Some facts and figures about the Sleaford and North Hykeham constituency

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Do you know much the history of the Sleaford and North Hykeham seat which is currently being contested?

Up to now there has never been a female MP.|

Historically, the constituency has been a Conservative stronghold, but with a Liberal and an Independent MP for limited periods – last in 1945 through to 1950 followed by 66 years of Conservatives.

2015 – Stephen Phillips, Conservative: 34,805 votes – 56.2% (+4.6%). Majority: 24,115 (38.9%) on a 70.2% turnout.

2010 – Stephen Phillips, Conservative: 30,719 votes – 51.6% (+1%). Majority: 19,905 (33.4%) on a 69.6% turnout.

Boundary changes brought in some of South Kesteven and reshaping around the Lincoln boundary.

2005 – Douglas Hogg, Conservative: 26,855 votes – 50.3% (+0.6%). Majority: 12,705 (23.8%) on a 73% turnout.

2001 – Douglas Hogg, Conservative: 24,190 votes – 49.7% (+5.7%). Majority: 8,622 (17.7%) on a 64.9% turnout

1997 – Douglas Hogg, Conservative: 23,358 votes – 43.9%.

Majority: 5,123 (9.6%) on a 74.4% turnout

Re-named Sleaford and North Hykeham through boundary change taking effect in 1997.

Previously Sleaford area fell under Grantham Constituency and the northern parts within Lincoln

1992 – Douglas Hogg, Conservative: 37,194 votes – 56.2% (-0.9%). Majority: 19,588 (29.6%) on a 79.2% turnout

1987 – Douglas Hogg: Conservative: 33,988 votes – 57.06%. Majority: 21,303 (35.76%) on a 74.99% turnout.

1983 – Douglas Hogg, Conservative: 31,692 votes – 57.47%. Majority: 18,911 (34.29%) on a 73.49% turnout.

1979 – Douglas Hogg, Conservative: 36,697 votes – 55.52%. Majority: 18,150 (27.46%) on a 78.24% turnout.

1974, October – Joe Godber, Conservative: 27,738 votes – 47.66%. Majority: 8,030 (13.8%) on a 74.23% turnout.

1974, February – Joe Godber, Conservative: 31,910 votes – 50.44%. Majority: 11,343 (17.93%) on a 81.37% turnout.

1970 – Joe Godber, Conservative: 33,070 votes – 58.7%. Majority: 9,774 (17.4%) on an unspecified turnout.

1966 – Joe Godber, Conservative: 24,748 votes – 47.7%. Majority: 2,158 (4.2%) on a 80.6% turnout.

1964 – Joe Godber, Conservative: 27,634 votes – 55.9%. Majority: 5,864 (11.8%) on a 78.8% turnout.

1959 – Joe Godber, Conservative: 27,482 votes – 56.8%. Majority: 6,615 (13.7%) on a 81.9% turnout.

1955 – Joe Godber, Conservative: 24,188 votes – 50.8%. Majority: 2,375 (5%) on an unspecified turnout.

1951 – Joe Godber, Conservative: 20,712 votes – 43.47%. Majority: 2,172 (4.56%) on an unspecified turnout.

1950 – Eric Smith, Conservative: 19,195 votes – 41.33%. Majority: 4,738 (10.2%) on an unspecified turnout.

1945 – Denis Kendall, Independent: 27,719 votes – 58.2% (+7.4%). Majority: 15,513 (32.6%) on a 75.9% turnout.

1942 – Denis Kendall, Independent: 11,758 votes – 50.8%. Majority 367 (1.6%) on a turnout of 42.6%

1935 – Sir Victor Warrender, Conservative: 22,194 votes – 58.1%. Majority: 6,185 (16.2%) on a 74.2% turnout.

1931 – Sir Victor Warrender, Conservative: 27,164 votes – 69.2%.

Majority: 15,049 (38.3%) on a 79.5% turnout.

1929 – Sir Victor Warrender, Unionist: 16,121 votes – 40.8% (- 8.7%). Majority: 4,098 (10.3%) on a 81.9% turnout.

1924 – Sir Victor Warrender, Unionist: 14,746 votes – 49.5%. Majority: 7,016 (23.5%) on a 80.4% turnout.

1923 – Sir Victor Warrender, Unionist: 12,552 votes – 43.5% (+3.7%). Majority: 7,016 (23.5%) on a 80.4% turnout.

1922 – Robert Pattison, Liberal: 11,723 votes – 41.4% (-0.8%). Majority: 428 (1.6%) on a 79.5% turnout.

1918 – Edmund Royds, Unionist: 9,972 votes – 48.4%. Majority: 1,271 (6.2%) on a 58.1% turnout.

1910, December – Arthur Priestley, Liberal: 1,730 votes – 50.5%. Majority 33 (1%) on a 94% turnout.

1910, January – Arthur Priestley, Liberal: 1,8,48 votes.

1906 – Arthur Priestley, Liberal: 1,663 votes.

1900 – Arthur Priestley, Liberal: 1,347 votes – 50.7%. Majority 38 (1.4%) on a 87.2% turnout.

Sleaford Constituency – abolished 1918

1910, January – Edmund Roys, Conservative: 5,265 votes - 56.8% (+8.5%). Majority 1,265 (13.6%) on a 89.2% turnout.

1910, December – Edmund Roys, Conservative: Unopposed

1906 – Arnold Lupton, Liberal: 4,355 votes – 51.7% (+12%). Majority: 293 (3.4%) on a 84.2% turnout.

1900 – Henry Chaplin, Conservative: 4,228 votes – 60.3% (-3.1%). Majority 1,443 (20.6%) on a 71.1% turnout.

Chaplin won in 1885 and successfully defended 1886, 1889, 1892, 1895 and 1900.

This is the 31st December parliamentary by-election in England, Wales and Scotland since 1945.

This is the 2nd Lincolnshire by-election to be held in December – the previous was on December 5, 1969 in the Louth constituency, a Conservative hold with an 11.7% positive swing albeit on a disappointing 44.7% turnout. 

In 25 of the 30 December by-elections held since the Second World War, the incumbent party has held the seat.