Exeter (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 50°43′19″N 3°32′02″W / 50.722°N 3.534°W / 50.722; -3.534

Exeter
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Exeter in Devon.
Location of Devon within England.
County Devon
Electorate 76,796 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Exeter
Current constituency
Created 1295
Member of parliament Ben Bradshaw (Labour)
Number of members 1295–1885: Two
1885present: One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England

Exeter /ˈɛksətər/ is a constituency[n 1] composed of the cathedral city and county town of Devon represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. [n 2] The constituency has had a history of representatives from 1900 of Conservative, Liberal Party, Independent and Labour representation and has been represented since 1997 by Ben Bradshaw of the Labour Party, who served in government as a Health Minister and as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (2009–2010).

Boundaries

1918-1950: The County Borough of Exeter.

1950-1974: As prior but with redrawn boundaries.

1974-1983: As prior but with redrawn boundaries.

1983-2010: The City of Exeter.

2010-present: The City of Exeter wards of Alphington, Cowick, Duryard, Exwick, Heavitree, Mincinglake, Newtown, Pennsylvania, Pinhoe, Polsloe, Priory, St David’s, St James, St Leonard’s, St Thomas, and Whipton and Barton.

The constituency covers most of the city of Exeter in Devon. Following a review of parliamentary representation in Devon by the Boundary Commission for England, which has increased the number of seats in the county from 11 to 12, two wards of the City of Exeter (St Loyes and Topsham) have been transferred to the neighbouring East Devon constituency.[2]

Members of Parliament

MPs 1295–1660

ParliamentFirst memberSecond member
1351John Prescott[3]
1353John Prescott[3]
1365John Prescott[3]
1368John Prescott[3]
1386John GreyRichard Bosom[4]
1388 (Feb)Peter HadleyThomas Raymond[4]
1388 (Sep)Peter HadleyAdam Creedy[4]
1390 (Jan)Adam GoldeWilliam Frye[4]
1390 (Nov)
1391John GreyWilliam Frye[4]
1393John GreyRobert Cobbley[4]
1394John GreyRichard Bosom[4]
1395John GreyWilliam Wilford[4]
1397 (Jan)John GreyWilliam Wilford[4]
1397 (Sep)William FryeWilliam Wilford[4]
1399Roger GoldeRobert Cobbley[4]
1401Adam ScutJohn Coscombe[4]
1402Roger GoldeWilliam Morehay[4]
1404 (Jan)William WilfordThomas Raymond[4]
1404 (Oct)John NywamanJohn Lake[4]
1406Roger GoldeWilliam Dimmock[4]
1407Nicholas ClerkWilliam Morehay[4]
1410Richard RaymondJohn Shaplegh I[4]
1411William WilfordJohn Lake[4]
1413 (Feb)Thomas EstonPeter Sturt[4]
1413 (May)Richard BosomJohn Pollow[4]
1414 (Apr)John WilfordJohn Shaplegh II[4]
1414 (Nov)Roger GoldeJohn Wilford[4]
1415Richard CreseJohn Pollow[4]
1416 (Mar)Roger GoldeRobert Vessy[4]
1416 (Oct)Roger GoldeJohn Pollow[4]
1417John Shaplegh IIThomas Cook[4]
1419John Shaplegh IIJohn Pollow[4]
1420John Shaplegh IIRichard Crese[4]
1421 (May)John Cutler alias CarwithanRoger Shillingford[4]
1421 (Dec)John Shaplegh IIJohn Shillingford[4]
1510Thomas AndrewJohn Orenge[5]
1512Richard HewetJohn Simon[5]
1515Richard HewetJohn Simon[5]
1523John NoseworthyJohn Bridgeman[5]
1529Henry HamlinJohn Blackaller,
replaced 1534 by John Vowell alias Hooker[5]
1536?
1539John HullWilliam Hurst[5]
1542Thomas SpurwayWilliam Hurst[5]
1543Gilbert Kirk replaced Spurway and John Pasmore replaced Hurst[5]
1543(substitution reversed) Thomas Spurway replaced Kirk, William Hurst replaced Pasmore[5]
1545John GrenvilleWilliam Hurst[5]
1547John Hull, died
and replaced 1549 by
Thomas Prestwood
Griffith Ameredith[5]
1553 (Mar)Robert WestonRichard Hart[5]
1553 (Oct)John RidgewayRichard Hart[5]
1554 (Apr)John RidgewayRichard Hart[5]
1554 (Nov)John GrenvilleJohn Petre[5]
1555Sir John PollardEdmund Sture[5]
1558John GrenvilleWalter Staplehill[5]
1558/9Sir John PollardRichard Prestwood[6]
1562/3Thomas Williams, died
and replaced 1566 by
Sir Peter Carew
Geoffrey Tothill[6]
1571Geoffrey TothillJohn Vowell alias Hooker[6]
1572Geoffrey Tothill, died
and replaced 1576 by
Edward Ameredith
Simon Knight[6]
1584Thomas BruartonRichard Prowse[6]
1586Edward DrewJohn Vowell alias Hooker[6]
1588Edward DrewJohn Peryam[6]
1593John HeleJohn Peryam[6]
1597John HeleWilliam Martin[6]
1601John HeleJohn Howell[6]
1604George SmithJohn Prowse
1614John ProwseThomas Martyn
1621–1622John ProwseIgnatius Jordain
1624John ProwseNicholas Duck
1625Ignatius JordainNicholas Duck
1626Ignatius JordainJohn Hayne
1628-1629Ignatius JordainJohn Lynn
1629–1640No Parliaments summoned
Apr 1640Robert WalkerSimon Snow in place of Jacob Tucker
Nov 1640Robert Walker
disabled 1643
Simon Snow
1645Simon Snow
secluded in Pride's Purge
Samuel Clark
1648Samuel Clark(one seat only)
1653Exeter not represented in the Barebones Parliament
1654Thomas BampfieldThomas Gibbons
1656Thomas BampfieldThomas Westlake
1659Thomas BampfieldMaj. Thomas Gibbon

