South Northamptonshire (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of South Northamptonshire in Northamptonshire for the 2010 general election.
Location of Northamptonshire within England.
|Electorate||82,956 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Andrea Leadsom (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Number of members||One|
|Number of members||1832–1885: Two
|European Parliament constituency||East Midlands|
Before 2010, the constituency existed from 1832–1918, and from 1950-1974, however on different boundaries during each period. It elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) by the bloc vote system of election from 1832, until the representation was reduced in 1885 to one member elected by the first past the post system.
- Prominent members
Three names feature prominently among the area's Commons members, the 3rd and 5th Earl Spencer (during their tenures as MP having a courtesy title only, Viscount Althorp - Althorp is a major country house in the seat, well known as the childhood home of Princess Diana of Wales); Edward Fitzroy (son of Lord Southampton), Speaker of the House of Commons from 1928 until his death in 1943; and lastly, Reginald Manningham-Buller, 1st Viscount Dilhorne who on accomplishment of a peerage sat for the final two years of his life as the historic equivalent of the President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom with additional functions, the Lord Chancellor.
- History of boundaries
The seat was abolished in 1918 to form the new constituency of Daventry, then recreated in 1950 caused by a relatively short-lived abolition of Daventry. In 1974 was almost wholly swallowed up by a reborn Daventry, which on wide boundaries saw substantial population growth.
This called for recreation in 2010 whereby most of the electoral wards were taken from the former version of the Daventry seat.
- Present bordering constituencies
The constituency is bordered by Daventry and Northampton South to the north, Wellingborough to the north east, Milton Keynes North and Milton Keynes South to the south east, Buckingham to the south, Banbury to the south west and Rugby to the west.
The electoral wards used in the creation of this new seat are as follows. Alternative names were considered for this seat, but despite the perhaps clumsy juxtaposition of compass point names, the Commission chose to keep the title which it shares with the local district of the same name.
The seat has electoral wards:
- East Hunsbury, Nene Valley and West Hunsbury in the Borough of Northampton
- Astwell, Blakesley and Cote, Blisworth and Roade, Brackley East, Brackley South, Brackley West, Brafield and Yardley, Cosgrove and Grafton, Danvers and Wardoun, Deanshanger, Grange Park, Hackleton, Kings Sutton, Kingthorn, Little Brook, Middleton Cheney, Old Stratford, Salcey, Silverstone, Steane, Tove, Towcester Brook, Towcester Mill, Washington, Whittlewood in South Northamptonshire District
Members of Parliament
|Election||1st Member||1st Party||2nd Member||2nd Party|
|1832||Viscount Althorp||Whig||William Ralph Cartwright||Tory|
|1835||Sir Charles Knightley, Bt||Conservative|
|1846 by-election||Cpt. Richard Vyse[n 3]||Conservative|
|1858 by-election||Cnl. Henry Cartwright||Conservative|
|1881 by-election||Pickering Phipps||Conservative|
|1885||Redistribution of Seats Act: reduced to one member|
|1885||Sir Rainald Knightley, Bt||Conservative|
|1892||David Charles Guthrie[n 4]|
|1895||Hon. Edward Douglas-Pennant||Conservative|
|1900||Hon. Edward FitzRoy||Conservative|
|Jan. 1910||Hon. Edward FitzRoy||Conservative|
|1918||Constituency abolished, but revived in 1950|
|Feb 1974||Constituency abolished|
MPs since 2010
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: South Northamptonshire|
|Liberal Democrat||Tom Snowdon||3,613||5.9||-15.1|
|General Election 2010: South Northamptonshire|
|Liberal Democrat||Scott Collins||12,603||21.0||+3.9|
|English Democrats||Tony Tappy||735||1.2||N/A|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1970: South Northamptonshire|
|Conservative||Albert Arthur Jones||29,070||51.16|
|Labour||Gordon J. Roberts||21,131||37.18|
|Liberal||C. A. Peter Smout||6,626||11.66|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: South Northamptonshire|
|Conservative||Albert Arthur Jones||25,023||52.84|
|Labour||Graham T. Ridge||22,332||47.16|
|General Election 1964: South Northamptonshire|
|Conservative||Albert Arthur Jones||24,823||54.27|
|South Northamptonshire by-election, 1962|
|Conservative||Albert Arthur Jones||14,921|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: South Northamptonshire|
|Conservative||Sir Reginald Edward Manningham-Buller||24,226||56.98|
|General Election 1955: South Northamptonshire|
|Conservative||Sir Reginald Edward Manningham-Buller||21,497||55.35|
|Labour||Ronald Howard Lewis||17,339||44.65|
|General Election 1951: South Northamptonshire|
|Conservative||Reginald Edward Manningham-Buller||21,282||53.59|
|Labour||Dennis G. Webb||18,434||46.41|
|General Election 1950: South Northamptonshire|
|Conservative||Reginald Edward Manningham-Buller||18,612||47.62||n/a|
|Labour||Dennis G. Webb||16,852||43.12||n/a|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- Later a member for Windsor: November 4, 1863 - July 11, 1865
- This source 
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Millbank Systems list of MPs
- Millbank Systems - reference to government on the opposition benches, July 1836
Note that at this time party affiliations were only beginning to become more rigid.
- Hansard at Millbank Systems has no debates from November-December 1892 but from this source it seems David Guthrie never spoke in Parliament.
- "Tom Snowdon". East Midlands Lib Dems. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- Statement of Persons Nominated, South Northamptonshire Council
- BBC News website for South Northamptonshire - NB the BBC name is incorrect and confuses with Northampton South