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Vale of York (UK Parliament constituency)

Vale of York was a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Vale of York
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Vale of York in North Yorkshire for the 2005 general election
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Location of North Yorkshire within England
CountyNorth Yorkshire
Major settlementsHaxby, Rawcliffe, Clifton Without, Thirsk, Bedale, Easingwold
Number of membersOne
Replaced bySee text
Created fromRyedale, Richmond, Yorks, Harrogate, Skipton and Ripon


The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the seats of Ryedale, Harrogate, Skipton and Ripon, & Richmond (Yorks). It was abolished in 2010.


The District of Hambleton wards of Bedale, Carlton Miniott, Crakehall, Crayke, Easingwold, Helperby, Hillside, Huby-Sutton, Leemming, Shipton, Sowerby, Stillington, Tanfield, The Thorntons, Thirsk, Tollerton, Topcliffe, and Whitestonecliffe, the District of Ryedale wards of Clifton Without, Haxby North East, Haxby West, New Earswick, Rawcliffe, Skelton, and Wigginton, and the Borough of Harrogate wards of Boroughbridge, Claro, Marston Moor, Nether Poppleton, Newby, Ouseburn, Spofforth, Upper Poppleton, and Wathvale.

This constituency covered the more northerly parts of the Vale of York and included the north-western suburbs of York and the market towns of Easingwold, Bedale, Boroughbridge and Thirsk. The three largest settlements were from the York suburbs.

The reconfiguration of North Yorkshire's constituencies by the Boundary Commission for England saw the creation of a York Central and a York Outer. The populous York suburbs became part of York Outer. Easingwold, Thirsk and surrounding villages joined rural Ryedale to form a new Thirsk and Malton constituency. Bedale rejoined the Richmond constituency. Boroughbridge became part of an enlarged Harrogate seat, while Skipton & Ripon regained some of the surrounding villages. The enlarged Selby and Ainsty seat now encompasses Marston Moor and Spofforth.

Members of ParliamentEdit


Elections in the 2000sEdit

General election 2005: Vale of York[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anne McIntosh 26,025 51.7 +0.1
Labour David Scott 12,313 24.4 −1.4
Liberal Democrats Jeremy Wilcock 12,040 23.9 +3.7
Majority 13,712 27.2
Turnout 50,378 66.3 +0.2
Conservative hold Swing +0.7
General election 2001: Vale of York[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anne McIntosh 25,033 51.6 +6.9
Labour Chris Jukes 12,516 25.8 −0.6
Liberal Democrats Greg Stone 9,799 20.2 −3.6
UKIP Peter Thornber 1,142 2.4 N/A
Majority 12,517 25.8
Turnout 48,490 66.1 −9.8
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990sEdit

General election 1997: Vale of York[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anne McIntosh 23,815 44.7 N/A
Labour Matt Carter 14,094 26.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Charles Hall 12,656 23.8 N/A
Referendum Clive Fairclough 2,503 4.7 N/A
SDP Tony Pelton 197 0.4 N/A
Majority 9,721 18.2 N/A
Turnout 76.0 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "V"
  2. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

Coordinates: 54°05′53″N 1°11′24″W / 54.098°N 1.190°W / 54.098; -1.190