The ceremonial county of Leicestershire , (which includes the unitary authority of Leicester), is divided into 10 Parliamentary constituencies - 3 Borough constituencies and 7 County constituencies. One of these also includes the small historic county of Rutland, which was administratively a district of Leicestershire from 1974 to 1997. Since 1997, Rutland has been a separate unitary authority.
Conservative † Labour ‡ Liberal Democrat ¤
|Name||Electorate||Majority||Member of Parliament||Nearest opposition||Map|
|Bosworth CC||81,542||26,278||Luke Evans †||Chris Kealy ‡|
|Charnwood CC||79,534||22,397||Edward Argar†||Sean Kelly-Walsh‡|
|Harborough CC||80,151||17,278||Neil O'Brien†||Andrew Thomas‡|
|Leicester East BC||78,433||6,019||Claudia Webbe‡||Edward He†|
|Leicester South BC*||77,708||22,675||Jon Ashworth‡||Meera Sonecha†|
|Leicester West BC||64,940||4,212||Liz Kendall‡||Jack Hickley†|
|Loughborough CC||79,764||7,169||Jane Hunt†||Jewel Miah‡|
|North West Leicestershire CC||78,935||20,400||Andrew Bridgen†||Sean Sheehan‡|
|Rutland and Melton CC||82,705||26,924||Alicia Kearns†||Heather Peto‡|
|South Leicestershire CC||80,520||24,004||Alberto Costa†||Shabbir Aslam‡|
In the unreformed House of Commons, Leicestershire and Rutland were represented by two Knights of the Shire each, and the only parliamentary borough was Leicester, which sent two burgesses.
Under the Reform Act 1832, Leicestershire was split into two divisions, North and South, which each elected two members. The Reform Act 1885 redistributed these seats into four single-member divisions: Melton, or Eastern, Loughborough, or Mid, Harborough, or Southern, and Bosworth, or Western.
At the 1918 general election, the four divisions of the county were retained, and the borough of Leicester was split into three single-member constituencies, Leicester East, Leicester South, and Leicester West. From 1950 to 1974 Leicester had four constituencies, these being Leicester North East, Leicester North West, Leicester South East and Leicester South West: the three seat arrangement of South, East and West was reverted to thereafter.
Rutland constituted a constituency on its own until 1918, when it became part of the Rutland and Stamford constituency, with nearby Stamford in Lincolnshire.
In 1983, seats in Leicestershire were redrawn. Rutland was merged with Melton to form Rutland and Melton, with Loughborough, Bosworth, and Harborough remaining as seat names. The new North West Leicestershire constituency was created. A further constituency, Charnwood was created in the north for the 1997 election.
Finalised proposals by the Boundary Commission for England retain the 10 constituencies, with changes to realign constituency boundaries with the boundaries of current local government wards, and to reduce the electoral disparity between constituencies. These changes were implemented at the 2010 United Kingdom general election. They have confirmed that the new constituency which almost corresponds to the existing Blaby is renamed South Leicestershire on the grounds that it does not match the borders of Blaby district, and the village of Blaby itself is not one of the major population centres.
|No. on map||Constituency||2005 boundaries||2010 boundaries|
|8||North West Leicestershire|
|9||Rutland and Melton|
|10||South Leicestershire (previously Blaby)|
The Boundary Commission for England submitted their final proposals in respect of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies (the 2018 review) in September 2018. Although the proposals were immediately laid before Parliament they were not brought forward by the Government for approval. Accordingly, they didnot come into effect for the 2019 election which took place on 12 December 2019, and which was contested using the constituency boundaries in place since 2010.
Under the terms of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011, the Sixth Review was based on reducing the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 and a strict electoral parity requirement that the electorate of all constituencies should be within a range of 5% either side of the electoral quota.
On 24 March 2020, the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, Chloe Smith, issued a written statement to Parliament setting out the Government's thinking with regard to parliamentary boundaries. They propose to bring forward primary legislation to remove the statutory obligation to implement the 2018 Boundary Review recommendations, as well as set the framework for future boundary reviews in time for the next review which is due to begin in early 2021 and report no later than October 2023. It is proposed that the number of constituencies now remains at the current level of 650, rather than being reduced to 600, while retaining the requirement that the electorate should be no more than +/- 5% from the electoral quota.
A cell marked → (with a different colour background to the preceding cell) indicates that the previous MP continued to sit under a new party name.
Conservative Labour Liberal Liberal-Labour
|Constituency||1885||1886||88||91||1892||94||1895||1900||04||1906||06||Jan 1910||Dec 1910||13||16|
|Bosworth||Ellis||C. McLaren||H. McLaren|
|Melton||J. Manners||H. Manners||E. Manners||C. Manners||Walker||Yate|
From 1918 to 1983 Rutland was categorised with Lincolnshire.
Coalition Liberal (1918-22) / National Liberal (1922-23) Coalition National Democratic & Labour Conservative Labour Liberal National Labour National Liberal (1931-68)
|Leicester East / Leicester NE (1950)||Hewart||Banton||Evans||Banton||Loder||Wise||Lyons||Donovan||Ungoed-Thomas||Bradley|
|Leicester South / Leicester SW (1950)||Blane||Reynolds||Allen||Waterhouse||Bowden||Boardman|
|Leicester West / Leicester NW (1950)||Green||Hill||Pethick-Lawrence||Pickering||Nicolson||B. Janner||G. Janner|
|Leicester South East||Waterhouse||Peel|
Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats Social Democratic
|Constituency||Feb 1974||Oct 1974||1979||81||1983||1987||1992||1997||2001||04||2005||2010||11||2015||2017||2019|
|Blaby / South Leicestershire (2010)||Lawson||Robathan||Costa|
|Leicester West||G. Janner||Hewitt||Kendall|
|Melton / Rutland and Melton (1983)||Latham||Duncan||Kearns|
|North West Leicestershire||Ashby||Taylor||Bridgen|
Leicestershire is a landlocked county in the English Midlands. The county borders Nottinghamshire to the north, Lincolnshire to the north-east, Rutland to the east, Northamptonshire to the south-east, Warwickshire to the south-west, Staffordshire to the west, and Derbyshire to the north-west. The border with most of Warwickshire is Watling Street, the modern A5 road.
The Borough of Charnwood is a local government district with borough status in the north of Leicestershire, England, which has a population of 166,100 as of the 2011 census. It borders Melton to the east, Harborough to the south east, Leicester and Blaby to the south, Hinckley and Bosworth to the south west, North West Leicestershire to the west and Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire to the north. It is named after Charnwood Forest, an area which the borough contains much of.
Harborough is a local government district of Leicestershire, England, named after its main town, Market Harborough. Covering 230 square miles (600 km2), the district is by far the largest of the eight district authorities in Leicestershire and covers almost a quarter of the county.
Leicester South is a constituency, recreated in 1974, represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2011 by Jon Ashworth of the Labour Co-op Party. A previous version of the seat existed between 1918 and 1950. Except for a 2004 by-election when it was won by the Liberal Democrats, Leicester South has been held by the Labour Party since 1987.
Bosworth is a constituency represented since 2019 by Luke Evans, a Conservative.
Rutland and Melton is a county constituency spanning Leicestershire and Rutland, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom since 2019 by Alicia Kearns, a Conservative. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post system of election.
North West Leicestershire is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Andrew Bridgen, a Conservative.
Harborough is a constituency covering the south east of Leicestershire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2017 by Neil O'Brien of the Conservative Party.
Blaby was a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which existed from 1974 until 2010. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. It was a safe seat for the Conservative Party, being held by Conservative MPs throughout its existence.
Charnwood is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Edward Argar, a Conservative.
Loughborough is a constituency in Leicestershire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Jane Hunt, a Conservative. The constituency is a considered a bellwether, as it has reflected the national result at every general election since February 1974.
Leicester West is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Liz Kendall of the Labour Party. Along with the other two Leicester seats, it was held by Labour at the 2017 general election. Since its creation in 1918 the seat has sided with parties from the left wing of politics. It is among the small minority of net Labour-favouring English seats not siding with the Conservatives in part of the 1930s when they co-governed with the National Labour Organisation including Sir Ramsay MacDonald.
Leicester East is a constituency of the United Kingdom House of Commons represented since 13 December 2019 by Claudia Webbe, a member of the Labour Party. The seat is one of three held by the Labour candidate in 2019 from a total of ten in Leicestershire. Since the seat was recreated in 1974, it returned twice members of other parties from 1981 until 1987 and since 1987 has returned Labour's candidate. In 2019 Labour held the seat with a substantially reduced majority of 6,019, down from 22,428 in the previous election just 2 years earlier.
Leicestershire County Council is the county council for the English non-metropolitan county of Leicestershire. It was originally formed in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888. The county is divided into 52 electoral divisions, which return a total of 55 councillors. The council is controlled by the Conservative Party. The leader of the county council is currently Nick Rushton, who was elected to the post in September 2012. The headquarters of the council is County Hall beside the A50 at Glenfield, just outside the city of Leicester in Blaby district.
South Leicestershire is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Alberto Costa, a member of the Conservative Party.
Melton was a county constituency centred on the town of Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
Rutland and Stamford was a county constituency comprising the area centred on the town of Stamford in Lincolnshire, and the county of Rutland. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, using the first-past-the-post voting system.
North Leicestershire, formally the "Northern Division of Leicestershire", was a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) by the bloc vote system of election.
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.