Wiltshire (European Parliament constituency)

Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. 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. The constituency of Wiltshire was one of them.

European Parliament constituency
Member stateUnited Kingdom

The constituency consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Devizes, Newbury, North Wiltshire, Salisbury, Swindon, Wantage, Westbury.[1]

The constituency was represented for the whole of its existence by Caroline Jackson. At the 1994 European election, there were boundary changes. Most of Wiltshire then became part of the new Wiltshire North and Bath constituency, which again elected Caroline Jackson.

Members of the European Parliament

Elected Name Party
1984 Caroline Jackson Conservative

Election results

European Parliament election 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Caroline Jackson 86,873 47.5
Alliance Jack Ainslie 60,404 33.1
Labour P. Whiteside 35,457 19.4
Majority 26,469 14.4
Turnout 182,734
Conservative win (new seat)
European Parliament election, 1989
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Caroline Jackson 93,200 44.4 -3.1
Labour G.A. Harris 46,887 22.3 +2.9
Green J.V. Hughes 46,735 22.3 New
SLD P.N. Crossley 18,302 8.7 -24.4
Independent J.A. Cade 4,809 2.3 New
Majority 46,313 22.1 +7.7
Turnout 209,933
Conservative hold Swing

See also