Devon (European Parliament constituency)

Devon (European Parliament constituency)
European Parliament constituency
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Created 1979
Dissolved 1994
MEP(s) 1
Member State United Kingdom
Source(s) [1]

Devon was a European Parliament constituency covering all of Devon in England, with the exception of the city of Plymouth.

Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

When it was created in England in 1979, it consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Devon North, Devon West, Exeter, Honiton, Tiverton, Torbay and Totnes. In 1984, Totnes was replaced by South Hams and Teignbridge, while Devon West was replaced by Devon West and Torridge.[1]

The constituency was replaced by Devon and East Plymouth and parts of Dorset and East Devon and Somerset and North Devon in 1994. These seats became part of the much larger South West England constituency in 1999.


Members of the European Parliament

Elected Name Party
1979 Charles Strachey Conservative


European Parliament election, 1979: Devon[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Strachey 127,032 61.8 N/A
Liberal Ted Pinney 41,010 20.0 N/A
Labour R. C. J. Scott 37,380 18.2 N/A
Majority 86,022 41.8 N/A
Turnout 38.5 N/A
New creation: Conservative gain. Swing N/A

European Parliament election, 1984: Devon[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Strachey 110,129 54.7 -7.1
Liberal Peter Driver 53,519 26.6 +6.6
Labour David Gorbutt 30,017 14.9 -3.3
Ecology Peter Christie 6,919 3.5 N/A
Wessex Regionalist Henrietta E. Rous 659 0.3 N/A
Majority 56,620 28.1 -13.7
Turnout 35.9 -2.6
Conservative hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1989: Devon[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Strachey 110,518 46.4 -8.3
Green Peter Christie 53,220 22.3 +18.8
Labour Walter Cairns 40,675 17.1 +2.2
Social and Liberal Democrats Mike Edmunds 23,306 9.8 -16.8
Monster Raving Loony Stuart Hughes 2,241 0.9 N/A
Wessex Regionalist Henrietta E. Rous 385 0.2 -0.1
Majority 57,298 24.1 -4.0
Turnout 39.9 +4.0
Conservative hold Swing


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