North Devon (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of North Devon in Devon.
Location of Devon within England.
|Electorate||75,098 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Barnstaple and Ilfracombe|
|Member of parliament||Peter Heaton-Jones (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Number of members||Two|
|Type of constituency||County constituency|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 History
- 3 Members of Parliament
- 4 Elections
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 Sources
1950-1974: The Municipal Boroughs of Barnstaple and South Molton, the Urban Districts of Ilfracombe and Lynton, and the Rural Districts of Barnstaple and South Molton.
1974-1983: The Municipal Boroughs of Barnstaple and Bideford, the Urban Districts of Ilfracombe, Lynton, and Northam, and the Rural Districts of Barnstaple, Bideford (including the Island of Lundy), and South Molton.
1983-2010: The District of North Devon, and the District of Mid Devon wards of Taw, Taw Vale, and West Creedy.
2010-present: The District of North Devon (the wards of Bickington and Roundswell, Bishop’s Nympton, Bratton Fleming, Braunton East, Braunton West, Central Town, Chittlehampton, Chulmleigh, Combe Martin, Forches and Whiddon Valley, Fremington, Georgeham and Mortehoe, Heanton Punchardon, Ilfracombe Central, Ilfracombe East, Ilfracombe West, Instow, Landkey, Swimbridge and Taw, Longbridge, Lynton and Lynmouth, Marwood, Newport, North Molton, Pilton, South Molton, Witheridge, and Yeo Valley).
A previous two-seat constituency of the same name existed from 1832 to 1885, formally titled the 'Northern Division of Devon'. In the 20th century this area had a prominent national MP, Jeremy Thorpe, who led a Liberal revival countrywide, with particular strength in the South West.
The North Devon constituency was first created for the 1832 general election, when the Reform Act 1832 divided the former two-seat Devon into Northern and Southern divisions, each of which elected two MPs using the bloc vote system of election. The constituency was abolished for the 1885 general election, when the Redistribution of Seats Act split the county into smaller single-seat divisions. Its second creation is current and began at the 1950 general election (covering a smaller area than before).
The Liberal Democrats and their predecessors the Liberal Party have, since World War II, shown a strong performance in this seat, which was held for twenty years by Thorpe as the Liberal leader. He lost it in the 1979 general election amid a scandal surrounding his relationship with homosexual Norman Scott and alleged involvement in a plot to murder him, of which he was found not guilty the same year. At the 1992 general election, Liberal Democrat Nick Harvey regained the seat from the Conservatives. Harvey lost the seat 23 years later.
Members of Parliament
|Election||1st Member||1st Party||2nd Member||2nd Party|
|1832||Viscount Ebrington||Whig||Hon. Newton Fellowes||Whig|
|1837||Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Bt||Conservative|
|1839 by-election||Lewis William Buck||Conservative|
|1857||James Wentworth Buller||Liberal||Hon. Charles Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis||Conservative|
|1865 by-election||Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Bt||Liberal|
|1866 by-election||Sir Stafford Northcote, Bt||Conservative|
|1885 by-election||John Moore-Stevens||Conservative|
|1885||constituency abolished by Redistribution of Seats Act|
MPs since 1950
|1992||Nick Harvey||Liberal Democrat|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: North Devon|
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Harvey||15,405||29.4||-17.9|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat||Swing||+12.3|
|General Election 2010: North Devon|
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Harvey||24,305||47.4||+0.9|
|English Democrats||Nigel Vidler||146||0.3||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||+0.6|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: North Devon|
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Harvey||23,840||45.9||+1.7|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||+1.8|
|General Election 2001: North Devon|
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Harvey||21,784||44.2||−6.6|
|Conservative||Clive E.J. Allen||18,800||38.2||−1.3|
|Labour||Vivian G. Gale||4,995||10.1||+0.3|
|Green||Anthony J. Bown||1,191||2.4||+2.4|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||-5.8%[n 3]|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: North Devon|
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Harvey||27,824||50.8||+3.7|
|Conservative||Richard James Ashworth||21,643||39.5||−6.2|
|Labour||Mrs. Eithne Anne "Annie" Brenton||5,347||9.8||+3.9|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||+5.0|
|General Election 1992: North Devon|
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Harvey||27,414||47.1||+4.3|
|Labour||Paul B. Donner||3,410||5.9||−0.4|
|Green||Ms. Cathrine H. Simmons||658||1.1||N/A|
|Natural Law||Gray C. Treadwell||107||0.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing||+4.7|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: North Devon|
|Liberal||Michael Araziah Pinney||23,602||42.8||+4.9|
|Labour||Mrs. Ann Christine Marjoram||3,467||6.3||+0.6|
|General Election 1983: North Devon|
|Labour||Peter E. James||2,893||5.7||−5.6|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: North Devon|
|Liberal||John Jeremy Thorpe||23,338||36.7||−11.4|
|Labour||Antony John Saltern||7,108||11.2||−3.0|
|Ecology||Antony Michael Whittaker||729||1.2||N/A|
|National Front||John Morley Price||237||0.4||N/A|
|English National||Frank Hansford-Miller||142||0.2||−0.8|
|Dog Lover's Party||Auberon Waugh||79||0.1||N/A|
|Wessex Regionalist||Henrietta Elizabeth Rous||50||0.1||N/A|
|Democratic Monarchist Public Safety White Resident||Bill Boaks||20||0.0||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing|
|General Election October 1974: North Devon|
|Liberal||John Jeremy Thorpe||28,209||48.1|
|Labour||Mrs Alexandra Golant||8,536||14.2|
|English National||Frank Hansford-Miller||568||1.0|
|General Election February 1974: North Devon|
|Liberal||John Jeremy Thorpe||34,052||53.9|
|Conservative||Timothy Carlton Keigwin||22,980||36.4|
|Labour||Terence Kendrick Marston||6,140||9.7|
|General Election 1970: North Devon|
|Liberal||John Jeremy Thorpe||18,893||44.1|
|Conservative||Timothy Carlton Keigwin||18,524||43.2|
|Labour||Christopher John Mullin||5,268||12.3|
|Democratic Party||Barry Gray Morris||175||0.4|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: North Devon|
|Liberal||John Jeremy Thorpe||16,797||43.57|
|Conservative||Timothy Carlton Keigwin||15,631||40.54|
|Labour||James H. Rayner||6,127||15.89|
|General Election 1964: North Devon|
|Liberal||John Jeremy Thorpe||19,031||50.71|
|Conservative||Michael Henry Basil Peto||13,895||37.02|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: North Devon|
|Liberal||John Jeremy Thorpe||15,831||42.94|
|Conservative||James Louis Lindsay||15,469||41.96|
|Labour||Geoffrey W. Pitt||5,567||15.10|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing|
|General Election 1955: North Devon|
|Conservative||James Louis Lindsay||16,784||47.13|
|Liberal||John Jeremy Thorpe||11,558||32.45|
|General Election 1951: North Devon|
|Conservative||Brig. Christopher Henry Maxwell Peto||19,780||52.41|
|Labour||William H. Wilkey||10,632||28.17|
|Liberal||G. Alexander Halse||7,326||19.41|
|General Election 1950: North Devon|
|Conservative||Brig. Christopher Henry Maxwell Peto||17,724||46.33||N/A|
|Labour||Maj. W.A. Barker||8,892||23.24||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
- 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.
- This was in 2001 the largest two-party swing locally, (LD-UKIP)
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- The Times House of Commons 1945. 1945.
- The Times House of Commons 1950. 1950.
- The Times House of Commons 1955. 1955.