St Austell and Newquay (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°22′30″N 4°55′34″W / 50.375°N 4.926°W / 50.375; -4.926

St Austell and Newquay
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of St Austell and Newquay in Cornwall for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of Cornwall within England.
County Cornwall
Electorate 75,974 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements St Austell, Newquay
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Steve Double (Conservative Party)
Number of members One
Created from North Cornwall
South East Cornwall
Truro & St Austell
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England
Sketchmap of 2010 parliamentary constituencies in Cornwall - click to enlarge

St Austell and Newquay is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Steve Double, a Conservative.[n 2]


Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
2015 Steve Double Conservative
2010 Steve Gilbert Liberal Democrats

Boundaries[edit]

The Borough of Restormel wards of Bethel, Crinnis, Edgcumbe North, Edgcumbe South, Fowey and Tywardreath, Gannel, Gover, Mevagissey, Mount Charles, Poltair, Rialton, Rock, St Blazey, St Columb, St Enoder, St Ewe, St Stephen, and Treverbyn.

The constituency was created for the 2010 general election, following a review of parliamentary representation by the Boundary Commission, which increased the number of seats in the county from five to six.[3] It has the same boundaries as the former Borough of Restormel, with the exception of the ward of Lostwithiel, which remains in the South East Cornwall constituency. Previously, the historic area was divided between the North Cornwall, South East Cornwall and Truro and St Austell seats.[4]

Constituency profile[edit]

Workless claimants (registered jobseekers) were in November 2012 higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 4.2% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[5]

History[edit]

2010 election

The seat on creation in 2010 had, based on complex forecasts involving its three constitutive seats, factoring in to different degrees the recent local election results, a widely varying notional Liberal Democrat majority (see results below). In analysis, one forecast suggested that the seat would prove to be a safe seat whereas another suggested an extremely marginal seat. The majority achieved was lower than an average of the two forecasts but by no means the most slender of majorities achieved in that election.

In 2010, the Labour Party candidate polled in line with results of the recent decades in the forerunner seats, with 7.2% of the vote. Mebyon Kernow, the Cornish independence party, achieved its highest share of the vote in any constituency but narrowly lost its deposit by not reaching the 5% threshold.

2015 election

The seat was won by a Conservative on a majority of more than 15% which would rarely be termed marginal, however approximately half the electorate of the seat fell within areas represented by a Liberal or Liberal Democrat MP between October 1974 and 2015 - Truro (later adopting a suffix- and St Austell). In terms of the important consideration of length of tenure the seat fails to be describable as in any analysis "safe".

2017 election

Theresa May announced a snap election would take place on 8 June 2017. In this constituency, Conservative incumbent Steve Double won with an increased majority of 11,142.

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: St Austell and Newquay[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Steve Double 26,856 49.5 Increase 9.3
Labour Kevin Neil 15,714 29.0 Increase 18.8
Liberal Democrat Steve Gilbert 11,642 21.5 Decrease 2.5
Majority 11,142 20.6
Turnout 56,212 69.0
Conservative hold Swing 9.3%
General Election 2015: St Austell and Newquay[8][9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Steve Double 20,250 40.2 Increase 0.2
Liberal Democrat Steve Gilbert 12,077 24.0 Decrease 18.8
UKIP David Mathews 8,503 16.9 Increase 13.2
Labour Deborah Hopkins 5,150 10.2 Increase 3.1
Green Steve Slade 2,318 4.6 N/A
Mebyon Kernow Dick Cole 2,063 4.1 Decrease 0.2
Majority 8,173 16.2
Turnout 50,361 65.7 Increase 3.8
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing Increase 9.5
General Election 2010: St Austell and Newquay[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Steve Gilbert 20,189 42.7 Decrease 4.5
Conservative Caroline Righton 18,877 40.0 Increase 5.1
Labour Lee Jameson 3,386 7.2 Decrease 6.6
Mebyon Kernow Dick Cole 2,007 4.2 Increase 4.2
UKIP Clive Medway 1,757 3.7 Decrease 0.4
BNP James Fitton 1,022 2.2 Increase 2.2
Majority 1,312 2.8
Turnout 47,238 61.9 Decrease 3.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing Decrease 4.8

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  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.
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