In the heart of the Hertfordshire commuter belt, the new town of Hemel Hempstead is affluent, but not massively so.
The town has neighbourhoods each with a small shopping centre, a pub, and a community centre. Most of these have closed circuit television, as the local council was one of the first to use this method to monitor anti-social behaviour.
The inclusion of villages, such as King’s Langley in the south, makes this constituency a pleasant mix of rural and urban Hertfordshire.
- Conservative majority in 2010: 13,406
- Hemel Hempstead is Labour target number 24 on a total list of 66 seats in the Anglia region
- Labour would need a swing of 15% to win in 2015 and the Lib Dems would need a 14% swing
Home Office Minister Mike Penning has been the MP for Hemel Hempstead since 2005.
The seat was held by Labour's Tony McWalter from 1997 until 2005.
Candidates in 2015
- Alan Borgars - Green
- Tony Breslin - Labour
- Brian Hall - Independent
- Howard Koch - UKIP
- Rabi Martins - Liberal Democrats
- Mike Penning - Conservative