East Devon (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||72,406 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Exmouth and Sidmouth|
|Member of Parliament||Simon Jupp (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Number of members||Two|
|Type of constituency||County constituency|
|Created from||South Devon|
A report by the Electoral Reform Society found the seat (and its precursors) has been held by the Conservative Party since 1835, meaning it has been held for 186 years. This is currently the longest held seat by one party anywhere in the country.
1868–1885: The Hundreds of Axminster, Cliston, Colyton, East Budleigh, Exminster, Ottery St. Mary, Haytor, and Teignbridge, and Exeter Castle, and the parts of the hundred of Wonford that are not included in the city of Exeter.
1997–2010: The District of East Devon wards of Axminster Hamlets, Axminster Town, Beer, Budleigh Salterton, Colyton, Edenvale, Exmouth Brixington, Exmouth Halsdon, Exmouth Littleham Rural, Exmouth Littleham Urban, Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh, Exmouth Withycombe Urban, Lympstone, Newbridges, Newton Poppleford and Harpford, Raleigh, Seaton, Sidmouth Rural, Sidmouth Town, Sidmouth Woolbrook, Trinity, Upper Axe, Woodbury, and Yarty.
2010–present: The District of East Devon wards of Broadclyst, Budleigh, Clyst Valley, Exmouth Brixington, Exmouth Halsdon, Exmouth Littleham, Exmouth Town, Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh, Newton Poppleford and Harpford, Ottery St Mary Rural, Ottery St Mary Town, Raleigh, Sidmouth Rural, Sidmouth Sidford, Sidmouth Town, Whimple, and Woodbury and Lympstone, and the City of Exeter wards of St Loyes and Topsham.
Following a review of parliamentary representation in Devon by the Boundary Commission for England, which has increased the number of seats in the county from 11 to 12, East Devon was subject to significant boundary changes at the 2010 general election. In particular, the towns of Axminster and Seaton were transferred to the Tiverton and Honiton constituency. In addition, two wards from the City of Exeter are now part of the East Devon seat.
Members of Parliament
- Constituency created – two seats (1868)
|Election||First member||First party||Second member||Second party|
|1868||Sir Lawrence Palk, Bt||Conservative||Edward Courtenay||Conservative|
|1870||Sir John Kennaway, Bt||Conservative|
The two-seat constituency of East Devon was abolished at the 1885 general election.
At the 1997 general election a new constituency of East Devon was established. Sir Peter Emery, MP for Honiton since a 1967 by-election, represented the new East Devon seat until standing down in 2001, when Hugo Swire was elected.
In 2015, 2017 and 2019, the seat saw an unusually strong Independent performance, by the anti-austerity candidate Claire Wright, a Devon county councillor. She won 24% of the vote in 2015, 35.2% in 2017 and 40.4% in 2019, coming second (and significantly ahead of any other candidate) each time.
|1997||Sir Peter Emery||Conservative|
|2001||Sir Hugo Swire||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
In 2019, East Devon was one of five English constituencies (the others being Cheltenham, Esher and Walton, Westmorland and Lonsdale and Winchester) where Labour failed to obtain over 5% of the vote, and thus lost its deposit.
|Liberal Democrats||Eleanor Rylance||1,771||2.8||0.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Alison Eden||1,468||2.4||4.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Stuart Mole||3,715||6.8||−24.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Paull Robathan||16,548||31.2||+3.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Tim Dumper||15,139||30.7||+0.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Tim Dumper||14,486||30.3||+1.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Rachel Trethewey||15,308||29.1|
|National Democrats||Gary Needs||131||0.2|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Elections in the 1880s
- Caused by Walrond's appointment as a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury.
|Liberal||John Barton Sterling||3,487||28.0||New|
|Turnout||7,988 (est)||76.7 (est)||N/A|
Elections in the 1870s
- Caused by Courtenay's resignation.
Elections in the 1860s
|Liberal||Charles Joseph Wade||3,457||30.0|
|Turnout||7,482 (est)||75.3 (est)|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
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