List of Parliamentary constituencies in Leicestershire and Rutland

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The county of Leicestershire in relation to England

The ceremonial county of Leicestershire, (which includes the unitary authority of Leicester), is divided into 10 Parliamentary constituencies - 3 Borough constituencies and 7 County constituencies. One of these also includes the small county of Rutland.

Finalised proposals by the Boundary Commission for England retain these 10 constituencies, with changes to realign constituency boundaries with the boundaries of current local government wards, and to reduce the electoral disparity between constituencies. These changes were implemented at the United Kingdom general election, 2010. They have confirmed that the new constituency which almost corresponds to the existing Blaby is renamed South Leicestershire on the grounds that it does not match the borders of Blaby district, and the village of Blaby itself is not one of the major population centres.

Historic constituencies[edit]

In the unreformed House of Commons, Leicestershire and Rutland were represented by two Knights of the Shire each, and the only parliamentary borough was Leicester, which sent two burgesses.

Under the Reform Act 1832, Leicestershire was split into two divisions, North and South, which each elected two members. The Reform Act 1885 redistributed these seats into four single-member divisions: Melton, or Eastern, Loughborough, or Mid, Harborough, or Southern, and Bosworth, or Western.

At the 1918 general election, the four divisions of the county were retained, and the borough of Leicester was split into three single-member constituencies, Leicester East, Leicester South, and Leicester West. From 1950 to 1974 Leicester had four constituencies, these being Leicester North East, Leicester North West, Leicester South East and Leicester South West: the three seat arrangement of South, East and West was reverted to thereafter.

Rutland constituted a constituency on its own until 1918, when it became part of the Rutland and Stamford constituency, with nearby Stamford in Lincolnshire.

In 1983, seats in Leicestershire were redrawn. Rutland was merged with Melton to form Rutland and Melton, with Loughborough, Bosworth, and Harborough remaining as seat names. The new North West Leicestershire constituency was created. A further constituency, Charnwood was created in the north for the 1997 election.

2010 constituencies[edit]

  † Conservative   ‡ Labour   ¤ Liberal Democrat

(part) signifies that only part of a ward is located in the constituency.

Name[nb 1] Electorate[1] Majority[nb 2] Member of Parliament Nearest opposition Electoral wards[2][3] Map
Bosworth CC 79,738 10,988 David Tredinnick Michael Mullaney¤
A medium-sized constituency located in the south east of the county.
Charnwood CC 77,232 16,931 Edward Argar Sean Kelly-Walsh‡
A medium-sized constituency, located to the north of the centre of the county. It is entirely bounded by other constituencies in the county.
Harborough CC 77,760 19,632 Edward Garnier Sundip Meghani‡
A medium-to-large constituency, located in the southeast of the county.
Leicester East BC 75,430 18,352 Keith Vaz Kishan Devani†
A small constituency, located in the centre of the county, to the east of two other small constituencies.
Leicester South BC* 73,518 17,845 Jon Ashworth Leon Hadji-Nikolaou†
A small constituency, located in the centre of the county to the south of two equally small constituencies.
Leicester West BC 63,204 7,203 Liz Kendall Paul Bessant†
A small constituency, situated in the centre of the county to the west of two similarly-sized constituencies.
Loughborough CC 75,217 8,697 Nicky Morgan Matthew O'Callaghan‡
A small-to-medium sized constituency in the north of the county.
North West Leicestershire CC 72,193 11,373 Andrew Bridgen Jamie McMahon‡
A medium sized constituency situated in the north west of the county.
Rutland and Melton CC 79,693 21,705 Alan Duncan Richard Billington
A very large constituency. It consists of the eastern portion of the county. It also includes the entirety of a second, smaller county, located to the east of the larger county.
South Leicestershire CC 76,851 16,824   Alberto Costa Amanda Hack‡
A large constituency in the south of the county.

Results[edit]

2005 2010 2015
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Changes for the 2010 general election[edit]

No. on map Constituency 2005 boundaries 2010 boundaries
1 Bosworth
A map of a large county and an adjacent small county, to the east. The two counties are divided into a total of ten constituencies
A map of the same two counties. The borders of the constituencies are slightly different. The border between the two counties remains unchanged.
2 Charnwood
3 Harborough
4 Leicester East
5 Leicester South
6 Leicester West
7 Loughborough
8 North West Leicestershire
9 Rutland and Melton
10 South Leicestershire (previously Blaby)

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
  2. ^ The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Boundary Commission for England pp. 677–689.
  2. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". Office of Public Sector Information. Crown copyright. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Boundary Commission for England pp. 1004–1007