West Hertfordshire (UK Parliament constituency)


West Hertfordshire was a parliamentary constituency in Hertfordshire. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom by the first past the post system. The constituency was abolished for the 1997 general election.

West Hertfordshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
CountyHertfordshire
19831997
Number of membersOne
Replaced byHemel Hempstead and South West Hertfordshire[1]
Created fromHemel Hempstead[1]

History


The constituency was created for the 1983 general election from the majority of the abolished County Constituency of Hemel Hempstead constituency. It was abolished for the 1997 general election, with Tring being transferred to South West Hertfordshire and the remaining areas forming the re-established constituency of Hemel Hempstead.

It was held by the Conservatives for the entire period of its existence.

Boundaries


The District of Dacorum wards of Adeyfield East, Adeyfield West, Aldbury and Wigginton, Ashridge, Bennetts End, Berkhamsted, Boxmoor, Central, Chaulden, Crabtree, Cupid Green, Flamstead and Markyate, Gadebridge, Grove Hill, Highfield, Leverstock Green, Nash Mills, South, Tring Central, Tring East, Tring West, and Warners End.[2]

The main settlements in the constituency were Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring.

Members of Parliament


ElectionMember[3]Party
1983Robert JonesConservative
1997 constituency abolished: see Hemel Hempstead & South West Hertfordshire

Election results


Elections in the 1980s

General election 1983: Hertfordshire West[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Jones 28,436 46.6
SDP Nicholas Hollinghurst 18,860 31.0
Labour Paul Boateng 13,583 22.3
Majority 9,486 15.6
Turnout 60,879 79.4
Conservative win (new seat)
General election 1987: Hertfordshire West[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Jones 31,760 49.7 +3.1
SDP Nicholas Hollinghurst 16,836 26.3 −4.7
Labour Tony McBrearty 15,317 24.0 +1.7
Majority 14,924 23.4 +7.8
Turnout 63,913 80.9 +1.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1992: Hertfordshire West[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Jones 33,340 51.5 +1.8
Labour Eryl McNally 19,400 30.0 +6.0
Liberal Democrats Martin Trevett 10,464 16.2 −10.1
Green James Hannaway 674 1.0 New
National Front John McAuley 665 1.0 New
Natural Law Guy Harvey 175 0.3 New
Majority 13,940 21.5 −1.9
Turnout 64,718 82.4 +1.5
Conservative hold Swing −2.1

See also


Notes and references


  1. "'Hertfordshire West', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  2. "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983". legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  3. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 3)
  4. "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  5. "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  6. "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  7. "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.