Letchworth and Royston: New Boundaries 2018 Calculation

Letchworth and Royston: Overview

 Projection: CON seat 

Implied MP at 2017: Oliver Heald  (CON)
County/Area: Hertfordshire (Anglia)
Electorate: 80,210
Turnout: 73.6%

 Implied 2017 VotesImplied 2017 Share
CON Majority16,28227.6%

See overview of other seats in Anglia.

Letchworth and Royston : Political and Demographic indicators

The table below shows some political and demographic numerical indicators for the new Letchworth and Royston constituency, the 'Anglia' area and nation.

The political measures include the three axes: Economic (Left/Right), National (Global/National) and Social (Liberal/Conservative). (what does this mean).

The demographic measures are from the 2011 Census and include categories relating to national identity, economic activity, health and education. These categories are those which have the most relevance to political attitudes.

IndicatorSeatAngliaAll GB
Economic Position10° Right9° Right
National Position2° Nat7° Nat
Social Position1° Con3° Con
TribeKind Yuppies
EU Leave %49%56%52%
British Identity29%27%29%
Good Health49%47%48%
UK Born92%89%88%
Good Education43%37%39%
Good Job58%53%51%
High SEC60%53%51%
Average Age50.549.448.5
ABC1 Class61%55%53%

Letchworth and Royston ranks #402 for "Leave", #153 for "Right", #312 for "National" and #346 for "Social" out of 600 new seats.

Indicators: Legend and Descriptions

Indicators : Legend and Descriptions

The colour scheme used in the table above is explained in the legend table below. The eight census indicators (British Identity, Good Health, UK Born, Good Education, Good Job, High SEC, Average Age and AB1 Class) all use the same 'Census' colour scheme indicating whether the area's level is above or below the national average.

TopicCat 1Cat 2Cat 3Cat 4Cat 5
Economic PositionVery LeftLeftCentristRightVery Right
National PositionVery GlobalGlobalCentristNationalVery Nat
Social PositionVery LibLiberalModerateConservativeVery Cons
EU Leave %Very RemainRemainBalancedLeaveVery Leave
CensusVery LowLowMediumHighVery High

Indicator definitions are given in terms of political data definitions or census categories:

Definition / Included Census Categories
Party WinnerArea party winner : actual election result or projected by Electoral Calculus
Economic PositionEconomic position between 100° Left and 100° Right, estimated by Electoral Calculus from political and demographic data.
National PositionNational position between 100° Global and 100° National, estimated by Electoral Calculus from political and demographic data.
Social PositionSocial position between 100° Liberal and 100° Conservative, estimated by Electoral Calculus from political and demographic data.
TribeTribe group dominant in the area. Can be: Strong Left, Traditionalists, Progressives, Centrists, Somewheres, Kind Young Capitalists, or Strong Right. See details.
EU Leave %EU Referendum vote share for 'Leave' : actual result or estimate
British IdentityNational Identity (KS202)Those answering British, British-Other, or Scottish-British
Good HealthHealth (KS301)Those answering 'Very Good Health'
UK BornCountry of Birth (QS203)Those answering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, GB Other, or UK Other
Good EducationHighest level of Qualification (QS501)Level 3 (A-level equivalent) or Level 4+ (degree equivalent)
Good JobOccupation (QS606)Occupation codes 1xx to 4xx (Managers, Professionals, Associates, and office workers)
High SECNS-SeC of Household Reference Person (QS609)National Statistics Socio-economic Classification from 1 to 4 (higher managers and professionals, lower managers and professionals, intermediate occupations, small employers and self-employed).
Average AgeAge (QS103)Average age of adults (18 years and above)
ABC1 ClassApproximated Social Grade (QS611)Approximated social grades A, B and C1

Letchworth and Royston: Map

Boundary Lines courtesy of Ordnance Survey OpenData © Crown copyright 2015


This page shows the detail of the calculations performed to estimate the general election result for 2017 had the new boundaries for Letchworth and Royston been in force at that time. The basic idea of the calculation is to look at the district council wards which make up the new seat, and estimate how they voted in 2017. This estimate is based on the recent local election results in those wards, with adjustments made to allow for different turnouts and different voting patterns for local and general elections.

In many cases, wards are divided between several old constituencies or between new constituencies. So the same ward may be shown more than once, but the electorate shown will reflect that ward sub-section.

Election results from a recent local election are given. This is usually the local election closest to 2015 from the period 2012-2015. For multiple-member wards, the votes shown are the sum of the votes cast for all candidates of each party. A negative number indicates candidate(s) elected unopposed.

