The constituency was created in 1997, taking more than half its electors from the old Stamford and Spalding seat. The other 45% of electors were from Grantham, the home town of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The seat has been held since its creation by Quentin Davies. For many years he represented the Conservative Party but in June 2007 he defected to Labour on the eve of Gordon Brown's coronation as prime minister. He is standing down at this election.
At the election, boundary changes will fully incorporate Barrowby, Peascliffe and part-wards Ermine and Witham Valley in Sleaford and Hykeham, while part-ward Truesdale becomes fully incorporated into this seat from South Holland and The Deepings. To find out what might have happened had this boundary change been in force at the last election, see a notional - or estimated - result below.
A much-altered, largely new rural seat in the south-west corner of Lincolnshire, the towns of Grantham and Stamford mark very nearly the northern and southern extremities of the new constituency, linked by the A1. The areas fast rail link to London has also made the seat popular with commuters.
Stamford is a beautiful Georgian stone town, whose centre is a conservation area, while Grantham is a typical 19th-century East Midlands manufacturing town, and the second biggest in Lincolnshire.
Elsewhere the constituency supports a variety of industries. While the major source of employment used to be engineeri[More...]