MPs 1660–1885

Two members

YearFirst member[7]First partySecond member[7]Second party
1660 John Maynard Thomas Bampfield
1661 Sir James Smyth Robert Walker
1673 Thomas Walker
1679 William Glyde Malachi Pyne
1681 Sir Thomas Carew Thomas Walker
1685 James Walker Edward SeymourTory
Jan 1689 Sir Henry Pollexfen
Jun 1689 Christopher Bale
1695 Edward Seyward Sir Joseph Tily
1698 Sir Edward SeymourTory Sir Bartholomew Shower
1702 John SnellTory
Apr 1708 John HarrisWhig
May 1708 Nicholas WoodTory
1710 Sir Coplestone BampfyldeTory John SnellTory
1713 John Rolle Francis Drewe
1715 John Bampfylde
1722 John Rolle
1727 Samuel Molyneux
1728 John Belfield
1734 John King Thomas Balle
1735 Sir Henry Northcote
1741 Humphrey Sydenham
1743 Sir Richard Bampfylde, Bt
1747 John Tuckfield
1754 John Rolle Walter
1767 William Spicer
1768 John Buller
1774 Sir Charles Bampfylde
1776 John Baring
1790 James Buller
1796 Sir Charles Bampfylde
1802 James Buller
1812 William Courtenay
1818 Robert Newman
Feb 1826 Samuel Trehawke Kekewich
Jun 1826 Lewis William Buck
1830 James Wentworth Buller
1832 Edward DivettRadical[8][9]
1835 Sir William Webb Follett
1845 Sir John Duckworth, BtConservative
1857 Richard GardConservative
1864 Viscount CourtenayConservative
1865 John ColeridgeLiberal
1868 Edgar Alfred BowringLiberal
1873 Arthur MillsConservative
1874 John George JohnsonConservative
1880 Edward Johnson Liberal Henry Northcote Conservative
1885 representation reduced to one member

