List of Parliamentary constituencies in Leicestershire and Rutland
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.
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.
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.
(part) signifies that only part of a ward is located in the constituency.
|Name[nb 1]||Electorate||Majority[nb 2]||Member of Parliament||Nearest opposition||Electoral wards||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|
|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
|Constituency||1885||1886||88||91||1892||94||1895||1900||04||1906||06||Jan 1910||Dec 1910||13||16|
|Bosworth||Ellis||C. McLaren||H. McLaren|
|Melton||J. Manners||H. Manners||E. Manners||C. Manners||Walker||Yate|
1918 to 1974Edit
From 1918 to 1983 Rutland was categorised with Lincolnshire.
|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|
1974 to presentEdit
|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|
|Leicester West||G. Janner||Hewitt||Kendall|
|Melton / Rutland and Melton (1983)||Latham||Duncan|
|North West Leicestershire||Ashby||Taylor||Bridgen|
- BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
- 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.
- Boundary Commission for England pp. 677–689.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". Office of Public Sector Information. Crown copyright. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- Boundary Commission for England pp. 1004–1007