The Cotswolds (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of The Cotswolds in Gloucestershire for the 2010 general election
Location of Gloucestershire within England
|Electorate||78,439 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Cirencester and Tewkesbury|
Members of Parliament
|1997||Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown||Conservative||1992-1997: represented Cirencester and Tewkesbury.|
The Cotswolds is a safe Conservative seat in an area of natural beauty and heritage, with its market towns constructed of rare cream-to-yellow Cotswold stone. The area is welcoming to tourists and tourism has overtaken agriculture as the largest single employer in the area.
The largest town in the constituency is Cirencester, a compact traditional town. Other settlements include Andoversford, Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden, Fairford, Lechlade, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Tetbury (and the neighbouring village of Doughton, location of Highgrove, the Prince of Wales's estate), and Wotton-under-Edge.
The seat has the highest number of listed buildings of any constituency in Britain. It also contains eight of the 20 most popular attractions in Gloucestershire, including Westonbirt Arboretum, Hidcote Manor, and Chedworth Roman Villa.
Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 1.6% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
This was also the constituency that, when declared during the 2015 UK general election, saw the Conservatives win a surprise majority, in which David Cameron was re-elected as prime minister; a hung parliament had been widely expected.
The constituency was created in 1997 as Cotswold, mostly from the former seat of Cirencester and Tewkesbury. In 2010 the name was changed to The Cotswolds to reflect the commonly used name of the area.
2010–present: The District of Cotswold, and the District of Stroud wards of Kingswood, Minchinhampton, and Wotton-under-Edge.
1997–2010: The District of Cotswold, and the District of Stroud ward of Wotton and Kingswood.
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Liz Webster||15,270||25.0||+8.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Andrew Gant||9,748||16.3||−2.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Hodgkinson ||10,568||18.6||−10.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Mike Collins||16,211||29.6||+1.5|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Philip Beckerlegge||13,638||28.8||+4.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Angela Lawrence||11,150||24.2||+1.3|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||David Gayler||11,733||22.9||−10.4|
|Natural Law||Henry Brighouse||129||0.3||-|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 6)
- "The Cotswolds". Geoffrey Clifton-Brown. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
- Waller, Robert; Criddle, Byron (2007). The Almanac of British Politics. Taylor & Francis. pp. 320–321. ISBN 9780415378246.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- "Statement of Persons Nominated" (PDF).
- "Cotswolds, The parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Declaration-of-result" (PDF). 9 June 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Declaration of result" (PDF). Cotswold District Council. 19 June 2015.
- "UK ELECTION RESULTS: COTSWOLDS 2015".
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "BBC News | Election 2010 | Constituency | Cotswolds, The". news.bbc.co.uk.
- Percentage change and swing for 2010 is calculated relative to the PA (Rallings and Thrasher) 2005 notional result, not actual 2005 result "Press Association Elections". Press Association. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Percentage change and swing for 1997 is calculated relative to the Rallings and Thrasher 1992 notional constituency result, not actual 1992 result. See C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)