High Peak is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Andrew Bingham, a Conservative.
1885–1918: The Municipal Borough of Glossop, and the Sessional Divisions of Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, and Glossop.
1918–1950: The Municipal Boroughs of Buxton and Glossop, the Urban District of New Mills, the Rural Districts of Glossop Dale and Hayfield, and parts of the Rural Districts of Bakewell and Chapel-en-le-Frith.
1950–1983: The Municipal Boroughs of Buxton and Glossop, the Urban Districts of New Mills and Whaley Bridge, and the Rural District of Chapel-en-le-Frith.
1983–2010: The Borough of High Peak, and the District of West Derbyshire wards of Bradwell, Hathersage, and Tideswell.
2010–present: The Borough of High Peak.
The constituency covers much of northern Derbyshire and represents most of the west of the Peak District which encircles Buxton and Glossop. Crowden, Tintwistle and Woodhead (formerly within the boundaries of Cheshire and in the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency) were brought into the seat in the boundary changes for the 1983 general election. The constituency boundaries became co-terminous with the local government district at the 2010 general election.
Areas around the Hope Valley have a Conservative majority, whereas the north western part of the constituency, in Glossop (especially the Manchester overspill estate of Gamesley), Hadfield and Tintwistle, are more Labour-inclined. Buxton is often divided between the two main parties. The seat has considerable connections with Manchester (and the Hope Valley with Sheffield), rather than the East Midlands.
The seat was created in the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. Since 1910 the seat has returned a Conservative MP apart from during two periods. A Labour Party representative was elected for the first time in 1966, but lost it at the next general election. Labour next won the seat at the 1997 landslide general election and held it at the other two general elections during the Blair ministry, but it was regained by the Conservatives at the 2010 election.
At the High Peak by-election, 1939, Hugh Molson was elected unopposed.
General Election 1914/15:
Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;Unionist: Samuel Hill Hill-Wood
Liberal: Oswald Partington
endorsed by Coalition Government