North Wiltshire

2015 Result:
Conservative: 28938 (57.7%)
Labour: 4930 (9.8%)
Lib Dem: 7892 (15.7%)
Green: 2350 (4.7%)
UKIP: 5813 (11.6%)
Independent: 243 (0.5%)
MAJORITY: 21046 (42%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: South West, Wiltshire. Part of Wiltshire council area.

Main population centres: Calne, Cricklade, Royal Wootton Bassett, Malmsbury.

Profile: A mainly rural seat on the edge of the Cotswolds. The main town is Calne, once dominated by the pork industry, but now a rapidly growing town based around light industry and IT. Other towns include Malmsbury, the home to Dyson, although since 2002 their manufacturing division has been moved to Malaysia leaving only their research and development here. Between 2007 and 2011 the bodies of British servicemen killed in Afghanistan were repatriated via RAF Lyneham in the constituency and then driven through the town of Wootton Bassett on the way to Oxford - residents of of the town regularly assembled to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers as they passed through the town and 2011 the Queen conferred the title of Royal Wootton Bassett on the town in recognition of their conduct. RAF Lyneham itself closed at the end of 2012 and the site is intended to become a defence training establishment.

Politics: Wiltshire North is normally considered to be a safe Conservative seat, however in 2007 the sitting Conservative MP James Gray narrowly avoiding being deselected after it was revealed he had an affair while his wife was suffering from breast cancer. During the deselection attempt there were suggestions from Gray`s opponents that he would face an independent challenger if he managed to be re-selected, but no significant challenger emerged and Gray suffered only a small swing against him in 2010. With the collapse of the Liberal Democrats in 2015 Gray`s majority swelled to forty percent.


Current MP
JAMES GRAY (Conservative) Born 1954, Glasgow. Educated at Glasgow High and Glasgow University. Former city broker, special advisor and director of a public affairs consultancy. Contested Ross, Cromarty & Skye 1992. First elected as MP for Wiltshire North in 1997. Opposition whip 2000-2001, Shadow Minister for Defence 2001-2002, Shadow minister for the countryside 2002-2005, Shadow secretary of state for Scotland 2005. Served just a week as Shadow Scottish Secretary before resigning over comments that the Scottish Parliament should be abolished. Attracted heavy media criticism in 2006 when it was revealed he was having an affair while his wife was ill with breast cancer, but ultimately recieved the backing of his local Conservative assocaition.
Past Results
2010
Con: 25114 (52%)
Lab: 3239 (7%)
LDem: 17631 (36%)
UKIP: 1908 (4%)
Oth: 807 (2%)
MAJ: 7483 (15%)
2005*
Con: 26282 (47%)
Lab: 6794 (12%)
LDem: 20979 (37%)
UKIP: 1428 (3%)
Oth: 578 (1%)
MAJ: 5303 (9%)
2001
Con: 24090 (45%)
Lab: 7556 (14%)
LDem: 20212 (38%)
UKIP: 1090 (2%)
MAJ: 3878 (7%)
1997
Con: 25390 (44%)
Lab: 8261 (14%)
LDem: 21915 (38%)
Oth: 673 (1%)
MAJ: 3475 (6%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
JAMES GRAY (Conservative) See above.
PETER BALDREY (Labour)
BRIAN MATHEW (Liberal Democrat) Born Sussex. Educated at Millfield. Engineer and international aid worker.. Contested North Somerset 2010, South West European region 2014.
PAT BRYANT (UKIP) Contested Devizes 2010.
PHIL CHAMBERLAIN (Green)
GILES WAREHAM (Independent)
SIMON KILLANE (No description)
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Comments - No Responses on “Wiltshire North”
  1. Cricklade had its own seat until 1918, it was then in the old Chippenham until 1983, Wiltshire North to 1997 and Swindon North to 2010
    Malmesbury has been here since 1983 before which it was in Chippenham for 98 years
    Calne was in the old Chippenham until 1983 then this seat until 1997 when it moved to Devizes until 2010

  2. Dr Brian Mathew selected as LibDem’ prospective parliamentary candidate for north Wiltshire

  3. I am one of the 4 candidates

  4. Conservative Hold. 10,000 maj.

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