North East Hertfordshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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North East Hertfordshire
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of North East Hertfordshire in Hertfordshire.
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Location of Hertfordshire within England.
CountyHertfordshire
Electorate72,658 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsLetchworth, Baldock and Royston
Current constituency
Created1997
Member of parliamentOliver Heald (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromHertfordshire North, Hertford and Stortford, Stevenage
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyEast of England

North East Hertfordshire is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Oliver Heald, a Conservative.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency includes the towns of Letchworth, Baldock and Royston and the undulating rural area, strewn with traditional English villages[2] primarily to their south, most of which are within the more accessible parts of the London Commuter Belt and west of London Stansted Airport.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in for the 1997 general election largely from parts of the abolished County Constituency of North Hertfordshire, including Letchworth, Baldock and Royston.  It also included rural areas of the District of East Hertfordshire transferred from the constituencies of Hertford and Stortford and Stevenage.

It has had the same member serving it in Westminster.

Boundaries[edit]

1997-2010: The District of North Hertfordshire wards of Arbury, Baldock, Grange, Letchworth East, Letchworth South East, Letchworth South West, Newsells, Royston East, Royston West, Sandon, Weston, and Wilbury, and the District of East Hertfordshire wards of Braughing, Buntingford, Cottered, Little Hadham, Munden, Standon St Mary, Stapleford, Tewin, Thundridge, and Watton-at-Stone.[3]

2010-present: The District of North Hertfordshire wards of Arbury, Baldock East, Baldock Town, Ermine, Letchworth East, Letchworth Grange, Letchworth South East, Letchworth South West, Letchworth Wilbury, Royston Heath, Royston Meridian, Royston Palace, and Weston and Sandon, and the District of East Hertfordshire wards of Braughing, Buntingford, Hertford Rural North, Hertford Rural South, Little Hadham, Mundens and Cottered, Puckeridge, Thundridge and Standon, Walkern, and Watton-at-Stone.[4]

Minor changes due to revision of local authority wards.

Changes proposed for 2022[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. If these proposals are approved by Parliament they will reduce the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 and come into effect at the next UK general election which is due to take place in May 2022 under the terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.

In order to meet the strict requirements in respect of the size of constituency electorates, the Commission recommended that Hertfordshire be considered together with Cambridgeshire and Norfolk as a sub-region of the Eastern Region. Accordingly, it is proposed that four rural wards from the District of South Cambridgeshire be transferred from the constituency of that name. To partly offset this, the District of East Hertfordshire wards of Hertford Rural North and Hertford Rural South would be transferred to Welwyn Hatfield, and Walkern and Watton-at-Stone would be transferred to Stevenage. As the constituency would no longer be exclusively in Hertfordshire, it is proposed that it be renamed Letchworth and Royston.[5]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1997 Sir Oliver Heald Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017:North East Hertfordshire[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Oliver Heald 32,587 58.6 Increase3.3
Labour Doug Swanney 15,752 28.3 Increase9.5
Liberal Democrat Nicky Shepard 4,276 7.7 Increase0.1
Green Tim Lee 2,965 5.3 0.0
Majority 16,835 30.3 Decrease6.2
Turnout 55,764 73.4 Increase2.7
Conservative hold Swing Decrease3.1
General Election 2015: North East Hertfordshire[8][9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Oliver Heald 28,949 55.4 +1.8
Labour Chris York[11] 9,869 18.9 +2.4
UKIP William Compton[12] 6,728 12.9 +8.8
Liberal Democrat Joe Jordan[13] 3,952 7.6 −15.8
Green Mario May[14][15] 2,789 5.3 +3.6
Majority 19,080 36.5 +6.4
Turnout 52,500 70.7 +0.9
Conservative hold Swing −0.3
General Election 2010: North East Hertfordshire[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Oliver Heald 26,995 53.5 +6.2
Liberal Democrat Hugh Annand 11,801 23.4 +2.0
Labour David Kirkman 8,291 16.4 −11.6
UKIP Adrianne Smyth 2,075 4.1 +0.8
Green Rosemary Bland 875 1.7 +1.7
Independent Richard Campbell 209 0.4 +0.4
Your Right To Democracy Party Limited David Ralph 143 0.3 +0.3
Independent Philip Reichardt 36 0.1 +0.1
Majority 15,194 30.1
Turnout 50,425 69.8 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: North East Hertfordshire[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Oliver Heald 22,402 47.3 +3.2
Labour Andy Harrop 13,264 28.0 −8.4
Liberal Democrat Iain Coleman 10,147 21.4 +4.2
UKIP David Hitchman 1,561 3.3 +1.0
Majority 9,138 19.3
Turnout 47,374 65.6 +0.6
Conservative hold Swing +5.8
General Election 2001: North East Hertfordshire[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Oliver Heald 19,695 44.1 +2.4
Labour Ivan Gibbons 16,251 36.4 +0.6
Liberal Democrat Alison Kingman 7,686 17.2 −1.0
UKIP Malcolm Virgo 1,013 2.3 N/A
Majority 3,444 7.7
Turnout 44,645 65.0 −12.1
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: North East Hertfordshire[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Oliver Heald 21,712 41.7 N/A
Labour Ivan Gibbons 18,624 35.8 N/A
Liberal Democrat Stephen Jarvis 9,493 18.2 N/A
Referendum Jonathan Grose 2,166 4.2 N/A
Majority 3,088 6.0 N/A
Turnout 51,995 77.1 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ [1]Ordnance survey website
  3. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  4. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  5. ^ Boundary Commission for England, 2018 Review, Associated consultation documents (September 2018). "Final recommendations report".CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 3)
  7. ^ "Election Results 2017". 9 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2015/parliamentary-constituencies/north-east-hertfordshire/
  10. ^ http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/GENERAL-ELECTION-2015-North-East-Hertfordshire/story-26463030-detail/story.html
  11. ^ http://www.labour.org.uk/people/detail/chris-york
  12. ^ Dickinson, Eleanor (26 January 2015). "UKIP candidate chosen to take on Royston MP Sir Oliver Heald in the 2015 General Election". Cambridge News. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  13. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/joe-jordan
  14. ^ http://eastern.greenparty.org.uk/news.html/2015/01/08/green-party-selects-its-general-election-candidates-for-seats-in-the-north-herts/
  15. ^ http://northherts.greenparty.org.uk/candidates.html
  16. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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