Louth and Horncastle (UK Parliament constituency)
|Louth and Horncastle|
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||79,007 (May 2017)|
|Member of Parliament||Victoria Atkins (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||East Lindsey|
1997–2010: The District of East Lindsey wards of Alford, Chapel St Leonards, Coningsby, Donington on Bain, Fotherby, Grimoldby, Halton Holegate, Hogsthorpe, Holton le Clay, Horncastle, Hundleby, Legbourne, Mablethorpe, Mareham le Fen, Marshchapel, New Leake, North Holme, North Somercotes, North Thoresby, Partney, Priory, Roughton, St James', St Margaret's, St Mary's, St Michael's, Spilsby, Sutton and Trusthorpe, Tattershall, Tetford, Tetney, Theddlethorpe St Helen, Trinity, Willoughby with Sloothby, Withern with Stain, and Woodhall Spa.
2010–present: The District of East Lindsey wards of Alford, Binbrook, Chapel St Leonards, Coningsby and Tattershall, Grimoldby, Halton Holegate, Holton le Clay, Horncastle, Hundleby, Legbourne, Ludford, Mablethorpe Central, Mablethorpe East, Mablethorpe North, Mareham le Fen, Marshchapel, North Holme, North Somercotes, North Thoresby, Priory, Roughton, St James', St Margaret's, St Mary's, St Michael's, Skidbrooke with Saltfleet Haven, Spilsby, Sutton on Sea North, Sutton on Sea South, Tetford, Tetney, Trinity, Trusthorpe and Mablethorpe South, Willoughby with Sloothby, Withern with Stain, and Woodhall Spa.
- History of boundaries
From 1885 to 1983, Louth and Horncastle both existed as separate constituencies. Then in 1983, Horncastle was moved into the new seat of Gainsborough and Horncastle, while Louth was moved into the newly formed East Lindsey constituency. These boundaries remained the same until 1997, when the current Louth and Horncastle constituency was formed.
This large stretch of Lincolnshire coastline includes the seaside resorts of Mablethorpe and Sutton-on-Sea, this immediate coastline has a minority of small output areas with severe deprivation following the decline of the tourism industry apart from holiday cottages, being further north than popular family resorts in Skegness. The seat's eponymous towns of Louth and Horncastle lie inland amid a rural area of the Lincolnshire Wolds where farming is an important sector, with most constituents on modest to mid-level income and low unemployment. 
The seat was created in 1997. Conservatives have been dominant in the area for decades, the closest result was in 1997, when a Labour Party candidate came the closest of any opponents to being elected.
Members of Parliament
The MP for this seat is Victoria Atkins. She succeeded Peter Tapsell at the 2015 general election. He previously represented the predecessor seats of East Lindsey and Horncastle from 1966 to 1997, and before that represented Nottingham West from 1959 to 1964 before being defeated by Labour. Prior to standing down, he was the longest-serving Conservative MP, albeit with the break in service, and from 2001, he was the only MP of any party first elected in the 1950s. Following the retirement of Alan Williams, Tapsell became, on his re-election in 2010, Father of the House. He was succeeded in the honorific position in 2015 by Sir Gerald Kaufman.
Before 1997, see East Lindsey
|1997||Sir Peter Tapsell||Conservative|
|Liberal Democrats||Ross Pepper||4,114||7.9||+4.1|
|Monster Raving Loony||The Iconic Arty-Pole||1,044||2.0||+1.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Lisa Gabriel||1,990||3.8||−0.7|
|Monster Raving Loony||The Iconic Arty Pole||496||0.9||+0.4|
|Labour||Matthew Jason Brown||9,077||18.0||+0.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Lisa Gabriel||2,255||4.5||−17.7|
|Lincolnshire Independent||Daniel Simpson||659||1.3||+0.2|
|Monster Raving Loony||Peter Hill||263||0.5||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Fiona Martin||11,194||22.2||+1.6|
|Lincolnshire Independent||Daniel Simpson||576||1.1||New|
|English Democrat||Colin Mair||517||1.0||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Fiona Martin||9,480||20.3||+0.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Fiona Martin||8,928||20.1||−4.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Fiona Martin||12,207||24.4|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electoral Data 2017 UKPGE - Electoral Commission". 2017 Electorate Figures. Electoral Commission. May 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
- "Local statistics - Office for National Statistics". neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 4)
- "Louth & Horncastle parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". Retrieved 13 December 2019.
- "Loony Party Candidates". Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Louth & Horncastle parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- "Victoria Atkins". Conservative Party. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
- "Louth and Horncastle gets first Monster Raving Loony Party candidate". East Lindsey Target. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "UK > England > East Midlands > Louth & Horncastle". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- "ED Candidate list".
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Constituency represented by the Father of the House