Basingstoke (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°15′43″N 1°05′02″W / 51.262°N 1.084°W / 51.262; -1.084

Basingstoke
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Basingstoke in Hampshire for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of Hampshire within England.
County Hampshire
Electorate 75,470 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Basingstoke
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of Parliament Maria Miller (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from North Hampshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Basingstoke /ˈbzɨŋˌstk/ is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the U.K. Parliament. With the exception of a 1923-1924 Liberal Party MP, since modern creation in 1885 it has elected Conservative MPs so has been a Conservative safe seat. The current MP is Maria Miller.[n 1]

History[edit]

The town was represented in the Model Parliament convened in 1295 but not again until the modern constituency was created in 1885. From 1295 inclusive[n 2] to the one year parliament of 1831-32 its area was part of the Hampshire constituency and from 1832-1885 its area lay in the North Hampshire constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

The Basingstoke constituency is based around the town of Basingstoke, and the surrounding countryside, in Hampshire.

The Boundary Commission has proposed that the boundaries of Basingstoke and North West Hampshire be aligned to more closely match the town area.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1885 George Sclater-Booth Conservative
1887 by-election Arthur Frederick Jeffreys Conservative
1906 Arthur Salter Conservative
1917 by-election Auckland Campbell Geddes Unionist
1920 by-election Arthur Richard Holbrook Coalition Conservative
1923 Reginald Fletcher Liberal
1924 Arthur Richard Holbrook Conservative
1929 Viscount Lymington Conservative
1934 by-election Henry Maxence Cavendish Drummond Wolff Conservative
1935 Patrick Donner Conservative
1955 Denzil Freeth Conservative
1964 David Mitchell Conservative
1983 Andrew Hunter Conservative
2002 Independent Conservative
2004 Democratic Unionist
2005 Maria Miller Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Basingstoke[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Maria Miller 25,590 50.5 +11.7
Liberal Democrat John Shaw 12,414 24.5 +2.6
Labour Funda Pepperell 10,327 20.4 -12.2
UKIP Stella Howell 2,076 4.1 +1.9
Basingstoke Common Man Steve Saul 247 0.5 +0.5
Majority 13,176 26.0
Turnout 50,654 67.1 +6.2
Conservative hold Swing +4.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Basingstoke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Maria Miller 19,955 41.5 −1.2
Labour Paul Harvey 15,275 31.7 −9.2
Liberal Democrat Jen Smith 9,952 20.7 +6.8
UKIP Peter Effer 1,044 2.2 −0.3
Green Darren Shirley 928 1.9 N/A
BNP Roger Robertson 821 1.7 N/A
Millennium Council Roger MacNair 148 0.3 N/A
Majority 4,680 9.7
Turnout 48,123 63.0 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2001: Basingstoke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Hunter 20,490 42.7 -0.6
Labour Jon Hartley 19,610 40.9 +1.7
Liberal Democrat Steve Sollitt 6,693 13.9 -3.1
UKIP Kim Graham 1,202 2.5 N/A
Majority 880 1.8
Turnout 47,995 60.7 -13.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Basingstoke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Hunter 24,751 43.3 -10.2
Labour Nigel Lickley 22,354 39.1 +14.0
Liberal Democrat Martin Rimmer 9,714 17.0 -3.4
Independent Elsayed Selim 310 0.6 N/A
Majority 2,397 4.2
Turnout 74.1
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Basingstoke[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Hunter 37,521 54.6 -1.4
Labour David J.C. Bull 16,323 23.8 +6.1
Liberal Democrat Chris I. Curtis 14,119 20.6 -5.7
Green Ms. Valerie J. Oldaker 714 1.0 N/A
Majority 21,198 30.9 +1.1
Turnout 68,677 82.8 +5.8
Conservative hold Swing -3.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Basingstoke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Hunter 33,657 56.0
Social Democrat D Bennett 15,764 26.3
Labour P Daden 10,632 17.7
Majority 17,893 29,7
Turnout 77.0
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Basingstoke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Hunter 28,381 51.32
Social Democrat Ednyfed Hudson Davies 15,931 28.81
Labour J. McAllister 10,646 19.25
BNP I. Wilson 344 0.62
Majority 12,450 22.51
Turnout 76.84
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Basingstoke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Mitchell 42,625 54.1
Labour R.W. Harris 20,879 26.5
Liberal P. Clatworthy 14,605 18.54
National Front B. Packer 677 0.86
Majority 21,746 27.6
Turnout 79.48
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Basingstoke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Mitchell 29,038 43.17
Labour T.E. Hunt 22,826 33.94
Liberal N.A.L. Whitbread 14,636 21.76
National Front G. Goodall 763 1,13
Majority 6,212 9.24
Turnout 77.51
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Basingstoke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Mitchell 30,886 43.15
Labour T.E. Hunt 23,089 32.26
Liberal N.A.L. Whitbread 17,598 24.59
Majority 7,797 10.89
Turnout 83.24
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Basingstoke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Mitchell 35,138 50.94
Labour D.V. Carter 25,664 37.2
Liberal R.A. Musselwhite 8,138 11.86
Majority 9,474 13.73
Turnout 75.02
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Basingstoke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Mitchell 26,076 45.85
Labour A.J. Kazantzis 22,417 39.42
Liberal J.W. Matthew 8,379 14.73
Majority 3,659 6.43
Turnout 78.56
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Basingstoke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Mitchell 26,466 49.32
Labour B. Tilley 18,490 34.46
Liberal B.E. Goldstone 8,708 16.23
Majority 7,976 14.86
Turnout 78.12
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Basingstoke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Denzil Freeth 25,314 52.18
Labour S.G. Conbeer 14,070 29.00
Liberal L.G. Housden 9,126 18.81
Majority 11,244 23.18
Turnout 79.55
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Basingstoke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Denzil Freeth 24,973 57.20
Labour W. Royle 18,683 42.80
Majority 6,290 14.41
Turnout 76.55
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Basingstoke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick Donner 26,045 55.86
Labour A. Carr 20,580 44.14
Majority 5,465 11.72
Turnout 79.86
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Basingstoke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick Donner 25,151 55.39
Labour M. Clark 20,257 44.61
Majority 4,894 10.78
Turnout 79.53
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Basingstoke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick Donner 18,700 46.0
Labour A E Weston 13,763 33.8
Liberal David Rhys 8,206 20.2
Majority 4,937 12.1
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Basingstoke
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick Donner 18,549 57.83
Liberal John Mackintosh Foot 10,317 32.17
Labour J.S. Whybrew 3,207 10.00
Majority 8,232 25.67
Turnout 67.44
Conservative hold Swing
Basingstoke by-election, 1934
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Henry Maxence Cavendish Drummond Wolff 16,147
Liberal John Mackintosh Foot 9,262
Labour J. Barker 4,663
Majority 6,885
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931

