| County constituency |
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire
Location of Cambridgeshire within England
|Major settlements||St Neots, Huntingdon, St Ives, Godmanchester|
|Member of Parliament||Jonathan Djanogly (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Huntingdonshire and Peterborough|
|Number of members||One|
|Type of constituency||County constituency|
|Number of members||c1290–1868: Two|
|Type of constituency||Borough constituency|
Huntingdon is a constituencyrepresented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by Jonathan Djanogly, a Conservative.
It is a safe Conservative Party seat and was the seat of former Conservative Prime Minister, John Major.
The constituency of Huntingdon has existed in three separate forms: as a Parliamentary Borough from 1295 to 1885; as a Division of a Parliamentary County from 1885 to 1918; and as a County Constituency from 1983 until the present day.
Representatives for the seat, the standard two burgesses per parliamentary borough, were summoned to form the first fully assembled parliament, the Model Parliament in 1295 and at all parliaments assembled from then until 1868, in which year the constituency was reduced to a single-member Borough in accordance with the Reform Act 1867. In the mid-17th century, this was Oliver Cromwell's constituency.
Under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, the Parliamentary Borough was abolished altogether and the two-member Parliamentary County of Huntingdonshire was replaced by the two-single member seats formally known as the Northern or Ramsey Division and the Southern or Huntingdon Division. It was abolished under the Representation of the People Act 1918 when it was re-combined with Ramsey and Huntingdonshire was re-established as a single member constituency.
As a result of the Local Government Act 1972, the two counties of Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely, and Huntingdon and Peterborough were merged to form the non-metropolitan county of Cambridgeshire, with effect from 1 April 1974. However, the next redistribution did not come into effect until the 1983 general election, when the majority of the Huntingdonshire constituency, including Huntingdon, Godmanchester, Ramsey and St Ives, was formed into the new County Constituency of Huntingdon. Areas to the south of Peterborough, which were now part of the expanded City of Peterborough, were included the Borough Constituency of Peterborough and southern-most areas, including St Neots, were included in the new County Constituency of South West Cambridgeshire. The re-established constituency also included rural areas to the west of Peterborough, including Barnack and Werrington.
There were significant boundary changes at the 1997 general election, when the neighbouring seat of North West Cambridgeshire was created from areas previously in the seats of Huntingdon and Peterborough.
The former Conservative Prime Minister (1990–1997) John Major represented the seat from its re-creation in 1983 until his retirement in 2001. His majority in 1992 (36,230) was the largest majority for any member of parliament post-1832 until 2017, in which George Howarth won a 42,214 vote majority in Knowsley.
1832–1885: The townships of Huntingdon and Godmanchester.
1885–1918: The Sessional Divisions of Leightonstone and Toseland, incorporating the towns of Huntingdon, Godmanchester, and St Neots.
1983–1997: The District of Huntingdon wards of Brampton, Bury, Earith, Ellington, Elton, Farcet, Fenstanton, Godmanchester, Hemingford Abbots and Hilton, Hemingford Grey, Houghton and Wyton, Huntingdon North, Huntingdon West, Kimbolton, Needingworth, Ramsey, Sawtry, Somersham, Stilton, St Ives North, St Ives South, The Stukeleys, Upwood and The Raveleys, Warboys, and Yaxley, and the City of Peterborough wards of Barnack, Glinton, Northborough, Werrington, and Wittering.
1997–2010: The District of Huntingdonshire wards of Brampton, Buckden, Eaton Ford, Eaton Socon, Ellington, Eynesbury, Fenstanton, Godmanchester, Gransden, Hemingford Abbots and Hilton, Hemingford Grey, Houghton and Wyton, Huntingdon North, Huntingdon West, Kimbolton, Needingworth, Paxton, Priory Park, St Ives North, St Ives South, Staughton, The Offords, and The Stukeleys.
Gained the parts of the District of Huntingdon, including St Neots, which had previously been part of the abolished South West Cambridgeshire constituency. The City of Peterborough ward of Werrington was transferred to the Peterborough constituency. Remaining Peterborough wards and northern parts of the District of Huntingdon, including Ramsey, were included in the new County Constituency of North West Cambridgeshire.
