North East Cambridgeshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 52°25′59″N 0°22′30″E / 52.433°N 0.375°E / 52.433; 0.375

North East Cambridgeshire
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of North East Cambridgeshire in Cambridgeshire
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Location of Cambridgeshire within England
CountyCambridgeshire
Electorate83,286 (2018)[1]
Major settlementsWisbech, March, Whittlesey and Chatteris
Current constituency
Created1983
Member of ParliamentStephen Barclay (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromIsle of Ely
Peterborough[2]
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyEast of England

North East Cambridgeshire is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Stephen Barclay, a Conservative.[n 2]

History[edit]

Clement Freud, former Liberal MP for Isle of Ely from 1973, represented the seat from its creation in 1983 until 1987, when he was defeated by the Conservative Malcolm Moss and since then it has been served by one other Conservative MP, namely Stephen Barclay, first elected in 2010. On 16 November 2018, Mr Barclay was appointed Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

Boundaries and boundary changes[edit]

1983-1997: The District of Fenland, the District of East Cambridgeshire wards of Downham, Haddenham, Littleport, Stretham, Sutton, and Witchford, and the City of Peterborough wards of Eye, Newborough, and Thorney.[3]

The seat was created for the 1983 general election which followed on from the merger under the Local Government Act 1972, of the two administrative counties of Huntingdon and Peterborough and Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely to form the non-metropolitan county of Cambridgeshire, with effect from 1 April 1974. It was formed from the abolished constituency of Isle of Ely, with the exception of the city of Ely itself, which was included in the new County Constituency of South East Cambridgeshire. The three City of Peterborough wards were transferred from the Borough Constituency of Peterborough.

1997-2010: The District of Fenland, the District of East Cambridgeshire wards of Downham, Littleport, and Sutton, and the City of Peterborough wards of Eye, Newborough, and Thorney.[4]

Minor loss to South East Cambridgeshire.

2010–present: The District of Fenland, and the District of East Cambridgeshire wards of Downham Villages, Littleport East, Littleport West, and Sutton.[5]

The City of Peterborough wards were returned to the constituency thereof. No other changes.

Changes proposed by the Boundary Commission[edit]

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 which would reduce the total number of MPs from 650 to 600. Although the proposals were immediately laid before Parliament they were not brought forward by the Government for approval. Accordingly, they will not come into effect for the 2019 election due to take place on 12 December 2019, which will be contested using the constituency boundaries in place since 2010.

In order to meet the strict requirements in respect of the size of constituency electorates, the Commission recommended that Cambridgeshire be considered together with Hertfordshire and Norfolk as a sub-region of the Eastern Region. Accordingly, it is proposed that the two wards making up the village of Littleport, which is close to the border with Norfolk, be transferred to South West Norfolk (to be renamed Thetford and Downham Market).[6]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[7] Party
Isle of Ely prior to 1983
1983 Clement Freud Liberal
1987 Malcolm Moss Conservative
2010 Stephen Barclay Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: North East Cambridgeshire[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stephen Barclay
Labour Diane Boyd
Green Ruth Johnson
Liberal Democrats Rupert Moss-Eccardt
General election 2017: North East Cambridgeshire [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stephen Barclay 34,340 64.4 +9.4
Labour Ken Rustidge 13,070 24.5 +10.1
Liberal Democrats Darren Fower 2,383 4.5 0.0
UKIP Robin Talbot 2,174 4.1 -18.4
Green Ruth Johnson 1,024 1.9 -1.6
English Democrat Stephen Goldspink 293 0.5 +0.5
Majority 21,270 39.9 +7.3
Turnout 53,284 63.1 +0.7
Conservative hold Swing -0.35
General election 2015: North East Cambridgeshire[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stephen Barclay 28,524 55.1 +3.5
UKIP Andrew Charalambous 11,650 22.5 +17.1
Labour Ken Rustidge 7,476 14.4 −3.4
Liberal Democrats Lucy Nethsingha 2,314 4.5 −15.6
Green Helen Scott-Daniels 1,816 3.5 N/A
Majority 16,874 32.6 +1.2
Turnout 51,780 62.4 -9.0
Conservative hold Swing -6.8
General election 2010: North East Cambridgeshire[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stephen Barclay 26,862 51.4 +4.5
Liberal Democrats Lorna Spenceley 10,437 20.0 +2.9
Labour Peter Roberts 9,274 17.7 −12.9
UKIP Robin Talbot 2,991 5.7 +0.4
BNP Susan Clapp 1,747 3.3 +3.3
Independent Debra Jordan 566 1.1 +1.1
English Democrat Graham Murphy 387 0.7 +0.7
Majority 16,425 31.4
Turnout 52,264 71.4 +12.2
Conservative hold Swing +0.8

