Hertford & Stortford

2015 Result:
Conservative: 31593 (56.1%)
Labour: 10084 (17.9%)
Lib Dem: 4385 (7.8%)
Green: 2681 (4.8%)
UKIP: 7534 (13.4%)
MAJORITY: 21509 (38.2%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: Eastern, Hertfordshire. Part of East Hertfordshire council area.

Main population centres: Hertford, Bishops Stortford, Ware, Sawbridgeworth.

Profile: A group of affluent residential towns in the south-east of Hertfordshire and the green belt countryside inbetween them. This is mainly a commuter area, with strong rail and road links into London, though there is local employment in services, administration (Hertford is the headquarters of Herfordshire county council), retail and the pharmaceuticals industry - GlaxoSmithKline has a plant at Ware. Bishops Stortford is the closest town to Stansted Airport, across the border in Essex, and potential expansion of the airport is an important local issue.

Politics: Until 1983 Hertford was paired with Stevenage in a seat, and was once represented by Shirley Williams..


Current MP
MARK PRISK (Conservative) Born 1952, Redruth. Educated at Truro School and Reading University. Former businessman and development surveyor. Contested Newham North West 1992, Wansdyke 1997. First elected as MP for Hertford and Stortford in 2001. Minister of State for business 2010-2012, Minister of State for Housing 2012-2013.
Past Results
2010
Con: 29810 (54%)
Lab: 7620 (14%)
LDem: 14373 (26%)
UKIP: 1716 (3%)
Oth: 1858 (3%)
MAJ: 15437 (28%)
2005*
Con: 25074 (50%)
Lab: 11977 (24%)
LDem: 9129 (18%)
GRN: 1914 (4%)
Oth: 1598 (3%)
MAJ: 13097 (26%)
2001
Con: 21074 (45%)
Lab: 15471 (33%)
LDem: 9388 (20%)
UKIP: 1243 (3%)
MAJ: 5603 (12%)
1997
Con: 24027 (44%)
Lab: 17142 (31%)
LDem: 9679 (18%)
Oth: 1608 (3%)
MAJ: 6885 (13%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
MARK PRISK (Conservative) See above.
KATHERINE CHIBAH (Labour)
MICHAEL GREEN (Liberal Democrat)
ADRIAN BAKER (UKIP)
SOPHIE CHRISTOPHY (Green)
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Comments - 59 Responses on “Hertford & Stortford”
  1. Hate to say that I told you so. Labour do not have the Base for the high 20s needed to win this seat.

  2. I suspect you don’t hate it that much

  3. Wow surprised at how well the Tories managed to get people to vote for their unaffiliated candidate and also by the relative success of the Lib Dems whose organisation I’ve never really seen here before.

  4. Not so hard to imagine how the unaffiliated candidate did well. Small turnout so those voting disproportionately political nerds. Candidate will have been able to knock on doors of/leaflet many voters (and may have drawn attention to the cock-up). Those surprised to walk into polling station and find no Tory candidate might well opt for an Indy anyway.

  5. Certainly a low turnout helped. Agreed about Lib Dems, no obvious campaign that I could see. Seems to have been an effective campaign and the absence of an official Tory candidate played well for the independent.

  6. Lib dem 2nd place will be due to Tories who didn’t pay attention and on seeing an apparent Tory absence vote for their 2nd preference.

  7. Hertfordshire constituencies in 1885:

    Hertford:
    Municipal Borough of Hertford
    Sessional Divisions of Bishop’s Stortford and Cheshunt
    Sessional Division of Ware (except the civil parish of Braughing)
    Part of the Sessional Division of Hertford
    In the Sessional Division of Aldbury the civil parishes of Great Hadham and Little Hadham

    Hitchin:
    Sessional Divisions of Hitchin, Buntingford, Odsey, Stevenage, and Welwyn
    Sessional Division of Aldbury (except the civil parishes of Great Hadham and Little Hadham)
    In the Sessional Division of Ware the civil parish of Braughing

    St Albans:
    Municipal Borough of St Albans
    Sessional Divisions of St Albans and Barnet
    Parts of the Sessional Divisions of Hertford and Dacorum
    In the Sessional Division of Watford the civil parish of Aldenham

    Watford:
    Sessional Division of Watford (except the civil parish of Aldenham)
    Part of the Sessional Division of Dacorum

  8. Hertfordshire constituencies in 1918:

    Hemel Hempstead:
    Municipal Borough of Hemel Hempstead
    Urban Districts of Berkhamsted, Harpenden, and Tring
    Rural Districts of Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead
    In the Rural District of St Albans the civil parishes of Harpenden Rural, Redbourn, and Wheathampstead
    In the Rural District of Watford the civil parishes of Abbots Langley and Sarratt

    Hertford:
    Municipal Borough of Hertford
    Urban Districts of Bishop’s Stortford, Cheshunt, Hoddesdon, Sawbridgeworth, and Ware
    Rural Districts of Hadham and Ware
    The part of the Rural District of Hertford which was not included in the Hitchin constituency

    Hitchin:
    Urban Districts of Hitchin, Baldock, Royston, and Stevenage
    Rural Districts of Ashwell, Buntingford, Hitchin, and Welwyn
    In the Rural District of Hertford the civil parishes of Aston, Bennington, Datchworth, Sacombe, Waikern, and Watton at Stone

    St Albans:
    Municipal Borough of St Albans
    Urban Districts of Barnet and East Barnet Valley
    Rural Districts of Barnet and Hatfield
    The part of the Rural District of St Albans which was not included in the Hemel Hempstead constituency

    Watford:
    Urban Districts of Watford, Bushey, Chorleywood, and Rickmansworth
    The part of the Rural District of Watford which was not included in the Hemel Hempstead constituency

  9. Bishop’s Stortford is the birthplace of Cecil Rhodes and there is a community centre naemd after him. So I wonder if there is any impact of current controversy in Oxford about his having a statue.

    My guees is that the likeliest consequence would be for the people of Bishop’s Stortford to look around for more things to name after Rhodes!

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