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Kettering is a county constituency in Northamptonshiremarker which returns one Member of Parliament (MP) the House of Commonsmarker of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker.

The constituency covers the district of Ketteringmarker and the east of the district of Daventrymarker, including the towns of Desboroughmarker and Rothwellmarker.


Kettering constituency is a semi-rural constituency, predominantly based around the towns of Ketteringmarker, Desboroughmarker, Rothwellmarker and Burton Latimermarker within the borough of Kettering (all of which is in the constituency) but, additionally, includes wide tracts of rural land, making it the second largest constituency in Northamptonshiremarker by area.

Politically, it comprises the borough of Kettering and some eastern wards of the district of Daventrymarker; the predominant parts of which being based around the large villages of Brixworthmarker and Moultonmarker.

Economically, it is predominantly middle-class. Industry continues in some areas, most notably at the Weetabix factory at Burton Latimermarker, but the industrial activity of the area, as with the rest of the county, is much reduced.

Boundary changes

Following its review of parliamentary representation in Northamptonshire, the Boundary Commission for England has made substantial changes to the county to make way for the new constituency of South Northamptonshiremarker. The existing Kettering constituency undergoes substantial boundary changes.

As a result, Kettering gains the electoral wards to make the seat coterminous with the boundaries of the borough of Kettering and all electoral wards in the revised seat will be within the borough constituency boundaries.

Members of Parliament

The current Member of Parliament is Philip Hollobone of the Conservative Party. He was elected in 2005 when he defeated the sitting Labour MP, Phil Sawford.

Kettering Constituency (1918 - Present)

Election Member Party
1918 Alfred Waterson Co-operative
1922 Owen Parker Conservative
1923 Samuel Perry Labour Co-op
1924 Sir Mervyn Manningham-Buller Conservative
1929 Samuel Perry Labour Co-op
1931 John Eastwood Conservative
1940 by-election John Profumo Conservative
1945 Gilbert Mitchison Labour
1964 Geoffrey de Freitas Labour
1979 William Homewood Labour
1983 Roger Freeman Conservative
1997 Phil Sawford Labour
2005 Philip Hollobone Conservative

Mid Northamptonshire Constituency (1885-1918)

Prior to boundary changes in 1918, at least the majority of modern-day Kettering Constituency lay within the Mid Northamptonshire constituency.

North Northamptonshire Constituency (1832-1885)

Prior to boundary changes in 1885, at least the majority of modern-day Kettering Constituency lay within the North Northamptonshire constituency, which elected two members to Parliament.


Elections in the 2000s

Next General Election

General election of 2005

General election of 2001

Elections in the 1990s

General election of 1997

General election of 1992

Elections in the 1980s

General election of 1987

General election of 1983

Elections in the 1970s

General election of 1979

General election of October 1974

General election of February 1974

General election of 1970

Elections in the 1960s

General election of 1966

General election of 1964

Elections in the 1950s

General election of 1959

General election of 1955

General election of 1951

General election of 1950

Elections in the 1940s

General election of 1945

By-election, 1940

Elections in the 1930s

General election of 1935

General Election of 1931

Elections in the 1920s

General Election of 1929

General Election of 1924

General Election of 1923

General Election of 1922

Elections in the 1910s

General Election of 1918

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