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: North East Cambridgeshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Malcolm Moss 24,181 47.5 −0.6
Labour ffinlo Costain 15,280 30.0 −4.9
Liberal Democrats Alan Dean 8,693 17.1 +3.1
UKIP Len Baynes 2,723 5.4 +2.9
Majority 8,901 17.5
Turnout 50,877 59.8 −0.3
Conservative hold Swing +2.1
General election 2001: North East Cambridgeshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Malcolm Moss 23,132 48.1 +5.1
Labour Dil Owen 16,759 34.9 +1.0
Liberal Democrats Richard Renaut 6,733 14.0 −2.4
UKIP John Stevens 1,189 2.5 N/A
ProLife Alliance Tony Hoey 238 0.5 N/A
Majority 6,373 13.2
Turnout 48,051 60.1 −12.4
Conservative hold Swing +2.1

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: North East Cambridgeshire[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Malcolm Moss 23,855 43.0 −11.0
Labour Virginia Bucknor 18,754 33.8 +20.0
Liberal Democrats Andrew Nash 9,070 16.4 −13.9
Referendum Michael W. Bacon 2,636 4.8 N/A
Socialist Labour Chris J. Bennett 851 1.5 N/A
Natural Law Luke K.C. Leighton 259 0.5 +0.2
Majority 5,101 9.2
Turnout 55,425 72.6 −6.7
Conservative hold Swing −15.5
General election 1992: North East Cambridgeshire[12][13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Malcolm Moss 34,288 54.0 +7.0
Liberal Democrats Maurice Leeke 19,195 30.3 −14.2
Labour Ronald Harris 8,746 13.8 +5.3
Liberal Chris D. Ash 998 1.6 N/A
Natural Law Marion Chalmers 227 0.3 N/A
Majority 15,093 23.7
Turnout 63,454 79.3 +1.9
Conservative hold Swing +10.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1987: North East Cambridgeshire[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Malcolm Moss 26,983 47.0 +6.2
Liberal Clement Freud 25,555 44.5 −6.0
Labour Ronald Harris 4,891 8.5 −0.2
Majority 1,428 2.5
Turnout 57,429 77.4 +1.1
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +6.1
General election 1983: North East Cambridgeshire[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Clement Freud 26,936 50.5 N/A
Conservative Nicholas Duval 21,741 40.8 N/A
Labour Ronald Harris 4,625 8.7 N/A
Majority 5,195 9.7 N/A
Turnout 53,302 76.3 N/A
Liberal win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  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.
References
  1. ^ "England Parliamentary electorates 2010-2018". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. ^ "'Cambridgeshire North East', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  3. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  4. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  5. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  6. ^ Boundary Commission for England, 2018 Review, Associated consultation documents (September 2018). "Final recommendations report".CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 1)
  8. ^ "Cambridgeshire North East Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Cambridgeshire North East parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  10. ^ "Cambridgeshire North East - Election 2015". BBC News.
  11. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Cambridgeshire North East". BBC News.
  12. ^ a b Cambridgeshire North East, guardian.co.uk
  13. ^ a b c "British Parliamentary Election results 1983-97: English Counties". www.election.demon.co.uk.
  14. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.