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
CountyWarwickshire
Electorate63,772 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsKenilworth, Southam
Current constituency
Created2010
Member of ParliamentJeremy Wright (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromRugby & Kenilworth, Warwick & Leamington, Stratford-on-Avon

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 who served as Culture Secretary until 24 July 2019, having previously served as Attorney General for England and Wales from 2014 to 2018.[n 2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
2010 Jeremy Wright Conservative

Constituency profile[edit]

The seat is overwhelmingly rural; most properties have large plots and a substantial majority are semi-detached or detached.[3] This is geographically one of the largest seats in the West Midlands and one of its safest Conservative seats.

The historic town of Kenilworth, with a population of around 23,000, is the largest settlement in the area, with the small town of Southam (6,500) second. There are plenty of small villages, hamlets and farms elsewhere.

The seat surrounds the much more urban Warwick and Leamington constituency on three sides. It also borders southern Coventry; Coventry Airport is just within in the constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

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.

History[edit]

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%.

Elections[edit]

General election 2019: Kenilworth and Southam[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeremy Wright 30,351 57.7 Decrease3.1
Liberal Democrats Richard Dickson 9,998 19.0 Increase 9.4
Labour Antony Tucker 9,440 17.9 Decrease 7.6
Green Alison Firth 2,351 4.5 Increase 2.3
Monster Raving Loony Nicholas Green 457 0.9 Increase 0.9
Majority 20,353 38.7 Increase3.5
Turnout 53,079 77.2 Decrease0.2
Conservative hold Swing Decrease6.25
General election 2017: Kenilworth and Southam[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeremy Wright 31,207 60.8 Increase 2.5
Labour Bally Singh 13,121 25.6 Increase 10.3
Liberal Democrats Richard Dickson 4,921 9.6 Decrease 0.5
Green Rob Ballantyne 1,133 2.2 Decrease 1.8
UKIP Harry Cottam 929 1.8 Decrease 9.4
Majority 18,086 35.2 Decrease 6.8
Turnout 51,311 77.4 Increase 2.6
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 3.9
General election 2015: Kenilworth and Southam[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeremy Wright 28,474 58.4 Increase 4.8
Labour Bally Singh 7,472 15.3 Increase 1.0
UKIP Harry Cottam 5,467 11.2 Increase 8.7
Liberal Democrats Richard Dickson 4,913 10.1 Decrease 17.6
Green Rob Ballantyne[8] 1,956 4.0 Increase 2.8
Monster Raving Loony Nicholas Green 370 0.8 Increase 0.8
Digital Democracy[9] Jon Foster-Smith[9] 139 0.3 +0.3
Majority 21,002 43.0 Increase 17.1
Turnout 48,791 74.8 Decrease 0.7
Conservative hold Swing Increase 1.9
General election 2010: Kenilworth and Southam[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeremy Wright 25,945 53.6 N/A
Liberal Democrats Nigel Rock 13,393 27.7 N/A
Labour Nicholas Milton 6,949 14.4 N/A
UKIP John Moore 1,214 2.4 N/A
Green James Harrison 568 1.2 N/A
Independent Joe Rukin 362 0.7 N/A
Majority 12,552 25.9 N/A
Turnout 48,431 75.3 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. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "K" (part 1)
  3. ^ "2011 census interactive maps". Archived from the original on 29 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Kenilworth & Southam Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Candidates confirmed for General Election". Stratford-upon-Avon Herald. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Kenilworth & Southam parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Rob Ballantyne – Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Kenilworth and Southam". Green Party of England and Wales. Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  9. ^ a b http://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/2554/statement_of_persons_nominated_kenilworth_and_southam_constituency.pdf
  10. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  11. ^ "UK > England > West Midlands > Kenilworth & Southam". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010.

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