Torridge and West Devon (UK Parliament constituency)


Torridge and West Devon (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 50°42′54″N 4°15′47″W / 50.715°N 4.263°W / 50.715; -4.263

Torridge and West Devon
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Torridge and West Devon in Devon.
Outline map
Location of Devon within England.
County Devon
Electorate 77,417 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1983 (1983)
Member of Parliament Geoffrey Cox (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England

Torridge and West Devon is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

It returns one Member of Parliament (MP), elected by the first-past-the-post voting system.

Contents

Boundaries

Prior to the 2010 general election, the constituency covered the entirety of the two districts from which it takes its name, Torridge and West Devon (apart from one West Devon ward). However, following a review of parliamentary representation in Devon by the Boundary Commission for England, which has increased the number of seats in the county from 11 to 12, the town of Okehampton and the area surrounding it have been transferred to the new Central Devon seat.[2]

The main towns within the constituency are now Bideford, Great Torrington, Holsworthy and Tavistock; the constituency also includes the island of Lundy.

Members of Parliament

Election Member [3] Party
1983 Peter Mills Conservative
1987 Emma Nicholson Conservative
1995 Liberal Democrat
1997 John Burnett Liberal Democrat
2005 Geoffrey Cox Conservative

Elections

Elections in the 2010s

General Election 2010: Torridge and West Devon[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoffrey Cox 25,230 45.7 +3.4
Liberal Democrat Adam Symons 22,273 40.3 +3.4
UKIP Robin Julian 3,021 5.5 -0.9
Labour Darren Jones 2,917 5.3 -5.3
Green Cathrine Simmons 1,050 1.9 -2.0
BNP Nick Baker 766 1.4 +1.4
Majority 2,957 5.4
Turnout 55,257 71.4 +0.2
Conservative hold Swing 0.0

Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2005: Torridge and West Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoffrey Cox 25,013 42.7 +2.7
Liberal Democrat David Walter 21,777 37.2 -5.0
Labour Rebecca Richards 6,001 10.2 -0.5
UKIP Matthew Jackson 3,790 6.5 +1.7
Green Peter Christie 2,003 3.4 +1.1
Majority 3,236 5.5
Turnout 58,584 70.2 -0.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +3.9
General Election 2001: Torridge and West Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat John Burnett 23,474 42.2 +0.3
Conservative Geoffrey Cox 22,280 40.0 +1.5
Labour David Brenton 5,959 10.7 -1.7
UKIP Bob Edwards 2,674 4.8 +1.7
Green Martin Quinn 1,297 2.3 N/A
Majority 1,194 2.2
Turnout 55,684 70.5 -7.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1997: Torridge and West Devon[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat John Burnett 24,744 41.84
Conservative Ian Liddell-Grainger 22,787 38.53
Labour David Brenton 7,319 12.38
Referendum Party Roger Lea 1,946 3.29
UKIP Matthew Jackson 1,841 3.11
Liberal Michael Pithouse 508 0.86
Majority 1,957 3.31
Turnout 59,148 77.91
General Election 1992: Torridge and West Devon[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Emma Nicholson 29,627 47.3 −3.0
Liberal Democrat DI McBride 26,013 41.5 +2.3
Labour DG Brenton 5,997 9.6 +1.1
Green F Williamson 898 1.4 −0.6
Natural Law DH Collins 141 0.2 +0.2
Majority 3,614 5.8 −5.3
Turnout 62,676 81.5 +2.8
Conservative hold Swing −2.6

See also

Notes and references


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