Teignbridge (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°32′46″N 3°29′49″W / 50.546°N 3.497°W / 50.546; -3.497

Teignbridge
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Teignbridge in Devon for the 2005 general election.
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Location of Devon within England.
County Devon
19832010
Number of members One
Replaced by Newton Abbot, Central Devon
Created from Totnes and Tiverton[1]

Teignbridge was, from 1983 until 2010, a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries and history[edit]

1983-1997: The District of Teignbridge wards of Abbotskerwell, Ambrook, Ashburton, Bovey, Bradley, Buckfastleigh, Buckland, Bushell, Chudleigh, College, Dawlish Central, Dawlish North East, Dawlish South West, Haldon, Haytor, Ipplepen, Kingskerwell, Kingsteignton East, Kingsteignton West, Milber, Moorland, Moretonhampstead, Shaldon, Teignhydes, Teignmouth Central, Teignmouth East, Teignmouth North, and Teignmouth West, and the District of South Hams ward of Eastmoor.

1997-2010: The District of Teignbridge wards of Abbotskerwell, Bovey, Bradley, Buckland, Bushell, Chudleigh, College, Dawlish Central, Dawlish North East, Dawlish South West, Haldon, Haytor, Ipplepen, Kingskerwell, Kingsteignton East, Kingsteignton West, Milber, Moorland, Moretonhampstead, Shaldon, Teignhydes, Teignmouth Central, Teignmouth East, Teignmouth North, and Teignmouth West.

The constituency was based on the Teignbridge local government district in Devon. It was created in 1983 from parts of the seats of Totnes and Tiverton. Towns in the constituency included Dawlish, Newton Abbot and Teignmouth.

The seat was held by Patrick Nicholls of the Conservative Party from its creation until his defeat by Richard Younger-Ross of the Liberal Democrats at the 2001 general election. Younger-Ross successfully defended the seat in 2005, with a majority of 6,215 over the Conservatives' Stanley Johnson, the father of Boris Johnson.

Abolition[edit]

Following a review of parliamentary representation in Devon by the Boundary Commission for England, which increased the number of seats in the county from 11 to 12, the Teignbridge constituency was abolished. The southern part, including the main towns of Dawlish, Newton Abbot and Teignmouth, formed the new Newton Abbot seat, while the northern portion formed part of Central Devon.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Patrick Nicholls Conservative
2001 Richard Younger-Ross Liberal Democrats
2010 Constituency abolished: see Newton Abbot and Central Devon

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Teignbridge[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Richard Younger-Ross 27,808 45.7 +1.3
Conservative Stanley Johnson 21,593 35.5 -3.8
Labour Chris Sherwood 6,931 11.4 -1.0
UKIP Trevor Colman 3,881 6.4 +2.6
Liberal Reginald Wills 685 1.1 +1.1
Majority 6,215 10.2 +5.1
Turnout 60,898 68.7 -0.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +2.55
General Election 2001: Teignbridge[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Richard Younger-Ross 26,343 44.4 +5.6
Conservative Patrick Nicholls 23,332 39.3 +0.1
Labour Christopher Bain 7,366 12.4 -5.6
UKIP Paul Exmouth 2,269 3.8 +1.3
Majority 3,011 5.1
Turnout 59,310 69.3 -7.3
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing +2.75

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Teignbridge[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Patrick Nicholls 24,679 39.2 −10.8
Liberal Democrat Richard Younger-Ross 24,398 38.8 +2.9
Labour Sue Dann 11,311 18.0 +5.0
UKIP S. Stokes 1,601 2.5 +2.5
Green Nick Banwell 817 1.3 +1.3
Rainbow Dream Ticket Lorraine Golding 139 0.2 +0.2
Majority 281 0.45
Turnout 62,945 77.1 −6.3
Conservative hold Swing −6.9
General Election 1992: Teignbridge[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Patrick Nicholls 31,274 50.0 −3.2
Liberal Democrat Richard Younger-Ross 22,416 35.9 +0.7
Labour Robert A. Kennedy 8,128 13.0 +1.9
Monster Raving Loony Alan Hope 437 0.7 +0.2
Natural Law Nicholas J. Hayes 234 0.4 +0.4
Majority 8,858 14.2 −3.9
Turnout 62,489 82.4 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing −1.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Teignbridge[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Patrick Nicholls 30,693 53.21
SDP–Liberal Alliance RD Ryder 20,268 35.14
Labour J Greenwood 6,413 11.12
Monster Raving Loony L. Golding 312 0.54
Majority 10,425 18.07
Turnout 80.26
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Teignbridge[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Patrick Nicholls 28,265 54.0 N/A
SDP–Liberal Alliance J Alderson 20,047 38.33 N/A
Labour M Loughlin 3,749 7.17 N/A
Monster Raving Loony A Hope 241 0.46 N/A
Majority 8,218 15.7 N/A
Turnout 77.47 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "'Teignbridge', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Final recommendations for Parliamentary constituencies in the counties of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay". Boundary Commission for England. 2004-11-24. Archived from the original on 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Guardian". Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  8. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  10. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.