Sleaford and North Hykeham (UK Parliament constituency)

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Sleaford and North Hykeham
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Sleaford and North Hykeham in Lincolnshire.
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Location of Lincolnshire within England.
County Lincolnshire
Electorate 85,561 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Sleaford, North Hykeham
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Stephen Phillips QC (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Grantham, Lincoln
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Sleaford and North Hykeham a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Stephen Phillips QC, a Conservative.[n 2]


1997-2010: The District of North Kesteven except the ward of Bracebridge Heath, and the District of South Kesteven wards of Ermine, Heath, Loveden, Saxonwell, and Witham Valley.

2010-present: The District of North Kesteven wards of Ashby de la Launde, Bassingham, Billinghay, Branston and Mere, Brant Broughton, Cliff Villages, Cranwell and Byard’s Leap, Eagle and North Scarle, Heckington Rural, Heighington and Washingborough, Kyme, Leasingham and Roxholm, Martin, Metheringham, North Hykeham Forum, North Hykeham Memorial, North Hykeham Mill, North Hykeham Moor, North Hykeham Witham, Osbournby, Ruskington, Sleaford Castle, Sleaford Holdingham, Sleaford Mareham, Sleaford Navigation, Sleaford Quarrington, Sleaford Westholme, and Waddington West, and the District of South Kesteven wards of Barrowby, Ermine, Heath, Loveden, Peascliffe, Saxonwell, and Witham Valley.

The constituency covers the towns of Sleaford and North Hykeham and an area of rural Lincolnshire. The constituency's boundaries roughly correspond to those of North Kesteven local government district. In their formative proposals for 1997, the Boundary Commission for England proposed calling the new constituency Mid Lincolnshire, however the name was changed to its current form during the local inquiry process.[2] The inclusion of North Hykeham in the constituency title was criticised by author and psephologist Robert Waller in 1995 on the grounds that North Hykeham was effectively an overspill area of the City of Lincoln, however not its actual inclusion, as its local government authority has long been in common with the villages to the south in this seat and wholly separate from the city.[3]

Following another Boundary Commission review, the constituency boundaries with its neighbouring Lincoln borough constituency and Grantham and Stamford county constituency were changed for the 2010 general election.

Within the non-metropolitan county of Lincolnshire, Sleaford and North Hykeham is also served by Lincolnshire County Council for services such as roads and local authority education.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
1997 Douglas Hogg Conservative
2010 Stephen Phillips Conservative

Douglas Hogg, was immediately before 1997 the MP for the former seat of Grantham from 1979 who stood down at the 2010 general election due to controversy over his expenses claims.


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Sleaford and North Hykeham[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stephen Phillips 34,805 56.2 +4.6
Labour Jason Pandya-Wood 10,690 17.3 +0.4
UKIP Steven Hopkins 9,716 15.7 +12.1
Liberal Democrat Matthew Holden 3,500 5.7 -12.5
Lincolnshire Independents Marianne Overton 3,233 5.2 -1.2
Majority 24,115 38.9
Turnout 61,944 70.2
Conservative hold Swing +2.1
General Election 2010: Sleaford and North Hykeham[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stephen Phillips QC 30,719 51.6 +1.0
Liberal Democrat David Harding Price 10,814 18.2 +0.1
Labour James Normington 10,051 16.9 -9.5
Lincolnshire Independents Marianne Overton [10] 3,806 6.4 +6.4
UKIP Roger Doughty 2,163 3.6 -1.3
BNP Mike Clayton[11] 1,977 3.3 +3.3
Majority 19,905 33.4
Turnout 59,530 69.6 +2.8
Conservative hold Swing +0.45

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Sleaford and North Hykeham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Douglas Hogg 26,855 50.3 +0.6
Labour Katrina Bull 14,150 26.5 −5.5
Liberal Democrat David Harding-Price 9,710 18.2 +2.0
UKIP Guy Croft 2,682 5.0 +2.8
Majority 12,705 23.8
Turnout 53,397 73.0 +8.1
Conservative hold Swing +3.05
General Election 2001: Sleaford and North Hykeham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Douglas Hogg 24,190 49.7 +5.7
Labour Elizabeth Donnelly 15,568 32.0 -2.3
Liberal Democrat Robert Arbon 7,894 16.2 +1.0
UKIP Michael Ward-Barrow 1,067 2.2 N/A
Majority 8,622 17.7
Turnout 48,719 64.9 -9.3
Conservative hold Swing +4.0

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Sleaford and North Hykeham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Douglas Hogg 23,358 43.9 N/A
Labour Sean Hariss 18,235 34.3 N/A
Liberal Democrat John Marriott 8,063 15.2 N/A
Referendum Peter Clery 2,942 5.5 N/A
Independent Conservative Richard Overton 578 1.1 N/A
Majority 5,123 9.6 N/A
Turnout 74.4 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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.
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Boundary Commission for England, Fourth Periodic Report, Lincolnshire section, 1995
  3. ^ Almanac of British Politics (fifth edition), Sleaford and North Hykeham constituency section, 1995
  4. ^ "Final Recommendations for Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries in the County of Lincolnshire". Boundary Commission for England. 14 November 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 February 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Sleaford and North Hykeham parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "UK > England > East Midlands > Sleaford & North Hykeham". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Four-way election race to be Hogg's successor". Lincolnshire Echo. Lincoln, United Kingdom. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  11. ^

Coordinates: 53°03′N 0°30′W / 53.05°N 0.50°W / 53.05; -0.50