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North Devon
County constituency
NorthDevonConstituency.svg
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North Devon shown within Devon, and Devon shown within England
Created: 1832, 1950
MP: Nicholas Harvey
Party: Liberal Democrat
Type: House of Commons
County: Devon
EP constituency: South West England

North Devon is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

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Boundaries

This constituency covers the north of Devon in the South West region of England. Although it shares the name as the North Devon local government district, it covers a slightly larger area to the south, including parts of the Mid Devon district. The Liberal Democrats and their predecessors the Liberal Party have historically shown a strong performance in this seat, which was held for two decades by former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe. He lost it in the 1979 General Election after the intense controversy surrounding his relationship with homosexual Norman Scott, and alleged involvement in a plot to murder him, of which he was found not guilty the same year. After a 13-year hiatus, Liberal Democrat Nicholas Harvey regained the seat from the Conservatives in 1992 and still holds the seat today, having retained it comfortably in the 2005 General Election.

History

The North Devon constituency was first created in 1832, as a result of the Reform Acts. Before that, the area was part of the Devon constituency. Between 1832 and 1885 the constituency elected two MPs to parliament.

In 1885, the constituency was split up into various divisions, however in 1950, the North Devon constituency was recreated, covering a smaller area than before.

Members of Parliament

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1832-1885

Year 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1832 Viscount Ebrington Whig Hon. Newton Fellowes
1837 Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Bt Conservative
1839 Lewis William Buck
1857 James Wentworth Buller Hon. Charles Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis Conservative
1865 Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Bt Liberal
1866 Sir Stafford Northcote, Bt Conservative
1885 John Moore-Stevens

1950-present

The Member of Parliament for the constituency since 1992 is Nick Harvey of the Liberal Democrats.

Election Member Party
1950 Christopher Peto Conservative
1955 James Lindsay Conservative
1959 Jeremy Thorpe Liberal
1979 Tony Speller Conservative
1992 Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat

Election results

Elections in the 2010s

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Prospective Parliamentary candidates for the next UK general election: North Devon

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Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Cann
UKIP Stephen Crowther
Liberal Democrat Nicholas Harvey
Conservative Philip Hilton
Green L'Anne Knight
BNP Gary Marshall
English Democrats Nick Vidler

Elections in 2000s

General Election 2005: North Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Nicholas Harvey 23,840 45.9 +1.7
Conservative Orlando Fraser 18,868 36.3 -1.9
Labour Mark Cann 4,656 9.0 -1.1
UKIP John Browne 2,740 5.3 +0.3
Green Ricky Knight 1,826 3.5 +1.1
Majority 4,972 9.6
Turnout 51,930 68.1 -0.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -1.8
General Election 2001: North Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Nicholas Harvey 21,784 44.2 -6.6
Conservative Clive Allen 18,800 38.2 -1.3
Labour Vivian Gale 4,995 10.1 +0.3
UKIP Roger Knapman 2,484 5.0 +5.0
Green Anthony Bown 1,191 2.4 +2.4
Majority 2,984 6.1 -5.2
Turnout 49,254 68.3 -9.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Elections in 1990s

General Election 1997: North Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Nicholas Harvey 27,824 50.8
Conservative Richard Ashworth 21,643 39.5
Labour Annie Brenton 5,347 9.8
Majority 6,181 11.3
Turnout 54,814 77.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
General Election 1992: North Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Nicholas Harvey 27,414 47.1
Conservative Tony Speller 26,620 45.7
Labour P Donner 3,410 5.9
Green C Simmons 658 1.1
Natural Law G Treadwell 107 0.2
Majority 794 1.4
Turnout 84.4

Elections in 1980s

General Election 1987: North Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tony Speller 28,071 50.9
Liberal M. Pinney 23,602 42.8
Labour A. Marjoram 3,467 6.3
Majority 4,469 8.1
Turnout 81.7
General Election 1983: North Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tony Speller 28,066 55.1
Liberal Roger Blackmore 19,339 37.9
Labour Peter James 2,893 5.7
Ecology R. Joanes 669 1.3
Majority 8,727 17.2
Turnout 80.1

Elections in 1970s

General Election 1979: North Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Antony Speller 31,811 50.1
Liberal Jeremy Thorpe 23,338 36.7
Labour A. Saltern 7,108 11.2
Ecology A. Whittaker 729 1.2
National Front J. Price 237 0.4
English National Frank Hansford-Miller 142 0.2
Dog Lover's Party Auberon Waugh 79 0.1
Wessex Regionalist H. Rous 50 0.1
Democratic Monarchist Public Safety White Resident Bill Boaks 20 0.0
Majority 8,473 13.3
Turnout 81.7
General Election October 1974: North Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jeremy Thorpe 28,209 48.1
Conservative Antony Speller 21,488 36.6
Labour Mrs Alexandra Golant 8,536 14.2
English National Frank Hansford-Miller 568 1.0
Majority 6,721 11.5
Turnout 58,621 74.58
General Election February 1974: North Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jeremy Thorpe 34,052 53.9
Conservative Tim Keigwin 22,980 36.4
Labour T.K. Marston 6,140 9.7
Majority 11,072 17.5
Turnout 63,172 86.49
General Election 1970: North Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jeremy Thorpe 18,893 44.1
Conservative Tim Keigwin 18,524 43.2
Labour Chris Mullin 5,268 12.3
Democratic Party Barry Morris 175 0.4
Majority 369 0.9
Turnout 42,660 84.47

Elections in 1960s

General Election 1966: North Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jeremy Thorpe 16,797 43.57
Conservative Tim Keigwin 15,631 40.54
Labour J.H. Rayner 6,127 15.89
Majority 1,166 3.02
Turnout 38,555 85.31
General Election 1964: North Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jeremy Thorpe 19,031 50.71
Conservative Michael Peto 13,895 37.02
Labour Frank Paton 4,603 12.27
Majority 5,136 13.69
Turnout 37,529 84.32

Elections in 1950s

General Election 1959: North Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jeremy Thorpe 15,831 42.94
Conservative James Lindsay 15,469 41.96
Labour Geoffrey Pitt 5,567 15.10
Majority 362 0.98
Turnout 36,867 84.78
General Election 1955: North Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Lindsay 16,784 47.13
Liberal Jeremy Thorpe 11,558 32.45
Labour H. Heslop 7,272 20.42
Majority 5,226 14.67
Turnout 35,614 81.11
General Election 1951: North Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brigadier Christopher Peto 19,780 52.41
Labour W.H. Wilkey 10,632 28.17
Liberal G.A. Halse 7,326 19.41
Majority 9,148 24.24
Turnout 35,614 81.11
General Election 1950: North Devon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brigadier Christopher Peto 17,724 46.33
Liberal G. Naylor 11,640 30.43
Labour Major W.A. Barker 8,892 23.24
Majority 6,084 15.90
Turnout 38,256 85.69

See also

References

  1. ^ North Devon UKPolling
  • The Times House of Commons 1945. 1945. 
  • The Times House of Commons 1950. 1950. 
  • The Times House of Commons 1955. 1955. 

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