South Northamptonshire

2015 Result:
Conservative: 36607 (60.1%)
Labour: 10191 (16.7%)
Lib Dem: 3613 (5.9%)
Green: 2247 (3.7%)
UKIP: 8204 (13.5%)
MAJORITY: 26416 (43.4%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: East Midlands, Northamptonshire. Most of South Northamptonshire council area and some of the Northampton council area.

Main population centres: Brackley, Towcester, Silverstone, Old Stratford, Cosgrove, Wootton, Hardingstone.

Profile: A rural and sparsely populated seat south of Northamptonshire. The largest towns are Brackley and Towcester, both traditional market towns. Towcester, the administrative centre for South Northamptonshire council, is best known for its race course and the seat also contains part of Silverstone race course, which straddles the Northamptonshire/Buckinghamshire border and provides a centre for high tech industry. To the south the constituency stretches close to the outskirts of Milton Keynes, taking in nearby villages like Old Stratford and Cosgrove, while to the north it includes villages like Wootton and Hardingstone which have become affluent suburbs of Northampton itself.

Politics: The seat was created in 2010, mostly carved out of the Daventry seat, and was easily won by the Conservatives.

Current MP
ANDREA LEADSOM (Conservative) Born 1963, Aylesbury. Educated at Tonbridge Girls Grammar and Warwick University. Former banker. South Oxfordshire councillor 2003-2007. Contested Knowsley South 2005. First elected as MP for Northamptonshire South in 2010. Economic Secretary to the Treasury 2014-2015. Minister of State for Energy since 2015.
Past Results
Con: 33081 (55%)
Lab: 10380 (17%)
LDem: 12603 (21%)
UKIP: 2406 (4%)
Oth: 1420 (2%)
MAJ: 20478 (34%)

2015 Candidates
ANDREA LEADSOM (Conservative) See above.
TOM SNOWDON (Liberal Democrat) Born Hartlepool. Educated at Brinkburn Grammar and Wolverhampton University. Chartered engineer. Contested Derbyshire North East 2005, Amber Valley 2010.
Comments - 267 Responses on “Northamptonshire South”
  1. Rivers10

    I think Mark Harper would be an interesting leader of the Conservative party. I think he used to be chief whip, he is not favoured by May but that could be an advantage as he will not have association of being a minister in her failed administration.

    Harper did have a stumble when he was a minister about the nationality and therefore immigrant status of a cleaner but I think that is in the past and he is clearly a capable and highly intelligent person who looks the part.

  2. I think at this point half of the Tories’ MPs have been touted as an outsider for the leadership, but Mark Harper is not a name I have seen mentioned before in that context.

    The biggest dividing line in terms of the Tory leadership will probably not be Leave vs Remain – for the sake of the Tory party’s future, the leadership’s contest cannot be a reopening of old wounds. The dichotomy will be continuity versus clean break – expect the final two to be a cabinet minister and a fresh face.

  3. Leadsom’s comments yesterday about Jane Austen being “one of our greatest authors” merely underline how thick she is – which perfectly explains her current popularity amongst grassroots

    I’m ashamed to say I used to support thay party

  4. Oh, there are idiots saying idiotic things on both sides of the house. Why can’t you just make your comments a bit more patriotic?

  5. Andrea Leadsom is named as the Minister who complained directly to No10 regarding previous inappropriate comments made by Fallon.

  6. All sounds a bit Carry On Camping to me.

    Losing your job for making a joke 6 years ago about where a lady could warm up her cold hands sounds a bit harsh to me. A verbal or written warning would be more normal, but of course without a proper complaints procedure that can’t happen.

    We are in danger of focusing on the trivial here whilst the serious misdemeanours go unpunished.

  7. As i said on the Sevenoaks thread – Leadson’s got form here – remember her CV full of stuff she had never actually done and supporting leaving the EU despite once describing it as a “disaster”

    And even if he had said it, it’s hardly a hanging offence –

    You could tell from his resignation speech that Fallon had been forced out

  8. Well if you can’t handle a mildly crude joke you certainly can’t handle being Prime Minister. I think this will backfire on Leadsome and her chances of climbing the greasy pole – not that they were very high in the first place. She’s allowed herself to become a foolish pawn in Gavin Williamson’s Francis Urquhart plotting to get to the top.

  9. Daily Mail commenters/ readers- surely Leadsom’s most natural constituency- don’t appear happy with her at all. She may have escaped the sack in the next reshuffle due to her ‘whistleblowing’, but she’s surely ruined her prospects long term. Not that she deserves to be in the Cabinet in the first place anyway.

  10. Of course I could be wrong, but for Fallon either to resign or to be asked to resign (surely the latter) there must have been much more serious stuff talked about than just a remark about warming hands.

  11. That’s certainly what the leaked dossier states/ alleges. But a substantial number of the entries may very bee total fabrication.

  12. In this slightly mad world we are living in I don’t think it’ll affect Leadsom’s prospects that much either way.

    Ordinarily, when it’s backs to the wall stuff and you knife a colleague over a pretty trivial (in the grand scheme of things) comment that was probably misplaced banter… you’d be one for the black book, not to be trusted.

    She retains popularity with lots of the right wing activists and in a party split between hard Brexit types, pragmatists on both sides and hard remainers… getting rid of someone who is on the rival side wouldn’t lose her any support she wouldn’t ever get.

    A bit like Farage and the comments about HIV.

  13. @Luke

    I’m not so sure. The right-wing press have gone after her. That’s problematic for her in two ways – firstly, her elevation thus far was largely down to their support. She has not otherwise distinguished herself by good sense or competence.
    The second is that as study after study has shown, that section of the press remains influential amongst activists. So their attitude towards her will rub off.

    As someone who considers Leadsom to have few, if any, redeeming features it is depressing to see her finally struggling not for her manifold failings but for speaking out on an important issue for a change.

    There is a whiff of the end of Anne Widdecomb’s career here – her lionisation by the Tory press ended not because she was terrible at her job or because she kept saying attention-seeking and awful things, but because she embarrassed a powerful male Tory by saying something true that was not to the political liking of powerful right-wing press figures.

  14. “As someone who considers Leadsom to have few, if any, redeeming features…”

    What about her being a mother? 😉

  15. @Polltroll

    That just means she has a very real stake in massive self-promotion 😉

  16. Northamptonshire County Council is now being overseen by commissioners.

    James Brokenshire living up to his name…

  17. Whittlewood by-election, 21.06.18:

    LibDem 366
    Cons 266
    Lab 44

    LibDem Gain.

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