South Cambridgeshire (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of South Cambridgeshire in Cambridgeshire.
Location of Cambridgeshire within England.
|Electorate||80,001 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Heidi Allen (The Independent Group)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||South West Cambridgeshire (most) South East Cambridgeshire (part)|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
South Cambridgeshire is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Heidi Allen since May 2015, originally a Conservative, but latterly a member of The Independent Group.[n 2]
The constituency includes some outskirts of Cambridge such as Girton and a large spread of rural land to the west of the city, which is generally affluent. The population live in villages, most of which are compact - the most densely populated are in the south where the M11 motorway cuts deep into the seat providing rapid access to London. The seat's only ward (Queen Edith's) that lies within the City of Cambridge has a strong Liberal Democrat vote.
Registered jobseekers totalled 1.4% of the population, much lower than the regional average of 3.1% and the national average of 3.8% of the population in a statistical compilation by The Guardian in November 2012. In 2017 South Cambridgeshire was identified as the constituency with the lowest proportion of claimants of unemployment benefits in the whole of the country, with only 0.6% of the economically active population claiming either Job Seekers Allowance or Universal Credit.
Boundaries and boundary changes
1997-2010: The District of South Cambridgeshire wards of Arrington, Bar Hill, Barrington and Shepreth, Barton, Bassingbourn, Bourn, Comberton, Coton, Duxford, Elsworth, Foxton, Gamlingay, Girton, Great Shelford, Hardwick, Harston, Haslingfield, Ickleton, Little Shelford, Longstanton, Melbourn, Meldreth, Orwell, Papworth, Sawston, Stapleford, Swavesey, The Mordens, and Whittlesford, and the City of Cambridge wards of Queen Edith’s and Trumpington.
2010-present: The District of South Cambridgeshire wards of Bar Hill, Barton, Bassingbourn, Bourn, Caldecote, Comberton, Cottenham, Duxford, Fowlmere and Foxton, Gamlingay, Girton, Grantchester, Hardwick, Harston and Hauxton, Haslingfield and The Eversdens, Longstanton, Melbourn, Meldreth, Orwell and Barrington, Papworth and Elsworth, Sawston, Swavesey, The Abingtons, The Mordens, The Shelfords and Stapleford, and Whittlesford, and the City of Cambridge ward of Queen Edith’s.
The constituency was created following the boundary review of 1995, and was first contested at the 1997 general election. Before this, much of the region had been part of the South West Cambridgeshire constituency represented by Sir Anthony Grant from 1983 to 1997, while the wards of Bar Hill, Coton, Elsworth, Girton, Longstanton and Swavesey had been part of South East Cambridgeshire.
Following the 2007 review of parliamentary representation in Cambridgeshire, the Boundary Commission made minor alterations to the existing constituencies to deal with population changes.
Additionally, parts of Cottenham ward (specifically the civil parishes of Cottenham and Rampton) and the Abingtons (Babraham, Great Abington, Little Abington and Pampisford) have been added to South Cambridgeshire, having previously voted in the South East Cambridgeshire constituency.
Changes proposed for 2022
The Boundary Commission for England submitted their final proposals in respect of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies (the 2018 review) in September 2018. If these proposals are approved by Parliament they will reduce the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 and come into effect at the next UK general election which is due to take place in May 2022 under the terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.
In order to meet the strict requirements in respect of the size of constituency electorates, the Commission recommended that Cambridgeshire be considered together with Hertfordshire and Norfolk as a sub-region of the Eastern Region. Accordingly, it is proposed that four rural wards from the District of South Cambridgeshire, which are close to the Hertfordshire town of Royston, be transferred to North East Hertfordshire (to be renamed Letchworth and Royston). In addition to this, the City of Cambridge ward of Queen Edith's would be restored to the borough constituency of Cambridge. To partly offset these losses, three more wards would be transferred from South East Cambridgeshire, and the ward of Gransden and the Offords from Huntingdon.
Members of Parliament
|1997||Andrew Lansley||Conservative||Secretary of State for Health (2010-2012)|
Leader of the House of Commons (2012-2014)
|2019||Independent Group||Resigned from Conservatives|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Susan van de Ven||12,102||18.6||+3.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Sebastian Kindersley||9,368||15.2||−18.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Sebastian Kindersley||20,157||34.1||+5.8|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew Dickson||15,675||29.8||+2.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Amanda Taylor||12,984||26.9||+1.0|
|ProLife Alliance||Beata Klepacka||176||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||James A. Quinlan||13,860||25.8||N/A|
|UKIP||Derek A. Norman||298||0.6||N/A|
|Natural Law||Francis C. Chalmers||168||0.3||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in Cambridgeshire
- South Cambridgeshire (administrative district)
Notes and references
- "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.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- McGuinness, Feargal; Brown, Jennifer; Powell, Andy. "People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, March 2017".
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
- South Cambridgeshire, BBC News
- 2010 elections Archived 2010-04-12 at the Wayback Machine, Cambridge City Council
- Elections 2010 Archived 2010-03-13 at the Wayback Machine, South Cambridgeshire District Council
- Boundary Commission for England, 2018 Review, Associated consultation documents (September 2018). "Final recommendations report".CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 1)
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Cambridgeshire South parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- Notice of Poll and Statement of Persons Nominated - South Cambridgeshire Constituency Archived 2011-08-26 at the Wayback Machine, South Cambridgeshire District Council
- South Cambridgeshire, UKPollingReport
- Commons goal for newest hopefuls, CambridgeNews Online
- Percentage changes based on notional results due to boundary changes
- Cambridgeshire South, guardian.co.uk