MPs since 1885

ElectionMember[7]Party
1885 Henry Northcote Conservative
1899 by-election Sir Edgar Vincent Conservative
1906 Sir George Kekewich Liberal
January 1910 Henry Duke Conservative
December 1910[10] Harold St Maur Liberal
1911[10] Henry Duke Conservative
1918 Sir Robert Newman Conservative
1929 Independent
1931 Arthur Reed Conservative
1945 John Maude Conservative
1951 Sir Rolf Dudley-Williams, Bt Conservative
1966 Gwyneth Dunwoody Labour
1970 Sir John Hannam Conservative
1997 Ben Bradshaw Labour

Elections

Elections in the 2010s

General Election 2017: Exeter[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ben Bradshaw 34,336 62.0 +15.6
Conservative James Taghdissian 18,219 32.9 0.2
Liberal Democrat Vanessa Newcombe 1,562 2.8 1.5
Green Joe Levy 1,027 1.9 4.6
Independent Jonathan West 212 0.4 N/A
Independent Jonathan Bishop 67 0.1 N/A
Majority 16,117 29.1 +15.8
Turnout 55,423 71.7 +1.5
Labour hold Swing +7.9
General Election 2015: Exeter[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ben Bradshaw 25,062 46.4 +8.2
Conservative Dom Morris 17,879 33.1 +0.1
UKIP Keith Crawford 5,075 9.4 +5.7
Green Diana Moore 3,491 6.5 +4.9
Liberal Democrat Joel Mason 2,321 4.3 16.2
TUSC Ed Potts 190 0.4 N/A
Majority 7,183 13.3 +8.1
Turnout 54,018 70.2 +2.5
Labour hold Swing +4.0
General Election 2010: Exeter[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ben Bradshaw 19,942 38.2 4.0
Conservative Hannah Foster 17,221 33.0 +8.1
Liberal Democrat Graham Oakes 10,581 20.3 0.7
UKIP Keith Crawford 1,930 3.7 +0.3
Liberal Chris Gale 1,108 2.1 2.3
Green Paula Black 792 1.5 2.3
BNP Robert Farmer 673 1.3 +1.3
Majority 2,721 5.2
Turnout 52,247 67.7 +3.4
Labour hold Swing 6.0

Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2005: Exeter[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ben Bradshaw 22,619 41.1 8.7
Conservative Peter Cox 14,954 27.2 0.2
Liberal Democrat Jon Underwood 11,340 20.6 +8.2
Liberal Margaret Danks 2,214 4.0 0.9
Green Tim Brenan 1,896 3.4 +1.0
UKIP Mark Fitzgeorge-Parker 1,854 3.4 +1.3
Independent John Stuart 191 0.3 +0.3
Majority 7,665 13.9
Turnout 55,068 64.8 0.6
Labour hold Swing 4.2
General Election 2001: Exeter[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ben Bradshaw 26,194 49.8 +2.3
Conservative Anne Jobson 14,435 27.4 1.2
Liberal Democrat Richard Copus 6,512 12.4 5.6
Liberal David J Morrish 2,596 4.9 +1.6
Green Paul Edwards 1,240 2.4 +1.3
UKIP John Stuart 1,109 2.1 +1.1
Socialist Alliance Francis Choules 530 1.0 N/A
Majority 11,759 22.4
Turnout 52,616 64.2 -13.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1997: Exeter[17][18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ben Bradshaw 29,398 47.5 +11.8
Conservative Adrian Rogers 17,693 28.6 13.5
Liberal Democrat Dennis Brewer 11,148 18.0 1.1
Liberal David Morrish 2,062 3.3 +1.5
Green Paul Edwards 643 1.0 +0.2
Independent Corrine Haynes 638 1.0 N/A
Independent James Meakin 282 0.5 N/A
Majority 11,705 18.9
Turnout 61,864 78.2 4.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +12.5
General Election 1992: Exeter[20][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hannam 25,543 41.1 3.3
Labour John N. Lloyd 22,498 36.2 +13.7
Liberal Democrat Graham J. Oakes 12,059 19.4 12.3
Liberal Alison C. Micklem 1,119 1.8 +1.8
Green Tim J.R. Brenan 764 1.2 +0.2
Natural Law Michael J. Turnbull 98 0.2 N/A
Majority 3,045 4.9 7.7
Turnout 62,081 80.5 0.1
Conservative hold Swing 8.5

