South West Devon (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°23′42″N 3°59′31″W / 50.395°N 3.992°W / 50.395; -3.992

South West Devon
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of South West Devon in Devon.
Outline map
Location of Devon within England.
County Devon
Electorate 70,756 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Plympton, Plymstock and Ivybridge
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Gary Streeter (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from South Hams
European Parliament constituency South West England

South West Devon is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Gary Streeter, a Conservative.[n 2]


The constituency is a south-western portion of Devon and includes the easternmost part of the city of Plymouth, namely the suburban small towns of Plympton (which as the borough constituency of Plympton Erle returned its own MPs until the Reform Act of 1832 abolished the seat as a 'rotten borough') and Plymstock which are so close as to be contiguous with the city's eastern parts, as well as the town of Ivybridge and much of the South Hams, its landscape includes the edge of Dartmoor and includes a southern coastline.

The seat has electoral wards:

  • Plympton: Chaddlewood, Erle, St Mary, Dunstone and Radford wards in the City of Plymouth
  • Bickleigh and Shaugh, Charterlands, Cornwood and Sparkwell, Erne Valley, Ivybridge: Central, Filham and Woodlands, Newton and Noss, Wembury and Brixton, and Yealmpton in the District of South Hams.[2]

Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies[edit]

The Boundary Commission's report led to the moving of Buckland Monachorum and a very small part of Walkham in the West Devon district to the Torridge and West Devon constituency.[2]


The areas covered in the seat were previously served by the South Hams and Plymouth Sutton seats. Both seats had been represented by the Conservative Party.

Constituency profile[edit]

Workless claimants were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 1.3% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1997 Gary Streeter Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: South West Devon [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gary Streeter 28,500 56.6 +0.6
Labour Chaz Singh[6] 8,391 16.7 +4.2
UKIP Robin Julian[7] 7,306 14.5 +8.3
Liberal Democrat Tom Davies[8] 3,767 7.5 -16.7
Green Win Scutt 2,408 4.8 +3.5
Majority 20,109 39.9 +8.1
Turnout 50,372 70.9 -0.3
Conservative hold Swing +0.6
General Election 2010: South West Devon[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gary Streeter 27,908 56.0 +11.6
Liberal Democrat Anna Pascoe 12,034 24.1 +0.3
Labour Luke Pollard 6,193 12.4 -11.8
UKIP Hugh Williams 3,084 6.2 -1.3
Green Vaughan Brean 641 1.3 +1.3
Majority 15,874 31.8
Turnout 49,860 71.2 +2.9
Conservative hold Swing +5.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: South West Devon[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gary Streeter 21,906 44.8 -2.0
Liberal Democrat Judy Evans 11,765 24.1 +5.7
Labour Christopher Mavin 11,545 23.6 -8.0
UKIP Hugh Williams 3,669 7.5 +4.3
Majority 10,141 20.7
Turnout 48,885 68.6 2.5
Conservative hold Swing -3.8%
General Election 2001: South West Devon[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gary Streeter 21,970 46.8 +3.9
Labour Christopher Mavin 14,826 31.6 +2.7
Liberal Democrat Phil Hutty 8,616 18.4 -5.4
UKIP Roger Bullock 1,492 3.2 +2.3
Majority 7,144 15.2
Turnout 46,904 66.1 -10.0
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: South West Devon[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gary Streeter 22,695 42.9
Labour Christopher Mavin 15,262 28.9
Liberal Democrat Keith Baldry 12,542 23.8
Referendum Party R Saddler 1,668 3.2
UKIP H King 491 0.8
Natural Law J Hyde 159 0.3
Majority 7,397 14.1
Turnout 52,781 76.2

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.