Truro and Falmouth (UK Parliament constituency)


Truro and Falmouth is a constituency[n 1] that has been represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Cherilyn Mackrory, a Conservative Party politician.[n 2] The seat was held by Sarah Newton from 2010 to 2019.[2]

Truro and Falmouth
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Truro and Falmouth in Cornwall
Location of Cornwall within England
CountyCornwall
Electorate71,977 (2018)[1]
Current constituency
Created2010
Member of ParliamentCherilyn Mackrory (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromTruro and St Austell, Falmouth and Camborne
Sketchmap of 2010 parliamentary constituencies in Cornwall – click to enlarge

History


The constituency was created for the 2010 general election following a review of parliamentary representation in Cornwall by the Boundary Commission, which increased the number of seats in the county from five to six. It replaces parts of the former Truro and St Austell and Falmouth and Camborne seats.

Political history

The result was a very marginal one in 2010, with the previous results in either predecessor seat also closely fought between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives.

In the 2017 general election, the constituency was held by the Conservative, although the constituency experienced a 22.5% surge in the Labour vote (the third largest in the UK) - an 11.4% swing that nearly broke the Tories' seven-year hold on the seat. The 37.7% of the vote in Truro and Falmouth achieved by Labour marked their highest share of the vote in a seat incorporating Truro in 47 years.[3]

Boundaries


The former District of Carrick wards of Arwenack, Boscawen, Boslowick, Carland, Feock and Kea, Kenwyn and Chacewater, Moresk, Mylor, Newlyn and Goonhavern, Penryn, Penwerris, Perranporth, Probus, Roseland, St Agnes, Tregolls, Trehaverne and Gloweth, and Trescobeas.

The Truro and Falmouth constituency has the same boundaries as the former district of Carrick, with the exception of the ward of Mount Hawke, which is part of the Camborne and Redruth seat.[4] The main settlements in the constituency are the city of Truro and the town of Falmouth, after which it is named. Other settlements include Penryn, Perranporth, St Agnes and St Mawes.[5]

Constituency profile


The constituency has visitor attractions spanning diametrically opposite coasts, including Porthtowan and Perranporth, noted for beaches. Falmouth abounds with restaurants, places to stay, as well as sailing and motor-yacht facilities. However, industries and businesses are not dominated by the arts or leisure and chiefly rely on maritime maintenance, hospitality, tourism, retail, distribution, and agriculture. In November 2012, unemployed people and registered jobseekers were lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 3.0% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[6]

Members of Parliament


Election Member[7] Portrait Party
2010 Sarah Newton Conservative
2019 Cherilyn Mackrory Conservative

Elections


Truro & Falmouth election results

Elections in the 2010s

General election 2019: Truro and Falmouth[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cherilyn Mackrory 27,237 46.0 1.6
Labour Jennifer Forbes 22,676 38.3 0.6
Liberal Democrats Ruth Gripper 7,150 12.1 2.8
Green Tom Scott 1,714 2.9 1.4
Liberal Paul Nicholson 413 0.7 New
Majority 4,561 7.7 1.0
Turnout 59,190 77.2 1.4
Conservative hold Swing 0.5
General election 2017: Truro and Falmouth[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sarah Newton 25,123 44.4 0.4
Labour Jayne Kirkham 21,331 37.7 22.5
Liberal Democrats Rob Nolan 8,465 14.9 1.9
UKIP Duncan Odgers 897 1.6 10.0
Green Amanda Pennington 831 1.5 7.2
Majority 3,792 6.7 19.5
Turnout 56,647 75.8 5.8
Conservative hold Swing 11.1
General election 2015: Truro and Falmouth[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sarah Newton 22,681 44.0 2.3
Liberal Democrats Simon Rix 8,681 16.8 24.0
Labour Stuart Roden 7,814 15.2 5.6
UKIP John Hyslop 5,967 11.6 7.7
Green Karen Westbrook 4,483 8.7 6.9
Independent Loic Rich 792 1.5 New
Mebyon Kernow Stephen Richardson 563 1.1 1.0
National Health Action Rik Evans 526 1.0 New
Principles of Politics Stanley Guffogg 37 0.1 New
Majority 14,000 27.2 26.3
Turnout 51,544 70.0 0.9
Conservative hold Swing 13.1
General election 2010: Truro and Falmouth[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sarah Newton 20,349 41.7
Liberal Democrats Terrye Teverson 19,914 40.8
Labour Charlotte MacKenzie 4,697 9.6
UKIP Harry Blakeley 1,911 3.9
Mebyon Kernow Loic Rich 1,039 2.1
Green Ian Wright 858 1.8
Majority 435 0.9
Turnout 48,768 69.1
Conservative win (new seat)

See also


Notes and references


Notes
  1. A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References