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County constituency
Tewkesbury shown within Gloucestershire, and Gloucestershire shown within England
Created: 1614, 1997
MP: Laurence Robertson
Party: Conservative
Type: House of Commons
County: Gloucestershire
EP constituency: South West England

Tewkesbury 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.



The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the seats of Cirencester and Tewkesbury, Cheltenham & West Gloucestershire.

As its name suggests, the constituency includes Tewkesbury, but other settlements include Twyning, Ashchurch, Bishop’s Cleeve, Winchcombe, Prestbury, Brockworth, Churchdown, Innsworth, Leckhampton, Up Hatherley and Warden Hill.

Leckhampton, Up Hatherley and Warden Hill leave the Tewkesbury constituency at the next General Election and go into Cheltenham, with Longlevens coming into the Tewkesbury constituency from Gloucester.

Members of Parliament

Laurence Robertson of the Conservative Party has been the seat's MP since 1997.



  • Constituency created (1614)
Parliament First member Second member
Addled Parliament (1614) Sir Dudley Digges Sir John Ratcliffe
Parliament of 1621-1622 Giles Brydges
Happy Parliament (1624-1625) Sir Baptist Hicks
Useless Parliament (1625)
Parliament of 1625-1626
Parliament of 1628-1629 Sir William Hicks
No Parliament summoned 1629-1640


Year First member First party Second member Second party
April 1640 Sir Anthony Ashley-Cooper  ?
November 1640 Double return - election declared void [1]
August 1641 Sir Robert Cooke Parliamentarian Sir Edward Alford [2] Royalist
1641 Edward Stephens Parliamentarian
August 1643 Cooke died - seat left vacant
1645 John Stephens
December 1648 Edward Stephens excluded in Pride's Purge - seat vacant
1653 Tewkesbury was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament
1654 Sir Anthony Ashley-Cooper Tewkesbury had only one seat in the First and
Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
1656 Francis White
January 1659 Edward Cooke Robert Long
May 1659 Not represented in the restored Rump
April 1660 (Sir) Henry Capell Richard Dowdeswell
1673 Sir Francis Russell
1685 Richard Dowdeswell
1690 Sir Henry Capell
1692 Sir Francis Winnington
1698 Charles Hancock
1701 Edmund Bray
1708 Henry Ireton
1710 William Bromley
1712 William Dowdeswell
1713 Charles Dowdeswell
1714 Anthony Lechmere
1717 Nicholas Lechmere
1721 The Viscount Gage
1722 Brigadier George Reade
1734 Robert Tracy
1741 John Martin
1747 William Dowdeswell Whig
1754 Nicolson Calvert Whig John Martin, junior
1761 Sir William Codrington Tory
1774 Joseph Martin Whig
1776 James Martin Whig
1792 Lieutenant-Colonel William Dowdeswell Tory
1797 Christopher Bethell Codrington Tory
1807 Charles Hanbury Tracy Whig
1812 John Edmund Dowdeswell Tory John Martin Whig
January 1832 Charles Hanbury Tracy Whig
December 1832 John Martin Whig
1835 William Dowdeswell Conservative
1837 John Martin Whig
1847 Humphrey Brown Whig
1857 Hon. Frederick Lygon Conservative
1859 James Martin Liberal
1864 John Reginald Yorke Conservative
1865 William Edward Dowdeswell Conservative
1866 Sir Edmund Lechmere Conservative
1868 Representation reduced to one Member


Election Member Party
1868 William Edwin Price Liberal
1880 Richard Biddulph Martin Liberal
1885 John Reginald Yorke Conservative
1886 Sir John Dorington Conservative
1906 Hon. Michael Hicks Beach (Viscount Quenington from 1915) Conservative
1916 William Frederick Hicks-Beach Conservative
1918 Constituency abolished


Election Member Party
1997 Constituency re-established
1997 Laurence Robertson Conservative


  1. ^ At the election of November 1640 a double return was made: Sir Robert Cooke, Sir Edward Alford, John Craven and Edward Stephens were all returned. The election was declared void on 6 August 1641.
  2. ^ Alford's election was declared void and his opponent, Stephens, was declared duly elected. However, Alford had also been elected for Arundel, and continued to sit for that borough

Election results

General Election 2005: Tewkesbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Laurence Robertson 22,339 49.1 +3.0
Liberal Democrat Alistair Cameron 12,447 27.4 +1.2
Labour Charles Mannan 9,179 20.2 −6.7
Green Robert Rendell 1,488 3.3 N/A
Majority 9,892 21.8
Turnout 45,453 63.0 −0.7
Conservative hold Swing +0.9
General Election 2001: Tewkesbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Laurence Robertson 20,830 46.1 +0.3
Labour Keir Dhillon 12,167 26.9 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Steve Martin 11,863 26.2 -1.8
Independent Charles Vernall 335 0.7 N/A
Majority 8,663 19.2
Turnout 45,195 63.7 -12.5
Conservative hold Swing


  • Robert Beatson, A Chronological Register of Both Houses of Parliament (London: Longman, Hurst, Res & Orme, 1807) [1]
  • D Brunton & D H Pennington, Members of the Long Parliament (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954)
  • Cobbett's Parliamentary history of England, from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the year 1803 (London: Thomas Hansard, 1808) [2]
  • The Constitutional Year Book for 1913 (London: National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations, 1913)
  • F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (2nd edition, Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services, 1989)
  • J Holladay Philbin, Parliamentary Representation 1832 - England and Wales (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1965)
  • Henry Stooks Smith, The Parliaments of England from 1715 to 1847 (2nd edition, edited by FWS Craig - Chichester: Parliamentary Reference Publications, 1973)
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

See also


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