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||Peter Lilley (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||North Hertfordshire
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
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.
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, and so far only, MP is 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.
Members of Parliament
|General Election 2015: Hitchin and Harpenden|
|Liberal Democrat||Pauline Pearce||4,484||8.1||-18.6|
|General Election 2010: Hitchin and Harpenden|
|Liberal Democrat||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|
|Independent||Peter Edward Rigby||50||0.1||+0.1|
|General Election 2005: Hitchin and Harpenden|
|Liberal Democrat||Hannah Hedges||12,234||25.8||+7.8|
|UKIP||John Graham Charles Saunders||828||1.7||+0.4|
|Independent||Peter Edward Rigby||199||0.4||+0.4|
|General Election 2001: Hitchin and Harpenden|
|Liberal Democrat||John Charles Murphy||8,076||18.0||−2.1|
|UKIP||John Graham Charles Saunders||606||1.3||N/A|
|Independent||Peter Edward Rigby||363||0.8||N/A|
|General Election 1997: Hitchin and Harpenden|
|Labour||Miss 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|
|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.
- 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.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/constituencies/E14000749 | title=Harpenden & Hitching parliamentary constituency - Election 2015 - BBC news | work=bbc.co.uk
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Hitchin and Harpenden". Election 2010. BBC News. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010.