House of Keys constituencies

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These are the constituencies used in the elections to the House of Keys, the lower house of the parliament of the Isle of Man.

Constituencies from 2016[edit]

Constituency Sheading Local government areas MHKs returned
Arbory, Castletown & Malew Rushen Arbory, Castletown, Malew and parts of east Rushen 2
Ayre & Michael Ayre, Michael Andreas, Ballaugh, Bride, Jurby, Lezayre and Michael 2
Douglas Central Middle Douglas 2
Douglas East Middle Douglas 2
Douglas North Middle Douglas 2
Douglas South Middle Douglas 2
Garff Garff excluding
parts of Onchan
Garff parish (comprising the former Laxey, Lonan,
Maughold) and parts of north Onchan
2
Glenfaba & Peel Glenfaba German, Patrick and Peel 2
Middle Middle excluding Douglas Braddan, Marown and Santon 2
Onchan Garff Onchan excluding parts of north Onchan 2
Ramsey Ayre Ramsey 2
Rushen Rushen Port St Mary, Port Erin and most of Rushen 2
Total 24

Constituencies from 1986–2011[edit]

The constituencies used for the 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011 General Elections for the House of Keys were:

Keys constituencies
Constituency Sheading Local Government Areas MHKs returned
Ayre Ayre Andreas, Bride, Lezayre 1
Glenfaba Glenfaba German, Patrick 1
Garff Garff without Onchan Lonan, Maughold, Laxey 1
Michael Michael Ballaugh, Jurby, Michael 1
Rushen Rushen Rushen, Port St Mary, Port Erin 3
Middle Middle without Santon Parish or Douglas Braddan, Marown 1
Malew and Santon Parts of Middle and Rushen Malew, Santon 1
Douglas East Middle Douglas 2
Douglas West Middle Douglas 2
Douglas North Middle Douglas 2
Douglas South Middle Douglas 2
Castletown Rushen Castletown 1
Onchan Garff Onchan 3
Peel Glenfaba Peel 1
Ramsey Ayre Ramsey 2
Total 24

1986 changes[edit]

  • Garff and Ayre became one seat constituencies, having previously each had two seats.
  • Onchan constituency was created, having been previously part of Middle constituency.
  • Middle constituency was created from the parishes of Marown (formerly part of Glenfaba constituency) and Braddan.
  • Malew and Santon constituency was created from the parishes of Malew (formerly part of Rushen constituency), and Santon (formerly part of Middle constituency).

1867 to 2011 elections[edit]

The original constituencies set out in the House of Keys Election Act 1866, providing for the House to be elected for the first time. These are shown below and were used for the 1867, 1875, and 1881 General Elections.

The arrangements for elections between 1881 and 1903 are not currently shown in the table.

The original constituencies were altered by the Redistribution Act 1893 as follows:

These were used for the 1903, 1908, 1913 and 1919 General Elections. The same constituencies and distribution of seats were also used for the 1934, 1946 and 1951 elections[1] and so are likely also to have been used for the 1924 and 1929 elections.

The distribution of seats was changed for the 1956 election, and again for the 1986 election, as shown.[2]

Constituency MHKs
1867-1881 1903-1951 1956-1981 1986-2011
Glenfaba (s) 3 3 2 1
Michael (s) 3 2 1 1
Ayre (s) 3 3 2 1
Garff (s) 3 2 2 Garff 1
Onchan 3
Middle (s) 3 3 3
Middle 1
Malew and Santon 1
Rushen (s) 3 3 3
Rushen 3
Douglas South (t) 3 2 2 2
Douglas East (t) - 2 2
Douglas West (t) - 2 2
Douglas North (t) 3 1 2
Castletown (t) 1 1 1 1
Peel (t) 1 1 1 1
Ramsey (t) 1 1 2 2
Total 24

(s) = sheading, (t) = town

Further back in history, before democratic elections, each of the six sheadings was represented by four members.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hansard November 1934, November 1946 and November 1951
  2. ^ Hansard November 1956, November 1971, 1976, 1981

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