List of parliamentary constituencies in North Yorkshire

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The county of North Yorkshire, together with the unitary authority of York, is divided into 8 parliamentary constituencies - one borough constituency and 7 county constituencies.

Constituencies[edit]

  † Conservative   ‡ Labour   ¤ Liberal Democrat

Constituency[nb 1] Electorate[1] Majority[2][nb 2] Member of Parliament[2] Nearest opposition[2] Map
Harrogate and Knaresborough CC 77,941 9,675   Andrew Jones   Judith Rogerson¤
Richmond (Yorks) CC 82,569 27,210   Rishi Sunak   Thom Kirkwood‡
Scarborough and Whitby CC 74,404 10,270   Robert Goodwill   Hugo Fearnley‡
Selby and Ainsty CC 78,398 20,137   Nigel Adams   Malik Rofidi‡
Skipton and Ripon CC 78,673 23,694   Julian Smith   Brian McDaid‡
Thirsk and Malton CC 80,991 25,154   Kevin Hollinrake   David Yellen‡
York Central BC 74,899 13,545   Rachael Maskell   Fabia Tate†
York Outer CC 74,673 9,985   Julian Sturdy   Anna Perrett‡

2010 boundary changes[edit]

Under the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies, the Boundary Commission for England decided that North Yorkshire should continue to be divided into 8 constituencies for the 2010 general election, but the boundaries were extensively redrawn in the south-eastern part to accommodate exactly two seats wholly within the recently formed unitary authority of York. The Vale of York was abolished and a new constituency named York Outer created, with City of York being renamed York Central. Ryedale was succeeded by Thirsk and Malton, and Selby was renamed Selby and Ainsty.

Former name Boundaries 1997-2010 Current name Boundaries 2010–present
  1. City of York BC
  2. Harrogate and Knaresborough BC
  3. Richmond (Yorks) CC
  4. Ryedale CC
  5. Scarborough and Whitby CC
  6. Selby CC
  7. Skipton and Ripon CC
  8. Vale of York CC
Parliamentary constituencies in North Yorkshire
  1. Harrogate and Knaresborough CC
  2. Richmond (Yorks) CC
  3. Scarborough and Whitby CC
  4. Selby and Ainsty CC
  5. Skipton and Ripon CC
  6. Thirsk and Malton CC
  7. York Central BC
  8. York Outer CC
Proposed Revised constituencies in North Yorkshire

Proposed boundary changes[edit]

See 2023 Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies for further details.

Following the abandonment of the Sixth Periodic Review (the 2018 review), the Boundary Commission for England formally launched the 2023 Review on 5 January 2021 and published their initial proposals on 8 June 2021.[3]

The commission has proposed that North Yorkshire be combined with West Yorkshire as a sub-region of the Yorkshire and the Humber Region, resulting in the creation of two new cross-county boundary constituencies: Selby which comprises the majority of the abolished constituency of Selby and Ainsty and includes the City of Leeds ward of Kippax and Methley; and a new constituency named Wetherby and Easingwold which includes the City of Leeds wards of Harewood and Weatherby.[4][5]

The following constituencies are proposed:

Containing electoral wards from Craven

Containing electoral wards from Hambleton

Containing electoral wards from Harrogate

Containing electoral wards from Richmondshire

  • Richmond (Yorks) CC (part)

Containing electoral wards from Ryedale

  • Thirsk and Malton CC (part)

Containing electoral wards from Scarborough

Containing electoral wards from Selby

  • Selby CC (part also in the City of Leeds in West Yorkshire)
  • Weatherby and Easingwold CC (part)1

Containing electoral wards from York

1 also contains parts in the City of Leeds in West Yorkshire

Revised proposals will be published in late 2022 and the final report will be submitted in June 2023.

Results history[edit]

Primary data source: House of Commons research briefing - General election results from 1918 to 2019[6]

2019[edit]

The number of votes cast for each political party who fielded candidates in constituencies comprising North Yorkshire in the 2019 general election were as follows:

Party Votes % Change from 2017 Seats Change from 2017
Conservative 239,887 54.4% Increase0.3% 7 0
Labour 112,500 25.5% Decrease8.6% 1 0
Liberal Democrats 64,772 14.7% Increase7.4% 0 0
Greens 11,441 2.6% Increase0.7% 0 0
Brexit 1,479 0.3% new 0 0
Others 10,867 2.5% Decrease0.1% 0 0
Total 440,946 100.0 8

Percentage votes[edit]

