Boothferry (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 53°44′10″N 0°52′59″W / 53.736°N 0.883°W / 53.736; -0.883

Boothferry was a constituency in Humberside which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was created for the 1983 general election, and abolished for the 1997 general election.

Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boothferry in Humberside, showing boundaries used from 1983-1997
County1983–1996 Humberside
1996–1997 East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire
Major settlementsGoole, Epworth and Howden
Number of membersOne
Replaced byBrigg and Goole, East Yorkshire, Haltemprice and Howden, Beverley and Holderness
Created fromGoole, Howden, Gainsborough, Haltemprice


This was a safe Conservative seat for the fourteen years of its existence.


The Borough of Boothferry, the Borough of East Yorkshire wards of Battleburn, Garrowby, Market Weighton, Pocklington, Stamford Bridge, Vale, Wilberfoss, Wold, and Woodland, and the East Yorkshire Borough of Beverley wards of Cherry Holme, Skidby and Rowley, South Cave, and Walkington.

Named after the Humberside district of Boothferry, this constituency included areas which before local government reorganisation in 1974 had been in the West Riding of Yorkshire (Goole), the East Riding of Yorkshire (Howden) and Lincolnshire, Parts of Lindsey (Epworth and the Isle of Axholme). Apart from Goole itself, the constituency was largely rural.

As Humberside was awarded an extra seat in the boundary review implemented in 1997, the constituency was split into four, Brigg and Goole, East Yorkshire, Haltemprice and Howden and Beverley and Holderness being the destinations of the constituents in descending order.[1]

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election Member[2] Party
1983 Paul Bryan Conservative
1987 David Davis Conservative
1997 constituency abolished: see Brigg and Goole, East Yorkshire,
Haltemprice and Howden & Beverley and Holderness


Elections in the 1980sEdit

General election 1983: Boothferry[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Bryan 30,536 57.7
Liberal Andrew Ellis 13,116 24.8
Labour Terry Geraghty 9,271 17.5
Majority 17,420 32.9
Turnout 73.1
Conservative win (new seat)
General election 1987: Boothferry[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Davis 31,716 55.7
Liberal Joan Davies 12,746 22.4
Labour Roy Donson 12,498 21.9
Majority 18,970 33.3
Turnout 75.8
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990sEdit

General election 1992: Boothferry[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Davis 35,266 54.8 −0.9
Labour Louise M. Coubrough 17,731 27.5 +5.6
Liberal Democrats John M. Goss 11,388 17.7 −4.7
Majority 17,535 27.2 −6.1
Turnout 64,385 79.9 +4.2
Conservative hold Swing −3.3

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, pp.12,196 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 4)
  3. ^ UK General Election results: June 1983
  4. ^ UK General Election results: June 1987
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.