Elections in the 1980s

General Election 1987: Exeter[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hannam 26,922 44.40 -2.12
Social Democratic Mike Thomas 19,266 31.77 +2.49
Labour John Vincent 13,643 22.50 -0.34
Green Raymond Vail 597 0.98 -0.38
L.A.P.P Nigel Byles 209 0.34
Majority 7,656 12.63
Turnout 60,637 80.63
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Exeter[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hannam 26,660 46.52 -1.89
Social Democratic Stuart Mennell 16,780 29.28 +13.68
Labour Richard Evans 13,088 22.84 -11.27
Ecology Peter Frings 779 1.36 -0.52
Majority 9,880 17.24
Turnout 57,307 78.03
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General Election 1979: Exeter
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hannam 27,173 48.41
Labour G.W. Hobbs 19,146 34.11
Liberal H. Marsh 8,756 15.60
Ecology Peter Frings 1,053 1.88
Majority 8,027 14.30
Turnout 56,128 81.55
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Exeter
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hannam 21,970 40.73
Labour F Keith Taylor 19,622 36.38
Liberal David J Morrish 12,342 22.88
Majority 2,348 4.35
Turnout 53,934 80.28
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Exeter
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hannam 22,762 40.10
Labour G. Powell 17,686 31.15
Liberal David J Morrish 16,322 28.75
Majority 5,076 8.94
Turnout 56,770 85.28
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Exeter
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hannam 21,680 45.02
Labour Gwyneth Dunwoody 20,409 42.38
Liberal David J Morrish 6,672 13.61
Majority 1,271 2.64
Turnout 48,761 81.05
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General Election 1966: Exeter
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gwyneth Dunwoody 22,199 48.60 +10.29
Conservative Rolf Dudley-Williams 18,613 40.75 -0.69
Liberal Ronald Cuthbert Thompson 4,869 10.66 -9.59
Majority 3,586 7.85
Turnout 45,681 83.63
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1964: Exeter
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rolf Dudley-Williams 18,035 41.44 -7.22
Labour Gwyneth Dunwoody 16,673 38.31 +2.42
Liberal Ronald Cuthbert Thompson 8,815 20.25 +4.8
Majority 1,362 3.13
Turnout 43,523 80.34
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General Election 1959: Exeter
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rolf Dudley-Williams 21,579 48.66
Labour Albert John Rogers 15,918 35.89
Liberal Gordon Taylor 6,852 15.45
Majority 5,661 12.76
Turnout 44,349 82.00
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Exeter
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rolf Dudley-Williams 24,147 56.28
Labour Leslie C. Merrion 18,759 43.72
Majority 5,388 12.56
Turnout 42,906 79.31
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Exeter
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rolf Dudley-Williams 23,218 50.80
Labour Edward S.D. Bishop 18,576 40.65
Liberal Ellen E Tinkham 3,908 8.55
Majority 4,642 10.16
Turnout 45,702 84.13
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Exeter
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Maude 24,339 53.52
Labour Tom Horabin 21,135 46.48
Majority 3,204 7.05
Turnout 45,474 86.00
Conservative hold Swing

Election in the 1940s

General Election 1945: Exeter
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Maude 16,420 43.34 -17.44
Labour Reginald J Travess 15,245 40.24 +1.02
Liberal Freda Evelyn Griffith Morgan 6,220 16.42 +16.42
Majority 1,175 3.10
Turnout 37,885 74.46
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s

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;

General Election 1935: Exeter
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Reed 21,192 60.78 +5.59
Labour John Stafford Cripps 13,674 39.22 +17.65
Majority 7,518 21.56
Turnout 34,866 75.86
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Exeter
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Reed 20,360 55.19 +32.49
Liberal Eleanor Acland 8,571 23.23 +23.23
Labour James Viner Delahaye 7,958 21.57 -6.23
Majority 11,789 31.96
Turnout 36,889 84.77
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s