Calculation method

There are two problems with using the raw (actual) local election results to imply general election results ward-by-ward. Firstly, turnout can be different between local and general elections, which means that the total number of local votes cast does not equal the number of votes cast in each old seat at the general election. To correct for this, we adjust the local votes to match the general election turnout. Each ward's result is scaled, whilst keeping constant the percentage support for each party, so that the total turnout adds up to the old seat's general election turnout. All wards in the old seat are assumed to have the same percentage turnout.

Secondly, even though we now have the correct number of votes in the old seat, the party totals will not match the general election result. Some parties do better at the local election than the general election, and others do vice versa. We call these strong and weak parties respectively. The next step is to transfer votes from strong parties to weak parties. This is done by taking votes proportionally away from strong parties and putting them in a transfer pool. For instance if a party got 12,500 local votes, but only 10,000 general election votes, it will lose 20% over all the wards. These votes in each ward will be put in the ward's transfer pool and allocated to the weak parties. Weak parties will get votes transferred to them in proportion to the votes they need over the old seat. For instance, if two weak parties need 4,000 and 1,000 votes respectively, the first party will get 80% of each ward's transfer pool and the second party will get 20% of each ward's transfer pool. The transfer of votes between parties is done using the Electoral Calculus Transition Model.

More details of the calculation formulas are available.

List of old seats forming part of Letchworth and Royston

The old seat(s) needed are:

Old seat: Cambridgeshire South

The table shows the transfer-adjusted results for each ward in the old seat of Cambridgeshire South, as well as showing which new seat each ward is in.

Old seat: Cambridgeshire SouthTransfer-adjusted Results
New SeatCON
CambridgeQueen Edith's7,069Cambridge1,8661,9131,43401700005,383
South CambridgeshireBar Hill3,921Cambridgeshire South1,5478914560920002,986
South CambridgeshireBarton1,949Cambridgeshire South9073431900440001,484
South CambridgeshireBassingbourn3,944Letchworth and Royston1,7828013380820003,003
South CambridgeshireBourn8,019Cambridgeshire South3,2322,00971901450006,105
South CambridgeshireCaldecote1,896Cambridgeshire South6543074620210001,444
South CambridgeshireComberton1,834Cambridgeshire South8043392130400001,396
South CambridgeshireCottenham6,262Cambridgeshire South2,4791,33281501410004,767
South CambridgeshireDuxford2,176Cambridgeshire South9644122420390001,657
South CambridgeshireFowlmere and Foxton1,880Cambridgeshire South8613431830460001,433
South CambridgeshireGamlingay3,823Cambridgeshire South1,3716468580360002,911
South CambridgeshireGirton3,536Cambridgeshire South1,3857834410850002,694
South CambridgeshireHardwick2,085Cambridgeshire South7994213270410001,588
South CambridgeshireHarston and Hauxton1,874Cambridgeshire South6873034170200001,427
South CambridgeshireHaslingfield and The Eversdens2,061Cambridgeshire South7203274990230001,569
South CambridgeshireLongstanton2,067Cambridgeshire South1,0183471900190001,574
South CambridgeshireMelbourn4,366Letchworth and Royston1,4557681,0610410003,325
South CambridgeshireMeldreth1,972Letchworth and Royston6433744670180001,502
South CambridgeshireOrwell and Barrington1,811Cambridgeshire South6773093610320001,379
South CambridgeshirePapworth and Elsworth3,799Cambridgeshire South1,6607733900710002,894
South CambridgeshireSawston5,569Cambridgeshire South2,2801,33751601080004,241
South CambridgeshireSwavesey1,913Cambridgeshire South8893472010200001,457
South CambridgeshireThe Abingtons1,777Cambridgeshire South8703101550180001,353
South CambridgeshireThe Mordens1,873Letchworth and Royston8553681860170001,426
South CambridgeshireThe Shelfords and Stapleford5,681Cambridgeshire South2,2501,22272701270004,326
South CambridgeshireWhittlesford2,101Cambridgeshire South9753552510180001,599
 Total85,258 33,63017,68012,09901,51400064,923

The full details of these calculations are given on the Cambridgeshire South seat details page. Click on "Show workings".

Old seat: Hertfordshire North East

The table shows the transfer-adjusted results for each ward in the old seat of Hertfordshire North East, as well as showing which new seat each ward is in.

