- List of British parliamentary constituencies held by the Conservative Party
The British Conservative Party, founded in 1832 and the most successful political party in the World, have been in opposition since their devastating 1997 loss to Labour. In 2001 they made a net gain of a single seat. However, in 2005, they made substantial inroads, which have seen them revitalizing, and many commentators predicting a Conservative landslide in 2010 based on recent opinion polls.
2005 gains and losses
In 2005, the Conservatives gained thirty-seven seats; thirty-one from Labour, five from the Liberal Democrats, and one from the Democratic Unionists. However, they also lost three seats to the LibDems, and one (notionally) to Labour. One gain from Labour was a notional gain, as it was a new seat.
Gains from Labour
# Bexleyheath & Crayford
# Clwyd West
# Croydon Central
# Enfield Southgate
# Forest of Dean
# Hammersmith & Fulham
# Hemel Hempstead
# Ilford North
# Lancaster & Wyre
# Milton Keynes North East
# Northampton South
# Preseli Pembrokeshire
# Reading East
# Rugby & Kenilworth
# Scarborough & Whitby
# Shrewsbury & Atcham
# St Albans
# The Wrekin
# Welwyn Hatfield
# WimbledonConstituencies in
Scotlandwere all revised in 2005. The one constituency which the Conservatives won there was:
#Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddalewhich, based on pevious boundaries, was a Labour seat.
Gains from the Liberal Democrats
Gains from the DUP
The DUP only actually runs candidates in
Northern Ireland(where it is the majority party), but in 2004 Andrew Hunterdefected from the Conservatives to the DUP due to his membership of Protestant/ Ulster Unionist religious group the Orange Order. Thus the Conservatives easily retook the commuter town of Basingstoke in Hampshire.
Losses to Labour
Losses to the Liberal Democrats
ummary of gains and losses
*Gains from Labour: 31
*Losses to Labour: 1
*Net gain of 30 from Labour
*Gains from Liberal Democrats: 5
*Losses to Liberal Democrats: 3
*Net gain of 2 from Liberal Democrats
*Gains from DUP: 1
*NET GAIN OF 33
eats changing since 2005
MPs who left the Conservatives
26 June 2007:
Quentin Davies( Grantham & Stamford, Lincolnshire) defected to Labour.
25 September 2007:
Andrew Pelling(Croydon Central, Greater London) had the whip removed as he was accused of beating his pregnant wife.
29 January 2008:
Derek Conway(Old Bexley & Sidcup, Greater London) had the whip removed due to corruption.
12 March 2008:
Bob Spink(Castle Point, Essex) defected to Ukip.
eats gained in by-elections
22 May 2008
**Crewe & Nantwich, Cheshire was gained by
Edward Timpsonfrom Labour.
By-elections where the Conservatives held the seat
29 June 2006:
**Following the death of
Eric Forth, a by-election was held in Bromley & Chilehurst in Greater London, and Bob Neillwas duly elected.
26 June 2008:
**Following the election of incumbent MP
Boris Johnsonas Mayor of London, John Howellwas elected at Henley in Oxfordshire.
10 July 2008:
**In order to draw attention to what he perceived to be the gradual restriction civil liberties by the Labour Government,
David Daviesresigned as an MP. At the subsequent by-election in Haltemprice & Howden in Yorkshire, he was given an easy return.
eats currently held by the Conservative Party
These seats are listed by region, then by ceremonial county.
Scotland Wales Cheshire Cumbria Greater Manchester Lancashire North-East England Northumberland
Yorkshire & Humberside
Humberside North Yorkshire West Yorkshire
Herefordshire Shropshire Staffordshire Warwickshire Worcestershire East Midlands Derbyshire Leicestershire Lincolnshire Northamptonshire Nottinghamshire Rutland Eastern England Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire Essex Hertfordshire Norfolk Suffolk South-West England Devon Dorset Gloucestershire Somerset Wiltshire South-East England Berkshire Buckinghamshire East Sussex Hampshire Kent Oxfordshire Surrey West Sussex Greater London
# Bexleyheath & Crayford
# Bromley & Chislehurst
# Chingford & Woodford Green
# Chipping Barnet
# Cities of London & Westminster
# Croydon Central
# Croydon South
# Enfield, Southgate
# Hammersmith & Fulham
# Kensington & Chelsea
# Old Bexley & Sidcup
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