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Devon Central

2010 Results:
Conservative: 27737 (51.49%)
Labour: 3715 (6.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 18507 (34.35%)
UKIP: 2870 (5.33%)
Green: 1044 (1.94%)
Majority: 9230 (17.14%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 19843 (42.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 18099 (38.7%)
Labour: 5020 (10.7%)
Other: 3858 (8.2%)
Majority: 1744 (3.7%)

New seat: The extra Devon seat takes areas from Teignbridge, Tiverton and Honiton, Devon West and Torridge, Totnes and Devon North. The provisional proposals had included the Western suburbs of Exeter, but these were removed in the revised recommendations.

Profile: A large rural seat in the centre of Devon, includes small towns such as Bovey Tracey, Crediton, Okehampton, Chudleigh, Ashburton and Buckfastleigh. To the West the constituency includes part of Dartmoor.

portraitCurrent MP: Mel Stride (Conservative) Educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and Oxford University. Entrepreneur.

2010 election candidates:
portraitMel Stride (Conservative) Educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and Oxford University. Entrepreneur.
portraitMoira Macdonald (Labour) Born South Africa. Coordinator and speaker for Fawcett Devon.
portraitPhil Hutty (Liberal Democrat)
portraitColin Matthews (Green) Born 1977. Managing director of a recycling co-operative. Contested Tiverton and Honiton 2005.
portraitBob Edwards (UKIP) Born 1946, Surrey. Educated at Wellington College. Former Royal Marines Officer. Contested Devon 1989 European elections for the continuing SDP. Contested South West England 1999 European elections, West Devon 2001, Tiverton and Honiton 2005 for UKIP.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 81858
Male: 48.5%
Female: 51.5%
Under 18: 21.4%
Over 60: 25.7%
Born outside UK: 3.9%
White: 77.3%
Mixed: 0.3%
Other: 0.2%
Christian: 74.6%
Full time students: 1.8%
Graduates 16-74: 21.1%
No Qualifications 16-74: 26.3%
Owner-Occupied: 75%
Social Housing: 10.1% (Council: 7.2%, Housing Ass.: 2.9%)
Privately Rented: 10.9%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 15.2%

NB - The constituency guide is now archived and is no longer being updated. It will be replaced by a new guide in 2013, once the fate of the boundary review is finally settled.