Arundel and South Downs (UK Parliament constituency)
|Arundel and South Downs|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Arundel and South Downs in West Sussex.
Location of West Sussex within England.
|Electorate||76,697 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Arundel, Petworth, Pulborough and Steyning|
|Member of Parliament||Nick Herbert (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Arundel and Horsham|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
Following their review of parliamentary boundaries in West Sussex, the Boundary Commission for England has made alterations to all existing constituencies to deal with population changes. The modified Arundel and South Downs constituency is created with the following electoral wards:
- From the District of Arun - Angmering, Arundel, Barnham, Findon, and Walberton
- From Chichester - Bury, Petworth, and Wisborough Green
- From Horsham - Bramber, Upper Beeding and Woodmancote, Chanctonbury, Chantry, Cowfold,Partridge Green, Shermanbury and West Grinstead, Henfield, Pulborough and Coldwaltham, and Steyning
- From Mid Sussex - Hassocks, and Hurstpierpoint and Downs.
Arundel and South Downs and its predecessor seats have in the 20th century been a Conservative Party stronghold.
The incumbent shot to national media coverage in the run-up to the 2005 general election due to the deselection requested by the party leader of its sitting Conservative member, Howard Flight a member of Conservative Way Forward who proposed that if elected, spending cuts could be more severe than set out in the small cuts in the 2005 manifesto, in other words in his opinion to this audience he thought the party would likely stray in actual policy from what had been publicized. He had represented the constituency since its creation at the 1997 general election. Anne Marie Morris, Laura Sandys and Nick Herbert put themselves forward for nomination as replacement candidates. The chosen candidate, Nick Herbert, won the seat at the election. Morris and Sandys became MPs in 2010.
In their provisional recommendations, the Boundary Commission for England initially suggested calling the new constituency Chanctonbury after Chanctonbury Ring, an ancient hill fort at its centre. This name was rejected during the local inquiry process at which the current name was chosen.
Prior to 1997, this seat had been split between other constituencies. Between 1983 and 1997, the town of Arundel had been part of the eponymous Arundel constituency, which also included the towns of Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, and the area of the South Downs had been part of the Horsham constituency.
Between 1974 and 1983, much of the South Downs area was part of the Shoreham constituency, with the town of Arundel remaining in the Arundel constituency.
Prior to 1974, the seat was largely part of the Arundel and Shoreham constituency.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Arundel and South Downs|
|Liberal Democrat||Derek Deedman||15,642||27.9||+0.8|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Arundel and South Downs|
|Liberal Democrat||Derek Deedman||13,443||27.1||+4.7|
|Protest Vote Party||Mark Stack||313||0.6||+0.6|
|General Election 2001: Arundel and South Downs|
|Liberal Democrat||Derek R. Deedman||10,265||22.4||−3.4|
|Labour||Charles S. Taylor||9,488||20.7||+2.4|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Arundel and South Downs|
|Liberal Democrat||John M. Goss||13,216||25.7||N/A|
|UKIP||James T. Herbert||1,494||2.9||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Boundary Commission for England, fourth periodic report, 1995
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Election result, 2005 (BBC)
- Election results, 1997 - 2001 (BBC)
- Election results, 1997 - 2001 (Election Demon)
- Election results, 1997 - 2005 (Guardian)