In the coalition government, the Conservatives had
reduce the number of MPs and change the constituency boundaries. They
gave the Boundary Commission a brief to recommend new boundaries. The
Commission was required to equalise the number of voters in each
constituency within set parameters and to use district or borough
council wards as the basis for constructing constituencies.
The changes would have favoured the Conservative
The proposals were blocked by the Liberal Democrats in
retaliation for the blocking of House of Lords reform by the Tories.
In 2015 the Conservatives resurrected
these proposals. Overall, the size of the House of Commons would be
reduced by 50.
say that they wish to reduce the cost of Parliament, but since they
adopted the policy they have created more than 50 new peers, which
acccording to some calculations will use up the savings from reducing
the number of MPs.
the 2017 general election the government has not mentioned this
proposal; so, it is not clear whether they intend to try to go ahead
with it. It seems more likely that it will be quietly dropped, because,
although the change would favour the Conservatives, the reduction in
seats would mean that some Conservatives lost their seats.
There is more information in this
news item about the proposals that were made for
1997 and in 2001, Labour came close to winning the constituency.
The Tory majorities were 3,088 and 3,444 respectively.
common with most constituencies, we lost voter share in 2005.
majority of this lost share went to the Liberal Democrats.
In 2010, we lost further voter share, both to the Liberal
Democrats and the Conservatives.
For the first time since the formation of the constituency, the
Conservatives had an overall majority of the votes and Labour was
pushed temporarily into third place.
In 2015, we increased the Labour vote slightly and returned to
second place, but the Tory majority was 19,080.
constituency extends from Letchworth Garden City and Baldock in the
to the Pelhams in the east, and from Royston in the north to Little
Letty Green in the south. It includes Ashwell, Walkern, Benington,
Puckeridge, Standon, Thundridge, Watton-at-Stone and Tewin (see map
produced from the Ordnance Survey electionmap
service. Image reproduced with permission of Ordnance
Survey and Land and Property Services.
On the electionmap
website you can zoom in to different parts of the constituency and you
can overlay ward boundaries.