North Hertfordshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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North Hertfordshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Hertfordshire
Major settlements Letchworth and Hitchin
19831997
Number of members One
Replaced by North East Hertfordshire, Hitchin and Harpenden
Created from Hitchin

North Hertfordshire was a parliamentary constituency in Hertfordshire. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom by the first-past-the-post system.

The constituency was created for the 1983 general election, and abolished for the 1997 general election.

History[edit]

This was a safe Conservative seat for its entire existence. Its first MP, Ian Stewart, previously held the old marginal seat of Hitchin, and its last, Oliver Heald, currently represents North East Hertfordshire.

Boundaries[edit]

The District of North Hertfordshire wards of Arbury, Ashbrook, Baldock, Bearton, Cadwell, Grange, Highbury, Hitchwood, Hoo, Kimpton, Letchworth East, Letchworth South East, Letchworth South West, Newsells, Offa, Oughton, Priory, Royston East, Royston West, Sandon, Walsworth, Weston, and Wilbury.

The two main towns in the constituency were Hitchin and Letchworth.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1983 Ian Stewart Conservative
1992 Oliver Heald Conservative
1997 constituency abolished: see North East Hertfordshire & Hitchin and Harpenden

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: Hertfordshire North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Stewart 29,302 49.0 N/A
Liberal George Binney 19,359 32.4 N/A
Labour James Reilly 11,104 18.6 N/A
Majority 9,943 16.6 N/A
Turnout 79.2 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
General Election 1987: Hertfordshire North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Stewart 31,750 49.7 +0.7
Liberal George Binney 20,308 31.8 −0.4
Labour Alan Gorst 11,782 18.5 −0.1
Majority 11,442 17.9
Turnout 81.1
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Hertfordshire North[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Oliver Heald 33,679 49.8 +0.1
Liberal Democrat Roger Liddle 17,148 25.4 −6.4
Labour Sarah Bissett-Johnson 16,449 24.3 +5.9
Natural Law Bryan Irving 339 0.5 N/A
Majority 16,531 24.4 +6.5
Turnout 67,615 84.4 +3.3
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

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