| County constituency |
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Totnes in Devon
Location of Devon within England
|Electorate||67,562 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Totnes, Dartmouth, Kingsbridge, Salcombe and Brixham|
|Member of Parliament||Anthony Mangnall (Conservative Party)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||South Hams constituency|
|Number of members||One|
|Type of constituency||County constituency|
|Replaced by||Teignbridge and South Hams|
|Created from||South Devon|
|Number of members||Two|
|Type of constituency||Borough constituency|
|Replaced by||Devon Southern|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
Totnes is a Parliamentary constituencyrepresented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Conservative Anthony Mangnall. Mangnall defeated incumbent Dr Sarah Wollaston who had originally been elected as a Conservative but defected to the Liberal Democrats earlier that year.
The current constituency was formed for the 1997 general election, from parts of the former South Hams constituency. This had, in 1983, largely replaced the previous Totnes constituency, which had existed in a wide form since 1885, but in a much narrower form from the Model Parliament.
An original parliamentary borough of Totnes or Totnesshad been created in 1295. It returned two MPs to the House of Commons of England until 1707, then to the House of Commons of Great Britain until 1800, and finally to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom from 1801 until it was abolished under the Representation of the People Act 1867 with effect from the 1868 election.
The modern constituency returned Conservatives in general elections since its 1997 recreation, which suggests a safe seat, though it came close to falling to the Liberal Democrats in 1997, and the sitting MP, Dr. Sarah Wollaston, defected to the Liberal Democrats in 2019, after a brief spell as an independent, and prior to that as a member of Change UK, a new centrist party which formed from MPs formerly Conservative, and formerly Labour, after she became disillusioned with the Conservative Party's position on Brexit. She had been a Conservative MP since 2010.
During the 2016 EU Referendum, Totnes is estimated to have narrowly voted to Leave, by 53.9% vs. 46.1% Remain, although the town of Totnes itself is a Remain stronghold, the rural areas of the constituency voted in favour of Brexit.
1885–1918: The Municipal Borough of Totnes, and the Sessional Divisions of Ermington and Plympton, and Stanborough and Coleridge.
1918–1950: The Municipal Borough of Totnes, the Urban Districts of Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Kingsbridge, Newton Abbot, Salcombe, and Teignmouth, the Rural District of Kingsbridge, and parts of the Rural Districts of Newton Abbot and Totnes.
1950–1974: The Municipal Boroughs of Clifton, Dartmouth, Hardness, and Totnes, the Urban Districts of Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Kingsbridge, Newton Abbot, and Salcombe, the Rural Districts of Kingsbridge and Newton Abbot, and part of the Rural District of Totnes.
1974–1983: The Municipal Boroughs of Clifton, Dartmouth, Hardness, and Totnes, the Urban Districts of Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Kingsbridge, Newton Abbot, and Salcombe, and the Rural Districts of Kingsbridge, Newton Abbot, and Totnes.
1997–2010: The District of South Hams wards of Avon and Harbourne, Avonleigh, Dartington, Dartmouth Clifton, Dartmouth Hardness, Dart Valley, Eastmoor, Garabrook, Kingsbridge, Kingswear, Malborough, Marldon, Salcombe, Saltstone, Skerries, South Brent, Stoke Gabriel, Stokenham, Thurlestone, Totnes, Totnes Bridgetown, and West Dart, the Borough of Torbay wards of Blatchcombe, Furzeham with Churston, and St Peter's with St Mary's, and the District of Teignbridge wards of Ambrook, Ashburton, and Buckfastleigh.
2010–present: The District of South Hams wards of Allington and Loddiswell, Avon and Harbourne, Dartington, Dartmouth and Kingswear, Dartmouth Townstal, East Dart, Eastmoor, Kingsbridge East, Kingsbridge North, Marldon, Salcombe and Malborough, Saltstone, Skerries, South Brent, Stokenham, Thurlestone, Totnes Bridgetown, Totnes Town, West Dart, and Westville and Alvington, and the Borough of Torbay wards of Berry Head with Furzeham, Blatchcombe, Churston with Galmpton, and St Mary’s with Summercombe.
The Totnes constituency covers the eastern part of the South Hams district of Devon, including the towns of Totnes, Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Salcombe, as well as parts of the unitary authority of Torbay, including the town of Brixham.
The seat covers the undulating Totnes area in south Devon, which also includes the towns of Brixham, South, and Western Paignton which is in Torbay. Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.4% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian .
