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.
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Location of Cambridgeshire within England.
CountyCambridgeshire
Electorate89,419 (December 2010)[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 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 Sir Brian Mawhinney Conservative
2005 Shailesh Vara Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: North West Cambridgeshire [3]
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
General Election 2015: North West Cambridgeshire[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Shailesh Vara 32,070 52.5 +2.0
UKIP Peter Reeve [6] 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
Majority 19,795 32.4 +3.8
Turnout 61,100 66.6 +1.0
Conservative hold Swing
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 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. ^ "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. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 1)
  3. ^ "Candidates standing in the General Election in Cambridgeshire".
  4. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Cambridgeshire North West parliamentary constituency - Election 2015 - BBC News". Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  6. ^ a b "CAMBRIDGESHIRE NORTH WEST 2015". electionresults.blogspot.co.uk.
  7. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates#East of England
  8. ^ "Former Labour Party member to stand for Greens in the general election". www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk.
  9. ^ Cambridgeshire North West, BBC News
  10. ^ Cambridgeshire North-West, UKPollingReport
  11. ^ Percentage changes based on notional results due to boundary changes
  12. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/people_detail.aspx?name=Kevin_Wilkins&pPK=c379cb72-14ef-4aec-b8bd-b53f4d8c5166

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