Arundel and South Downs (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°51′22″N 0°33′32″W / 51.856°N 0.559°W / 51.856; -0.559

Arundel and South Downs
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Arundel and South Downs in West Sussex.
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Location of West Sussex within England.
County West Sussex
Population 97,267 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate 76,697 (December 2010)[2]
Major settlements Arundel, Hassocks, Petworth, Pulborough and Steyning
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Nick Herbert (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Arundel and Horsham
European Parliament constituency South East England

Arundel and South Downs /ˈærʉndəl ənd sθ dnz/ is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Nick Herbert of the Conservative Party.[n 2]


The constituency contains the town of Arundel, and many villages and hamlets along the South Downs, including Petworth, Pulborough and Steyning./stɛnɪŋ/

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary boundaries in West Sussex, the Boundary Commission for England made alterations to all existing constituencies to deal with population changes. The Arundel and South Downs constituency was created with the following electoral wards:


Arundel and South Downs and its predecessor seats have in the 20th century been a Conservative Party stronghold.

The incumbent had 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.[3] Morris and Sandys became MPs elsewhere in 2010.

In their 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.[4]

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[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
1997 Howard Flight Conservative
2005 Nick Herbert Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Arundel and South Downs[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Peter Grace
Liberal Democrat Shweta Kapadia
Labour Christopher Wellbelove
Conservative Nick Herbert
Green Isabel Thurston
General Election 2010: Arundel and South Downs
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nick Herbert 32,333 57.8 +8.0
Liberal Democrat Derek Deedman 15,642 27.9 +0.8
Labour Tim Lunnon 4,835 8.6 −8.5
UKIP Stuart Bower 3,172 5.7 +0.3
Majority 16,691 29.9
Turnout 55,982 72.2 +1.4
Conservative hold Swing +3.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Arundel and South Downs
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nick Herbert 24,752 49.8 −2.4
Liberal Democrat Derek Deedman 13,443 27.1 +4.7
Labour Sharon Whitlam 8,482 17.1 −3.6
UKIP Andrew Moffat 2,700 5.4 +0.7
Protest Vote Party Mark Stack 313 0.6 +0.6
Majority 11,309 22.8
Turnout 49,690 68.5 3.8
Conservative hold Swing −3.5
General Election 2001: Arundel and South Downs
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Howard Flight 23,969 52.2 −0.9
Liberal Democrat Derek R. Deedman 10,265 22.4 −3.4
Labour Charles S. Taylor 9,488 20.7 +2.4
UKIP Robert Perrin 2,167 4.7 +1.8
Majority 13,704 29.8
Turnout 45,889 64.7 −10.8
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Arundel and South Downs
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Howard Flight 27,251 53.1 N/A
Liberal Democrat John M. Goss 13,216 25.7 N/A
Labour Richard Black 9,376 18.3 N/A
UKIP James T. Herbert 1,494 2.9 N/A
Majority 14,035 27.3 N/A
Turnout 51,337 75.5 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
  1. ^ "Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Boundary Commission for England, fourth periodic report, 1995
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ [1]