Constituency created 1295
|Parliament||First member||Second member|
|1377 (Jan)||William Burlestone|
|1377 (Oct)||William Burlestone|
|1380 (Jan)||William Burlestone|
|1383 (Feb)||William Burlestone|
|1386||Robert French||John Pasford|
|1388 (Feb)||John Row||Walter Browning|
|1388 (Sep)||John Statham||Walter Browning|
|1390 (Jan)||John Poltimore||Walter Hotot|
|1391||John Grey||Thomas Norris|
|1393||John Suell||Robert Barneburgh|
|1394||Richard Whitelegh||John Pasford|
|1395||Ellis Beare||John Marshall|
|1397 (Jan)||John Gunne||Ellis Beare|
|1399||Simon Marsh||John Rose|
|1402||Henry Spencer||John Hulle|
|1406||Robert Wastell||John Warwick|
|1407||Alfred Wonston||Sir John Pomeroy|
|1410||Henry Austin||Robert Wastell|
|1411||John Bosom||Henry Bremeler|
|1413 (May)||John Sebright||Henry Austin|
|1414 (Nov)||William Ryder||Henry Berkeley|
|1420||John Ash||Walter Serle|
|1421 (May)||Henry Berkeley||Thomas Kirkby|
|1421 (Dec)||Henry Chesewell||William Cosyn|
|1455||William Fowell of Fowelscombe|
|1510-1523||No names known|
|1529||John Giles||Adam Ralegh|
|1545||Roger Prideaux||John Gale|
|1547||Roger Prideaux||Edmund Sture|
|1553 (Mar)||John Wotton||Christopher Savery|
|1553 (Oct)||John Wotton||Christopher Savery|
|1554 (Apr)||John Eveleigh||Henry Gildon|
|1554 (Nov)||Richard Savery||Christopher Savery|
|1555||Peter Edgecombe||Leonard Yeo|
|1558||Bernard Smith||Leonard Yeo|
|1558/9||Leonard Yeo||Sir Nicholas Poyntz|
|1562/3||Sir Arthur Champernowne||Richard Edgecombe I|
|1571||Richard Hurleston||John Stanhope|
|1572|| Robert Monson, made judge |
and repl. 1576 by Robert Beale
|1584||Christopher Savery||Nicholas Ball|
|1586||John Giles||Nicholas Hayman|
|1588||Richard Edgecombe||Simon Kelway|
|1593||Richard Sparry||Christopher Savery|
|1597||Edward Giles||Christopher Buggin|
|1601||Leonard Darr||Philip Holditch|
|1604||Christopher Brocking||Walter Dollings|
|1614||Nathaniel Rich||Lawrence Adams|
|1621–1622||Sir Edward Giles||Richard Rodd|
|1624||Arthur Champernoun||Sir Edward Giles|
|1625||Sir Edward Seymour, 2nd Baronet||Sir Edward Giles|
|1626||Arthur Champernoun||Philip Holditch|
|1628-1629||Sir Edward Giles||Thomas Prestwood|
|1629–1640||No Parliaments summoned|
|Apr 1640||Oliver St John||John Maynard|
|Nov 1640||Oliver St John||John Maynard|
|1645||Oliver St John||John Maynard|
|1648||Oliver St John||John Maynard|
|1653||Totnes not represented in Barebone's Parliament|
|1654||Major-General Desborough||(one seat only)|
|1656||Christopher Maynard||(one seat only)|
|1659||Capt. John Pleydell||Gilbert Evelyn|
|Year||First member||First party||Second member||Second party|
|1660||Thomas Chafe||Thomas Clifford|
|1661||Sir Edward Seymour, 3rd Baronet||Tory|
|1673||Sir Thomas Berry|
|Feb 1679||John Kelland|
|Aug 1679||Edward Seymour (later 4th Baronet)||Tory|
|1681||Charles Kelland||John Kelland|
|1685||Sir Edward Seymour, 3rd Baronet||Tory|
|1689||Rawlin Mallock||Sir John Fowell, Bt|
|1690||Henry Seymour Portman|
|1695||Sir Edward Seymour, 4th Baronet||Tory||Edward Yarde|
|1701||Sir Christopher Musgrave, Bt|
|1705||Sir Humphrey Mackworth||Tory|
|1708||Sir Edward Seymour, 5th Baronet||Tory||George Courtenay|
|1710||Thomas Coulson||Francis Gwyn|
|1717||Sir John Germain, Bt|
|1718||Sir Charles Wills|
|1732||Sir Henry Gough, Bt|
|1734||Sir Joseph Danvers, Bt|
|Apr 1754||Browse Trist|
|Dec 1754||Sir Richard Lloyd|
|1759||Richard Savage Lloyd|
|1768||Sir Philip Jennings-Clerke, Bt||Peter Burrell|
|1784||The Hon. Henry Phipps||Tory|
|1790||William Powlett Powlett||Sir Francis Buller Yarde, Bt|
|1796||The Lord Arden||Lord George Seymour|
|1802||John Berkeley Burland|
|1826||The Earl of Darlington||Tory|
|1830||Charles Barry Baldwin||Tory|
|1832||Jasper Parrott||Whig||James Cornish||Whig|
|1839||William Blount (Whig)||Charles Barry Baldwin (Con)|
|1840||Charles Barry Baldwin||Conservative|
|1855||The Earl of Gifford||Whig|
|1866||John Pender declared not duly elected and seat left vacant|
|1868||Constituency disenfranchised by the Reform Act 1867|
|1983||constituency abolished: see South Hams and Teignbridge|
Between 1983 and 1997 the constituency was replaced by the South Hams constituency. Anthony Steen was returned at every election.
