Sleaford & North Hykeham

2015 Result:
Conservative: 34805 (56.2%)
Labour: 10690 (17.3%)
Lib Dem: 3500 (5.7%)
UKIP: 9716 (15.7%)
Others: 3233 (5.2%)
MAJORITY: 24115 (38.9%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: East Midlands, Lincolnshire. Part of the North Kesteven council area and part of the South Kesteven council area.

Main population centres: Sleaford, North Hykeham, Great Gomersby, Fulbeck, Heckington, Washingborough, Metheringham.

Profile: A large rural seat in the east of Lincolnshire, stretching from the edge of Grantham in the south to the outskirts of Lincoln in the north. Sleaford is a small market town, formerly home to a livestock market although now more residential and North Hykeham is a small town that has effectively merged into being a suburb of Lincoln, but most of the electorate is scattered across the many small rural villages in the constituency. Historically the RAF have had an important presence here and several bases remain: RAF Cranwell, the training facility for RAF officers, and RAF Digby which homes the Joint Service Signals Organisation. RAF Waddington lies just outside the constituency in Lincoln, its runways straddling the constituency boundary..

Politics: An extremely safe Conservative seat, held by the party since its creation in 1997. It was previously represented by Douglas Hogg, the former cabinet minister who stood down after facing allegations that he has claimed the cost of having his moat cleaned on his expenses.

Current MP
STEPHEN PHILLIPS (Conservative) Born 1970, Chiswick. Educated at Canford School and Oxford University. Barrister. First elected as MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham in 2010.
Past Results
Con: 30719 (52%)
Lab: 10051 (17%)
LDem: 10814 (18%)
UKIP: 2163 (4%)
Oth: 5783 (10%)
MAJ: 19905 (33%)
Con: 26855 (50%)
Lab: 14150 (26%)
LDem: 9710 (18%)
UKIP: 2682 (5%)
MAJ: 12705 (24%)
Con: 24190 (50%)
Lab: 15568 (32%)
LDem: 7894 (16%)
UKIP: 1067 (2%)
MAJ: 8622 (18%)
Con: 23358 (44%)
Lab: 18235 (34%)
LDem: 8063 (15%)
Oth: 578 (1%)
MAJ: 5123 (10%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
STEPHEN PHILLIPS (Conservative) See above.
MATTHEW HOLDEN (Liberal Democrat)
MARIANNE OVERTON (Lincolnshire Independents) Contested Sleaford and North Hykeham 2010.
Comments - 559 Responses on “Sleaford & North Hykeham”
  1. Pepps
    The answer is that this seat is indeed oversized (86,000 odd I believe) while Christchurch is undersized (67,000)

  2. That’s what I suspected. Thanks.

  3. Conservative Cllr Richard Willis was jailed here in July for the possession of child porn. He had denied offences, but the National Crime Agency managed to find Whatsapp messages in which he procured photos and said he, “preferred 14-year-old boys.”

    He was an RAF Wing Commander and former assistant to the former MP, Stephen Phillips.

  4. I neglected to mention that Willis was previously a Reading Cllr for 11 years and was assistant to ex-MP Rob Wilson a decade ago.

  5. But of what relevance has this got to the discussion of constituency boundaries and elections?

  6. “I neglected to mention that Willis was previously a Reading Cllr for 11 years and was assistant to ex-MP Rob Wilson a decade ago.”

    Also he was Tory PPC for Sutton & Cheam in 2005 and came quite close behind the Lib Dems. He was kicked off the candidates list afterwards despite getting a fairly good result. He was a regular contributor to as Rik W and I think posted here sometimes as well – a shock.

  7. HH – thanks. Hadn’t realised it was him.

    Another ex-PPC is in Court for the same offences this month and two more next month.

  8. Largely for HH’s interest – this ex Cllr Willis was one of the ones the Judge mentioned who had been sharing images with Cllr Matthew Sephton (convicted and jailed today at Manchester Crown Court).

  9. Eagle, Swinderby & Witham St Hughs Ward By-election, 22.02.18:

    Conservative 563
    Lincs Ind 347
    Liberal Democrat* 64

    Conservative Gain from Ind.

    [* The LD was named Corinne Nelly Antoine Byron]

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