Old seat: Hertfordshire North EastTransfer-adjusted Results
New SeatCON
East HertfordshireBraughing2,032Letchworth and Royston1,024315600880001,487
East HertfordshireBuntingford4,291Letchworth and Royston2,08473616301570003,140
East HertfordshireHertford Rural North1,826Welwyn Hatfield980232520720001,336
East HertfordshireHertford Rural South2,024Welwyn Hatfield1,0772581030430001,481
East HertfordshireLittle Hadham1,973Letchworth and Royston1,032270530890001,444
East HertfordshireMundens and Cottered1,983Letchworth and Royston1,060305470390001,451
East HertfordshirePuckeridge2,110Letchworth and Royston991386770890001,543
East HertfordshireThundridge and Standon2,457Letchworth and Royston1,284391720520001,799
East HertfordshireWatton-at-Stone1,857Stevenage935288690670001,359
North HertfordshireArbury2,172Letchworth and Royston1,0592821490980001,588
North HertfordshireBaldock East2,300Letchworth and Royston9303822900800001,682
North HertfordshireBaldock Town5,870Letchworth and Royston2,5001,26126602670004,294
North HertfordshireErmine2,076Letchworth and Royston1,102261620940001,519
North HertfordshireLetchworth East4,402Letchworth and Royston1,3521,45020502130003,220
North HertfordshireLetchworth Grange5,818Letchworth and Royston2,0291,65834502250004,257
North HertfordshireLetchworth South East5,824Letchworth and Royston2,2041,60024502120004,261
North HertfordshireLetchworth South West6,266Letchworth and Royston2,5541,21749803160004,585
North HertfordshireLetchworth Wilbury4,219Letchworth and Royston1,3131,41319201690003,087
North HertfordshireRoyston Heath4,160Letchworth and Royston1,75474039501540003,043
North HertfordshireRoyston Meridian4,289Letchworth and Royston1,91170635401670003,138
North HertfordshireRoyston Palace4,151Letchworth and Royston1,57099431901530003,036
North HertfordshireWeston and Sandon1,662Letchworth and Royston7082361980740001,216
East HertfordshireWalkern2,204Stevenage1,134370620470001,613
 Total75,966 32,58715,7514,27602,96500055,579

The full details of these calculations are given on the Hertfordshire North East seat details page. Click on "Show workings".

New seat: Letchworth and Royston

The new seat of Letchworth and Royston is made up of the following wards, with the transfer-adjusted votes shown.

New seat: Letchworth and Royston
Old Seat CON
East HertfordshireBraughing2,032Hertfordshire North East1,024315600880001,487
East HertfordshireBuntingford4,291Hertfordshire North East2,08473616301570003,140
East HertfordshireLittle Hadham1,973Hertfordshire North East1,032270530890001,444
East HertfordshireMundens and Cottered1,983Hertfordshire North East1,060305470390001,451
East HertfordshirePuckeridge2,110Hertfordshire North East991386770890001,543
East HertfordshireThundridge and Standon2,457Hertfordshire North East1,284391720520001,799
North HertfordshireArbury2,172Hertfordshire North East1,0592821490980001,588
North HertfordshireBaldock East2,300Hertfordshire North East9303822900800001,682
North HertfordshireBaldock Town5,870Hertfordshire North East2,5001,26126602670004,294
North HertfordshireErmine2,076Hertfordshire North East1,102261620940001,519
North HertfordshireLetchworth East4,402Hertfordshire North East1,3521,45020502130003,220
North HertfordshireLetchworth Grange5,818Hertfordshire North East2,0291,65834502250004,257
North HertfordshireLetchworth South East5,824Hertfordshire North East2,2041,60024502120004,261
North HertfordshireLetchworth South West6,266Hertfordshire North East2,5541,21749803160004,585
North HertfordshireLetchworth Wilbury4,219Hertfordshire North East1,3131,41319201690003,087
North HertfordshireRoyston Heath4,160Hertfordshire North East1,75474039501540003,043
North HertfordshireRoyston Meridian4,289Hertfordshire North East1,91170635401670003,138
North HertfordshireRoyston Palace4,151Hertfordshire North East1,57099431901530003,036
North HertfordshireWeston and Sandon1,662Hertfordshire North East7082361980740001,216
South CambridgeshireBassingbourn3,944Cambridgeshire South1,7828013380820003,003
South CambridgeshireMelbourn4,366Cambridgeshire South1,4557681,0610410003,325
South CambridgeshireMeldreth1,972Cambridgeshire South6433744670180001,502
South CambridgeshireThe Mordens1,873Cambridgeshire South8553681860170001,426
 Total80,210 33,19616,9146,04202,89400059,046

And these are the implied results for 2017 for the new seat of Letchworth and Royston. Please note that the wards used are those of 2015 in order to be consistent with those used by the Boundary Commissions.

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