Rugby and Kenilworth (UK Parliament constituency)
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|Rugby and Kenilworth|
|Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Rugby and Kenilworth in Warwickshire for the 2005 general election.
Location of Warwickshire within England.
|Major settlements||Rugby, Kenilworth|
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Kenilworth & Southam
|Created from||Rugby and Warwick & Leamington|
Rugby and Kenilworth was a county constituency in Warwickshire, England. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It existed from 1983 to 2010.
The constituency of Rugby and Kenilworth was created for the 1983 election and was held by the Conservative Jim Pawsey until the 1997 election when the Labour candidate Andy King was narrowly elected. In the 2001 election he increased his majority slightly. The Conservatives regained the seat in 2005, with Jeremy Wright becoming the Member of Parliament.
Rugby and Kenilworth was a marginal seat from 1997 onwards, but had been a safe Conservative seat previously (see Elections). Rugby, being an industrial town, traditionally leans towards Labour. Kenilworth, however, is a prosperous dormitory town and leans towards the Conservatives.
The Borough of Rugby wards of Admirals, Benn, Bilton, Brownsover, Caldecott, Clifton and Newton, Dunchurch and Thurlaston, Eastlands, Hillmorton, Knightlow, Lawford, Leam Valley, New Bilton, Newbold, Overslade, Paddox, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, St Mary's, and Wolston, and the District of Warwick wards of Abbey, Park Hill, St John's, and Stoneleigh.
This Warwickshire seat took in areas from the Rugby and Warwick local authorities. From Rugby came the town itself, and parishes on the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire borders. From neighbouring Warwick came Kenilworth and country villages bordering Coventry and Solihull.
Members of Parliament
|2010||constituency abolished: see Kenilworth & Southam and Rugby|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Allanach||10,143||17.8||+4.0|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+4.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Gwen Fairweather||7,444||13.8||-0.4|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Jeremy Roodhouse||8,737||14.3||−1.0|
|Natural Law||Michael Twite||251||0.4||+0.1|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+10.6|
|Liberal Democrat||JM Roodhouse||9,934||15.3||−8.2|
|Natural Law||SH Withers||202||0.3||+0.3|
Elections in the 1980s
|Liberal||David Roderick Owen-Jones||14,343||23.49|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "'Rugby and Kenilworth', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
- C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.142 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
- The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.