Kenilworth and Southam (UK Parliament constituency)

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Kenilworth and Southam
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Kenilworth and Southam in Warwickshire.
Outline map
Location of Warwickshire within England.
County Warwickshire
Electorate 63,772 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Jeremy Wright (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Rugby & Kenilworth
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Kenilworth and Southam is a constituency[n 1] in Warwickshire, England represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Jeremy Wright, a Conservative.[n 2]


The constituency was created for the 2010 general election. The result from 2005 for its wards (nominal result as the constituency was not then formed) gave a Conservative majority of 24.8%.


The District of Warwick wards of Abbey, Cubbington, Lapworth, Leek Wootton, Park Hill, Radford Semele, St John’s, and Stoneleigh, the District of Stratford-on-Avon wards of Burton Dassett, Fenny Compton, Harbury, Kineton, Long Itchington, Southam, Stockton and Napton, and Wellesbourne, and the Borough of Rugby wards of Dunchurch and Knightlow, Leam Valley, and Ryton-on-Dunsmore.

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Warwickshire, the Boundary Commission created this new constituency, pairing Kenilworth and Southam and breaking the parliamentary link between Rugby and Kenilworth established in 1983.

Constituency profile[edit]

The new seat is overwhelmingly rural and intertwined with the countryside in nature, most properties having large plots and a substantial majority being semi-detached or detached.[2] This is geographically one of the largest in the West Midlands and one of its safest Conservative seats.

The historic town of Kenilworth, with a population of around 27,000 is the only settlement of any significant size, while there are plenty of small villages, hamlets and farms and the ancient and prosperous little town of Southam.

The seat almost entirely surrounds the much more urban Warwick and Leamington constituency, and borders southern CoventryCoventry airport is just in this area.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
2010 Jeremy Wright Conservative


General Election 2015: Kenilworth and Southam[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeremy Wright 28,474 58.4 +4.8
Labour Bally Singh 7,472 15.3 +1.0
UKIP Harry Cottam 5,467 11.2 +8.7
Liberal Democrat Richard Dickson 4,913 10.1 -17.6
Green Rob Ballantyne[5] 1,956 4 +2.8
Monster Raving Loony Nicholas Robert Blunderbuss Green 370 0.8 +0.8
Digital Democracy [6] Jon Foster-Smith [7] 139 0.3 +0.3
Majority 21,002 43.0 +17.1
Turnout 48,791 74.8 -6.4
Conservative hold Swing
Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General Election 2010 [8]
Turnout: 48,431 (81.2%) +11.0
Conservative hold
Majority: 12,552 (25.9%) +1.1
Swing: +8.4[n 3]% from Lab to Lib Dem
Jeremy Wright Conservative 25,945 53.6 +3.2
Nigel Rock Liberal Democrat 13,393 27.7 +5.6
Nicholas Milton Labour 6,949 14.4 -11.2
John Moore UKIP 1,214 2.5 +0.4
James Harrison Green 568 1.2 N/A
Joe Rukin Independent 362 0.7 N/A

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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. ^ The Labour-Conservative swing (as nominal runners up in the last vote) was +7.2%

Coordinates: 52°15′N 1°24′W / 52.25°N 1.40°W / 52.25; -1.40