Torbay (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Torbay in Devon.
Location of Devon within England.
|Electorate||76,219 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Paignton and Torquay|
|Member of parliament||Kevin Foster (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election since which it has electoral wards:
- Clifton-with-Maidenway, Cockington-with-Chelston, Ellacombe, Goodrington-with-Roselands, Preston, Roundham-with-Hyde, St Marychurch, Shiphay-with-the-Willows, Tormohun, Watcombe and Wellswood.
The remainder of the borough is covered by the Totnes constituency.
- Political history
After being held for several Parliaments (taking together various predecessor areas) by Conservatives, from 1997 the seat was held by Liberal Democrats until 2015 when a Conservative re-took it. The majority in 1997 was the most marginal of that election, and the majority of 2,029 in 2005 was the lowest to date.
- Prominent frontbenchers
Consisting almost entirely of coastal towns and villages, the constituency has a range of shopping, tourist and visitor facilities from Paignton Zoo, safe bathing and boating to mini-golf, as well as a few nearby luxury resorts. Perhaps owing to the seasonal rise in employment, workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 5.0% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
The seat is home to the Plainmoor football ground, home to Torquay United. Past MP Adrian Sanders is a notable supporter of the football club.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||Sir Frederic Bennett||Conservative|
|1997||Adrian Sanders||Liberal Democrat|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Torbay|
|Liberal Democrat||Adrian Sanders||16,265||33.8||-13.2|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat||Swing|
|General Election 2010: Torbay|
|Liberal Democrat||Adrian Sanders||23,126||47.0||+5.2|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||+1.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Torbay|
|Liberal Democrat||Adrian Sanders||19,317||40.8||−9.7|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||−4.9|
|General Election 2001: Torbay|
|Liberal Democrat||Adrian Sanders||24,015||50.5||+10.9|
|Conservative||Christian St. John Sweeting||17,307||36.4||−3.2|
|Labour||John Robert MacKay||4,484||9.4||−5.4|
|Independent||Mrs. Pam Winwrite Neale||251||0.5|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Torbay|
|Liberal Democrat||Adrian Sanders||21,094||39.6|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Paul Wild||100||0.2|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing||5.1|
|General Election 1992: Torbay|
|Liberal Democrat||Adrian Sanders||22,837||39.8||+2.2|
|National Front||Robert Paul Jones||268||0.5||+0.5|
|Natural Law||Mrs Alison Hazel Thomas||157||0.3||+0.3|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Torbay|
|Liberal||Nicholas David Bye||20,209||37.6||−1.6|
|Labour||Gerald Robert Taylor||4,538||8.4||+1.2|
|General Election 1983: Torbay|
|Liberal||Michael Norman Mitchell||19,166||39.2|
|Labour||Philip William Rackley||3,521||7.2|
|Independent||Anne Mary Louise Murray||500||1.0|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Torbay|
|Liberal||Michael Norman Mitchell||15,231||23.1||−5.4|
|National Front||J.G. Spry||647||1.0||N/A|
|General Election October 1974: Torbay|
|General Election February 1974: Torbay|
|Liberal||Mrs. Bridget V. Trethewey||20,755||30.4||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "UK Polling Report". ukpollingreport.co.uk.
- "Mr Foster's website". Conservative Party.
- "Tony McIntyre's website". UKIP.
- "About Ms Maddock". Labour Party.
- "Green candidate announced for Torbay". Torquay Herald Express.
- "Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll: Torbay". Torbay Borough Council. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Torbay". BBC News.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1987. Politics Resources. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1983. Politics Resources. Retrieved 16 November 2011.