- East Devon (UK Parliament constituency)
East Devon County constituency for the House of Commons
Boundary of East Devon in Devon for the 2010 general election.
Location of Devon within England.
County Devon Electorate 72,406 (December 2010) Major settlements Exmouth and Sidmouth Current constituency Created 1997 Member of Parliament Hugo Swire (Conservative) Number of members One 1868–1885 Number of members Two Type of constituency County constituency Overlaps European Parliament constituency South West England
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, East Devon is subject to significant boundary changes at the 2010 general election. In particular, the towns of Axminster and Seaton have been transferred to the Tiverton and Honiton constituency. Also, two wards from the City of Exeter are now part of the East Devon seat.
The electoral wards which form the East Devon constituency are as follows:
- From the East Devon district: Broadclyst, Budleigh, Clyst Valley, Exmouth Brixington, Exmouth Halsdon, Exmouth Littleham, Exmouth Town, Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh, Newton Poppleford and Harpford, Ottery St Mary Rural, Ottery St Mary Town, Colaton Raleigh, Sidmouth Rural, Sidmouth Sidford, Sidmouth Town, Whimple, Woodbury and Lympstone;
- From the City of Exeter: St Loyes, Topsham.
As part of the review, a proposal to rename the constituency "Exmouth and Sidmouth" was rejected.
Members of Parliament
- Constituency created - two seats (1868)
Election First member  First party Second member Second party 1868 Sir Lawrence Palk, Bt Conservative Lord Courtenay Conservative 1870 Sir John Henry Kennaway, Bt Conservative 1880 William Hood Walrond Conservative 1885 Constituency abolished
The two-seat constituency of East Devon was abolished at the 1885 general election.
At the 1997 general election a new constituency of East Devon was established. Sir Peter Emery, MP for Honiton since a 1967 by-election, represented the new East Devon seat until standing down in 2001, when Hugo Swire was elected.
Election Member  Party 1997 Sir Peter Emery Conservative 2001 Hugo Swire Conservative
Elections in the 2010s
General Election 2010: East Devon Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Hugo Swire 25,662 48.3 +1.1 Liberal Democrat Paull Robathan 16,548 31.2 +3.1 Labour Gareth Manson 5,721 10.8 -7.5 UKIP Mike Amor 4,346 8.2 +2.6 Green Sharon Pavey 815 1.5 +1.5 Majority 9,114 17.2 Turnout 53,092 72.6 +4.6 Conservative hold Swing -1.0
Elections in the 2000s
General Election 2005: East Devon Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Hugo Swire 23,075 46.9 -0.5 Liberal Democrat Tim Dumper 15,139 30.7 +0.4 Labour James Court 7,598 15.4 -1.3 UKIP Colin McNamee 3,035 6.2 +0.6 Independent (politician) Christopher Way 400 0.8 +0.8 Majority 7,936 16.1 Turnout 49,247 69.4 0.6 Conservative hold Swing -0.5 General Election 2001: East Devon Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Hugo Swire 22,681 47.4 +4.0 Liberal Democrat Tim Dumper 14,486 30.3 +1.2 Labour Phil Starr 7,974 16.7 -1.0 UKIP David Wilson 2,696 5.6 +4.8 Majority 8,195 17.1 Turnout 47,837 68.8 -7.2 Conservative hold Swing
Elections in the 1990s
General Election 1997: East Devon Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Peter Emery 22,797 43.38 N/A Liberal Democrat R Trethewey 15,308 29.13 N/A Labour A Siantonas 9,292 17.68 N/A Referendum Party W Dixon 3,200 6.09 N/A Liberal G Halliwell 1,363 2.59 N/A UKIP C Giffard 459 0.87 N/A National Democrats Gary Needs 131 0.25 N/A Majority 7,489 14.25 N/A Turnout 52,550 76 N/A
Notes and references
- ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. http://www.boundarycommissionforengland.org.uk/electoral-figures/electoral-figures.htm. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- ^ a b c "Final recommendations for Parliamentary constituencies in the counties of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay". Boundary Commission for England. 2004-11-24. http://www.boundarycommissionforengland.org.uk/review_areas/downloads/FR_NR_Devon_Plymouth_Torbay.doc. Retrieved 2010-04-25. [dead link]
- ^ a b c Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 2)
- ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/constit/312.htm
- Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Reference Publications 1972)
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Macmillan Press 1977)
- Who's Who of British Members of Parliament: Volume I 1832-1885, edited by M. Stenton (The Harvester Press 1976)
- Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, Volume II 1886-1918, edited by M. Stenton and S. Lees (Harvester Press 1978)
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