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Huntingdon is a constituency represented in the House of Commonsmarker of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

In the 17th century, this was Oliver Cromwell's parliamentary area.

It was abolished in 1918 to re-create Huntingdonshire; that constituency was renamed, after slight boundary changes, to form the current constituency of Huntingdon.

The former Conservative Prime Minister John Major represented the seat from its re-creation in 1983 until his retirement in 2001.


The constituency consists of the towns of St Neotsmarker, Huntingdonmarker, St Ivesmarker, Godmanchestermarker and a number of smaller settlements in the south-west part of Cambridgeshire (East Angliamarker), neighbouring Bedfordshire, and Northamptonshiremarker. There were minor boundary changes at the 1983 General Election.

Boundary review

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Cambridgeshire, the Boundary Commission for England has made minor alterations to the existing constituencies to deal with population changes. The electoral wards used to create the modified Huntingdon constituency to be fought at the Next United Kingdom general election are:

  • Alconbury and The Stukeleys, Brampton, Buckdenmarker, Fenstanton, Godmanchester, Gransden and The Offords, Huntingdon East, Huntingdon North, Huntingdon West, Kimbolton and Staughton, Little Paxton, St Ives East, St Ives South, St Ives West, St Neots Eaton Ford, St Neots Eaton Socon, St Neots Eynesbury, St Neots Priory Park, and The Hemingfords all from the Huntingdonshiremarker district.

Members of Parliament

Before 1660

1628 Oliver Cromwell


Two members

Year First member First party Second member Second party
1660 John Bernard Nicholas Pedley
1661 Sir John Cotton, 3rd Bt Lionel Walden
Apr 1679 Sidney Wortley-Montagu Sir Nicholas Pedley
Aug 1679 Lionel Walden
1685 Oliver Montagu
1689 John Bigg Sidney Wortley-Montagu
1690 Richard Montagu
1695 John Pocklington
1697 Francis Wortley-Montagu
1698 Edward Carteret
1701 The Earl of Orrery
1702 Anthony Hammond
1705 Edward Wortley-Montagu Sir John Cotton, 4th Bt
1706 John Pedley
1708 Francis Page
1713 Sidney Wortley-Montagu Viscount Hinchingbrooke
1722 Edward Wortley-Montagu Roger Handasyde
1734 Edward Montagu
May 1741 Hon. Wills Hill
Dec 1741 Albert Nesbitt
1747 Kelland Courtenay
1748 John Montagu
1754 Robert Jones
1768 Henry Seymour
Feb 1774 William Augustus Montagu
Oct 1774 George Wombwell
1776 The Baron Mulgrave
1780 Hugh Palliser
1784 Sir Walter Rawlinson Lancelot Brown
1787 John Willett Payne
Jun 1790 Hon. John George Montagu
Dec 1790 Henry Speed
1796 William Henry Fellowes John Calvert
1807 William Meeke Farmer
1809 Samuel Farmer
1818 William Augustus Montagu
1820 The Earl of Ancram Tory
1824 James Stuart
1831 Jonathan Peel Sir Frederick Pollock Tory
1844 Thomas Baring -

Reduced to one member in 1868


One member
Year Member Party
1868 Thomas Baring
1873 Sir John Burgess Karslake Conservative
1876 Viscount Hinchingbrooke Conservative
1884 Sir Robert Peel Conservative
1885 Thomas Coote
1886 Arthur Smith-Barry Conservative
1900 George Montagu Conservative
1906 Samuel Howard Whitbread Liberal
1910 John Cator Conservative
  • Constituency abolished (1918)

From 1983

Election Member Party Notes
1983 Rt Hon John Major Conservative Cabinet minister 1987-90; Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister 1990-97
2001 Jonathan Djanogly Conservative


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