afolami Conservative

Election results[edit]

General Election 2017: Hitchin and Harpenden [4] [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bim Afolami[6] 31,189 53.1 Decrease3.8
Labour John Hayes[7] 19,158 32.6 Increase11.9
Liberal Democrat Hugh Annand[8] 6,236 10.6 Increase2.5
Green Richard Cano[9] 1,329 2.3 Decrease3.3
Independent Ray Blake[10] 629 1.1 Increase1.1
Christian Peoples Sid Cordle[10] 242 0.4 Increase0.4
Majority 12,031 20.4 Decrease15.8
Turnout 58,921 77.4 Increase3.6
Conservative hold Swing Decrease7.85
General Election 2015: Hitchin and Harpenden[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Lilley 31,488 56.9 +2.3
Labour Rachel Burgin 11,433 20.6 +7.1
UKIP John Stocker 4,917 8.9 +5.8
Liberal Democrat Pauline Pearce 4,484 8.1 -18.6
Green Richard Wise 3,053 5.5 +4
Majority 20,055 36.2 +8.3
Turnout 55,375 74.0 −0.1
Conservative hold Swing +2.3
General Election 2010: Hitchin and Harpenden[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Lilley 29,869 54.6 +4.7
Liberal Democrat Nigel Quinton 14,598 26.7 +0.9
Labour Oliver de Botton 7,413 13.6 −8.8
UKIP Graham Wilkinson 1,633 3.0 +1.3
Green Richard Wise 807 1.5 +1.5
Independent Margaret Henderson 109 0.2 +0.2
Citizens for Undead Rights and Equality Simon Byron 108 0.2 +0.2
Your Right to Democracy Eric Hannah 90 0.2 +0.2
Independent Peter Rigby 50 0.1 +0.1
Majority 15,271 27.9
Turnout 54,707 74.1 +5.4
Conservative hold Swing 2.5
General Election 2005: Hitchin and Harpenden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Lilley 23,627 49.9 +2.6
Liberal Democrat Hannah Hedges 12,234 25.8 +7.8
Labour Paul Orrett 10,499 22.2 −10.3
UKIP John Saunders 828 1.7 +0.4
Independent Peter Rigby 199 0.4 +0.4
Majority 11,393 24.0
Turnout 47,387 70.5 +3.6
Conservative hold Swing -2.6
General Election 2001: Hitchin and Harpenden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Lilley 21,271 47.3 +1.5
Labour Alan Amos 14,608 32.5 −0.6
Liberal Democrat John Murphy 8,076 18.0 −2.1
UKIP John Saunders 606 1.3 N/A
Independent Peter Rigby 363 0.8 N/A
Majority 6,663 14.8
Turnout 44,924 66.9 −11.1
Conservative hold Swing +1.0
General Election 1997: Hitchin and Harpenden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Lilley 24,038 45.9 N/A
Labour Rosemary Sanderson 17,367 33.1 N/A
Liberal Democrat 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
Majority 6,671 12.7 N/A
Turnout 52,427 78.0 N/A
Conservative 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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hitchin MP announces his decision to stand down after 34 years". 26 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 3)
  4. ^ "UK Parliamentary General Election 8 June 2017". St Albans City and District Council. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "BBC News: Hitchin and Harpenden Parliamentary Constituency". St Albans City and District Council. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "General Election 2017: Conservatives name parliamentary candidate for Hitchin and Harpenden". The Herts Advertiser. 6 May 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "General Election 2017 – Candidate List – (A – M)". labour.org.uk. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Hitchin and Harpenden Liberal Democrat candidate hopes to win 'enormous pro-remain' area". Hertfordshire Mercury. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "Lets create 'shock wave of hope' says Hitchin Green candidate". 4 May 2017. 
  10. ^ a b https://www.north-herts.gov.uk/sites/northherts-cms/files/Statement%20of%20Persons%20Nominated%20%26%20Notice%20of%20Poll%20H%26H.PDF
  11. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Harpenden & Hitching parliamentary constituency – Election 2015 – BBC news". bbc.co.uk. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Hitchin and Harpenden". Election 2010. BBC News. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 

Coordinates: 51°50′N 0°13′W / 51.83°N 0.21°W / 51.83; -0.21