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Hertford and Stortford (UK Parliament constituency)

DescriptionEdit

The constituency is semi-rural which includes picturesque villages and farmland separating the county town of Hertford, population 25,000, which is architecturally rich.[3] The rivers Rib, Beane, Mimram, and Lea all meet in Hertford, which is protected from over development by Green Belt land which encircles the town separating it from its neighbour Ware (17,000) in the western part of the constituency. Farms continue between Ware and the ancient market town of Bishop's Stortford with a population of more than 32,000 people in the north east corner of the seat. Bishop's Stortford has developed into a popular area for commuters, with rail links to London's Liverpool Street station. Thorley on the south side of Stortford, contains a huge residential estate of owner occupied houses built mainly in the 1980s. The constituency is affluent, having a majority of professional and managerial workers as it is within commuting distance of London. Stansted Airport, which lies just outside the seat's eastern perimeter has been responsible for bringing jobs and an improved train service to the constituency. The pharmaceutical industry is also an important provider of jobs - GlaxoSmithKline has facilities in Ware and nearby Harlow, and Merck was based until recently at Gilston on the seat's southern border. London is within commuting distance with trains to the City running from all the towns in the constituency.

Boundaries and boundary changesEdit

1983–1997: The District of East Hertfordshire wards of Bishop's Stortford Central, Bishop's Stortford Chantry, Bishop's Stortford Parsonage, Bishop's Stortford Thorley, Braughing, Buntingford, Hertford Bengeo, Hertford Castle, Hertford Kingsmead, Hertford Sele, Hunsdon, Little Hadham, Much Hadham, Sawbridgeworth, Standon St Mary, Stapleford, Tewin, Thundridge, Ware Christchurch, Ware Priory, Ware St Mary's, and Ware Trinity.[4]

New County Constituency including Hertford and Ware, previously part of the abolished County Constituency of Hertford and Stevenage, and Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth together with rural areas to the west, previously part of the abolished County Constituency of East Hertfordshire.

1997–2010: The District of East Hertfordshire wards of Bishop's Stortford Central, Bishop's Stortford Chantry, Bishop's Stortford Parsonage, Bishop's Stortford Thorley, Great Amwell, Hertford Bengeo, Hertford Castle, Hertford Kingsmead, Hertford Sele, Hunsdon, Little Amwell, Much Hadham, Sawbridgeworth, Stanstead, Ware Christchurch, Ware Priory, Ware St Mary's, and Ware Trinity.[5]

Stanstead Abbotts and Great Amwell transferred from Broxbourne.  Northern, rural areas transferred to the new County Constituency of North East Hertfordshire.

2010–present: The District of East Hertfordshire wards of Bishop's Stortford All Saints, Bishop's Stortford Central, Bishop's Stortford Meads, Bishop's Stortford Silverleys, Bishop's Stortford South, Great Amwell, Hertford Bengeo, Hertford Castle, Hertford Heath, Hertford Kingsmead, Hertford Sele, Hunsdon, Much Hadham, Sawbridgeworth, Stanstead Abbots, Ware Chadwell, Ware Christchurch, Ware St Mary's, and Ware Trinity.[6]

Marginal changes due to revision of local authority wards.

Changes proposed by the Boundary CommissionEdit

The Boundary Commission for England submitted their final proposals in respect of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies (the 2018 review) in September 2018 which would reduce the total number of MPs from 650 to 600. Although the proposals were immediately laid before Parliament they were not brought forward by the Government for approval. Accordingly, they will not come into effect for the 2019 election due to take place on 12 December 2019, which will be contested using the constituency boundaries in place since 2010.

The Commission have recommended that the ward of Great Amwell be transferred back to Broxbourne.[7]

Members of ParliamentEdit

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 2010sEdit

General election 2019: Hertford and Stortford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Lucy Downes[9]
Brexit Party Tony Gould [10]
Liberal Democrat Chris Lucas[11]
Conservative Julie Marson[12]
Labour Chris Vince[13]
General election 2017: Hertford and Stortford[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mark Prisk 36,184 60.3   4.2
Labour Katherine Chibah 17,149 28.6   10.7
Liberal Democrat Mark Argent 4,845 8.1   0.3
Green David Woollcombe 1,814 3.0   1.7
Majority 19,035 31.7   6.5
Turnout 59,992 72.8   1.5
Conservative hold Swing   3.25
General election 2015: Hertford and Stortford[16][17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mark Prisk 31,593 56.1   2.3
Labour Katherine Chibah 10,084 17.9   4.2
UKIP Adrian Baker 7,534 13.4   10.3
Liberal Democrat Michael Green 4,385 7.8   18.2
Green Sophie Christophy 2,681 4.8   4.8
Majority 21,509 38.2   10.3
Turnout 56,277 71.3   0.7
Conservative hold Swing   1.0
General election 2010: Hertford and Stortford[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mark Prisk 29,810 53.8   3.6
Liberal Democrat Andrew Lewin 14,373 26.0   7.5
Labour Stephen Terry 7,620 13.8   10.5
UKIP David Sodey 1,716 3.1   1.0
BNP Roy Harris 1,297 2.3 N/A
Independent Loucas Xenophontos 325 0.6 N/A
Independent Martin Adams 236 0.4 N/A
Majority 15,437 27.9
Turnout 55,377 70.6   4.1
Conservative hold Swing   1.9

