List of Parliamentary constituencies in Northamptonshire

The county of Northamptonshire is divided into 7 Parliamentary constituencies - 2 Borough constituencies and 5 County constituencies.

ConstituenciesEdit

  Conservative   Labour

Constituency[nb 1] Electorate[1] Majority[2][nb 2] Member of Parliament[2] Nearest opposition[2] Map
Corby CC 86,153 10,268   Tom Pursglove   Beth Miller ‡
Daventry CC 77,423 26,080   Chris Heaton-Harris   Paul Joyce ‡
Kettering CC 73,164 16,765   Philip Hollobone   Clare Pavitt ‡
Northampton North BC 58,768 5,507   Michael Ellis   Sally Keeble
Northampton South BC 62,163 4,697   Andrew Lewer   Gareth Eales ‡
South Northamptonshire CC 90,842 27,761   Andrea Leadsom   Gen Kitchen ‡
Wellingborough CC 80,765 18,540   Peter Bone   Andrea Watts ‡

Boundary changesEdit

Name Previous boundaries
  1. Corby CC
  2. Daventry CC
  3. Kettering CC
  4. Northampton North BC
  5. South Northampton CC
  6. Wellingborough CC

The Boundary Commission for England has recommended that the county should in future be divided into 7 constituencies. These changes were implemented at the 2010 United Kingdom general election.

Proposed name Current boundaries
  1. Corby CC
  2. Daventry CC
  3. Kettering CC
  4. Northampton North BC
  5. Northampton South BC
  6. South Northamptonshire CC
  7. Wellingborough CC

Proposed boundary changesEdit

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. Although the proposals were immediately laid before Parliament they were not brought forward by the Government for approval. Accordingly, they did not come into effect for the 2019 election which took place on 12 December 2019, and which was contested using the constituency boundaries in place since 2010.

Under the terms of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011, the Sixth Review was based on reducing the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 and a strict electoral parity requirement that the electorate of all constituencies should be within a range of 5% either side of the electoral quota.

On 24 March 2020, the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, Chloe Smith, issued a written statement to Parliament setting out the Government's thinking with regard to parliamentary boundaries.[3] Subsequently, the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020[4] was passed into law on 14 December 2020. This formally removed the duty to implement the 2018 review and set out the framework for future boundary reviews. The Act provided that the number of constituencies should remain at the current level of 650, rather than being reduced to 600, while retaining the requirement that the electorate should be no more than +/- 5% from the electoral quota.

The Act specified that the next review should be completed no later than 1 July 2023 and the Boundary Commission formally launched the 2023 Review on 5 January 2021.[5] See 2023 Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies for further details.

Results historyEdit

Primary data source: House of Commons research briefing - General election results from 1918 to 2019[6]

2019Edit

The number of votes cast for each political party who fielded candidates in constituencies comprising Northamptonshire in the 2019 general election were as follows:

Party Votes % Change from 2017 Seats Change from 2017
Conservative 216,229 59.0%  3.3% 7 0
Labour 106,611 29.1%  6.8% 0 0
Liberal Democrats 30,813 8.4%  4.3% 0 0
Greens 10,514 2.9%  1.2% 0 0
Others 2,276 0.6%  2.0% 0 0
Total 366,443 100.0 7

Percentage votesEdit

Election year 1974

(Feb)

1974

(Oct)

1979 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
Conservative 39.1 40.6 50.2 49.0 51.7 51.8 40.4 41.2 43.1 47.4 50.6 55.7 59.0
Labour 38.6 41.3 36.3 25.5 27.1 33.5 45.0 43.8 37.5 25.7 25.7 35.9 29.1
Liberal Democrat1 22.0 18.1 12.8 25.2 20.8 14.3 11.1 12.6 15.2 19.1 4.1 4.1 8.4
Green Party - - - - * * * * * 0.8 3.5 1.7 2.9
UKIP - - - - - - * * * 2.8 16.0 2.5 *
Other 0.3 - 0.7 0.2 0.4 0.4 3.4 2.5 4.2 4.3 0.1 0.1 0.6

11974 & 1979 - Liberal Party; 1983 & 1987 - SDP-Liberal Alliance

* Included in Other

SeatsEdit

Election year 1974

(Feb)

1974

(Oct)

1979 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
Conservative 3 3 4 6 6 6 1 1 4 7 7 7 7
Labour 2 2 1 0 0 0 5 5 2 0 0 0 0
Total 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7

MapsEdit

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   Independent Liberal   Labour   Liberal   Liberal-Labour   Liberal Unionist   National Party

Constituency 1885 1886 89 91 1892 1895 1900 1906 Jan 1910 Dec 1910 17 18
Northampton Labouchère Paul Lees-Smith
Bradlaugh Manfield Drucker Shipman McCurdy
Northamptonshire East Channing Money
Northamptonshire Mid Spencer Pender Spencer Manfield
Northamptonshire North Cecil Monckton Stopford-Sackville Nicholls Brassey
Northamptonshire South Knightley Guthrie Douglas-Pennant FitzRoy Grove FitzRoy
Peterborough Wentworth-FitzWilliam Morton Purvis Greenwood

1918 to 1950Edit

  Coalition Liberal (1918-22) / National Liberal (1922-23)   Conservative   Co-operative   Labour   Speaker

Constituency 1918 1922 1923 1924 28 1929 1931 1935 40 43 1945
Daventry FitzRoy R, Manningham-Buller
Kettering Waterson Parker Perry M. Manningham-Buller Perry Eastwood Profumo Mitchison
Northampton McCurdy Bondfield Holland Malone M. Manningham-Buller Summers Paget
Peterborough Brassey Horrabin Cecil Hely-Hutchinson Tiffany
Wellingborough Smith Shakespeare Cove Dallas James Lindgren

1950-1983Edit

  Conservative   Labour

Constituency 1950 1951 1955 1959 62 1964 1966 69 1970 Feb 1974 Oct 1974 1979
Kettering Mitchison de Freitas Homewood
Northampton / Northampton North (1974) Paget Colquhoun Marlow
Wellingborough Lindgren Hamilton Howarth Fry
Peterborough Nicholls Transferred to Huntingdon and Peterborough
Northamptonshire South / Daventry (1974) Manningham-Buller Jones Prentice
Northampton South Morris

1983-presentEdit

  Conservative   Labour

Constituency 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 12 2015 2017 2019
Corby Powell Hope Mensch Sawford Pursglove
Northampton North Marlow Keeble Ellis
Kettering Freeman Sawford Hollobone
Northampton South Morris Clarke Binley Mackintosh Lewer
Wellingborough Fry Stinchcombe Bone
Daventry Prentice Boswell Heaton-Harris
South Northamptonshire Leadsom

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Baker, Carl; Uberoi, Elise; Cracknell, Richard (2020-01-28). "General Election 2019: full results and analysis". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "Constituencies A-Z - Election 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  3. ^ "Update: Strengthening Democracy:Written statement - HCWS183". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  4. ^ "Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020".
  5. ^ "2023 Review launched | Boundary Commission for England". Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  6. ^ Watson, Christopher; Uberoi, Elise; Loft, Philip (2020-04-17). "General election results from 1918 to 2019". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)