Kettering (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Kettering in Northamptonshire
Location of Northamptonshire within England
|Major settlements||Kettering, Desborough, Burton Latimer and Rothwell|
|Member of Parliament||Philip Hollobone (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||North Northamptonshire and Mid Northamptonshire|
1918–1950: The Urban Districts of Desborough, Kettering, and Rothwell, the Rural Districts of Brixworth, Kettering, and Oxendon, and in the Rural District of Northampton the parishes of Great Billing, Little Billing, and Weston Favell.
1950–1974: The Municipal Borough of Kettering, the Urban Districts of Burton Latimer, Corby, Desborough, and Rothwell, and the Rural Districts of Brixworth and Kettering.
1974–1983: The Municipal Borough of Kettering, the Urban Districts of Burton Latimer, Corby, Desborough, and Rothwell, and the Rural District of Kettering.
1983–1997: The Borough of Kettering, and the District of Daventry wards of Boughton and Pitsford, Brixworth, Clipston, Moulton, and Overstone and Walgrave.
1997–2010: The Borough of Kettering, and the District of Daventry wards of Boughton and Pitsford, Brixworth, Clipston, Guilsborough, Moulton, Overstone and Walgrave, Spratton, and Welford.
2010–present: The Borough of Kettering.
The constituency covers the major town of Kettering, the smaller towns of Desborough, Rothwell and Burton Latimer together with a number of villages. A semi-rural seat, the preponderance of constituents live in the towns and a minority of the wards form a wide array of rural communities that have civil parish or hamlet status.
The Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies proposed an additional seat due to population growth in the county. Parliament approved its recommendations for 2010 which made way for the new constituency of South Northamptonshire therefore the constituency lost some wards in these boundary changes.[n 3]
Economically, it is predominantly middle-class, well within managerial/directorial commuter zones for London and the West Midlands. Industry continues in some sectors ranging from, for example, lingerie, food production, rigid containers, abattoirs, to the Weetabix factory in Burton Latimer, but the industrial activity of the area, as with the rest of the county, is reduced whereas the wider area's headline gross value added for the area per head has been mostly consistently higher, from £11,667 in 1997 in North Northamptonshire to £17,835.[n 4]
In 2005 The Guardian described it as:
'[A] mixed industrial town in Northamptonshire with good links to London.'
Members of Parliament
The current member of Parliament is Philip Hollobone of the Conservative Party. He was elected in 2005 when he defeated the sitting Labour MP, Phil Sawford, in an election which nationally saw a reduced majority for the Blair Ministry.
Kettering Constituency (1918-present)
Mid Northamptonshire Constituency (1885-1918)
Prior to boundary changes in 1918, at least the majority of modern-day Kettering Constituency laid within the Mid Northamptonshire constituency.
North Northamptonshire Constituency (1832-1885)
Prior to boundary changes in 1885, at least the majority of modern-day Kettering Constituency laid within the North Northamptonshire constituency, which elected two members to Parliament.
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Chris Nelson||3,367||6.8||3.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Suzanna Austin||1,618||3.3||0.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Chris McGlynn||1,490||3.2||-12.7|
|English Democrat||Derek Hilling||151||0.3||-1.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Chris Nelson||7,498||15.8||+3.6|
|English Democrat||Derek Hilling||952||2.0||+2.0|
|Bus-Pass Elvis||Dave Bishop||112||0.2||+0.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Roger Aron||6,882||12.4||+2.2|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+3.55|
|Liberal Democrats||Roger Aron||5,469||10.2||-0.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Roger Aron||6,098||10.7||−4.7|
|Referendum||Arthur E. Smith||1551||2.7||N/A|
|Natural Law||Rosemary le Carpentier||197||0.3||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+9.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Richard D. Denton-White||8,962||16.0||−13.3|
Elections in the 1980s
|Labour||Ashley M. Minto||10,229||19.7||−1.4|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+14.7|
Note: The boundary changes to the seat for the 1983 election meant that this seat would have been won by the Conservatives in 1979, as parts of the seat were moved into the newly created seat of Corby which was notionally Labour on the new boundaries and thus saw William Homewood attempt (unsuccessfully albeit) to seek re-election there.
Elections in the 1970s
|Labour||Geoffrey de Freitas||30,970||49.3||+3.4|
|Liberal||A. James W. Haigh||12,038||19.2||-3.1|
|Labour||Geoffrey de Freitas||31,659||45.9||-2.3|
|Liberal||A. James W. Haigh||15,393||22.3||+13.0|
|Labour||Geoffrey de Freitas||34,803||48.3||-4.4|
|Conservative||John Charles Taylor||30,613||42.5||+6.9|
|Liberal||A. James W. Haigh||6,695||9.3||-2.5|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour||Geoffrey de Freitas||35,337||52.6||-2.5|
|Conservative||Trevor E.T. Weston||23,877||35.6||-9.2|
|Labour||Geoffrey de Freitas||36,210||55.2||+2.4|
|Conservative||J. Hedley Lewis||29,405||44.8||-2.4|
Elections in the 1950s
|Conservative||John F. Nash||25,495||44.8||0.7|
|Conservative||C. Peter B. Bailey||25,777||44.2||+5.6|
Elections in the 1940s
|Christian Pacifist Party||John Chamberlain Dempsey||2,381||4.3|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Workers' and Pensioners' Anti-War||W. Ross||6,616||27.0||N/A|
Elections in the 1930s
|Labour Co-op||J.R. Sadler||21,042||47.9||+8.1|
|Labour Co-op||Samuel Perry||17,095||39.8||-3.9|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1920s
|Labour Co-op||Samuel Perry||18,253||43.8||−4.2|
|Liberal||Cuthbert Snowball Rewcastle||7,972||19.1||N/A|
|Labour Co-op gain from Unionist||Swing||+5.4|
|Labour Co-op||Samuel Perry||14,801||48.0||+4.5|
|Unionist gain from Labour Co-op||Swing||+6.3|
|Labour Co-op||Samuel Perry||12,718||43.5||−6.0|
|Labour Co-op gain from Unionist||Swing||+4.8|
|Labour Co-op||Alfred Waterson||14,024||49.5||+1.8|
|Unionist gain from Co-operative Party||Swing||N/A|
Elections in the 1910s
|Co-operative Party||Alfred Waterson||10,299||45.7||N/A|
|C||Liberal||Leland William Buxton||7,761||34.4||N/A|
|Co-operative Party win (new seat)|
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- Before 2010 it contained some eastern wards of the district of Daventry; the predominant parts of which being based around the large villages of Brixworth and Moulton.
- A decrease during the year 2009 was seen to £16,885
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