General Election 1929: Exeter[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Unionist Robert Newman 16,642 49.5 -8.0
Labour J. Lloyd Jones 9,361 27.8 +2.6
Unionist Geoffrey Dorling Roberts 7,622 22.7 n/a
Majority 7,281 21.7 -10.6
Turnout 81.9 -0.2
Independent Unionist gain from Unionist Swing n/a
General Election 1924: Exeter[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Robert Newman 14,522 57.5 -10.2
Labour A J Penny 6,359 25.2 -7.1
Liberal Thomas Fairchild Day 4,359 17.3 n/a
Majority 8,163 32.3 -3.1
Turnout 82.1 +9.5
Unionist hold Swing -1.5
General Election 1923: Exeter [25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Robert Newman 14,908 67.7 +11.0
Labour Lothian Small 7,123 32.3 n/a
Majority 7,785 35.4 +22.0
Turnout 72.6 -13.0
Unionist hold Swing n/a
General Election 1922 : Exeter[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Robert Newman 14,326 56.7 -2.0
Liberal Leonard Costello 10,920 43.3 +2.0
Majority 13.4 -4.0
Turnout 85.6 +17.4
Unionist hold Swing -2.0

Election results 1885-1918

Elections in the 1880s

General Election 1885: Exeter [26][27][28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Henry Northcote 3,315 51.9 10.9
Liberal Edward Johnson 3,074 48.1 +10.9
Majority 241 3.8 N/A
Turnout 6,389 91.8 +15.3 (est)
Registered electors 6,963
Conservative win
General Election 1886: Exeter [26][27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Henry Northcote 3,222 52.8 +0.9
Liberal Edward Johnson 2,879 47.2 -0.9
Majority 343 5.6 +1.8
Turnout 6,101 87.6 -4.2
Registered electors 6,963
Conservative hold Swing +0.9

Elections in the 1890s

General Election 1892: Exeter [26][27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Henry Northcote 3,884 53.8 +1.0
Liberal Albert Dunn 3,329 46.2 1.0
Majority 555 7.6 +2.0
Turnout 7,213 90.5 +2.9
Registered electors 7,972
Conservative hold Swing +1.0
General Election 1895: Exeter [26][27][29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Henry Northcote 3,857 53.4 -0.4
Liberal Adam Spencer Hogg 3,363 46.6 +0.4
Majority 494 6.8 -0.8
Turnout 7,220 88.1 -2.4
Registered electors 8,198
Conservative hold Swing -0.4
Exeter by-election, 1899 [26][27][29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Edgar Vincent 4,030 54.5 +0.7
Liberal Allan Bright 3,371 45.5 0.7
Majority 659 9.0 +1.4
Turnout 7,401 86.1 4.4
Registered electors 8,595
Conservative hold Swing +0.7

Elections in the 1900s

General Election 1900: Exeter [26][27][29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Edgar Vincent 4,001 54.1 +0.7
Liberal Allan Bright 3,388 45.9 0.7
Majority 613 8.2 +1.4
Turnout 7,389 84.9 3.2
Registered electors 8,708
Conservative hold Swing +0.7
General Election 1906: Exeter [26][27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal George Kekewich 4,469 50.5 +4.6
Conservative Edgar Vincent 4,384 49.5 4.6
Majority 85 1.0 N/A
Turnout 8,853 92.5 +7.6
Registered electors 9,567
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +4.6

Elections in the 1910s

General Election January 1910: Exeter [26][30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Henry Duke 4,902 50.1 +0.6
Liberal Harold St. Maur 4,876 49.9 -0.6
Majority 26 0.2 N/A
Turnout 9,778 94.2 +1.7
Registered electors 10,383
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +0.6
General Election December 1910 Exeter[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Henry Duke 4,777 50.0 -0.1
Liberal Harold St. Maur 4,776 50.0 +0.1
Majority 1 0.0 -0.2
Turnout 9,553 92.0 -2.2
Registered electors 10,383
Conservative hold Swing -0.1

Upon petition, this election was subject to a recount due to the closeness of the results. On the first count, St. Maur led with 4,786 votes to Duke's 4,782. On a second count, St. Maur again led with 4,782 votes to Duke's 4,778. Closer scrutiny led to the above count, allowing Duke to retain the seat.

