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Warwick and Leamington 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. The constituency includes the towns of Warwickmarker and Leamington Spamarker as well as surrounding villages. Its current MP is James Plaskitt of the Labour Party, who was first elected in the 1997 general election.

The constituency was created in 1885, partially replacing the earlier Warwick constituency.

History

The towns of Warwick and Leamington are adjoined, and although still distinct, they are now joined into a contiguous urban area. Both are relatively prosperous, although there are pockets of deprivation in Leamington. Warwick is a popular tourist destination, while Leamington's economy is more industrial. Leamington is also more ethnically diverse (some five per cent of the constituency's population is Asian) and is home to many students of the University of Warwickmarker.

Represented by Conservatives since 1910, including for 34 years Anthony Eden, the seat had not been expected to change hands in the 1997 general election. James Plaskitt's defeat of the Conservative incumbent, Dudley Smith, came as a surprise, even in the context of Labour's landslide victory. Plaskitt increased his majority in the 2001 election, but on a lower turnout. In the 2005 election, Warwick and Leamington was 85th on the Conservative list of target seats, meaning that to gain it they would have required a somewhat greater swing than was seen nationally. With the greatest increase in support being seen by the Liberal Democrats, Plaskitt only narrowly held the seat, with his majority slashed from nearly 6,000 votes to only 266.

However, boundary changes in Labour's favour which will take effect at the next general election mean that Warwick and Leamington will not necessarily be as marginal as this result suggests.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1885 Rt Hon Arthur Wellesley Peel Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1895 by-election Alfred Lyttelton Liberal Unionist
1906 Thomas Berridge Liberal
Jan. 1910 Ernest Pollock Conservative
1923 Rt Hon Sir Anthony Eden, later 1st Earl of Avon Conservative
1957 by-election Sir John Hobson Conservative
1968 by-election Sir Dudley Smith Conservative
1997 James Plaskitt Labour


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