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South Hams (UK Parliament constituency)

South Hams
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Devon
Major settlements Totnes, Ivybridge, Brixham, part of Paignton
Number of members One
Replaced by Totnes and Devon South West
Created from Totnes

South Hams was a county constituency based on the South Hams district of Devon. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1983 general election, and abolished for the 1997 general election.


  • History 1
  • Boundaries 2
  • Members of Parliament 3
  • Elections 4
    • Elections Results 4.1
  • See also 5
  • Notes and references 6


This was a safe seat for the Conservative Party. During the fourteen years and three parliaments of its existence, it was held by a single member, Anthony Steen.

In the 1987 general election the well-known Labour MP and staunch republican Willie Hamilton contested the seat, finishing third.


The District of South Hams wards of Avon and Harbourne, Avonleigh, Bickleigh and Shaugh, Brixton, Charterlands, Cornwood and Harford, Dart Valley, Dartington, Dartmouth Clifton, Dartmouth Hardness, Erme Valley, Garabrook, Ivybridge, Kingsbridge, Kingswear, Malborough, Marldon, Modbury, Newton and Noss, Salcombe, Saltstone, Skerries, South Brent, Sparkwell, Stoke Gabriel, Stokenham, Thurlestone, Totnes, Totnes Bridgetown, Ugborough, West Dart, Wembury, and Yealmpton; and the Borough of Torbay wards of Blatchcombe, Furzeham-with-Churston, and St Peter's-with-St Mary's.

The main towns of this South Devon constituency were Totnes and Ivybridge. It was divided in 1997 to form parts of the new constituencies of Totnes and Devon South West.

Members of Parliament

Election Member[1] Party
1983 Anthony Steen Conservative
1997 constituency abolished: see Totnes and Devon South West


Elections Results

General Election 1992: South Hams[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Steen 35,951 53.4 −2.0
Liberal Democrat RV Evans 22,240 33.0 −1.1
Labour Ms. E Cohen 8,091 12.0 +3.8
Green CG Titmuss 846 1.3 −0.6
Natural Law Mrs LJ Somerville 227 0.3 +0.3
Majority 13,711 20.4 −0.9
Turnout 67,355 81.0 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing −0.5
General Election 1987: South Hams
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Steen 34,218 55.36
Liberal RF Chave 21,072 34.09
Labour WW Hamilton 5,060 8.19
Green CG Titmuss 1,178 1.91
Monster Raving Loony TC Langsford 277 0.45
Majority 13,146 21.27
Turnout 78.65
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: South Hams
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Steen 31,855 57.24
Liberal A Rogers 19,454 34.96
Labour GJ Morris 3,824 6.87
Ecology W Morgan 518 0.93
Majority 12,401 22.28
Turnout 74.92
Conservative hold Swing

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 4)
  2. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 
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