Bournemouth West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°43′01″N 1°54′47″W / 50.717°N 1.913°W / 50.717; -1.913

Bournemouth West
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bournemouth West in Dorset.
Outline map
Location of Dorset within England.
County Dorset
Electorate 72,714 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of Parliament Conor Burns (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England

Bournemouth West is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries[edit]

1974-1983: The county borough of Bournemouth wards of Central, East Cliff, Kinson North, Kinson South, Redhill Park, Westbourne, West Cliff, and Winton.

1983-1997: The Borough of Bournemouth wards of Ensbury Park, Kinson, Redhill Park, Talbot Woods, Wallisdown, Westbourne, West Cliff, and Winton; and the Borough of Poole wards of Alderney, Bourne Valley, and Canford Magna.

1997-2010: The Borough of Bournemouth wards of Central, East Cliff, Ensbury Park, Kinson, Redhill Park, Talbot Woods, Wallisdowne, Westbourne, West Cliff, and Winton.

2010-present: The Borough of Bournemouth wards of Central, Kinson North, Kinson South, Redhill and Northbourne, Talbot and Branksome Woods, Wallisdown and Winton West, Westbourne and West Cliff, and Winton East, and the Borough of Poole wards of Alderney and Branksome East.

The current boundaries take in the western portion of Bournemouth, from the Kinson, Winton, and Talbot Woods areas down towards the town centre and the West Cliff. In a boundary change for the 2010 General Election, the constituency gained the Branksome area from Poole whilst losing East Cliff to the neighbouring Bournemouth East constituency.

History[edit]

In the 2005 election, the constituency was the Liberal Democrats 50th target seat. It contains Labour's best ward in Bournemouth in the district of Kinson, but the seat has elected Conservatives at every election since its creation in 1950 and is considered safe for them.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1950 Viscount Cranborne Conservative
1954 by-election John Eden Conservative
1983 Sir John Butterfill Conservative
2010 Conor Burns Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Bournemouth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Conor Burns 18,808 45.1 +5.6
Liberal Democrat Alasdair Murray 13,225 31.7 -0.2
Labour Sharon Carr-Brown 6,171 14.8 -8.1
UKIP Philip Glover 2,999 7.2 +1.6
Independent Harvey Taylor 456 1.1
Majority 5,583 13.4
Turnout 41,659 58.1 +4.2
Conservative hold Swing +2.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Bournemouth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Butterfill 14,057 41.4 −1.4
Liberal Democrat Richard Renaut 10,026 29.6 +4.4
Labour Dafydd Williams 7,824 23.1 −5.7
UKIP Michael Maclaire-Hillier 2,017 5.9 +2.7
Majority 4,031 11.9
Turnout 33,924 53.3 +0.1
Conservative hold Swing -2.9
General Election 2001: Bournemouth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Butterfill 14,417 42.8 +1.2
Labour David Stokes 9,699 28.8 +4.3
Liberal Democrat Fiona Hornby 8,468 25.2 -2.6
UKIP Cynthia Blake 1,064 3.2 +2.5
Majority 4,718 14.0
Turnout 33,648 53.2 -13.0
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Bournemouth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Butterfill 17,115 41.7
Liberal Democrat Janet Dover 11,405 27.8
Labour Dennis Gritt 10,093 24.6
Referendum Party Ronald Mills 1,910 4.7
UKIP Linda Tooley 281 0.7
BNP John Morse 165 0.4
Natural Law Alexander Springham 103 0.3
Majority 5,710 13.9
Turnout 41,073 66.21
Conservative hold Swing -5.6
General Election 1992: Bournemouth West[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Butterfill 29,820 52.7 −2.5
Liberal Democrat Janet Dover 17,117 30.2 −1.7
Labour Ben Grower 9,423 16.7 +3.8
Natural Law Alexander Springham 232 0.4 +0.4
Majority 12,703 22.4 −0.7
Turnout 56,592 75.7 +2.4
Conservative hold Swing −0.4

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Bournemouth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Butterfill 30,117 55.16
Social Democrat PGM Craven 17,466 31.99
Labour RW Jones 7,018 12.85
Majority 12,651 23.17
Turnout 73.35
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Bournemouth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Butterfill 28,466 56.90
Liberal M James 15,135 30.26
Labour K Horrocks 6,243 12.48
BNP JH Morse 180 0.36
Majority 13,331 26.65
Turnout 69.19
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Bournemouth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Eden 25,873 59.84
Labour Peter J. Brushett 9,247 21.39
Liberal Terence D. G. Richards 7,677 17.76
National Front G Hubbard 438 1.01
Majority 16,626 38.45
Turnout 70.46
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Bournemouth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Eden 21,294 50.67
Labour LF Bennett 10,566 25.14
Liberal Terence D. G. Richards 10,166 24.19
Majority 10,728 25.53
Turnout 68.66
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Bournemouth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Eden 23,473 50.82
Liberal Terence D. G. Richards 12,655 27.40
Labour LF Bennett 10,062 21.78
Majority 10,818 23.42
Turnout 76.06
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Bournemouth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Eden 28,714 56.17
Labour L. F. Bennett 14,099 27.58
Liberal John E. Mills 8,303 16.24
Majority 13,615 28.59
Turnout 69.28
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Bournemouth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Eden 25,740 50.02
Labour L .F. Bennett 16,334 31.74
Liberal J. F. Mills 9,389 18.24
Majority 9,406 18.28
Turnout 73.37
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Bournemouth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Eden 26,114 50.44
Labour GW Spicer 13,975 26.99
Liberal J. F. Mills 11,681 22.56
Majority 12,139 23.45
Turnout 73.71
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Bournemouth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Eden 33,575 67.78
Labour GW Spicer 15,957 32.22
Majority 17,618 35.57
Turnout 72.62
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Bournemouth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Eden 31,931 67.83
Labour C Ford 15,147 32.17
Majority 16,784 35.65
Turnout 71.71
Conservative hold Swing
By Election 18 February 1954: Bournemouth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Eden 20,695
Labour H Brinton 9,006
Majority 11,689
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Bournemouth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Viscount Cranborne 33,269 65.49
Labour CMJ Hart 17,532 34.51
Majority 15,737 30.98
Turnout 77.71
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Bournemouth West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Viscount Cranborne 28,548 53.62
Labour WA Boddy 15,476 29.07
Liberal John Creasey 9,216 17.31
Majority 13,072
Turnout 83.95
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.