Plymouth Sutton and Devonport (UK Parliament constituency)

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Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Plymouth Sutton and Devonport in Devon
Outline map
Location of Devon within England
Electorate71,236 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsPlymouth
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentLuke Pollard (Labour Co-operative)
Created fromPlymouth Devonport, Plymouth Sutton

Plymouth Sutton and Devonport is a constituency created in 2010, and represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2017 by Luke Pollard, a Labour Co-operative party candidate.

The seat is one of two won (held or gained) by a Labour candidate in 2017 from a total of twelve in its county. Pollard's 2017 win was one of 30 net gains for the Labour Party. The seat was in 2010 and 2015 a very marginal win for Oliver Colvile, his greatest majority being 2.6%.

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency covers the south of the city including HMNB Devonport, and has a large student population attending the University of Plymouth.[2]


Map of current boundaries

The seat is a borough constituency (for the purposes of type of returning officer and election expenses). As with all current constituencies it elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system.


The wards which make up this seat include Compton, Devonport, Stonehouse, Drake (which includes the University and Mutley), Efford and Lipson, Peverell, St Peter and the Waterfront, Stoke, and Sutton and Mount Gould.[3]

The constituency is entirely within the boundaries of the City of Plymouth, and includes the city centre.


The composition of the constituency from the next general election, due by January 2025, will be reduced slightly in order to bring the electorate within the permitted range, by removing north-western parts of the City of Plymouth ward of Peverell - namely polling districts KC and KD - to be transferred to Plymouth Moor View.[4]


History of boundaries

The 2007 review by the Boundary Commission for England recommended the creation of this seat and Plymouth Moor View, which was duly approved by Parliament.[3] It is largely based on the former Plymouth Sutton. To this is added smaller parts of the former Plymouth Devonport seat.

History of results
Results for the UK Commons seat named and for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

This constituency was won on creation in 2010 by a Conservative, Oliver Colvile. In 2015, against opinion polls for losing, Colvile held it (but narrowly) over the Labour candidate Luke Pollard. The 2015 result gave the seat the 7th most marginal majority of the Conservative Party's 331 seats by percentage of majority.[5]

In 2017, Pollard defeated Colvile to gain the seat with a majority of 6,807; originally, the majority was declared as 6,002, but a spreadsheet error meant the votes from the Efford and Lipson wards were not included in the declaration on the night of the count.[6] Additionally about 35,000 postal voters received two polling cards, confusing, and some postal votes were not sent out.[7]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[8] Party Notes
2010 Oliver Colvile Conservative
2017 Luke Pollard Labour Co-op


Elections in the 2020s[edit]

Next general election: Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gareth Streeter[9]
Labour Luke Pollard[10]
Green Cam Hayward[11]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Luke Pollard 25,461 47.9 Decrease 5.4
Conservative Rebecca Smith 20,704 38.9 Decrease 1.1
Brexit Party Ann Widdecombe 2,909 5.5 New
Liberal Democrats Graham Reed 2,545 4.8 Increase 2.4
Green James Ellwood 1,557 2.9 Increase 1.7
Majority 4,757 9.0 Decrease 4.3
Turnout 53,176 68.3 Increase 1.3
Registered electors 77,852
Labour Co-op hold Swing Decrease 2.2
General election 2017: Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport[13][14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Luke Pollard 27,283 53.3 Increase 16.6
Conservative Oliver Colvile 20,476 40.0 Increase 2.2
UKIP Richard Ellison 1,364 2.7 Decrease 11.3
Liberal Democrats Henrietta Bewley 1,244 2.4 Decrease 1.8
Green Dan Sheaff 604 1.2 Decrease 5.9
Independent Danny Bamping 237 0.5 New
Majority 6,807 13.3 N/A
Turnout 51,208 67.0 Increase 1.5
Labour Co-op gain from Conservative Swing Increase 7.2
General election 2015: Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Oliver Colvile 18,120 37.8 Increase 3.5
Labour Co-op Luke Pollard 17,597 36.7 Increase 5.0
UKIP Roy Kettle 6,731 14.0 Increase 7.5
Green Libby Brown 3,401 7.1 Increase 5.0
Liberal Democrats Graham Reed 2,008 4.2 Decrease 20.5
Communist Laura-Jane Rossington 106 0.2 New
Majority 523 1.1 Decrease1.5
Turnout 47,963 65.5 Increase3.7
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 0.8
General election 2010: Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Oliver Colvile 15,050 34.3
Labour Linda Gilroy 13,901 31.7
Liberal Democrats Judy Evans 10,829 24.7
UKIP Andrew Leigh 2,854 6.5
Green Tony Brown 904 2.1
Independent Brian Gerrish 223 0.5
Socialist Labour Robert Hawkins 123 0.3
Majority 1,149 2.6
Turnout 43,894 61.8
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[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. ^ UK Polling Report
  3. ^ a b "Final recommendations for Parliamentary constituencies in the counties of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay". Boundary Commission for England. 24 November 2004. Archived from the original on 2 November 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  4. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies Order 2023". Schedule 1 Part 7 South West region.
  5. ^ "Conservative Members of Parliament 2015". UK Archived from the original on 8 June 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Council says sorry after it failed to count 6,500 votes". Plymouth Herald. 10 June 2017. Archived from the original on 10 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  7. ^ Waddington, Sarah (15 September 2017). "The full story: Plymouth's election chaos and what went wrong". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  8. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)
  9. ^ "Plymouth Tory party announce prospective candidate going head-to-head with MP Luke Pollard". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 23 February 2024.
  10. ^ "Luke Pollard unanimously reselected as Labour's election candidate". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 23 February 2024.
  11. ^ "Stand at the next general election". South West Green Party. Retrieved 23 February 2024.
  12. ^ "Plymouth Sutton & Devonport Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  13. ^ "2017 general election candidates in Devon". Devon Live. 11 May 2017. Archived from the original on 11 May 2017.
  14. ^ Due to an error, not all of the votes cast and counted, were included in the published totals: "Labour MP Luke Pollard's fury as votes left out of result". BBC News. 10 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Statement on the General Election results for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport". Plymouth City Council. 10 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  18. ^ BBC Election Results, Election Results 2010 - Plymouth Sutton and Devonport,; retrieved 7 May 2010.


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