Devizes (UK Parliament Constituency)

Devizes (UK Parliament Constituency)

Coordinates: 51°21′07″N 1°59′42″W / 51.352°N 1.995°W / 51.352; -1.995

Devizes
County constituency
for the House of Commons

Boundary of Devizes in Wiltshire.

Location of Wiltshire within England.
County Wiltshire
Electorate 68,846 (December 2010)
Major settlements Devizes, Marlborough, Durrington, Pewsey
Current constituency
Created 1885 (1885)
Member of Parliament Claire Perry (Conservative)
Number of members One
1331 (1331)–1885 (1885)
Number of members Two until 1868, then One
Type of constituency Borough constituency
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England

Devizes is a parliamentary constituency in Wiltshire, England, which is now represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, and before 1707 in the House of Commons of England.

Until 1885 Devizes was a parliamentary borough, electing two Members of Parliament (MPs) by the bloc vote system until the 1868 election, when the Reform Act 1867 reduced its representation to one MP, elected by the first-past-the-post system of election. The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 abolished the parliamentary borough, and created a new county constituency of the same name, covering a wider area and electing one member. It has returned a Conservative MP at every election since 1924.

Its most notable MP was Henry Addington, who held the seat during his term as Prime Minister, as well as when he was Speaker of the House of Commons.

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Devizes (UK Parliament Constituency) - Elections - Elections in The 1990s
... General Election 1992 Devizes Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Michael Ancram 39,090 53.3 −1.4 Liberal Democrat Ms ... JL Mactaggart 19,378 26.4 −1.5 Labour Ms ...

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