The Cotswolds (UK Parliament constituency)

The Cotswolds
County constituency
for the House of Commons

Outline map

Boundary of The Cotswolds in Gloucestershire for the 2010 general election.

Outline map

Location of Gloucestershire within England.
County Gloucestershire
Electorate 78,439 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Cirencester and Tewkesbury
European Parliament constituency South West England

The Cotswolds is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 1997 creation by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, a Conservative.[n 2]


1997-2010: The District of Cotswold, and the District of Stroud ward of Wotton and Kingswood.

2010-present: The District of Cotswold, and the District of Stroud wards of Kingswood, Minchinhampton, and Wotton-under-Edge.

The constituency was created in 1997 as Cotswold, mostly from the former seat of Cirencester and Tewkesbury. In 2010 the name was changed to The Cotswolds to reflect the local district name.

Constituency profile

The Cotswolds is a safe Conservative seat in an area of natural beauty and heritage, with its market towns constructed of rare cream-to-yellow Cotswold stone. The area is welcoming to tourists and tourism has overtaken agriculture as the largest single employer in the area.

The largest town in the constituency is Cirencester, a compact traditional town. Other settlements include Andoversford, Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden, Fairford, Lechlade, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Tetbury (and the neighbouring village of Doughton, location of Highgrove, the Prince of Wales's estate), and Wotton-under-Edge.

The seat has the highest number of listed buildings of any constituency in Britain. It also contains eight of the 20 most popular attractions in Gloucestershire, including Westonbirt Arboretum, Hidcote Manor, and Chedworth Roman Villa.

Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 1.6% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[2]

This was also the constituency, when declared during the 2015 UK General Election, saw the Conservatives gain a surprising majority that re-elected David Cameron as a hung parliament had been widely considered.

Members of Parliament

ElectionMember[3] Party
1997 Geoffrey Robert Clifton-Brown Conservative 1992-1997: represented Cirencester and Tewkesbury.


Elections in the 2010s

General Election 2015: The Cotswolds[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geoffrey Robert Clifton-Brown 32,045 56.5 +3.5
Liberal Democrat Paul Hodgkinson [6] 10,568 18.6 −10.9
UKIP Chris Harlow 6,188 10.9 +6.7
Labour Manjinder Kang 5,240 9.2 −1.5
Green Penny Burgess 2,626 4.6 +2.9
Majority 21,477 37.9 +14.4
Turnout 56,667 72.4 +0.9
Conservative hold Swing +7.2
General Election 2010: The Cotswolds[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geoffrey Robert Clifton-Brown 29,075 53.0 +3.7
Liberal Democrat Mike Collins 16,211 29.6 +1.5
Labour Mark Edward Dempsey 5,886 10.7 −7.9
UKIP Adrian Blake 2,292 4.2 +1.0
Green Kevin Lister 940 1.7 N/A
Independent Alex Steel 428 0.8 N/A
Majority 12,864 23.5 +2.2
Turnout 54,832 71.5 +4.2
Conservative hold Swing +1.1

Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2005: Cotswold[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geoffrey Robert Clifton-Brown 23,326 49.3 −1.0
Liberal Democrat Philip Beckerlegge 13,638 28.8 +4.6
Labour Mark Dempsey 8,457 17.9 −4.7
UKIP Richard Buckley 1,538 3.2 +0.3
Independent James Derieg 392 0.8 N/A
Majority 9,688 20.5
Turnout 47,351 66.7 −0.8
Conservative hold Swing −2.8
General Election 2001: Cotswold[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geoffrey Robert Clifton-Brown 23,133 50.3 +4.0
Liberal Democrat Mrs. Angela Lawrence 11,150 24.2 +1.3
Labour Richard Leslie Wilkins 10,383 22.6 −0.1
UKIP Mrs. Jill Stopps 1,315 2.9 N/A
Majority 11,983 26.1
Turnout 45,981 67.5 −8.2
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1997: Cotswold[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geoffrey Robert Clifton-Brown 23,698 46.4 N/A
Liberal Democrat David Richard Gayler 11,733 22.9 N/A
Labour David Elwell 11,608 22.7 N/A
Referendum Rupert Lowe 3,393 6.6 N/A
Green Valerie Michael 560 1.1 N/A
Natural Law Henry Willoughby Brighouse 129 0.3 N/A
Majority 11,965 26.1 N/A
Turnout 51,121 75.6 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also

Notes and references

  1. A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
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