Skipton and Ripon (UK Parliament constituency)

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Skipton and Ripon
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Skipton and Ripon in North Yorkshire.
Outline map
Location of North Yorkshire within England.
County North Yorkshire
Electorate 77,098 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Masham, Ripon, Settle, Skipton
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Julian Smith (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Skipton, Ripon
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Skipton and Ripon is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Julian Smith, a Conservative.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

It is one of the safest seats in England, formed on an area with a long history of Conservative representation and with a large plurality of its voting-age population having in the last election voted Conservative. It was also the constituency in 1992 that when declared, saw the Conservatives gain the 4th straight majority since 1979 and John Major re-elected as Prime Minister.

At 1.6% only of its area as unemployment claimants, Skipton and Ripon had significantly lower than national average unemployment (c.f. 3.8%) in November 2012.[2]

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The District of Craven, and the Borough of Harrogate wards of Almscliffe, Bishop Monkton, Boroughbridge, Fountains, Killinghall, Kirkby Malzeard, Lower Nidderdale, Mashamshire, Newby, Nidd Valley, Pateley Bridge, Ripon East, Ripon West, Wathvale, and Wharfedale Moors.

1997-2010: The District of Craven, and the Borough of Harrogate wards of Almscliffe, Bishop Monkton, Fountains, Killinghall, Kirkby Malzeard, Lower Nidderdale, Mashamshire, Nidd Valley, Pateley Bridge, Ripon East, Ripon West, and Wharfedale Moors.

2010-present: The District of Craven (the wards of Aire Valley with Lothersdale, Barden Fell, Bentham, Cowling, Embsay-with-Eastby, Gargrave and Malhamdale, Glusburn, Grassington, Hellifield and Long Preston, Ingleton and Clapham, Penyghent, Settle and Ribblebanks, Skipton East, Skipton North, Skipton South, Skipton West, Sutton-in-Craven, Upper Wharfedale, and West Craven), and the Borough of Harrogate wards of Bishop Monkton, Kirkby Malzeard, Lower Nidderdale, Mashamshire, Newby, Nidd Valley, Pateley Bridge, Ripon Minster, Ripon Moorside, Ripon Spa, Washburn, and Wathvale.

This area of the Yorkshire Dales covers the whole of the Craven district including the towns of Skipton, Bentham and Settle. It also covers the northern and western parts of the Borough of Harrogate district including the city of Ripon and towns of Pateley Bridge and Masham.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the former seats of Skipton and Ripon.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 John Watson Conservative
1987 David Curry Conservative
2010 Julian Smith Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Skipton and Ripon[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Julian Smith 30,248 55.4 +4.9
Labour Malcolm Birks 9,487 17.4 +7.3
UKIP Alan Henderson 7,651 14.0 +10.5
Liberal Democrat Jacquie Bell 4,057 7.4 -25.0
Green Andy Brown 3,116 5.7 +5.7
Majority 20,761 38.1
Turnout 54,559 71.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2010: Skipton and Ripon[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Julian Smith 27,685 50.6 +0.6
Liberal Democrat Helen Flynn 17,735 32.4 +5.8
Labour Claire Hazelgrove 5,498 10.0 −8.2
UKIP Rodney Mills 1,909 3.5 −1.1
BNP Bernard Allen 1,403 2.6 +2.6
Independent Roger Bell 315 0.6 +0.6
The Youth Party Dylan Gilligan 95 0.2 +0.2
Virtue Currency Cognitive Appraisal Party Bob Leakey 84 0.2 −0.4
Majority 9,950 18.2
Turnout 54,724 70.7 +4.6
Conservative hold Swing −2.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Skipton and Ripon[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Curry 25,100 49.7 −2.7
Liberal Democrat Paul English 13,480 26.7 +0.6
Labour Paul Baptie 9,393 18.6 +1.2
UKIP Ian Bannister 2,274 4.5 +0.3
Virtue Currency Cognitive Appraisal Party Bob Leakey 274 0.5 N/A
Majority 11,620 23.0
Turnout 50,521 72.6 +6.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2001: Skipton and Ripon[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Curry 25,736 52.4 +5.8
Liberal Democrat Bernard Arthur Bateman 12,806 26.1 +0.9
Labour Michael Dugher 8,543 17.4 −5.0
UKIP Nancy Holdsworth 2,041 4.2 N/A
Majority 12,930 26.3
Turnout 49,126 66.1 −8.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Skipton and Ripon[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Curry 25,294 46.5 −11.9
Liberal Democrat Thomas A. Mould 13,674 25.2 −1.8
Labour Robert J.S. Marchant 12,171 22.4 +3.4
Referendum Nancy Holdsworth 3,212 5.9 N/A
Majority 11,620 21.4
Turnout 54,351 74.7
Conservative hold Swing −5.1
General Election 1992: Skipton and Ripon[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Curry 35,937 58.4 −0.6
Liberal Democrat Richard Hall 16,607 27.0 −1.4
Labour Katharine R. Allott 8,978 14.6 +3.4
Majority 19,330 31.4 +0.8
Turnout 61,522 81.3 +3.7
Conservative hold Swing +0.4

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Skipton and Ripon[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Curry 33,128 59.0 −1.6
Liberal Stephen John Cooksey 15,954 28.4 −3.3
Labour Timothy Langdale Whitfield 6,264 11.2 +3.4
Green Linda Susan Williams 825 1.5 N/A
Majority 17,174 30.6
Turnout 56,171 77.8
Conservative hold Swing +0.9
General Election 1983: Skipton and Ripon[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Watson 31,509 60.6 N/A
Liberal Claire Brooks 16,463 31.6 N/A
Labour M.A. Billing 4,044 7.8 N/A
Majority 15,046 28.9 N/A
Turnout 52,016 74.9 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Skipton & Ripon". BBC News. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "UK > England > Yorkshire & the Humber > Skipton & Ripon". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

Coordinates: 54°09′43″N 1°49′59″W / 54.162°N 1.833°W / 54.162; -1.833