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  Welwyn Hatfield
INCUMBENT
  PartyConservative
NameGrant Shapps
Won12/12/2019
Votes27,394 (52.63%)
Margin10,955 (+21.05%)
Term12/13/2019 - 05/02/2024


Parliament DETAILS
Parents > United Kingdom > England > East of England > East of England  
Established February 28, 1974
Disbanded Still Active
ContributorRP
Last ModifiedRBH May 01, 2021 06:29pm
Description This is seen as Labour's eighth most vulnerable seat to the Tories, and requires a swing of just 1.4% for the health minister Melanie Johnson to lose her seat. She won it with a 10.6% majority from David Evans in 1997, but her vote plummeted in 2001. In this constituency lies Welwyn Garden City - the second garden city created after Letchworth - and Hatfield. Welwyn Garden City is full of cottages and tree-lined avenues, the dream of social reformer Ebenezer Howard. It was built with the needs of the people in mind - that they should be able to work and live close by, that their homes should be generous and good to live in, that there should be green spaces, shops and a strong sense of community. It could also claim to be the pharmaceutical capital of the United Kingdom, with Roche, SmithKline Beecham, Schering Plough and Serono all situated in Welwyn Garden City itself. The University of Hertfordshire is based here too. Hatfield was perhaps best known in historical times as one of the first watering holes north of London along the Great North road. Hatfield has links with the Salisbury family that go back many centuries. Lord Salisbury would often run the country from Hatfield House when prime minister. His descendent Lord Cranborne, an elected hereditary peer and former Leader of the Lords, continues the aristocratic connection today. The area is socially mixed and politically diverse, like most constituencies containing new towns.

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