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Saffron Walden
County constituency
Saffron Walden shown within Essex, and Essex shown within England
Created: 1885
MP: Sir Alan Haselhurst
Party: Conservative
Type: House of Commons
County: Essex
EP constituency: East of England

Saffron Walden is a parliamentary 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.



Saffron Walden is a largely rural constituency in North-West Essex covering almost 400 square miles. It is by far the largest constituency in Essex. There are also a host of small businesses, many of them high-tech. The main source of employment in the constituency is Stansted Airport.

There are three medium sized towns within the constituency; Saffron Walden, Dunmow and Halstead. All three have historic links, and are still regarded as some of the finest, most quintessential market towns in England.

Members of Parliament

Saffron Walden in Essex, showing boundaries used from 1918 to 1950.

Since a by-election in 1977, this safe Conservative seat has been represented by Sir Alan Haselhurst, who has been Chairman of Ways and Means & Deputy Speaker since 1997.

Election Member Party
1885 Herbert Gardner Liberal
1895 Charles Gold Liberal
1900 Armine Wodehouse Liberal
1901 by-election Joseph Pease Liberal
Jan 1910 Douglas Proby Conservative
Dec 1910 Sir Cecil Beck Liberal
1922 Sir William Foot Mitchell Conservative
1929 Rab Butler Conservative
1965 by-election Sir Peter Kirk Conservative
1977 by-election Sir Alan Haselhurst Conservative

Election results

General Election 2005: Saffron Walden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Haselhurst 27,263 51.4 +2.5
Liberal Democrat Elfreda Tealby-Watson 14,255 26.9 +2.0
Labour Swatantra Nandanwar 8,755 16.5 −6.1
UKIP Raymond Tyler 1,412 2.7 −0.8
English Democrats Raymond Brown 860 1.6 N/A
Veritas Trevor Hackett 475 0.9 N/A
Majority 13,008 24.5
Turnout 53,020 68.3 +3.1
Conservative hold Swing +0.3
General Election 2001: Saffron Walden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Haselhurst 24,485 48.9 +3.6
Liberal Democrat Elfreda Tealby-Watson 12,481 24.9 -1.9
Labour Tania Rogers 11,305 22.6 +1.1
UKIP Richard Glover 1,769 3.5 +2.4
Majority 12,004 24.0
Turnout 50,040 65.2 -11.7
Conservative hold Swing


See also

Preceded by
Essex Western
UK Parliament constituency
Succeeded by
Current incumbent
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Leeds South
Constituency represented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer
1951 – 1955
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Constituency represented by the Father of the House
1964 – 1965
Succeeded by
Thirsk and Malton

Coordinates: 51°57′N 0°21′E / 51.95°N 0.35°E / 51.95; 0.35



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