Hertford and Stortford is a U.K. parliamentary constituency of over 80,000 electors in the south east of Hertfordshire. In the west of the constituency, the towns of Hertford (population: 28,000) and Ware (population: 20,000) can be found. Both are very historic and thriving towns, connected to each other by the River Lea. To the south of Hertford and Ware, the constituency contains the highly desirable villages of Brickendon, Great Amwell, Hertford Heath, St. Margaret's, and Stanstead Abbotts. A large swathe of rolling countryside separates this area within the Lea Valley from the towns of Bishop's Stortford (population: 40,000) and Sawbridgeworth (population: 10,000), which are both located on the River Stort. A number of picturesque villages such as Hunsdon, Much Hadham, Wareside, Widford can be found between the Rivers Lea and Stort; giving the constituency a semi-rural feel. Since the creation of the constituency in 1983, its electors have only returned Conservative MPs to parliament. Bowen Wells represented the seat in the House of Commons between 1983 and 2001, before being succeeded by its current MP, Mark Prisk in 2001.
The Hertford and Stortford Conservative Association exists to return a Conservative MP to parliament and return Conservative candidates for local elected offices within the Hertford and Stortford parliamentary constituency. Led by a team of Officers and an Executive Council, it aims to locally promote the aims and values of the Conservative Party, both through the Association at a constituency level and through Branches in local towns.