Elections in the 2000sEdit

General election 2005: Hertford and Stortford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mark Prisk 25,074 50.5 +5.8
Labour Richard Henry 11,977 24.1 −8.7
Liberal Democrat James Lucas 9,129 18.4 −1.5
Green Peter Hart 1,914 3.9 N/A
UKIP David Sodey 1,026 2.1 −0.5
Veritas Debbie Le May 572 1.2 N/A
Majority 13,097 26.4
Turnout 49,692 67.7 +5.5
Conservative hold Swing +7.2
General election 2001: Hertford and Stortford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mark Prisk 21,074 44.7 +0.6
Labour Simon Spellar 15,471 32.8 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Mione Goldspink 9,388 19.9 +2.2
UKIP Stuart Rising 1,243 2.6 +0.4
Majority 5,603 11.9
Turnout 47,176 62.2 -13.3
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990sEdit

General election 1997: Hertford and Stortford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bowen Wells 24,027 44.1
Labour Simon Spellar 17,142 31.4
Liberal Democrat Michael Wood 9,679 17.7
Referendum Hugo Page Croft 2,105 3.9
UKIP B G Smalley 1,233 2.2
ProLife Alliance Michael Franey 259 0.5
Majority 6,885 12.6
Turnout 54,571 75.5
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1992: Hertford and Stortford[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bowen Wells 35,716 57.5 −0
Liberal Democrat CJ White 15,506 25.0 −3.4
Labour AJ Bovaird 10,125 16.3 +3.5
Green JA Goth 780 1.3 −0.1
Majority 20,210 32.5 +3.3
Turnout 62,127 81.0 +3.3
Conservative hold Swing +1.7

Elections in the 1980sEdit

General election 1987: Hertford and Stortford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bowen Wells 33,763 57.5
Social Democratic Ronald Wotherspoon 16,623 28.32
Labour Patricia Sumner 7,494 12.77
Green Graham Cole 814 1.39
Majority 17,140 29.2
Turnout 77.73
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1983: Hertford and Stortford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bowen Wells 29,039 55.98
Social Democratic Ronald Wotherspoon 16,110 31.05 N/A
Labour J Carr 6,203 11.96
BNP G Wiles 304 0.59 N/A
Prosperity For All P Cullen 221 0.4 N/A
Majority 12,929 24.92 N/A
Turnout 75.6 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ "'Hertford and Stortford', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  3. ^ [1]Ordnance Survey map, courtesy of English Heritage Archived 2012-04-24 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  5. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  6. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  7. ^ Boundary Commission for England, 2018 Review, Associated consultation documents (September 2018). "Final recommendations report".CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 3)
  9. ^ "Prospective General Election Candidates". Green Party. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  10. ^ Brexit Party announces candidate Tony Gould to contest Hertford and Stortford seat, Bishops Stortford Independent, 5 November 2019
  11. ^ Lib Dems unveil Chris Lucas as Hertford and Stortford candidate, Bishops Stortford Independent, 10 September 2019
  12. ^ "Delighted to welcome @JulieMarson yesterday as PPC for @HertStortford. I look forward to supporting her". Twitter. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  13. ^ Labour select Harlow councillor and Dunmow teacher Chris Vince to contest Hertford and Stortford seat, Bishops Stortford Independent, 25 October 2019
  14. ^ "Hertford and Stortford General Election candidate for the Liberal Democrats will be Mark Argent". Hertfordshire Mercury. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Hertford & Stortford parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  16. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  17. ^ "General Election: Mark Prisk wins fourth term as Hertford and Stortford MP". Herts & Essex Observer.
  18. ^ "Hertford & Stortford". bbc.co.uk.
  19. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  20. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.

Coordinates: 51°49′N 0°01′E / 51.817°N 0.017°E / 51.817; 0.017