Parliamentary Constituencies - Election 2017

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The Eastern Region comprising East Anglia with Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire is overwhelmingly dominated by Conservative seats with 52 Conservatives, 4 Labour and 1 Liberal Democrat.


Cambridge only has one constituency. Overall the City has done well economically and has two universities (one slightly more famous than the other). Unemployment is below 1%, but high house prices and many highly skilled jobs create a social divide ‘Town and Gown’ is the classic version of this, but the Science Park businesses and Arm would probably be seen partly on the Gown side). Being a statistical outlier on bike use, there is a continual them-and-us debate between car drivers and cyclists and everyone hates the tourists (probably including some people whose job relies on them) but the University and high-skilled jobs ensure a wide diversity of nationalities.

Labour regained the seat from the Liberal Democrats in 2015. UKIP don’t really get a look in in Cambridge, in contrast to the rural Fens.

TL4458 : King's College Chapel, Cambridge by Kate Jewell TL4258 : Cavendish Laboratory by Sandy B TL4460 : Kingsway Flats, Arbury, Cambridge by Keith Edkins
TL4761 : HP, Cambridge Business Park by Hugh Venables TL4955 : Bike stores at ARM by Keith Edkins TL4657 : Bicycles at Cambridge Station by Stephen McKay

South West Hertfordshire

South West Hertfordshire was created as a UK constituency in 1950, and has returned a Conservative MP ever since, the Tories usually polling 50% +/- 5% of the vote.
The constituency forms a narrow strip along the southwestern boundary of the county of Hertfordshire. This area contains a substantial amount of rural countryside and a few medium-sized towns, notably Rickmansworth, Berkhamsted and Tring.
The electorate in December 2010 was 78,269 and the current MP is David Gauke (Con.) who had a majority of 14,920 on 54.2% of the vote at the last election.

A run down of the towns and villages within the constituency follows: The order is roughly NW to SE:

Aldbury, Wigginton, Berkhamsted, Bovingdon
SP9612 : Aldbury - Stocks & Duckpond by Rob Farrow SP9309 : Wigginton Bottom in Summer by Rob Farrow SP9907 : St. Peter's Church; Berkhamsted High Street by Rob Farrow TL0103 : Bovingdon: The Old Well and The Bell Inn by Nigel Cox
Flaunden, Chipperfield, Northchurch, Tring
TL0101 : Hogpits Bottom: The Bricklayer's Arms Public House by Nigel Cox TL0401 : Chipperfield: War Memorial & The Two Brewers by Nigel Cox SP9708 : Northchurch Almshouses by Bikeboy SP9211 : Tring town centre in the snow by Rob Farrow
Ashridge, Chorleywood, Croxley Green, Maple Cross
SP9912 : Ashridge House - from its grounds by Rob Farrow TQ0396 : Chorleywood Common Cricket Ground by Shaun Ferguson TQ0695 : The Sportsman pub, Croxley Green by Bikeboy TQ0392 : Maple Cross: Denham Way by Nigel Cox
Moor Park, Rickmansworth
TQ0893 : Main Avenue, Moor Park by Malc McDonald TQ0693 : The White Bear Pub, Batchworth, Rickmansworth by canalandriversidepubs co uk

East Midlands

The forty-six seats are split with 32 Conservative and 14 Labour. The Labour seats are mainly in the cities of Derby, Nottingham and Leicester.

Derbyshire Dales

The large constituency takes in the rural western side of the county with the towns of Ashbourne in the south, Matlock and Bakewell. Smaller settlements include Crich, Tideswell and Froggatt. The seat lies mainly within the limestone White Peak area giving way in the northern fringe to the gritstone of the Dark Peak. The seat and its predecessor have been safely Conservative.

SK1846 : Buxton Road, Ashbourne by Roger Cornfoot SK2960 : Road Junction, Centre of Matlock by Mike Smith SK2168 : Bakewell street by Andy Jamieson SK3554 : Market Cross - Crich by Nikki Mahadevan SK1575 : Main Street by Anne Burgess SK2476 : Froggatt Edge by Richard Webb

Grantham and Stamford

Grantham and Stamford are both historic towns on the former Great North Road who have lost their large employment bases in Engineering. The constituency is large and rural, though extensive housing development throughout has filled it with commuters who often have to work outside the constituency, something the district of South Kesteven is struggling with as the infrastructure isn't there. This is foxhunting territory, and the boundary changes that converted Stamford and Spalding into two very different constituencies mean neither is ever likely to swing to the left.

TF0207 : Stamford Modern Eleanor cross interpretation by Bob Harvey TF0207 : Market day, Stamford by Michael Trolove TF0307 : The Northfields pub by Bob Harvey TF0308 : The North Stand by Bob Harvey TF0207 : Stamford delights by Mr Eugene Birchall

SK9136 : Grantham by Kokai SK9135 : Grantham, Street Market on Westgate by David Dixon SK9135 : Sir Isaac Newton statue by Graham Hogg SK9234 : The River Witham from Bridge End Road, Grantham by Tim Heaton SK9334 : Army Housing by Andrew Tatlow

TF1020 : Nursery Supplies at Bourne, Lincolnshire by Rex Needle TF0919 : Parker Houses by Bob Harvey TF0920 : Delivery in North Street by Bob Harvey TF0820 : Westbourne Villas at Bourne, Lincolnshire by Rex Needle

SK9818 : The Fox and Hounds public house by Steve  Fareham SK9924 : The Fighting Cocks Corby Glen by John Firth TF0033 : Mill Hill, Humby by Kate Jewell TF0216 : East Coast Main Line from Careby Wood to Careby: aerial 2014 by Chris SK9525 : Track into Sleight's Wood from Burton Lane by Tim Heaton

High Peak

The most northerly Derbyshire constituency mainly within or bordering the Peak District. The centres of population, Glossop, New Mills in the north, Chapel-en-Frith in the centre and Buxton in the south are linked by rail to Manchester. The east is more rural with poorer traffic connections to Castleton, Edale and Hope more linked to Sheffield. The Conservatives took the seat from Labour in 2010.

SK0393 : Glossop by Stephen Burton SJ9985 : Torr Vale Mill, New Mills by Alexander P Kapp SK0679 : View from Martinside by Alan Murray-Rust SK0673 : Holker Road, Buxton by Kenneth  Allen SK0181 : Bridge Street in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire by Roger  Kidd SK1582 : Pindale Road cottages, Castleton by Peter Barr


A sprawling Nottinghamshire constituency with main population centres at Newark, Southwell and Bingham. The remainder of the constituency is rural extending to the north along the A1 to the edge of Retford. A safe Conservative seat that at the height of UKIP popularity at a by-election in 2014 saw the UKIP vote rise to 26% though this dropped to 12% a year later.

SK7953 : 24 Castlegate by John M SK7053 : Archbishop's Palace by John M SK6843 : Entering Gunthorpe Lock on the River Trent by John M SK7370 : 14 to 18 Newcastle Street by Alan Murray-Rust SK7472 : East Markham view by Richard Croft SK7173 : Sam Scorer, Little Chef by Richard Croft


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