Bognor Regis and Littlehampton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°47′56″N 0°35′56″W / 50.799°N 0.599°W / 50.799; -0.599

Bognor Regis and Littlehampton
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bognor Regis and Littlehampton in West Sussex for the 2010 general election.
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Location of West Sussex within England.
County West Sussex
Electorate 70,535 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Bognor Regis, Felpham and Littlehampton
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament Nick Gibb (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Bognor Regis and Littlehampton is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its creation in 1997 by Nick Gibb of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

Boundaries and constituency profile[edit]

The constituency is elongated along the south coast of England. It includes the towns of Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. Small scale manufacturing, trades, retail and commutable industrial parks form most of the economy supplemented by seasonal tourism. A larger than average proportion of the population are retired people who choose to live beside the settlements on the South Coast of England, supporting in the constituency sporting facilities, public services, golf courses and general domestic spending. The proportion of social housing is slightly lower than the UK average.[2]

Boundary review[edit]

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 Bognor Regis and Littlehampton constituency is created with the following electoral wards:

  • Aldwick East, Aldwick West, Beach, Bersted, Brookfield, Felpham East, Felpham West, Ham, Hotham, Marine, Middleton-on-Sea, Orchard, Nyetimber, Pevensey, River, Wick with Toddington, and Yapton from the District of Arun.

History[edit]

Immediately prior to this seat's creation in 1997, the two eponymous towns were part of the Arundel constituency. Prior to 1974, Bognor Regis was part of the Chichester constituency, while Littlehampton was part of the Arundel and Shoreham constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1997 Nick Gibb Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Since the 2010 election there have been opinion polls conducted within the constituency, ahead of the next election.

General Election 2010: Bognor Regis and Littlehampton[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nick Gibb 24,087 51.4 +6.8
Liberal Democrat Simon McDougall 11,024 23.5 +1.6
Labour Michael Jones 6,580 14.0 -11.4
UKIP Douglas Denny 3.036 6.5 -1.5
BNP Andrew Moffat 1,890 4.0 N/A
Independent Melissa Briggs 235 0.5 N/A
Majority 13,063 27.9
Turnout 46,852 66.2 +3.1
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Bognor Regis and Littlehampton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nick Gibb 18,183 44.6 -0.6
Labour George O'Neill 10,361 25.4 -5.3
Liberal Democrat Simon McDougall 8,927 21.9 +4.3
UKIP Adrian Lithgow 3,276 8.0 +3.4
Majority 7,822 19.2
Turnout 40,747 62.1 +3.9
Conservative hold Swing +2.3
General Election 2001: Bognor Regis and Littlehampton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nick Gibb 17,602 45.2 +1.0
Labour George O’Neill 11,959 30.7 +2.2
Liberal Democrat Pamela Peskett 6,846 17.6 -6.4
UKIP George Stride 1,779 4.6 +1.3
Green Lilias Cheyne 782 2.0 N/A
Majority 5,643 14.5
Turnout 38,968 58.2 -11.4
Conservative hold Swing -0.6

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Bognor Regis and Littlehampton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nick Gibb 20,537 44.2 -12.6
Labour Roger Nash 13,216 28.5 +15.0
Liberal Democrat Dr James Walsh 11,153 24.0 -2.7
UKIP George Stride 1,537 3.3
Majority 7,321 15.8
Turnout 46,443 69.6
Conservative hold Swing -13.8

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  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.
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