Devizes (UK Parliament Constituency)
Coordinates: 51°21′07″N 1°59′42″W / 51.352°N 1.995°W / 51.352; -1.995
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Devizes in Wiltshire.
Location of Wiltshire within England.
|Electorate||68,846 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Devizes, Marlborough, Durrington, Pewsey|
|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|
|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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