2010–present: The District of Huntingdonshire wards of Alconbury and The Stukeleys, Brampton, Buckden, Fenstanton, Godmanchester, Gransden and The Offords, Huntingdon East, Huntingdon North, Huntingdon West, Kimbolton and Staughton, Little Paxton, St Ives East, St Ives South, St Ives West, St Neots Eaton Ford, St Neots Eaton Socon, St Neots Eynesbury, St Neots Priory Park, and The Hemingfords.
Local authority wards revised. Further minor loss to North West Cambridgeshire.
The constituency consists of the towns of St Neots, Huntingdon, St Ives, Godmanchester and a number of smaller settlements in Western Cambridgeshire.
|Parliament||First member||Second member|
|1377 (Jan)||William Wightman|
|1377 (Oct)||William Wightman|
|1380 (Jan)||William Wightman|
|1382 (May)||William Wightman|
|1382 (Oct)||William Wightman|
|1383 (Oct)||William Wightman|
|1384 (Apr)||William Wightman|
|1384 (Nov)||William Wightman|
|1386||William Luton||Thomas Daniel|
|1388 (Feb)||William Wightman||Thomas Daniel|
|1388 (Sep)||William Wightman||Thomas Daniel|
|1390 (Jan)||William Wightman||Thomas Daniel|
|1391||William Wightman||William Luton|
|1393||William Albon||John Pabenham|
|1394||Henry Proude||John Dunhead I|
|1395||John Cutler||John Dunhead II|
|1397 (Jan)||Walter Willardby||John Dunhead I|
|1397 (Sep)||John Hawkin||John Dunhead II|
|1399||John Hawkin||Richard Prentice|
|1401||John Sabrisforth||John Rous|
|1402||Walter Devenham||Ambrose Newton|
|1406||John Hawkin||Richard Prentice|
|1407||Richard Prentice||John Navet|
|1411||Robert Peck||Thomas Freeman|
|1413 (May)||Robert Peck||John Denton|
|1414 (Apr)||Robert Peck||John Denton|
|1414 (Nov)||Roger Chamberlain||John Foxton|
|1415||Robert Peck||John Bickley|
|1416 (Mar)||Robert Peck||John Denton|
|1417||John Fette||Richard Freeman|
|1419||Richard Spicer||Hugh Parson|
|1420||John Abbotsley (MP)||John Foxton|
|1421 (May)||Robert Peck II||John Colles|
|1421 (Dec)||Robert Peck II||George Gidding|
|1510–1523||No names known|
|1529||Thomas Hall||William Webbe|
|1547||John Arscott||John Millicent|
|1553 (Mar)||William Tyrwhitt||Thomas Maria Wingfield|
|1553 (Oct)||Thomas Maria Wingfield||John Purvey|
|1554 (Apr)||Thomas Maria Wingfield||Simon Throckmorton|
|1554 (Nov)||Philip Clampe||William Horwood|
|1555||Robert Brockbank||Thomas Worlich|
|1558||Robert Brockbank||John Brigandine|
|1559 (Jan)||Richard Patrick||William Symcots|
|1562/3||Richard Gooderick||'George Blyth|
|1571||Tristram Tyrwhitt||Ralph Rokeby|
|1572 (Apr)||Thomas Slade||John Turpin|
|1584 (Nov)||Francis Flower||William Cervington|
|1586||Francis Flower||William Cervington|
|1588 (Oct)||Francis Flower||William Cervington|
|1593||Robert Lee||Robert Cromwell|
|1597 (Oct)||Richard Cromwell||Robert Cooke|
|1601||William Beecher||Thomas Chichley|
|1604||Henry Cromwell||Thomas Harley|
|1614||Sir Christopher Hatton||Sir Miles Fleetwood|
|1621–1622||Sir Henry St John||Sir Miles Sandys, 1st Baronet|
|1624||Sir Arthur Mainwaring||Sir Henry St John|
|1625||Sir Arthur Mainwaring||Sir Henry St John|
|1626||Sir Arthur Mainwaring||John Goldsborough|
|1628||Oliver Cromwell||James Montagu|
|1629–1640||No Parliaments summoned|
|Apr 1640||Robert Bernard||William Montagu|
|Nov 1640||George Montagu|| Edward Montagu, ennobled in 1644 |
and replaced by Abraham Burrell
|1653||Not represented in Barebones Parliament|
|1659||John Thurloe||Sir John Bernard|
|Year||First member||First party||Second member||Second party|
|1660||John Bernard||Nicholas Pedley|
|1661||Sir John Cotton, 3rd Bt||Lionel Walden|
