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 (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||South West Cambridgeshire (most) South East Cambridgeshire (part)|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
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, 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.
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.
Members of Parliament
|1997||Rt Hon Andrew Lansley||Conservative||Secretary of State for Health 2010-2012
Leader of the House of Commons 2012-2014
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.
- 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
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- 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 election results, BBC news
- 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