North West Cambridgeshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 52°27′11″N 0°12′00″E / 52.453°N 0.200°E / 52.453; 0.200

North West Cambridgeshire
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of North West Cambridgeshire in Cambridgeshire
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Location of Cambridgeshire within England
CountyCambridgeshire
Electorate91,982 (2018)[1]
Current constituency
Created1997
Member of ParliamentShailesh Vara (Conservative)
Created fromHuntingdon, Peterborough
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyEast of England

North West Cambridgeshire is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Constituency profile[edit]

This safe Conservative Party seat includes a substantial part of the cathedral city of Peterborough, specifically the suburban areas to the south of the river Nene and west of the Soke parkway, as well as several rural wards from the historic county of Huntingdonshire. While both Labour and the Liberal Democrats are competitive in some wards at local elections, the opposition is evenly divided, and there is a strong Conservative presence in all parts of the seat, ensuring a large majority for the Conservatives.

The London Road home of Peterborough United F.C. is located within the seat.

The seat was won upon its creation in 1997 by Sir Brian Mawhinney, former Conservative MP for Peterborough (which was gained at the same election by the Labour Party). He retired from the House of Commons in 2005 and was created Baron Mawhinney, of Peterborough in the county of Cambridgeshire. The Conservative Shailesh Vara has represented the constituency since the 2005 general election.

Boundaries and boundary changes[edit]

1997-2010: The District of Huntingdonshire wards of Bury, Earith, Elton, Farcet, Ramsey, Sawtry, Somersham, Stilton, Upwood and the Raveleys, Warboys, and Yaxley, and the City of Peterborough wards of Barnack, Fletton, Glinton, Northborough, Orton Longueville, Orton Waterville, Stanground, and Wittering.[2]

2010–present: The District of Huntingdonshire wards of Earith, Ellington, Elton and Folksworth, Ramsey, Sawtry, Somersham, Stilton, Upwood and the Raveleys, Warboys and Bury, and Yaxley and Farcet, and the City of Peterborough wards of Barnack, Fletton, Glinton and Wittering, Northborough, Orton Longueville, Orton Waterville, Orton with Hampton, Stanground Central, and Stanground East.[3]

The constituency was formed for the 1997 general election from northern, rural parts of the county constituency of Huntingdon, including Ramsey, and parts of the Borough Constituency of Peterborough, comprising residential areas to the south of the River Nene (wards of Fletton, Orton Longueville, Orton Waterville and Stanground). Following their review of parliamentary representation in Cambridgeshire in 2005, the Boundary Commission for England made minor alterations to the existing constituencies to deal with population changes, including a small further gain from Huntingdon. There were also marginal changes to take account of the redistribution of City of Peterborough wards. These changes increased the electorate from 69,082 to 73,648.[4] On the enumeration date of 17 February 2000, the electoral quota for England was 69,934 voters per constituency.[4]

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.

The Commission has recommended that the City of Peterborough ward of Fletton and Woodstone be transferred to Peterborough and the District of Huntingdonshire ward of Earith be transferred to South East Cambridgeshire.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
part of Huntingdon and Peterborough prior to 1997
1997 Sir Brian Mawhinney Conservative
2005 Shailesh Vara Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Next United Kingdom General election: North West Cambridgeshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Brexit Party Liam Round
General election 2017: North West Cambridgeshire [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Shailesh Vara 37,529 58.6 +6.2
Labour Iain Ramsbottom 19,521 30.5 +12.6
Liberal Democrat Bridget Smith 3,168 5.0 -0.7
UKIP John Whitby 2,518 3.9 -16.2
Green Greg Guthrie 1,255 2.0 -1.6
Majority 18,008 28.1 -4.3
Turnout 63,991 68.8 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing +3.2
General election 2015: North West Cambridgeshire[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Shailesh Vara 32,070 52.5 +2.0
UKIP Peter Reeve [9] 12,275 20.1 +11.8
Labour Nick Thulbourn [9] 10,927 17.9 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Nicholas Sandford[10] 3,479 5.7 −16.2
Green Nicola Day[11] 2,159 3.5 +3.5
Christian Peoples Fay Belham 190 0.3 +0.3
Majority 19,795 32.4 +3.8
Turnout 61,100 66.6 +1.0
Conservative hold Swing
General election 2010: North West Cambridgeshire[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Shailesh Vara 29,425 50.5 +4.3[14]
Liberal Democrat Kevin Wilkins[15] 12,748 21.9 −1.0
Labour Chris York 9,877 16.9 −8.7
UKIP Robert Brown 4,826 8.3 +3.0
English Democrat Stephen Goldspink 1,407 2.4 +2.4
Majority 16,677 28.6
Turnout 58,283 65.6 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: North West Cambridgeshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Shailesh Vara 22,504 45.8 −4.0
Labour Ayfer Orhan 12,671 25.8 −5.6
Liberal Democrat John Souter 11,232 22.9 +7.1
UKIP Robert Brown 2,685 5.5 +3.5
Majority 9,833 20.0
Turnout 49,092 61.6 −0.1
Conservative hold Swing +0.8
General election 2001: North West Cambridgeshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Brian Mawhinney 21,895 49.8 +1.7
Labour Anthea Cox 13,794 31.4 −0.8
Liberal Democrat Alastair Taylor 6,957 15.8 +0.7
UKIP Barry Hudson 881 2.0 +1.5
Independent David Hall 429 1.0 N/A
Majority 8,101 18.4
Turnout 43,956 61.7 −12.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: North West Cambridgeshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Brian Mawhinney 23,488 48.1 N/A
Labour Lee Steptoe 15,734 32.2 N/A
Liberal Democrat Barbara McCoy 7,388 15.1 N/A
Referendum Sandy Watts 1,939 4.0 N/A
UKIP William Wyatt 269 0.6 N/A
Majority 7,754 15.9 N/A
Turnout 48,818 74.2 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "England Parliamentary electorates 2010-2018". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  3. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b England., Boundary Commission for (2007). Fifth periodical report : presented to Parliament pursuant to section 3(5) of the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986. London: Sationery Office. ISBN 9780101703222. OCLC 85783106.
  5. ^ ‹The template Rayment-hc is being considered for deletion.› Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 1)
  6. ^ "Candidates standing in the General Election in Cambridgeshire".
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Cambridgeshire North West parliamentary constituency - Election 2015 - BBC News". Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  9. ^ a b "CAMBRIDGESHIRE NORTH WEST 2015". electionresults.blogspot.co.uk.
  10. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates#East of England
  11. ^ "Former Labour Party member to stand for Greens in the general election". www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk.
  12. ^ Cambridgeshire North West, BBC News
  13. ^ Cambridgeshire North-West, UKPollingReport
  14. ^ Percentage changes based on notional results due to boundary changes
  15. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/people_detail.aspx?name=Kevin_Wilkins&pPK=c379cb72-14ef-4aec-b8bd-b53f4d8c5166

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