South Hertfordshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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South Hertfordshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
South Hertfordshire in Hertfordshire, showing boundaries used from 1974-1983
1974 (1974)1983
Number of membersOne
Replaced byHertsmere, Watford and St Albans[1]
Created fromBarnet, Enfield West and St Albans

South Hertfordshire was a constituency in Hertfordshire which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was created for the February 1974 general election and abolished for the 1983 general election when it was mainly replaced by the new Hertsmere constituency.


The Urban District of Potters Bar, the Rural District of Elstree, in the Rural District of St Albans the parishes of Colney Heath, London Colney, and St Stephen, and in the Rural District of Watford the parish of Aldenham.[2]

The Urban District of Potters Bar in Middlesex had been included in Hertfordshire following the creation of Greater London in 1965 and was now transferred from the abolished Borough Constituency of Enfield West.  The Rural District of Elstree was previously in the abolished County Constituency of Barnet.  The parishes of Colney Heath, London Colney and St Stephen were transferred from St Albans and Aldenham from South West Hertfordshire.

On its abolition in 1983, Colney Heath was transferred back to St Albans and St Stephen transferred to Watford.  Remainder formed the majority of the new County Constituency of Hertsmere.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
Feb 1974 Cecil Parkinson Conservative
1983 constituency abolished: see Hertsmere

Election results[edit]

General election February 1974: South Hertfordshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cecil Parkinson 21,190 40.3 n/a
Labour Alf Dubs 18,104 34.4 n/a
Liberal John Henchley 13,356 25.4 n/a
Majority 3,086 5.9 n/a
Turnout 82.2 n/a
Conservative win
General election October 1974: South Hertfordshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cecil Parkinson 21,018 42.7 +2.4
Labour Alf Dubs 18,790 38.2 +3.8
Liberal John Henchley 9,393 19.1 -6.3
Majority 2,228 4.5 -1.4
Turnout 76.1 -6.1
Conservative hold Swing -0.7
General election 1979: South Hertfordshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cecil Parkinson 27,857 54.1 +11.4
Labour NG Male 16,059 31.2 -7.0
Liberal Gerald Sattin 7,001 13.6 -5.5
National Front S Fenn 605 1.2 n/a
Majority 11,798 22.9 +18.4
Turnout 79.0 +2.9
Conservative hold Swing +9.2


  1. ^ "'Hertfordshire South', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  2. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1970". Retrieved 2019-02-25.