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
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 Municipal Boroughs of Great Torrington and Okehampton, and the Rural Districts of Holsworthy (the civil parishes of Abbots Bickington, Ashwater, Black Torrington, Bradford, Bradworthy, Bridgerule, Broadwoodwidger, Clawton, Cookbury, Halwill, Hollacombe, Holsworthy, Holsworthy Hamlets, Luffincott, Milton Damerel, Pancrasweek, Pyworthy, St-Giles-on-the-Heath, Sutcombe, Tetcott, Thornbury, Virginstow, and West Putford), Okehampton (the civil parishes of Ashbury, Beaworthy, Belstone, Bondleigh, Bratton Clovelly, Bridestowe, Broadwood Kelly, Chagford, Drewsteignton, Exbourne, Germansweek, Gidleigh, Hatherleigh, Highampton, Iddesleigh, Inwardleigh, Jacobstowe, Meeth, Monk Okehampton, Northlew, North Tawton, Okehampton Hamlets, Sampford Courtenay, Sourton, South Tawton, Spreyton, and Throwleigh), Plympton St Mary (the civil parishes of Bickleigh, Brixton, Cornwood, Eggbuckland, Ermington, Harford, Holbeton, Ivybridge, Laira Green, Newton and Noss, Newton Ferrers, Pennycross, Plymouth Lighthouse, Plympton St Maurice, Plymstock, Revelstoke, Shaugh Prior, Sparkwell, Wembury, Weston Peverell, and Yealmpton), Tavistock (the civil parishes of Bere Ferrers, Bradstone, Brentor, Buckland Monachorum, Coryton, Dunterton, Horrabridge, Kelly, Lamerton, Lewtrenchard, Lifton, Lydford, Marystow, Marytavy, Meavy, Milton Abbot, Petertavy, Sampford Spiney, Sheepstor, Stowford, Sydenham Damerel, Tavistock, Tavistock Hamlets, Thrushelton, Walkhampton, and Whitchurch), and Torrington (the civil parishes of Alverdiscott, Ashreigney, Beaford, Buckland Filleigh, Dolton, Dowland, Frithelstock, High Bickington, Huish, Huntshaw, Langtree, Little Torrington, Merton, Peters Marland, Petrockstow, Roborough, Shebbear, Sheepwash, St-Giles-in-the-Wood, Weare Giffard, Winkleigh, and Yarnscombe).

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