South West Devon

2015 Result:
Conservative: 28500 (56.6%)
Labour: 8391 (16.7%)
Lib Dem: 3767 (7.5%)
Green: 2408 (4.8%)
UKIP: 7306 (14.5%)
MAJORITY: 20109 (39.9%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: South West, Devon.

Main population centres:



Current MP
GARY STREETER (Conservative) Born 1955, Gosport. Educated at tiverton Grammar and Kings College London. Former solicitor. Plymouth councillor 1986-1992. First elected as MP for Plymouth Sutton in 1992. Former member of the SDP.
Past Results
Con: 27908 (56%)
Lab: 6193 (12%)
LDem: 12034 (24%)
UKIP: 3084 (6%)
Oth: 641 (1%)
MAJ: 15874 (32%)
Con: 21906 (45%)
Lab: 11545 (24%)
LDem: 11765 (24%)
UKIP: 3669 (8%)
MAJ: 10141 (21%)
Con: 21970 (47%)
Lab: 14826 (32%)
LDem: 8616 (18%)
UKIP: 1492 (3%)
MAJ: 7144 (15%)
Con: 22695 (43%)
Lab: 15262 (29%)
LDem: 12542 (24%)
Oth: 650 (1%)
MAJ: 7433 (14%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
GARY STREETER (Conservative) See above.
TOM DAVIES (Liberal Democrat)
ROBIN JULIAN (UKIP) Born 1954. HGV driving trainer. Devon councillor.
Comments - 10 Responses on “Devon South West”
  1. Tom Davies chosen as LibDem PPC for South West Devon..

  2. Ex-SDP, you say? I’m curious as to how that party’s supporters split once it fell apart. Many (Charles Kennedy, Roy Jenkins, Shirley Williams) went Lib Dem obviously. Lots more (Sainsbury, Toynbee, Adonis) went Labour, and a few (Chris Grayling, Andrew Lansley) went Tory (plus David Owen’s endorsement of Major in 1992).

    But which of Labour and the Tories picked up the most ex-SDP people? Logically it should be Labour, but the party went quite right-wing between 1981 and 1990.

  3. Labour. Owen only endorsed Major because Kinnock rebuffed his idea of a Labour-SDP coalition.

  4. We indeed have a regular contributor here who is now in the Labour Party but is ex-SDP (Robin Hood). However, the party isn’t exactly chocker with ex-SDPers. Curiously Brentford & Isleworth where Robin lives had an SDP candidate, Michael Wilks, who went back from the SDP to Labour, but ex-MP Michael Barnes, who represented Brentford & Chiswick from 1966 until 1974, joined the SDP & very quickly rejoined the Labour Party too. So if that constituency got nuked, there wouldn’t be so many ex-SDPers in the Labour Party 🙂
    Oddly my cousin was in the SDP at one point, but had an overnight conversion, realising one day that he was actually a socialist. He thereafter supported the Labour Party, which he left for a time but has now rejoined, and remains a fairly left-wing socialist.

  5. Speaking of conversions, Barnaby, weren’t you once a right winger?

  6. Only very briefly, as a teenager. I have been on the left for all but a few months of my time in the Labour Party.

  7. The Lib Dems didn’t do very well here in 2001. Wonder what happened here?

  8. Conservative Hold. 18,000 maj. Labour 2nd.

  9. Plympton and Plymstock were in Plymouth Sutton from 1974 to 1997, I think they were in Tavistock before that

  10. Gary Streeter has been made Sir Gary Streeter

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