Welwyn Hatfield (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Welwyn Hatfield in Hertfordshire.
Location of Hertfordshire within England.
|Electorate||71,766 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Grant Shapps (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Hertford and St Albans|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
The seat was called for by the second periodic review of Westminster seats (the first periodic review led by the Boundary Commission was in 1945 and followed that of the Representation of the People Act 1918). Its changes were made in time for the first 1974 general election which resulted in a temporary minority administration on a hung parliament.
- Political history
Despite its short history, the seat has seen two parties serve it, with two Labour periods of representation, during the longer part of the Labour Government 1974-1979 and during the first two terms of the Blair ministry. Other than this the seat has elected a Conservative as its MP.
The 2015 majority more than tripled on the second election of Grant Shapps, in 2010, from a historically breakable (in the constituency) majority of 5,946 votes to the 26th largest Conservative share of the vote, which on standard uniform swing seen in elections since 1931 represented a safe seat, but a 5% swing to Labour in 2017 means the seat is somewhat marginal again, needing a 7.1% swing to become Labour.
- Prominent frontbenchers
The first MP ended his term in the Commons as the member for Welwyn Hatfield before which he was Defence Minister from 1970 to 1972 then a Foreign Office Minister until February 1974 - later that year Lord Balniel was awarded a life peerage,[n 3] accelerating and safeguarding his right to sit in the Lords. The second MP later became the politically neutral Lord Speaker, Baroness Hayman.
Grant Shapps was appointed the Minister of State for Housing and Local Government for the first two years of the UK coalition government 2010 before being appointed to chair his party. Following the Conservative victory in 2015, he was appointed Minister of State at the Department for International Development.
1974-1983: The Urban District of Welwyn Garden City, and the Rural Districts of Hatfield and Welwyn.
1983-1997: The District of Welwyn Hatfield wards of Brookmans Park and Little Heath, Haldens, Handside, Hatfield Central, Hatfield East, Hatfield North, Hatfield South, Hollybush, Howlands, Peartree, Sherrards, Welham Green and Redhall, Welwyn East, and Welwyn West, and the City of St Albans ward of Wheathampstead.
1997-present: As above minus Wheathampstead ward.
The area has a higher than average proportion of the managers, professionals and of the retired than much of Greater London with a strong local economy, retail and industrial/commercial premises are particularly in Hatfield and two of the four largest Hertfordshire economic towns, Stevenage and St Albans are close by. Accordingly, workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.4% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||Lord Balniel||Conservative|
|Oct 1974||Helene Hayman||Labour|
|1987||David John Evans||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Nigel Quinton||3,836||7.4||+1.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Hugh Annand||3,140||6.3||−10.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Paul Zukowskyj||8,010||16.4||+2.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Sara Bedford||6,318||14.1||0.0|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+8.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Daniel Cooke||6,021||14.1||+0.5|
|ProLife Alliance||Fiona Pinto||230||0.5||+0.0|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Rodney Schwartz||7,161||13.5||−2.5|
|Residents Association||Victor Cox||1,263||2.4||N/A|
|ProLife Alliance||Helen Harrold||267||0.5||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+11.05|
|Labour||Ray A. Little||20,982||34.5||+8.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Robin G. Parker||10,196||16.7||−10.6|
|Natural Law||Eva T. Lucas||264||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||Lindsay Granshaw||16,261||27.32|
|Independent Conservative||Bruce Dyson||401||0.67|
|Social Democratic||Lindsay Granshaw||15,252||26.46|
Elections in the 1970s
|National Front||P Ruddock||459||0.77|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- Balniel joined his father, the Earl of Crawford, who from 1963 no longer had to be regularly elected as a representative peer
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- The Electoral Commission 2010 results
- 2011 Census
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 2)
- "Statement as to persons nominated and notice of poll" (PDF). Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Statement Of Persons Nominated And Notice Of Poll". Acting Returning Officer. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
- "Marc Scheimann PPC page". Green Party of England and Wales. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
- Burke, Dave (29 April 2015). "Satire show comic is standing against Grant Shapps after changing name to Michael Green". Welwyn Hatfield Times. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "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.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.