St Austell and Newquay (UK Parliament constituency)
|St Austell and Newquay|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of St Austell and Newquay in Cornwall for the 2010 general election
Location of Cornwall within England
|Major settlements||St Austell, Newquay|
|Member of Parliament||Steve Double (Conservative Party)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||North Cornwall|
South East Cornwall
Truro & St Austell
Members of Parliament
|2010||Steve Gilbert||Liberal Democrats|
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. 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.
- 2010 election
On its creation in 2010, the constituency had, based on complex forecasts involving its three constitutive seats, which factored 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 St Austell and Newquay 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 devolutionist 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. The constituency also saw a gigantic 18.8% increase in the Labour vote, in common with many south-west seats, pushing the Liberal Democrats into third place.
- 2019 election
The Liberal Democrats further faded into a more distant third place, with their policy of cancelling Brexit failing to attract voters, in a constituency which voted 64% to Leave the European Union. Unlike many seats across the UK, the Labour vote held up pretty well, with only a 2.6% drop in their vote share.
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Tim Styles||5,861||10.5||-11.0|
|Mebyon Kernow||Dick Cole||1,660||3.0||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Steve Gilbert||11,642||21.5||-2.5|
|Conservative||Steve Double||20,250||40.2||+ 0.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Steve Gilbert||12,077||24.0||- 18.7|
|UKIP||David Mathews||8,503||16.9||+ 13.2|
|Labour||Deborah Hopkins||5,150||10.2||+ 3.0|
|Mebyon Kernow||Dick Cole||2,063||4.1||- 0.1|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||+ 9.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Steve Gilbert||20,189||42.7||- 4.5|
|Conservative||Caroline Righton||18,877||40.0||+ 5.1|
|Labour||Lee Jameson||3,386||7.2||- 6.6|
|Mebyon Kernow||Dick Cole||2,007||4.2||N/A|
|UKIP||Clive Medway||1,757||3.7||- 0.4|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||- 4.8|
Notes and references
- "England Parliamentary electorates 2010-2018". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 1)
- "Final recommendations for Parliamentary constituencies in the county of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly". Boundary Commission for England. 2005-01-09. Archived from the original on 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
- Fifth periodical report - Volume 4 Mapping for the Non-Metropolitan Counties and the Unitary Authorities, The Stationery Office, 26 February 2007, ISBN 0-10-170322-8
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- "Statement of Persons Nominated" (PDF).
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "St Austell & Newquay Parliamentary constituency". Election 2015. BBC News. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
- "UK Polling Report".
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "2010 Election". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-05-07.