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;

Duke is appointed Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, prompting a by-election.

By-election, 1916 Exeter[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Henry Duke Unopposed
Unionist hold

Duke is appointed Lord Justice of Appeal and resigns, prompting a by-election.

By-election, 1918 Exeter[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Robert Newman Unopposed
Unionist hold
General Election 1918 Exeter[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Unionist Robert Newman 12,524 58.7 +8.7
Liberal Leonard Costello 8,806 41.3 8.7
Majority 3,718 17.4 +17.4
Turnout 21,330 68.2 23.8
Unionist hold Swing +8.7
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Election results 1868-1880

Elections in the 1860s

General Election 1865: Exeter (2 seats)[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Edward Courtenay Unopposed
Liberal John Coleridge Unopposed
Registered electors 3,088
Conservative hold
Liberal hold
General Election 1868: Exeter (2 seats)[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Coleridge 2,317 25.8 N/A
Liberal Edgar Alfred Bowring 2,247 25.0 N/A
Conservative John Burgess Karslake 2,218 24.7 N/A
Conservative Arthur Mills 2,206 24.5 N/A
Majority 29 0.3 N/A
Turnout 4,494 (est) 73.0 (est) N/A
Registered electors 6,156
Liberal hold Swing
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

Coleridge was appointed Solicitor General for England and Wales, requiring a by-election.

By-election, 21 December 1868: Exeter (1 seat)[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Coleridge Unopposed
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1870s

Coleridge resigned after being appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas

By-election, 11 Dec 1873: Exeter (2 seats)[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Mills 2,346 53.7 +4.5
Liberal Edward Watkin[32] 2,025 46.3 4.5
Majority 321 7.3 N/A
Turnout 4,371 70.4 2.6
Registered electors 6,206
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +4.5
General Election 1874: Exeter (2 seats)[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Mills 2,523 27.5 +3.0
Conservative John George Johnson 2,330 25.4 +0.7
Liberal Edgar Alfred Bowring 2,264 24.7 0.3
Liberal Edward Johnson 2,053 22.4 3.4
Majority 66 0.7 N/A
Turnout 4,585 (est) 72.4 (est) 0.6
Registered electors 6,337
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +1.7
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +2.1

Elections in the 1880s

General Election 1880: Exeter (2 seats)[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Edward Johnson 3,038 37.2 9.9
Conservative Henry Northcote 2,590 31.7 +6.3
Conservative Arthur Mills 2,545 31.1 +3.6
Majority 448 5.5 N/A
Turnout 5,628 (est) 76.5 (est) +4.1
Registered electors 7,361
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +5.6
Conservative hold Swing +4.0

Election results 1832-1868

Elections in the 1850s

General Election 1852: Exeter (2 seats)[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Duckworth 1,210 34.5 N/A
Radical Edward Divett 1,191 33.9 N/A
Conservative George Buck[33] 1,111 31.6 N/A
Turnout 2,352 (est) 94.0 (est) N/A
Registered electors 2,501
Majority 19 0.5 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Majority 80 2.3 N/A
Radical hold Swing N/A
General Election 1857: Exeter (2 seats)[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Gard Unopposed
Radical Edward Divett Unopposed
Registered electors 3,162
Conservative hold
Radical hold
General Election 1859: Exeter (2 seats)[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Gard Unopposed
Liberal Edward Divett Unopposed
Registered electors 3,216
Conservative hold
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1860s

Divett's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 4 August 1864: Exeter (1 seat)[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Edward Courtenay 1,096 50.6 N/A
Liberal John Coleridge 1,070 49.4 N/A
Majority 26 1.2 N/A
Turnout 2,166 84.5 N/A
Registered electors 2,564
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing N/A

See also

Notes and references

Notes
  1. A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. As with all constituencies, Exeter elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
  1. "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
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