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, and South Molton. (All these Districts had been abolished in 1974).
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.
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). Before 1950 its territory was split between the old constituencies of Barnstaple and South Molton.
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
MPs since 1950
|1950||Sir Christopher Peto, 3rd Baronet||Conservative|
|1992||Nick Harvey||Liberal Democrat|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Harvey||15,405||29.4||−17.9|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat||Swing||+12.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Harvey||24,305||47.4||+0.9|
|English Democrat||Nigel Vidler||146||0.3||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||+0.6|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Harvey||23,840||45.9||+1.7|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||+1.8|
|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
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Harvey||27,824||50.8||+3.7|
|Labour||Mrs. Eithne Anne "Annie" Brenton||5,347||9.8||+3.9|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||+5.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Harvey||27,414||47.1||+4.3|
|Labour||Paul Bernard Donner||3,410||5.9||−0.4|
|Green||Ms. Cathrine Hannah Simmons||658||1.1||N/A|
|Natural Law||Gray Cooper Treadwell||107||0.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing||+4.7|
Elections in the 1980s
|Liberal||Michael Azariah Pinney||23,602||42.8||+4.9|
|Labour||Mrs. Ann Christine Marjoram||3,467||6.3||+0.6|
|Labour||Peter Edward James||2,893||5.7||−5.6|
|Ecology||Roger Norman Joanes||669||1.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1970s
|Labour||Antony John Saltern||7,108||11.2||−3.0|
|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|
|Labour||Mrs Alexandra Jessie Golant||8,536||14.2||+4.5|
|English National||Frank Hansford-Miller||568||1.0||N/A|
|Conservative||Timothy Carleton Keigwin||22,980||36.4|
|Labour||Terence Kendrick Marston||6,140||9.7|
|Conservative||Timothy Carleton 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
|Conservative||Timothy Carlton Keigwin||15,631||40.54|
|Labour||James H. Rayner||6,127||15.89|
|Conservative||Michael Henry Basil Peto||13,895||37.02|
Elections in the 1950s
|Labour||Geoffrey W. Pitt||5,567||15.10|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Conservative||Sir Christopher Peto, 3rd Baronet||19,780||52.41|
|Labour||William H. Wilkey||10,632||28.17|
|Liberal||G. Alexander Halse||7,326||19.41|
|Conservative||Sir Christopher Peto, 3rd Baronet||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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