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Thirsk and Malton (UK Parliament constituency)

Thirsk and Malton is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Kevin Hollinrake, a Conservative.[n 2]

Thirsk and Malton
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Thirsk and Malton in North Yorkshire
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Location of North Yorkshire within England
CountyNorth Yorkshire
Electorate77,230 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsPickering, Filey, Thirsk, Easingwold, Malton
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentKevin Hollinrake
Number of membersOne
Created fromRyedale (majority)
Vale of York(part)
European Parliament constituencyYorkshire and the Humber



Anne McIntosh, a conservative, elected for Vale of York in 1997 then in Thirsk and Malton in 2010, having defeated fellow MP John Greenway in the selection, qualified as an advocate and worked for six years as political adviser to the European Democrats group in Brussels, then won election as an MEP for two terms, since 2010 she chairs the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee. In 2014 she was deselected as the Conservative candidate.

Political historyEdit

Traditionally a safe Conservative seat, the main forerunner, Ryedale (abolished in 2010) was taken by Elizabeth Shields for the Liberal Party, following a by-election in 1986, held following the death of MP John Spence, and she held it for one year until the 1987 general election.

Thirsk and Malton had been the name for a previous constituency between 1885 and 1983.


The District of Ryedale, the District of Hambleton wards of Easingwold, Helperby, Huby and Sutton, Shipton, Sowerby, Stillington, Thirsk, Thorntons, Tollerton, Topcliffe, White Horse, and Whitestonecliffe, and the Borough of Scarborough wards of Filey and Hertford.

Constituency profileEdit

The seat also includes Pickering and most of the North York Moors (its southern part), a mixed rugged crags and hillside National Park; its coastline in the seat at Filey is where the Moors meets the sea, with picturesque bays near to Scarborough.

Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.3% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[2]

Members of ParliamentEdit

Thirsk & Malton 2010-date
Election Member[3] Party
2010 Anne McIntosh Conservative
2015 Kevin Hollinrake Conservative


For results before boundary changes, see Ryedale and Vale of York

Elections in the 2010sEdit

General election 2019: Thirsk and Malton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Martin Brampton[4]
Yorkshire Party John Hall[5]
SDP Michael Taylor[6]

The Brexit Party had selected Aleshea Westwood as their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate but later announced that they would not field candidates in Conservative constituencies.[7]

General election 2017: Thirsk and Malton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kevin Hollinrake 33,572 60.0 +7.4
Labour Alan Avery 14,571 26.1 +10.6
Liberal Democrat Di Keal 3,859 6.9 -2.1
UKIP Toby Horton 1,532 2.7 -12.2
Green Martin Brampton 1,100 2.0 -2.6
Liberal John Clark 753 1.3 -0.8
Independent Philip Tate 542 1.0 -0.3
Majority 19,001 33.9 -3.3
Turnout 55,929 71.1 +3.5
Conservative hold Swing -1.6
General election 2015: Thirsk and Malton[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kevin Hollinrake 27,545 52.6 -0.3
Labour Alan Avery 8,089 15.4 +1.9
UKIP Toby Horton 7,805 14.9 +8.3
Liberal Democrat Di Keal 4,703 9.0 -14.3
Green Chris Newsam 2,404 4.6 N/A
Liberal John Clark 1,127 2.2 -1.6
Independent Philip Tate 692 1.3 N/A
Majority 19,456 37.2
Turnout 52,365 67.6
Conservative hold Swing

In January 2014, Conservative Anne McIntosh — the MP at the time — was not re-selected by the local party.[11] McIntosh originally announced she would stand as an independent,[11] but withdrew in March 2015.[12]

General election 2010: Thirsk and Malton[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anne McIntosh 20,167 52.9 +1.0
Liberal Democrat Howard Keal 8,886 23.3 +4.5
Labour Jonathan Roberts 5,169 13.6 −9.8
UKIP Toby Horton 2,502 6.6 +3.5
Liberal John Clark 1,418 3.7 N/A
Majority 11,281 29.6 +1.1
Turnout 38,142 50.0 −15.8
Conservative hold Swing +5.4

Thirsk and Malton was originally scheduled to be contested for the first time at the general election on 6 May 2010. However, the death of UKIP candidate John Boakes from a suspected heart attack, announced on 22 April 2010, caused the poll in the constituency to be postponed until 27 May 2010. Under the Electoral Administration Act, UKIP were allowed to select a replacement candidate, but new nominations by other parties were not permitted.[15][16][17] The constituent parties of the Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition government formed in the aftermath of the general election fielded competing candidates.[18]

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  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.
  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. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 1)
  4. ^ "Prospective General Election Candidates". Green Party. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Yorkshire Party announces first candidates". Yorkshire Party. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  6. ^ SDP PPC for Thirsk and Malton Retrieved 11 November 2019
  7. ^ "General election 2019: Brexit Party will not stand in Tory seats". BBC. 11 November 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  8. ^ "General Election 2017". Gazette & Herald. 11 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Thirsk & Malton". BBC News. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Malton MP To Stand As Independent After Deselection by Conservatives". Minister FM. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  12. ^ Reed, James (13 March 2015). "Deselected Tory Anne McIntosh brings down curtain on Commons career". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. ^ "BBC News | Election 2010 | Constituency | Thirsk & Malton".
  15. ^ "Election delayed after the death of candidate". Malton & Pickering Mercury. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  16. ^ Stead, Mark (23 April 2010). "Thirsk and Malton election postponed after candidate John Boakes dies". The Press (York Press). Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  17. ^ "Funeral for UKIP election candidate John Boakes". BBC News. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  18. ^ Wainwright, Martin (12 May 2010). "Thirsk and Malton election to put coalition government to test". The Guardian. London.

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