|2010||Dr Sarah Wollaston||Conservative|
|Liberal Democrats||Sarah Wollaston||15,027||28.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Julian Brazil||6,466||12.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Julian Brazil||4,667||9.9||-25.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Julian Brazil||17,013||35.6||−1.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Mike Treleaven||19,165||37.9||+0.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Rachel Oliver||18,317||37.2||+2.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Rob Chave||18,760||34.9|
|Ind. Conservative||Christopher Venmore||2,369||4.4|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
|Liberal||Anthony H. Rogers||24,445||36.42|
|Liberal||Anthony H. Rogers||21,586||34.85|
|Liberal||Anthony H. Rogers||20,922||32.12|
|Labour||Harold M. Luscombe||13,249||20.34|
|Labour||Reginald C.J. Scott||14,542||27.83|
|Liberal||Edward B. Taylor||12,297||23.53|
|Labour||Terence J.B. Heelas||13,116||25.84|
|Liberal||T. Cedric Jones||10,719||21.12|
|Labour||Daniel J.P. Mann||14,787||29.20|
|Liberal||Arthur Claude Shobbrook||9,471||18.70|
|Labour||Charles A. O'Donnell||16,409||31.40|
|Liberal||Harold Ernest Desch||7,838||15.00|
|Liberal||Harold Ernest Desch||10,974||20.60|
|Liberal||Thomas Henry Aggett||7,536||15.61|
General Election 1939/40: Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;
|Labour||William Roy John Henwood||3,848||8.31|
|Liberal||Philip Foale Rowsell||17,790||39.3||-0.9|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing|
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing||+3.2|
|Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
General Election 1914/15:
Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;
|Liberal Unionist||Francis Mildmay||5,252||63.3||+2.7|
|Liberal Unionist hold||Swing||+2.7|
|Liberal Unionist||Francis Mildmay||5,505||60.6||-2.9|
|Liberal Unionist hold||Swing||-2.9|
|Liberal win (new seat)|
|Liberal Unionist||Francis Mildmay||4,652||80.3||+37.7|
|Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+37.7|
|Liberal Unionist||Francis Mildmay||5,226||63.5||N/A|
|Liberal||Lewis Humfrey Edmunds||2,998||36.5||N/A|
|Liberal Unionist hold||Swing||N/A|
|Liberal Unionist||Francis Mildmay||Unopposed|
|Liberal Unionist hold|
|Liberal Unionist||Francis Mildmay||4,630||67.2||+0.3|
|Liberal||Alfred John Sparke||2,264||32.8||-0.3|
|Liberal Unionist hold||Swing||+0.3|
|Liberal Unionist||Francis Mildmay||4,815||66.9||-13.4|
|Liberal||Alfred Herbert Lush||2,384||33.1||+13.4|
|Liberal Unionist hold||Swing||-13.4|
|Conservative||William Gregory Dawkins||162||22.4||+7.9|
|Turnout||362 (est)||94.6 (est)||+6.3|
On petition, Pender was unseated on 22 March 1866. No writ was issued to replace him and, in 1868, the seat was disenfranchised and absorbed into South Devon.
By-election caused by the death of George Hay.
By-election caused by the death of Thomas Mills.
|Turnout||301 (est)||88.3 (est)||+4.6|
|Peelite||James Thomas Mackenzie||118||23.8||+11.1|
|Turnout||248 (est)||78.7 (est)||−0.8|
By-election caused by Edward Seymour becoming 12th Duke of Somerset.
|Conservative||Charles Barry Baldwin||141||25.3||−0.9|
|Turnout||295 (est)||79.5 (est)||+1.7|
|Whig gain from Conservative||Swing||+1.0|
Seymour was appointed Commissioner of Woods, Forests, Land Revenues, Works, and Buildings, requiring a by-election.
|Conservative||Charles Barry Baldwin||154||26.2||N/A|
|Turnout||294 (est)||77.8 (est)||N/A|
|Conservative||Charles Barry Baldwin||Unopposed|
|Conservative||Charles Barry Baldwin||158||51.1|
|Whig||Thomas Guy Gisborne||151||48.9|
The previous by-election was declared void on petition, causing a by-election.
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