West Devon (UK Parliament constituency)

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West Devon
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
February 1974–1983
Number of members one
Replaced by Torridge and West Devon and South Hams[1]
Created from Tavistock and Torrington

West Devon was a county constituency in Devon, in the South-West of England. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.

The constituency was created for the February 1974 general election, and abolished for the 1983 general election, when it was largely replaced by the new Torridge and West Devon constituency.


The constituency was defined in the Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1970 as consisting of the then Municipal Boroughs of Great Torrington and Okehampton, and the Rural Districts of Holsworthy, Okehampton, Plympton St Mary, Tavistock, and Torrington. On 1 April 1974, the Local Government Act 1972 took effect, which redrew the internal boundaries of the constituency (they were redrawn again for the 1979 local elections); however the parliamentary boundaries remained unchanged until the seat disappeared in 1983.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
Feb 1974 Peter Mills Conservative
1983 constituency abolished: see Torridge and West Devon

Election results[edit]

General Election February 1974
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Mills 23,524 50.19
Liberal A Pinney 18,256 38.95
Labour JBH Duffin 5,089 10.86
Majority 5,268 11.24
Turnout 82.26
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Mills 22,594 50.03
Liberal A Pinney 16,665 36.90
Labour JBH Duffin 5,899 13.06
Majority 5,929 13.13
Turnout 78.63
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1979
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Mills 29,428 60.99
Liberal V Howell 12,256 25.40
Labour RD Maddern 6,174 12.80
National Front R Bearsford-Walker 393 0.81
Majority 17,172 35.59
Turnout 78.57
Conservative hold Swing


  1. ^ "'Devon West', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 21 March 2016.