Louth and Horncastle (UK Parliament constituency)

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Louth and Horncastle
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Louth and Horncastle in Lincolnshire.
Outline map
Location of Lincolnshire within England.
County Lincolnshire
Electorate 76,233 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Victoria Atkins (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from East Lindsey
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Louth and Horncastle is a constituency[n 1] in Lincolnshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Victoria Atkins, a Conservative.[n 2]


1997–2010: The District of East Lindsey wards of Alford, Chapel St Leonard's, Coningsby, Donington on Bain, Fotherby, Grimoldby, Halton Holegate, Hogsthorpe, Holton le Clay, Horncastle, Hundleby, Legbourne, Mablethorpe, Mareham le Fen, Marsh Chapel, New Leake, North Holme, North Somercotes, North Thoresby, Partney, Priory, Roughton, St James', St Margaret's, St Mary's, St Michael's, Spilsby, Sutton and Trusthorpe, Tattershall, Tetford, Tetney, Theddlethorpe St Helen, Trinity, Willoughby with Sloothby, Withern with Stain, and Woodhall Spa.

2010–present: The District of East Lindsey wards of Alford, Binbrook, Chapel St Leonards, Coningsby and Tattershall, Grimoldby, Halton Holegate, Holton le Clay, Horncastle, Hundleby, Legbourne, Ludford, Mablethorpe Central, Mablethorpe East, Mablethorpe North, Mareham le Fen, Marshchapel, North Holme, North Somercotes, North Thoresby, Priory, Roughton, St James’, St Margaret’s, St Mary’s, St Michael’s, Skidbrooke with Saltfleet Haven, Spilsby, Sutton on Sea North, Sutton on Sea South, Tetford, Tetney, Trinity, Trusthorpe and Mablethorpe South, Willoughby with Sloothby, Withern with Stain, and Woodhall Spa.

History of boundaries

From 1885 to 1983, Louth and Horncastle both existed as separate constituencies. Then in 1983, Horncastle was moved into the new seat of Gainsborough and Horncastle, while Louth was moved into the newly formed East Lindsey constituency. These boundaries remained the same until 1997, when the current Louth and Horncastle constituency was formed.

Constituency profile[edit]

This large stretch of Lincolnshire coastline includes the seaside resorts of Mablethorpe and Sutton-on-Sea, this immediate coastline has a minority of small output areas with severe deprivation following the decline of the tourism industry apart from holiday cottages, being further north than popular family resorts in Skegness.[2] The seat's eponymous towns of Louth and Horncastle lie inland amid a rural area of the Lincolnshire Wolds where farming is an important sector, with most constituents on modest to mid-level incomes, few unemployed and little dependence on social housing.


The seat was created in 1997. Conservatives have been dominant in the area for decades, the closest result was in 1997, when a Labour Party candidate came the closest of any opponents to being elected.

Members of Parliament[edit]

The MP for this seat is Victoria Atkins. She replaced Peter Tapsell in 2015. He previously represented the predecessor seats of East Lindsey and Horncastle from 1966 to 1997, and before that represented Nottingham West from 1959 to 1964 before being defeated by Labour. Prior to standing down, he was the longest-serving Conservative MP, albeit with a break in service, and was the only MP of any party first elected in the 1950s. Following the retirement of Alan Williams, Tapsell became, on his re-election in 2010, Father of the House. He was succeeded in that position in 2015 by Sir Gerald Kaufman.

Before 1997, see East Lindsey

Election Member[3] Party
1997 Sir Peter Tapsell Conservative
2015 Victoria Atkins Conservative


General Election 2015: Louth and Horncastle [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Victoria Atkins[5] 25,755 51.2 +1.5
UKIP Colin Mair 10,778 21.4 +17.1
Labour Matthew Brown 9,077 18.0 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Lisa Gabriel 2,255 4.5 -17.7
Green Romy Rayner 1,549 3.1 +3.1
Lincolnshire Independents Daniel Simpson 659 1.3 +0.2
Monster Raving Loony Peter Hill[6] 263 0.5 +0.5
Majority 14,977 29.8
Turnout 50,336 67.8
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Louth and Horncastle[7][8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Tapsell 25,065 49.6 +3.2
Liberal Democrat Fiona Martin 11,194 22.2 +1.6
Labour Patrick Mountain 8,760 17.3 -8.0
BNP Julia Green 2,199 4.4 N/A
UKIP Pat Nurse 2,183 4.3 -3.4
Lincolnshire Independents Daniel Simpson 576 1.1 N/A
English Democrats Colin Mair 517 1.0 N/A
Majority 13,871 27.5
Turnout 50,494 65.0 +2.8
Conservative hold Swing +0.8

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Louth and Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Tapsell 21,744 46.6 −1.9
Labour Frank Hodgkiss 11,848 25.4 −6.1
Liberal Democrat Fiona Martin 9,480 20.3 +0.2
UKIP Christopher Pain 3,611 7.7 N/A
Majority 9,896 21.2
Turnout 46,683 62.0 −0.1
Conservative hold Swing +2.1
General Election 2001: Louth and Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Tapsell 21,543 48.5 +5.0
Labour David Bolland 13,989 31.5 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Fiona Martin 8,928 20.1 -4.4
Majority 7,554 17.0
Turnout 44,460 62.1 -10.4
Conservative hold Swing +1.6

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Louth and Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Tapsell 21,699 43.4 N/A
Labour John Hough 14,799 29.6 N/A
Liberal Democrat Fiona Martin 12,207 24.4 N/A
Green Rosemary Robinson 1,248 2.5 N/A
Majority 6,900 N/A
Turnout 72.6 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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.
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 2001 Census
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "Louth & Horncastle parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Victoria Atkins". Conservative Party. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Louth and Horncastle gets first Monster Raving Loony Party candidate". East Lindsey Target. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Louth and Horncastle UKPolling
  8. ^ ED Candidate list
  9. ^ "UK > England > East Midlands > Louth & Horncastle". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Swansea West
Constituency represented by the Father of the House
Succeeded by
Manchester Gorton

Coordinates: 53°18′N 0°00′E / 53.30°N 0.00°E / 53.30; 0.00