Cotswolds (European Parliament constituency)


Cotswolds (sometimes called "The Cotswolds") was a European Parliament constituency covering the counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire in England.

Cotswolds
European Parliament constituency
Member stateUnited Kingdom
Created1979
Dissolved1999
MEPs1
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Before uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in Great Britain. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

When it was created in 1979, it consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Banbury, Cheltenham, Cirencester and Tewkesbury, Gloucester, Mid Oxfordshire, Oxford and Stroud.[1] From 1984 it consisted of Banbury, Cheltenham, Cirencester and Tewkesbury, Gloucester, Stratford-on-Avon, Stroud and Witney. From 1994 it consisted of Cheltenham, Cirencester and Tewkesbury, Gloucester, Stroud, West Gloucestershire and Witney.

Members of the European Parliament


Elected Name Party
1979 Sir Henry (later Lord) Plumb Conservative

Election results


European Parliament election 1979
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Henry Plumb 109,139 58.6
Labour J.A. Honeybone 37,713 20.3
Liberal Miss M.E. Burton 27,916 15.0
United Against the Common Market D.C.T. Bennett 11,422 6.1
Majority 71,426 38.3
Turnout 186,190
Conservative win (new seat)
European Parliament election 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Henry Plumb 94,740 53.5 -5.1
Liberal Miss M.E. Burton 45,798 25.8 +10.8
Labour Mrs. J.A. Royall 36,738 20.7 +0.4
Majority 48,942 27.7 -10.6
Turnout 177,276
Conservative hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1989
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lord Plumb 94,852 45.1 -8.4
Green Mrs. M.S. Limb 49,174 23.4 New
Labour T. Levitt 48,180 22.9 +2.2
SLD L.A. Rowe 18,196 8.6 -17.2
Majority 45,678 21.7 -6.0
Turnout 210,402
Conservative hold Swing
European Parliament election,1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lord Plumb 67,484 34.5 -10.6
Labour Mrs. Tess J. Kingham 63,216 32.3 +9.4
Liberal Democrats J.C. Thomson 44,269 22.7 +14.1
New Britain M.D. Rendell 11,044 5.7 New
Green D. McCanlis 8,254 4.2 New
Natural Law H.W. Brighouse 1,151 0.6 New
Majority 4,268 2.2 -19.5
Turnout 195,418
Conservative hold Swing

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