Taunton (UK Parliament constituency)


Taunton (UK Parliament constituency)

UK constituency infobox
Name = Taunton
Map1 = Taunton
Map2 = Somerset
Type = County
Year = 1295
Entity = Somerset
County = Somerset
EP = South West England
MP = Jeremy Browne
Party = Liberal Democrat

Taunton is a county 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.

Following the review of parliamentary representation in Somerset, the Boundary Commission for England has created a modified Taunton constituency with the name change Taunton Deane, to reflect the district name.

Boundaries

It is based on the town of Taunton, Somerset but extending to include Wellington, many small villages and parts of Exmoor.

Following review of parliamentary representation in Somerset, this seat will be renamed Taunton Deane at the next UK general election

History

In the 2005 general election, the victorious Liberal Democrats candidate in Taunton required the smallest percentage swing from the Conservative MP for them to take the seat.

Members of Parliament

1295-1640

* "Constituency created" (1295)
* 1529-1536: Thomas Cromwell
* 1563-1567: Miles Sandys
* 1586-1588: Francis Bacon
* 1592: William Aubrey
* 1604-1611: Edward Hexte
* 1601-1611: John Bond
* 1614: John Dunn
* 1614: James Clerke
* 1621-1622: Thomas Brereton
* 1621-1622: Lewis Pope
* 1625: Sir Hugh Portman
* 1628-1629: Sir Hugh Portman

1640-1885

1885-present

Notes

Election results

Elections in the 2000s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Jeremy Browne
votes = 25,764
percentage = 43.3
change = +2.0
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Adrian Flook
votes = 25,191
percentage = 42.3
change = +0.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Andrew Govier
votes = 7,132
percentage = 12.0
change = -2.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Helen Miles
votes = 1,441
percentage = 2.4
change = +0.3
Election box majority
votes = 573
percentage = 1.0
change = +0.6
Election box turnout
votes = 59,528
percentage = 69.7
change = +2.1
Election box gain with party link
winner = Liberal Democrats (UK)
loser = Conservative Party (UK)
swing = -0.7

Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Adrian Flook
votes = 23,033
percentage = 41.7
change = +3.0
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Jackie Ballard
votes = 22,798
percentage = 41.3
change = -1.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Andrew Govier
votes = 8,254
percentage = 14.9
change = +1.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Michael Canton
votes = 1,140
percentage = 2.1
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 235
percentage = 0.4
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 55,225
percentage = 67.6
change = -8.8
Election box gain with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
loser = Liberal Democrats (UK)
swing =

Elections in the 1990s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Jackie Ballard
votes = 26,064
percentage = 42.7
change = +1.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = David Nicholson
votes = 23,621
percentage = 38.7
change = -7.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Elizabeth Lisgo
votes = 8,248
percentage = 13.5
change = +0.8
Election box candidate with party link
party = Referendum Party
candidate = B. Ahern
votes = 2,760
percentage = 4.5
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = British National Party
candidate = L. Andrews
votes = 318
percentage = 0.5
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 2,443
percentage =
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 76.5
change = -5.8
Election box gain with party link
winner = Liberal Democrats (UK)
loser = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = David Nicholson
votes = 29,576
percentage = 46.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Jackie Ballard
votes = 26,240
percentage = 40.8
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Jean Hole
votes = 8,151
percentage = 12.7
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Natural Law Party
candidate = P. Leavey
votes = 279
percentage = 0.4
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 3,336
percentage =
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 82.3
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

See also

* List of Parliamentary constituencies in Somerset

References

*Robert Beatson, "A Chronological Register of Both Houses of Parliament" (London: Longman, Hurst, Res & Orme, 1807) [http://books.google.com/books?vid=024wW9LmFc5kXY0FI2&id=Gh2wKY2rkDUC&printsec=toc&dq=Return+of+Members+of+Parliament&as_brr=1&sig=SK5GVtGLfWQ9ovZDbyZObAyIO5I#PPP9,M1]
*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) [http://www2.odl.ox.ac.uk/gsdl/cgi-bin/library?e=p-000-00---0modhis06--00-0-0-0prompt-10---4------0-1l--1-en-50---20-about---00001-001-1-1isoZz-8859Zz-1-0&a=d&cl=CL1]
*F W S Craig, "British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885" (2nd edition, Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services, 1989)
* Maija Jansson (ed.), "Proceedings in Parliament, 1614 (House of Commons)" (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1988)
* J E Neale, "The Elizabethan House of Commons" (London: Jonathan Cape, 1949)
*
* Concise Dictionary of National Biography
* [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=36964&strquery=heydon "List of speakers: Parliaments of 1656 and 1658-9", Diary of Thomas Burton esq, volume 4: March - April 1659 (1828) at British History Online]

External links

* [http://www.election-maps.co.uk UK Constituency Maps]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/vote2001/results_constituencies/constituencies/571.stm BBC Vote 2001]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/vote2005/html/571.stm BBC Election 2005]


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