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
Outline map
Boundary of North West Cambridgeshire in Cambridgeshire.
Outline map
Location of Cambridgeshire within England.
County Cambridgeshire
Electorate 89,419 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Shailesh Vara (Conservative)
Created from Huntingdon, Peterborough
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East 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 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 Tory majority.

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

Boundaries[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.

'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.

The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the seats of Peterborough and Huntingdon. It was won in 1997 by Sir Brian Mawhinney, former Conservative MP for Peterborough (which was gained on that occasion by Labour). The Conservative Shailesh Vara has represented the seat since 2005.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
part of Huntingdon and Peterborough prior to 1997
1997 Brian Mawhinney Conservative
2005 Shailesh Vara Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: North West Cambridgeshire [3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Shailesh Vara 32,070 52.5 +2.0
UKIP Peter Reeve [5] 12,275 20.1 +11.8
Labour Nick Thulbourn [6] 10,927 17.9 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Nicholas Sandford[7] 3,479 5.7 -16.2
Green Nicola Day[8] 2,159 3.5 +3.5
Christian Peoples Fay Belham 190 0.3 +0.3
General Election 2010: North West Cambridgeshire[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Shailesh Vara 29,425 50.5 +4.3[11]
Liberal Democrat Kevin Wilkins[12] 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 Democrats Stephen Goldspink 1,407 2.4 +2.4
Majority 16,677 28.6
Turnout 58,283 65.6 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing +2.7

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 Party Sandy Watts 1,939 4.0 N/A
UKIP Bill Wyatt 269 0.6 N/A
Majority 7,754 15.9 N/A
Turnout 48,818 74.2 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

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