Electorate 45,482

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Viscount Lymington 23,523 69.7
Liberal Miss Frances Louise Josephy 6,106 18.1
Labour C A Goatcher 4,124 12.2
Majority 17,417 51.6
Turnout 67.44
Conservative hold Swing

Election in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 30 May 1929

44,197

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Viscount Lymington 16,547 50.4
Liberal L. H. Duniam Jones 11,595 35.4
Labour W. J. Beck 4,650 14.2
Majority 4,952 15.0
Turnout 74.2
General Election 29 October 1924:

Electorate 34,666

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Arthur Richard Holbrook 15,558 57.3
Liberal Reginald Thomas Herbert Fletcher 9,429
Labour B Greene 2,172
Majority
Turnout 78.3 +9.5
General Election 6 December 1923:

Electorate 34,033

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Reginald Thomas Herbert Fletcher 11,879 50.7
Conservative Sir Arthur Richard Holbrook 11,531 49.3
Majority 348 1.4
Turnout 68.8
General Election 15 November 1922:

Electorate 33,364

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Arthur Richard Holbrook 12,514
Liberal Reginald Thomas Herbert Fletcher 6,780
Labour Samuel Ledbury 3,035
Majority
Turnout
Basingstoke by-election, 1920

Electorate 32,081[5]

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Arthur Richard Holbrook 8,515 44.2 -19.9
Liberal Sir Harry Calvert Williams Verney 5,393 28.0 n/a
Labour J H Round 5,352 27.8 -8.1
Majority 3,122 16.2
Turnout 60.0 +4.8
Unionist hold Swing -5.9

Election in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 14 December 1918:

Electorate 34,033

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rt Hon. Sir A C Geddes 11,218
Labour A. Close 6,277
Majority
Turnout

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ As with all constituencies, the first past the post system of election is used with elections at least every five years.
  2. ^ Burgesses (ie freeholders in boroughs could elect their borough member and county members.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Parliamentary election - Statement of Persons Nominated 
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 
  5. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig