| Borough constituency |
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Torbay in Devon
Location of Devon within England
|Electorate||76,219 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Paignton and Torquay|
|Member of Parliament||Kevin Foster (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
Torbay is a constituencyrepresented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Kevin Foster, a Conservative.
1974–1983: The County Borough of Torbay.
1983–2010: The Borough of Torbay wards of Cockington with Chelston, Coverdale, Ellacombe, Preston, St Marychurch, St Michael's with Goodrington, Shiphay, Tormohun, and Torwood.
2010–present: The Borough of Torbay wards of Clifton with Maidenway, Cockington with Chelston, Ellacombe, Goodrington with Roselands, Preston, Roundham with Hyde, St Marychurch, Shiphay with the Willows, Tormohun, Watcombe, and Wellswood.
The constituency covers the majority of the Torbay unitary authority in Devon, including the seaside resorts of Torquay and most of Paignton. The remainder of the borough is covered by the Totnes constituency.
After being held for several Parliaments (taking together various predecessor areas) by Conservatives, from 1997 the seat was held by Liberal Democrats until 2015 when a Conservative re-took it.
Sir Frederic Bennett did not achieve his own ministry nationally, but he chaired in the European Parliament the European Democrats group.
Consisting almost entirely of coastal towns and villages, the constituency has a range of shopping, tourist and visitor facilities from Paignton Zoo, safe bathing and boating to mini-golf, as well as a few nearby luxury resorts. Perhaps owing to the seasonal rise in employment, workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 5.0% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian .
The seat is home to the Plainmoor football ground, home to Torquay United. Past MP Adrian Sanders is a notable supporter of the football club.
|Feb 1974||Sir Frederic Bennett||Conservative|
|1997||Adrian Sanders||Liberal Democrat|
|Liberal Democrats||Lee Howgate||12,114||24.0||-1.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Deborah Brewer||12,858||25.1||−8.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Adrian Sanders||16,265||33.8||−13.2|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||+7.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Adrian Sanders||23,126||47.0||+5.2|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+1.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Adrian Sanders||19,317||40.8||−9.7|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||−4.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Adrian Sanders||24,015||50.5||+10.9|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+7.05|
|Liberal Democrats||Adrian Sanders||21,094||39.6||−0.2|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Paul Wild||100||0.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative||Swing||+5.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Adrian Sanders||22,837||39.8||+2.2|
|National Front||Robert Jones||268||0.5||N/A|
|Natural Law||Alison Thomas||157||0.3||N/A|
|National Front||June Spry||647||1.0||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
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