Election year 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
Conservative 56.1 53.1 52.8 40.0 43.6 43.7 46.8 48.5 54.1 54.4
Labour 16.3 19.0 23.6 32.8 29.6 27.9 19.0 22.2 34.1 25.5
Liberal Democrat1 27.4 27.5 22.9 23.0 23.5 24.7 27.8 9.2 7.3 14.7
Green Party - * * * * * 1.0 5.1 1.9 2.6
UKIP - - - * * * 2.7 13.2 1.1 *
Brexit Party - - - - - - - - - 0.3
Other 0.2 0.4 0.7 4.2 3.4 3.7 2.7 1.9 1.5 2.5

11983 & 1987 - SDP-Liberal Alliance

* Included in Other

Seats[edit]

Election year 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
Conservative 7 7 6 4 4 5 7 7 7 7
Labour 0 0 1 3 3 2 1 1 1 1
Liberal Democrat1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Total 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

11983 & 1987 - SDP-Liberal Alliance

Maps[edit]

Historical representation by party[edit]

Data given here is for the North Riding of Yorkshire until 1983, and includes the city of York throughout. A cell marked → (with a different colour background to the preceding cell) indicates that the previous MP continued to sit under a new party name.

1885 to 1918[edit]

  Conservative   Independent Labour   Liberal   Liberal-Labour

Constituency 1885 1886 1892 93 1895 97 98 00 1900 02 05 1906 Jan 1910 Dec 1910 15
York A. Pease Butcher Greenwood A. Rowntree
Lockwood Beresford Faber Butcher
Cleveland H. Pease A. Pease Samuel
Middlesbrough I. Wilson J. Wilson Sadler J. Wilson Williams
Richmond (Yorks) Milbank Elliot Hutton Dyke Acland Orde-Powlett
Scarborough Sitwell J. Rowntree Sitwell Compton-Rickett Rea
Thirsk and Malton Dawnay Lawson Duncombe Turton
Whitby E. Beckett Buxton G. Beckett

1918 to 1950[edit]

  Conservative   Independent   Labour   Liberal

Constituency 1918 1922 1923 1924 28 1929 31 1931 1935 37 40 41 45 1945 48 49
York Butcher Marriott Burgess Lumley Wood Corlett
Cleveland Goff Starmer Goff Mansfield Bower Willey
Middlesbrough East Williams Brown Williams Wilkinson Young Edwards
Middlesbrough West Thomson Griffith Johnstone Bennett Cooper
Richmond (Yorks) Wilson Dugdale
Scarborough and Whitby Beckett Herbert Latham Spearman
Thirsk and Malton E. Turton R. Turton

1950 to 1983[edit]

  Conservative   Labour   Social Democratic

Constituency 1950 1951 52 1955 1959 62 1964 1966 1970 Feb 1974 Oct 1974 1979 81
York Hylton-Foster Longbottom Lyon
Cleveland / Cleveland and Whitby (1974) Willey Palmer Proudfoot Tinn Brittan
Middlesbrough East / Middlesbrough (1974) Marquand Bottomley
Middlesbrough West / Thornaby (1974) Cooper Simon Bray Sutcliffe Wrigglesworth
Richmond (Yorks) Dugdale Kitson
Scarborough and Whitby / Scarborough (1974) Spearman Shaw
Thirsk and Malton Turton Spence
Redcar Tinn

1983 to present[edit]

  Conservative   Labour   Liberal   Liberal Democrats

Constituency 1983 86 1987 89 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
York / York Central (2010) Gregory Bayley Maskell
Harrogate / Harrogate and Knaresborough (1997) Banks Willis Jones
Richmond (Yorks) Brittan Hague Sunak
Ryedale / Thirsk and Malton (2010) Spence Shields Greenway McIntosh Hollinrake
Scarborough / Scarborough and Whitby (1997) Shaw Sykes Quinn Goodwill
Selby / Selby and Ainsty (2010) Alison Grogan Adams
Skipton and Ripon Watson Curry Smith
Vale of York / York Outer (2010) McIntosh Sturdy

See also[edit]

Notes[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]

  1. ^ Baker, Carl; Uberoi, Elise; Cracknell, Richard (28 January 2020). "General Election 2019: full results and analysis". Commons Library.
  2. ^ a b c "Constituencies A-Z - Election 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  3. ^ "2023 Review | Boundary Commission for England". boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  4. ^ The new Yorkshire borders that could create 18 new constituencies by next General Election YorkshireLive
  5. ^ 2023 review Yorkshire and the Humber Boundary Commission for England
  6. ^ Watson, Christopher; Uberoi, Elise; Loft, Philip (17 April 2020). "General election results from 1918 to 2019".