|Apr 1679||Hon. Sidney Wortley-Montagu||Sir Nicholas Pedley|
|Aug 1679||Lionel Walden|
|1685||Hon. Oliver Montagu|
|1689||John Bigg||Hon. Sidney Wortley-Montagu|
|1690||Hon. Richard Montagu|
|1701||The Earl of Orrery|
|1705||Edward Wortley Montagu||Sir John Cotton, 4th Bt|
|1713||Sidney Wortley-Montagu||Viscount Hinchingbrooke|
|1722||Edward Wortley Montagu||Roger Handasyde|
|May 1741||Hon. Wills Hill|
|Dec 1741||Albert Nesbitt|
|Feb 1774||Hon. William Augustus Montagu|
|Oct 1774||George Wombwell|
|1776||The Lord Mulgrave||Tory|
|1784||Sir Walter Rawlinson||Tory||Lancelot Brown||Tory|
|1787||John Willett Payne||Tory|
|Jun 1790||Hon. John George Montagu||Tory|
|Dec 1790||Henry Speed||Tory|
|1796||William Henry Fellowes||Tory||John Calvert||Tory|
|1807||William Meeke Farmer||Tory|
|1818||William Augustus Montagu||Tory|
|1820||Earl of Ancram||Tory|
|1831||Jonathan Peel||Tory||Sir Frederick Pollock||Tory|
|1868||representation reduced to one member|
|1873 by-election||Sir John Burgess Karslake||Conservative|
|1876 by-election||Edward Montagu||Conservative|
|1884 by-election||Sir Robert Peel||Conservative|
|1910 (Jan)||John Cator||Conservative|
|1918||constituency abolished, Huntingdonshire from 1918|
|1983||Rt Hon John Major||Conservative||Cabinet minister 1987–90; Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister 1990–97|
|2001||Jonathan Djanogly||Conservative||Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (2010-2012)|
|Liberal Democrats||Mark Argent||9,432||15.9||+7.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Rod Cantrill||5,090||8.5||+0.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Rod Cantrill||4,375||7.8||−21.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Martin Land||15,697||28.9||+2.3|
|Monster Raving Loony||Lord Toby Jug||548||1.0||N/A|
|Animal Protection||Carrie Holliman||181||0.3||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Julian Huppert||13,799||26.3||+2.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Pope||11,715||23.9||+9.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Matthew Owen||8,390||14.7||−6.4|
|Christian Democrat||Veronica Hufford||177||0.3||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Andrew Duff||9,386||12.8||−8.3|
|Monster Raving Loony||Screaming Lord Sutch||728||1.0||N/A|
|Conservative Thatcherite||Michael Flanagan||231||0.3||N/A|
|Forward to Mars Party||Charles S. Cockell||91||0.1||N/A|
|Natural Law||David Shepherd||26||0.0||N/A|
|Social Democratic||Anthony Nicholson||13,486||21.1||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+9.4|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+8.9|
|Liberal||John Jackson Wilks||2,068||46.1||−3.7|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+3.4|
|Conservative||Oliver George Powlett Montagu||2,208||48.4||N/A|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||N/A|
|Conservative||John Burgess Karslake||Unopposed|
|Conservative||John Burgess Karslake||Unopposed|
|Conservative||John Burgess Karslake||499||59.4||N/A|
Seat reduced to one member
|Whig||Edward Harvey Maltby||94||16.5||+12.4|
|Registered electors||c. 180|
|Registered electors||c. 180|
Wells and Sweeting were put forward as candidates, and received "a show of hands of ten to one" against Calvert and Stuart, who had received seven and five respectively. However, the mayor declared Stuart and Calvert as having the majority of legal votes and the seat was not put to a poll.
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