Totnes

2015 Result:
Conservative: 24941 (53%)
Labour: 5988 (12.7%)
Lib Dem: 4667 (9.9%)
Green: 4845 (10.3%)
UKIP: 6656 (14.1%)
MAJORITY: 18285 (38.8%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: South West, Devon. Part of South Hams council area and four wards from the Torbay council area.

Main population centres: Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Dartmouth, Totnes, Brixham.

Profile: A picturesque seat on the South Devon coast, it takes in Brixham at the southern end of Torbay - the "English riveria", the small market and coastal towns of South Devon with their thriving tourist industry and up onto the edges of Dartmoor. Tourism is the main industry throughout the area. Like most south coast tourist towns a high proportion of people have come here to retire and the constituency has one of the highest proportions of over 60s in the country. In Salcombe in particular, which is also popular for sailing and yachting, this has pushed property prices up to some of highest outside London. Salcombe and Brixham also retain active fishing industies.

Politics: The seat and its predecessors have been represented by the Conservative party since 1924, thought at many recent elections it has been very tightly fought with the Liberal Democrats. The current MP, Sarah Wollaston, is unusual in having been selected in a true open primary with a postal ballot open to all electors.


Current MP
SARAH WOLLASTON (Conservative) Born 1962, Woking. Educated at Royal Naval School Tal Handaq and King`s College London. Former general practitioner. First elected as MP for Totnes in 2010. She was selected as the Conservative candidate in 2010 through an open postal ballot.
Past Results
2010
Con: 21940 (46%)
Lab: 3538 (7%)
LDem: 17013 (36%)
UKIP: 2890 (6%)
Oth: 2462 (5%)
MAJ: 4927 (10%)
2005*
Con: 21112 (42%)
Lab: 6185 (12%)
LDem: 19165 (38%)
UKIP: 3914 (8%)
Oth: 199 (0%)
MAJ: 1947 (4%)
2001
Con: 21914 (44%)
Lab: 6005 (12%)
LDem: 18317 (37%)
UKIP: 3010 (6%)
MAJ: 3597 (7%)
1997
Con: 19637 (37%)
Lab: 8796 (16%)
LDem: 18760 (35%)
Oth: 4024 (7%)
MAJ: 877 (2%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
SARAH WOLLASTON (Conservative) See above.
NICKY WILLIAMS (Labour)
JULIAN BRAZIL (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Bristol University. Teacher. Contested Brent South 2001, Falmouth and Camborne 2001, Totnes 2010.
JUSTIN HAQUE (UKIP) Born London. Educated at Wandsworth Comprehensive and Newcastle University. Stockbroker.
GILL COOMBS (Green)
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Comments - 310 Responses on “Totnes”
  1. The rumour mill would suggest that May and Javid do not get on. That said, May doesn’t seem to truly get on with anyone, so that might not mean much. Javid is still my favourite to succeed May, however.

  2. Well I can’t imagine she gets on that well with Rabb as she sacked him in 2016 and then brought him back.
    Her closet ones seem Karen Bradley and James Brokenshire but I cant see either of them succeeding her.

  3. Remember when Gavin Williamson was Theresa May’s preferred successor?

    Simpler times…

  4. “The rumour mill would suggest that May and Javid do not get on. That said, May doesn’t seem to truly get on with anyone, so that might not mean much. Javid is still my favourite to succeed May, however.”

    The last time a new Tory leader who “didn’t get on” with the outgoing incumbent was elected was in 1975. And that was when the party was in opposition. In government it’s pretty unheard of in modern times (Blair-Brown is debateable I suppose, but they got on very well until the last few years).

    I’d suggest this makes Javid a bad bet, in addition to several other big handicaps – he voted Remain, he is bald, he is a boring speaker, his ethnicity might still be a problem for the less enlightened end of the Tory membership.

  5. “Well, if I were Sarah Wollsaton, the reports that electoral fraudster Darren Grimes was sniffing around my seat would probably be enough to convince me to fight on.”

    Anybody who seriously thinks Darren Grimes is going to be allowed to stand as a Tory MP needs their head examined. He has fulfilled his purpose and the Leave establishment has spat him out. I’d say the odds on him sharing a prison cell with Aaron Banks should be higher than becoming the next MP here.

  6. HH makes a valid point (re: people getting on), but I would counter argue that these are exceptional circumstances. At this point, it looks likely that May will leave office being considered one of the worse PM’s since the war. Whilst we can all admire the grit and determination, very few will consider May’s Premiership a success. In those circumstances, her say so/ seal of approval will count for very, very little. You also failed to mention Cameron and May, who may not have hated each other but certainly didn’t get on well.

  7. Guido confirms the government is spending “hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayer cash” defending the Electoral Commission against Darren Grimes’ legal challenge.

    For this alone, it’s pretty certain he’ll be barred as a potential candidate by CCHQ.

    So far he’s crowdfunded £64,000 out of his £100,000 target. Given what’s ranged against him there would seem a pretty high risk of him being ruined (and maybe convicted as well).

  8. It feels a bit pathetic for they to be a push for Grimes or another star Brexiter to want this seat just so they can replace Sarah Wollaston when they don’t have any connection to the seat.

  9. The crowdfunding is kind of interesting, because I’m sure Grimes could get the money from some wealthy Brexiteer if he wanted. It’s largely a show of strength. Very similar to the crowdfunder that hit its target overnight when Alex Salmond was arrested for sexual harassment. Both play to an “establishment vs the people” narrative.

  10. ‘It feels a bit pathetic for they to be a push for Grimes or another star Brexiter to want this seat just so they can replace Sarah Wollaston when they don’t have any connection to the seat.’

    Whatever their opinions on Brexit, I can’t imagine there will be too many here would want a hard-working constituency focused MP to be replaced by some spotty little geek with no connection to the area whatsoever

    That the idea seems to gaining traction shows just quite how maniacal some of these hardcore Brexiteers really are

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