Torridge and West Devon (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°42′54″N 4°15′47″W / 50.715°N 4.263°W / 50.715; -4.263

Torridge and West Devon
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Torridge and West Devon in Devon.
Outline map
Location of Devon within England.
County Devon
Electorate 77,417 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Bideford, Great Torrington, Holsworthy and Tavistock
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Geoffrey Cox (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England

Torridge and West Devon is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Geoffrey Cox, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The District of Torridge, and the Borough of West Devon (the wards of Bere Ferrers, Bridestowe, Buckland Monachorum, Burrator, Chagford, Courtenay, Drewsteignton, Exbourne, Hatherleigh, Lew Valley, Lydford, Mary Tavy, Milton Ford, North Tawton, Okehampton, South Tawton, Tamarside, Tavistock North, Tavistock South, Thrushel, and Walkham).

1997-2010: The District of Torridge, and the Borough of West Devon wards of Bere Ferrers, Bridestowe, Burrator, Chagford, Courtenay, Drewsteignton, Exbourne, Hatherleigh, Lew Valley, Lydford, Mary Tavy, Milton Ford, North Tawton, Okehampton, South Tawton, Tamarside, Tavistock North, Tavistock South, Thrushel, and Walkham.

2010–present: The District of Torridge (the wards of Appledore, Bideford East, Bideford North, Bideford South, Broadheath, Clinton, Clovelly Bay, Coham Bridge, Forest, Hartland and Bradworthy, Holsworthy, Kenwith, Monkleigh and Littleham, Northam, Orchard Hill, Shebbear and Langtree, Tamarside, Three Moors, Torrington, Two Rivers, Waldon, Westward Ho!, and Winkleigh), and the Borough of West Devon wards of Bere Ferrers, Bridestowe, Buckland Monachorum, Burrator, Lydford, Mary Tavy, Milton Ford, Tamarside, Tavistock North, Tavistock South, Tavistock South West, Thrushel, and Walkham.

Before the 2010 general election, the constituency comprised Torridge District and almost all of West Devon District. However, in the redistribution of that year, when the number of seats in the county rose from 11 to 12, the town of Okehampton and scattered small settlements surrounding it transferred to the new Central Devon seat.[2]

The constituency area contains the former borough constituencies of Bere Alston (abolished 1832, settlement part of Bere Ferrers) and Tavistock (abolished 1885).

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1983, largely from the abolished West Devon seat, but with additions then and later from North Devon which was formed in 1950.

Political history

The seat unusually saw its second member, who attained the second absolute majority in its history, a Conservative, defect or "cross the floor" in 1995 to the Liberal Democrats (Emma Nicholson) — she was appointed after the subsequent election to the Lords.

The seat was then won by that party's candidate for the next Parliament John Burnett (LD). He also was elevated to a peerage, and in losing incumbency, the seat yielded to Geoffrey Cox who attained a majority of 3,236 votes in 2005. In 2010 he won with a majority of 2,957, boundary changes making the reduced majority notionally a 0.2% swing from the Liberal Democrats - compared with a 2.3% swing between the two parties nationally.

Constituency profile[edit]

The economy of the area is dominated by sectors such as agriculture, food processing, defence, hospitality, construction, maintenance and engineering and from Bideford and Northam a small amount of fishing; it also includes tourism, such as the island of Lundy, and sandy resort of Westward Ho!, to the small, centrally pedestrianised, cobbled, museum-dotted village of Clovelly. Great Torrington and Buckland Monachorum are among the archetypal rural villages, in an area with tranquil retreats, relatively close to the edge of Dartmoor.

Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.5% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1983 Peter Mills Conservative
1987 Emma Nicholson Conservative
1995 Liberal Democrat
1997 John Burnett Liberal Democrat
2005 Geoffrey Cox Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Torridge and West Devon[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoffrey Cox[7] 28,774 50.9 +5.2
UKIP Derek Sargent[8] 10,371 18.3 +12.9
Liberal Democrat Paula Dolphin[7] 7,483 13.2 -27.1
Labour Mike Sparling 6,015 10.6 +5.4
Green Cathrine Simmons[7] 3,941 7.0 +5.1
Majority 18,403 32.5 +28.1
Turnout 56,786 72.2 +0.8
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2010: Torridge and West Devon[9][10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoffrey Cox 25,230 45.7 +3.4
Liberal Democrat Adam Symons 22,273 40.3 +3.4
UKIP Robin Julian 3,021 5.5 -0.9
Labour Darren Jones 2,917 5.3 -5.3
Green Cathrine Simmons 1,050 1.9 -2.0
BNP Nick Baker 766 1.4 +1.4
Majority 2,957 5.4
Turnout 55,257 71.4 +0.2
Conservative hold Swing 0.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Torridge and West Devon[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoffrey Cox 25,013 42.7 +2.7
Liberal Democrat David Walter 21,777 37.2 -5.0
Labour Rebecca Richards 6,001 10.2 -0.5
UKIP Matthew Jackson 3,790 6.5 +1.7
Green Peter Christie 2,003 3.4 +1.1
Majority 3,236 5.5
Turnout 58,584 70.2 -0.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +3.9
General Election 2001: Torridge and West Devon[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat John Burnett 23,474 42.2 +0.3
Conservative Geoffrey Cox 22,280 40.0 +1.5
Labour David Brenton 5,959 10.7 -1.7
UKIP Bob Edwards 2,674 4.8 +1.7
Green Martin Quinn 1,297 2.3 N/A
Majority 1,194 2.2
Turnout 55,684 70.5 -7.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Torridge and West Devon[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat John Burnett 24,744 41.84
Conservative Ian Liddell-Grainger 22,787 38.53
Labour David Brenton 7,319 12.38
Referendum Roger Lea 1,946 3.29
UKIP Matthew Jackson 1,841 3.11
Liberal Michael Pithouse 508 0.86
Majority 1,957 3.31
Turnout 59,148 77.91
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Torridge and West Devon[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Emma Nicholson 29,627 47.3 −3.0
Liberal Democrat David McBride 26,013 41.5 +2.3
Labour David Brenton 5,997 9.6 +1.1
Green Frank Williamson 898 1.4 −0.6
Natural Law David Collins 141 0.2 +0.2
Majority 3,614 5.8 −5.3
Turnout 62,676 81.5 +2.8
Conservative hold Swing −2.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Torridge and West Devon[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Emma Nicholson 29,484 50.26
Liberal John Burnett 23,016 39.24
Labour David Brenton 4,990 8.51
Green Frank Williamson 1,168 1.99
Majority 6,468 11.03
Turnout 78.68
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Torridge and West[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Mills 31,156 58.00
Liberal V. Howell 18,805 35.00
Labour W.A. Tupman 3,531 6.57
Independent M.J. Beale 116 0.22
Wessex Regionalist Henrietta Rous 113 0.21
Majority 12,351 22.99
Turnout 76.04
Conservative hold Swing

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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
  3. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Devon West & Torridge constituency – Election 2015". BBC News. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c http://electionresults.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/devon-west-torridge-2015.html
  8. ^ http://www.dereksargent.com/
  9. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll: Torridge and West Devon" (PDF). West Devon Borough Council. 2010-04-20. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  11. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Devon West & Torridge". BBC News. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/constit/317.htm
  16. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  18. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.