List of Parliamentary constituencies in Wiltshire

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The ceremonial county of Wiltshire, England, (which includes the unitary authority of Swindon), is divided into seven Parliamentary constituencies. They are all 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
Chippenham CC 77,221 11,288   Michelle Donelan   Helen Belcher¤
Devizes CC 73,372 23,993   Danny Kruger   Jo Waltham¤
North Swindon CC 82,441 16,171   Justin Tomlinson   Kate Linnegar†
North Wiltshire CC 73,208 17,626   James Gray   Brian Matthew¤
Salisbury CC 74,556 19,736   John Glen   Victoria Charleston¤
South Swindon CC 73,118 6,625   Robert Buckland   Sarah Church†
South West Wiltshire CC 77,969 21,630   Andrew Murrison   Emily Pomroy-Smith†

Boundary changes[edit]

Previous constituency boundaries

Name Pre-2010 Boundaries
  1. Devizes CC
  2. North Swindon CC
  3. North Wiltshire CC
  4. Salisbury CC
  5. South Swindon CC
  6. Westbury CC
Parliamentary constituencies in Wiltshire

Current constituency boundaries [3]

Name New boundaries
  1. Chippenham CC
  2. Devizes CC
  3. North Swindon CC
  4. North Wiltshire CC
  5. Salisbury CC
  6. South Swindon CC
  7. South West Wiltshire CC
Proposed Revision

Proposed boundary changes[edit]

The Boundary Commission for England submitted their final proposals in respect of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies (the 2018 review) in September 2018. Although the proposals were immediately laid before Parliament they were not brought forward by the Government for approval. Accordingly, they did not come into effect for the 2019 election which took place on 12 December 2019, and which was contested using the constituency boundaries in place since 2010.

Under the terms of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011, the Sixth Review was based on reducing the total number of MPs from 650 to 600, and a strict electoral parity requirement that the electorate of all constituencies should be within a range of 5% either side of the electoral quota.

On 24 March 2020, the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, Chloe Smith, issued a written statement to Parliament setting out the Government's thinking with regard to parliamentary boundaries.[4] Subsequently, the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020[5] was passed into law on 14 December 2020. This formally removed the duty to implement the 2018 review and set out the framework for future boundary reviews. The Act provided that the number of constituencies should remain at the current level of 650, rather than being reduced to 600, while retaining the requirement that the electorate should be no more than +/- 5% from the electoral quota.

The Act specified that the next review should be completed no later than 1 July 2023 and the Boundary Commission formally launched the 2023 Review on 5 January 2021.[6] See 2023 Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies for further details.

Results history[edit]

Primary data source: House of Commons research briefing - General election results from 1918 to 2019[7]

2019[edit]

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

Party Votes % Change from 2017 Seats Change from 2017
Conservative 217,955 57.8% Increase1.0% 7 0
Labour 77,343 20.1% Decrease6.9% 0 0
Liberal Democrats 69,876 18.6% Increase6.7% 0 0
Greens 11,378 3.3% Increase1.2% 0 0
Others 745 0.6% Decrease2.0% 0 0
Total 377,297 100.0 7

Percentage votes[edit]

Election year 1918 1922 1923 1924 1929 1931 1935 1945 1950 1951 1955 1959 1964 1966 1970 1974

(Feb)

1974

(Oct)

1979 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
Conservative 52.8 50.0 45.7 53.9 43.2 60.7 56.2 41.6 41.0 50.1 49.6 49.3 43.2 43.8 51.0 41.9 40.3 47.4 50.3 51.9 50.9 40.2 42.1 44.3 47.7 52.4 56.8 57.8
Labour 17.1 15.4 11.4 15.7 21.9 20.2 24.0 39.9 39.2 46.2 41.7 38.7 37.5 40.6 37.2 28.1 29.3 22.8 14.9 16.7 18.3 28.0 29.0 24.3 15.3 17.3 27.4 20.5
Liberal Democrat1 30.1 34.6 42.9 30.4 34.8 19.1 19.8 18.4 19.6 3.7 8.7 10.7 18.9 15.2 11.7 29.8 30.2 27.5 34.2 31.2 28.7 26.2 25.0 26.9 30.4 11.8 11.8 18.5
Green Party - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - * * * * * 1.0 4.7 1.8 3.0
UKIP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - * * * 4.0 13.5 1.8 *
Other - - - - - - - - 0.1 - - 1.3 0.4 0.4 0.2 0.3 0.2 2.2 0.7 0.1 2.2 5.6 3.9 4.5 1.6 0.4 0.4 0.2

1pre-1979 - Liberal Party; 1983 & 1987 - SDP-Liberal Alliance

* Included in Other

Seats[edit]

Election year 1950 1951 1955 1959 1964 1966 1970 1974

(Feb)

1974

(Oct)

1979 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
Conservative 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 4 4 4 6 7 7 7
Labour 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
Liberal Democrat1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Total 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 7 7 7 7

11974 & 1979 - Liberal Party; 1983 & 1987 - SDP-Liberal Alliance

Maps[edit]

Historical representation by party[edit]

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   Liberal   Liberal Unionist

Constituency 1885 1886 1892 1895 97 98 00 1900 05 1906 Jan 1910 Dec 1910 11 18
Westbury Fuller Chaloner Fuller Howard
Cricklade Maskelyne Husband Hopkinson FitzMaurice Massie Calley Lambert
Chippenham Fletcher Bruce Dickson-Poynder Terrell
Devizes Long Hobhouse Goulding Rogers Peto
Salisbury Grenfell Hulse Allhusen Palmer Tennant Locker-Lampson
Wilton Grove Pleydell-Bouverie J. Morrison Morse Bathurst H. Morrison

1918 to 1974[edit]

  Conservative   Labour   Liberal

Constituency 1918 1922 1923 1924 27 1929 31 1931 34 1935 42 43 1945 1950 1951 1955 1959 62 64 1964 65 1966 69 1970
Chippenham Terrell Bonwick Cazalet Eccles Awdry
Westbury Palmer Darbishire Shaw Long Grimston Walters
Devizes Bell Macfadyen Hurd Hollis Pott C. Morrison
Salisbury H. Morrison Moulton H. Morrison Despencer-Robertson J. Morrison Hamilton
Swindon Young Banks Addison Banks Addison Wakefield Reid Noel-Baker Ward Stoddart

1974 to present[edit]

  Conservative   Labour   Liberal Democrats

Constituency Feb 1974 Oct 1974 1979 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
Chippenham (2010) Hames Donelan
Chippenham / N Wiltshire (1983) Awdry Needham Gray
Devizes Morrison Ancram Perry Kruger
Salisbury Hamilton Key Glen
Westbury / South West Wiltshire (2010) Walters Faber Murrison
Swindon / South Swindon (1997) Stoddart Coombs Drown Snelgrove Buckland
North Swindon (1997) Wills Tomlinson

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 (2020-01-28). "General Election 2019: full results and analysis". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "Constituencies A-Z - Election 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  3. ^ The Boundary Commission for England recommended that the county should be divided into seven constituencies. These changes were implemented at the 2010 United Kingdom general election.
  4. ^ "Update: Strengthening Democracy:Written statement - HCWS183". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  5. ^ "Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020".
  6. ^ "2023 Review launched | Boundary Commission for England". Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  7. ^ Watson, Christopher; Uberoi, Elise; Loft, Philip (2020-04-17). "General election results from 1918 to 2019". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/constituencies 2.http://geo.digiminster.com/election/2015-05-07/Search?Query=wiltshire