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List of Parliamentary constituencies in Leicestershire and Rutland

A small county slightly, located in the centre of a country. It is completely bounded by other counties.
The county of Leicestershire in relation to England

The ceremonial county of Leicestershire, (which includes the unitary authority of Leicester), is divided into 10 Parliamentary constituencies - 3 Borough constituencies and 7 County constituencies. One of these also includes the small historic county of Rutland, which was administratively a district of Leicestershire for several decades in like manner to Huntingdonshire in Cambridgeshire.

Finalised proposals by the Boundary Commission for England retain these 10 constituencies, with changes to realign constituency boundaries with the boundaries of current local government wards, and to reduce the electoral disparity between constituencies. These changes were implemented at the 2010 United Kingdom general election. They have confirmed that the new constituency which almost corresponds to the existing Blaby is renamed South Leicestershire on the grounds that it does not match the borders of Blaby district, and the village of Blaby itself is not one of the major population centres.


Historic constituenciesEdit

In the unreformed House of Commons, Leicestershire and Rutland were represented by two Knights of the Shire each, and the only parliamentary borough was Leicester, which sent two burgesses.

Under the Reform Act 1832, Leicestershire was split into two divisions, North and South, which each elected two members. The Reform Act 1885 redistributed these seats into four single-member divisions: Melton, or Eastern, Loughborough, or Mid, Harborough, or Southern, and Bosworth, or Western.

At the 1918 general election, the four divisions of the county were retained, and the borough of Leicester was split into three single-member constituencies, Leicester East, Leicester South, and Leicester West. From 1950 to 1974 Leicester had four constituencies, these being Leicester North East, Leicester North West, Leicester South East and Leicester South West: the three seat arrangement of South, East and West was reverted to thereafter.

Rutland constituted a constituency on its own until 1918, when it became part of the Rutland and Stamford constituency, with nearby Stamford in Lincolnshire.

In 1983, seats in Leicestershire were redrawn. Rutland was merged with Melton to form Rutland and Melton, with Loughborough, Bosworth, and Harborough remaining as seat names. The new North West Leicestershire constituency was created. A further constituency, Charnwood was created in the north for the 1997 election.

2010 constituenciesEdit

  † Conservative   ‡ Labour   ¤ Liberal Democrat

(part) signifies that only part of a ward is located in the constituency.

Name[nb 1] Electorate[1] Majority[nb 2] Member of Parliament Nearest opposition Electoral wards[2][3] Map
Bosworth CC 80,661 18,351 David Tredinnick Chris Kealy‡
Charnwood CC 78,071 16,341 Edward Argar Sean Kelly-Walsh‡
Harborough CC 78,810 12,429 Neil O'Brien Andrew Thomas‡
Leicester East BC 77,788 22,428 Keith Vaz Edward He†
Leicester South BC* 75,534 26,261 Jon Ashworth Meera Sonecha†
Leicester West BC 64,843 11,060 Liz Kendall Jack Hickley†
Loughborough CC 79,607 4,269 Nicky Morgan Jewel Miah‡
North West Leicestershire CC 75,362 13,286 Andrew Bridgen Sean Sheehan‡
Rutland and Melton CC 78,463 23,104 Alan Duncan Heather Peto‡
South Leicestershire CC 78,985 18,631   Alberto Costa Shabbir Aslam‡


Changes for the 2010 general electionEdit

No. on map Constituency 2005 boundaries 2010 boundaries
1 Bosworth
2 Charnwood
3 Harborough
4 Leicester East
5 Leicester South
6 Leicester West
7 Loughborough
8 North West Leicestershire
9 Rutland and Melton
10 South Leicestershire (previously Blaby)

Historical representation by partyEdit

A cell marked → (with a different colour background to the preceding cell) indicates that the previous MP continued to sit under a new party name.

1885 to 1918Edit

  Conservative   Labour   Liberal   Liberal-Labour

Constituency 1885 1886 88 91 1892 94 1895 1900 04 1906 06 Jan 1910 Dec 1910 13 16
Bosworth Ellis C. McLaren H. McLaren
Harborough Paget Tapling Logan Stanhope Lehmann Logan Harris
Leicester McArthur Whitehead Broadhurst Thomasson Crawshay-Williams Hewart
Picton Hazell Rolleston MacDonald
Loughborough Johnson-Ferguson de Lisle Johnson-Ferguson Levy
Melton J. Manners H. Manners E. Manners C. Manners Walker Yate

1918 to 1974Edit

From 1918 to 1983 Rutland was categorised with Lincolnshire.

  Coalition Liberal (1918-22) / National Liberal (1922-23)   Coalition National Democratic & Labour   Conservative   Labour   Liberal   National Labour   National Liberal (1931-68)

Constituency 1918 22 1922 1923 1924 27 1929 31 1931 33 1935 1945 1950 50 1951 1955 56 57 1959 62 1964 1966 67 1970
Bosworth McLaren Paget Ward Gee Edge Allen Wyatt Butler
Harborough Fraser Black Winby Stuart Tree Attewell Baldock Farr
Leicester East / Leicester NE (1950) Hewart Banton Evans Banton Loder Wise Lyons Donovan Ungoed-Thomas Bradley
Leicester South / Leicester SW (1950) Blane Reynolds Allen Waterhouse Bowden Boardman
Leicester West / Leicester NW (1950) Green Hill Pethick-Lawrence Pickering Nicolson B. Janner G. Janner
Leicester South East Waterhouse Peel
Loughborough Guest Spears Rye Winterton Kimball Follick Cronin
Melton Yate Everard Nutting Pike

1974 to presentEdit

  Conservative   Labour   Liberal Democrats   Social Democratic

Constituency Feb 1974 Oct 1974 1979 81 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 04 2005 2010 11 2015 2017
Blaby / South Leicestershire (2010) Lawson Robathan Costa
Bosworth Butler Tredinnick
Harborough Farr Garnier O'Brien
Leicester East Bradley Bruinvels Vaz
Leicester South Boardman Marshall Spencer Marshall Gill Soulsby Ashworth
Leicester West G. Janner Hewitt Kendall
Loughborough Cronin Dorrell Reed Morgan
Melton / Rutland and Melton (1983) Latham Duncan
North West Leicestershire Ashby Taylor Bridgen
Charnwood Dorrell Argar

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
  2. ^ The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.


  • "Boundary Commission for England: Fifth Periodical Report" (PDF). Boundary Commission for England. Crown Copyright. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2009.
  • Craig, Frederick Walter Scott (1972). Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885–1972. Chichester, Sussex: Political Reference Publications. ISBN 0-900178-13-2.
  1. ^ Boundary Commission for England pp. 677–689.
  2. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". Office of Public Sector Information. Crown copyright. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  3. ^ Boundary Commission for England pp. 1004–1007