Truro and Falmouth (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°11′49″N 5°00′58″W / 50.197°N 5.016°W / 50.197; -5.016

Truro and Falmouth
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Truro and Falmouth in Cornwall
Outline map
Location of Cornwall within England
Electorate71,977 (2018)[1]
Major settlementsTruro and Falmouth
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentSarah Newton (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromTruro and St Austell, Falmouth and Camborne
European Parliament constituencySouth West England
Sketchmap of 2010 parliamentary constituencies in Cornwall – click to enlarge

Truro and Falmouth is a constituency[n 1] that has been represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its creation in 2010 by Sarah Newton, a Conservative MP.[n 2] On 28 October 2019 she announced that she would not stand at the next election.[2]


The constituency was created for the 2010 general election following a review of parliamentary representation in Cornwall by the Boundary Commission, which increased the number of seats in the county from five to six. It replaces parts of the former Truro and St Austell and Falmouth and Camborne seats.

Political history

The result was a very marginal one in 2010, with the previous results in either predecessor seat also closely fought between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives.

In the 2017 general election, the constituency was held by the Conservative, although the constituency experienced a 22.5% surge in the Labour vote (the third largest in the UK) - an 11.4% swing that nearly broke the Tories' seven-year hold on the seat. The 37.7% of the vote in Truro and Falmouth achieved by Labour marked their highest share of the vote in a seat incorporating Truro in 47 years.[3]


The former District of Carrick wards of Arwenack, Boscawen, Boslowick, Carland, Feock and Kea, Kenwyn and Chacewater, Moresk, Mylor, Newlyn and Goonhavern, Penryn, Penwerris, Perranporth, Probus, Roseland, St Agnes, Tregolls, Trehaverne and Gloweth, and Trescobeas.

The Truro and Falmouth constituency has the same boundaries as the former district of Carrick, with the exception of the ward of Mount Hawke, which is part of the Camborne and Redruth seat.[4] The main settlements in the constituency are the city of Truro and the town of Falmouth, after which it is named. Other settlements include Penryn, Perranporth, St Agnes and St Mawes.[5]

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency has visitor attractions spanning diametrically opposite coasts, including Porthtowan and Perranporth, noted for beaches. Falmouth abounds with restaurants, places to stay, as well as sailing and motor-yacht facilities. However, industries and businesses are not dominated by the arts or leisure and chiefly rely on maritime maintenance, hospitality, tourism, retail, distribution, and agriculture. In November 2012, unemployed people and registered jobseekers were lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 3.0% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[6]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[7] Party
2010 Sarah Newton Conservative


Truro & Falmouth election results

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Truro and Falmouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cherilyn Mackrory[8]
Labour Jennifer Forbes[9]
Liberal Democrat Ruth Gripper[10]
Green Tom Scott[11]
General election 2017: Truro and Falmouth[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sarah Newton 25,123 44.4 +0.3
Labour Jayne Kirkham 21,331 37.7 +22.5
Liberal Democrat Rob Nolan 8,465 14.9 -1.9
UKIP Duncan Odgers 897 1.6 -10.0
Green Amanda Pennington 831 1.5 -7.2
Majority 3,792 6.7 -19.5
Turnout 56,647 75.8 +5.8
Conservative hold Swing -11.1
General election 2015: Truro and Falmouth[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sarah Newton 22,681 44.0 +2.3
Liberal Democrat Simon Rix 8,681 16.8 -24.0
Labour Stuart Roden 7,814 15.2 +5.5
UKIP John Hyslop 5,967 11.6 +7.7
Green Karen Westbrook 4,483 8.7 +6.9
Independent Loic Rich 792 1.5 N/A
Mebyon Kernow Stephen Richardson 563 1.1 -1.0
National Health Action Rik Evans 526 1.0 N/A
Principles of Politics Stanley Guffogg 37 0.1 N/A
Majority 14,000 27.2
Turnout 51,544 70.0 +0.9
Conservative hold Swing +13.1
General election 2010: Truro and Falmouth[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sarah Newton 20,349 41.7 +10.0
Liberal Democrat Terrye Teverson 19,914 40.8 -0.1
Labour Charlotte MacKenzie 4,697 9.6 -9.4
UKIP Harry Blakeley 1,911 3.9 -1.8
Mebyon Kernow Loic Rich 1,039 2.1 -0.4
Green Ian Wright 858 1.8 +1.8
Majority 435 0.9
Turnout 48,768 69.1 +4.0
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +5.1

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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.
  1. ^ "England Parliamentary electorates 2010-2018". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton to stand down at next election". Cornwall Live. 28 October 2019.
  3. ^ Truro and Falmouth 2017 Election Results -, Retrieved 11 June 2017
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
  6. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  7. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 2)
  8. ^ "Cherilyn Mackrory is election candidate for Truro and Falmouth Tories". Falmouth Packet. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Parliamentary Candidate". Truro & Falmouth Labour. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Parliamentary Candidate". Mark Pack. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Prospective General Election Candidates". Green Party. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Truro & Falmouth parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Truro and Falmouth - 2015 Election Results - General Elections Online". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  16. ^ Lavery, Kevin (20 April 2010). "Truro and Falmouth statement of persons nominated and notice of poll" (PDF). Acting Returning Officer, Cornwall Council. Retrieved 20 April 2010.