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 - 313 Responses on “Northamptonshire South”
  1. Iain Dale tips Leadsom as a serious dark horse contender for next Tory leader. Apparently Tory MPs are impressed with her performance as leader of the house. Moving on from her “I’m a mother and May is not” gaffe will be a big challenge in the next leadership contest though.

  2. Real Joe James B. I’m impressed with her too. May deserves credit too though. I don’t really think I can post much after this given the recent issues discussed on Derby North. Best regards to all.

  3. Real Joe James B

    I think Andrea Leadsom could still be PM. She cuts it on the domestic agenda.
    There are other possibilities of course – awash with talent.

  4. Not gonna lie I don’t know Leadsoms position on a single domestic policy

  5. I think Andrea Leadsom could still be PM.

    She’s one of the most dim-witted, incompetent fools ever – with a record of being deceitful on numerous occasions

    Shows what qualities you seek in a PM

  6. Surely that isn’t the real JJB. That post is clearly a satirical piss take. Right?!

  7. The real Polltroll:

    Yeah, actually these TIGgers are just slimy careerists out to undermine our glorious People’s revolution/return to feudalism (please delete as appropriate).

    And you know that comment was really written by me because I said “the real Polltroll”.

  8. What a day for the cabinet through. Three gaffes. Karen Bradley and Northern Ireland comments and now tons of interviews to applogise, then Amber Rudd bad slip of the tongue then Andrea Leadsom getting confused at the dispatch box.

  9. Three pretty bad gaffes all in all. I actually think Amber Rudd’s transgression was simultaneously the worst and least offensive in a weird way. The worst because she actually has a capable mind and is not ridiculously over promoted (unlike Leadsom and Bradley), but the least because she was at least trying to be sensitive and it sounded like a genuine slip of the tongue. Bradley and Leadsom are hopeless lost causes so I frankly couldn’t care less any more.

  10. Geoffrey Cox, bless him, did his very best to draw all the attention away from his blundering colleagues.

  11. Andrea Leadsom, asked if she will run, has said she ‘will be thinking about that when the time comes.’

  12. Im struggling to think what Leadsom’s USP is. What’s her pitch to MPs? Is she simply hoping to keep hold of people who supported her last time to limp into the final two?

  13. She won’t run. Her even being in the conversation in 2016 was a total fluke, and she’ll never get that lucky again. In any case, surely her standing with the hard Brexiteers (the only people who would remotely consider backing her) has been damaged by clinging on in Cabinet so long? In that sense, Johnson, Raab et al made the correct decision in jumping ship early.

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