Bracknell (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Bracknell in Berkshire.
Location of Berkshire within England.
|Population||104,849 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||77,490 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Bracknell, Crowthorne|
|Member of parliament||Phillip Lee (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||East Berkshire|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
1997-2010: The Borough of Bracknell Forest wards of Binfield, Bullbrook, College Town, Crowthorne, Garth, Great Hollands North, Great Hollands South, Hanworth, Harmanswater, Little Sandhurst, Old Bracknell, Owlsmoor, Priestwood, Central Sandhurst, Warfield, and Wildridings; and the District of Wokingham wards of Finchampstead North, Finchampstead South, and Wokingham Without.
2010-present: The Borough of Bracknell Forest wards of Bullbrook, Central Sandhurst, College Town, Crown Wood, Crowthorne, Great Hollands North, Great Hollands South, Hanworth, Harmans Water, Little Sandhurst and Wellington, Old Bracknell, Owlsmoor, Priestwood and Garth, and Wildridings and Central; and the District of Wokingham wards of Finchampstead North, Finchampstead South, and Wokingham Without.
Bracknell is based around the town of Bracknell and the Bracknell Forest authority. It is bordered by the constituencies of Wokingham, Maidenhead, Windsor, Surrey Heath, Aldershot, and North East Hampshire.
From creation in 1997 until 2010, Bracknell's MP was Andrew MacKay of the Conservative Party, who represented the old seat of East Berkshire from 1983. On 14 May 2009, he resigned from his position as parliamentary aide to Cameron in the wake of a major scandal over his Parliamentary expenses. MacKay and his wife, fellow Tory MP Julie Kirkbride, had wrongfully claimed over £250,000 from the taxpayer for mortgage payments for second homes, in a case of so-called "double-dipping". They also wrongfully claimed for each other's travel costs. At a hastily called meeting with his constituents in Bracknell to explain the "unacceptable" expenses claims, Mr MacKay was jeered and called a 'thieving toad'. A video of the angry meeting was leaked to the press and after an urgent phone call from David Cameron the next day, MacKay agreed to stand down at the 2010 general election. The Conservative Party chose Phillip Lee, a general practitioner, as their new candidate in an American style open primary, involving 7 candidates including Rory Stewart and Iain Dale in a contest open to all registered Bracknell voters.
- 2010 Election
Lee went on to become the next MP in an election which saw the share of the vote for the Labour Party fall by 11.1%. The Liberal Democrats saw the biggest rise in support of all the parties (+4.5%) and overtook Labour to gain second place behind the Conservative Party. The UKIP saw a slight rise in support to 4.4% of the vote. The 2010 election also saw for the first time the Green Party and British National Party vying for the seat.
Members of Parliament
|2010||Dr. Phillip Lee||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Bracknell|
|Conservative||Phillip Lee |
|Liberal Democrat||Patrick Smith |
|UKIP||Richard Thomas |
|Labour||James Walsh |
|General Election 2010: Bracknell|
|Liberal Democrat||Raymond William Earwicker||11,623||22.3||+4.5|
|Scrap Members Allowances||Dan Haycocks||60||0.1||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Bracknell|
|Labour||Mrs. Janet Hazel Keene||13,376||26.2||−6.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Lee Glendon||10,128||19.8||+2.7|
|Independent||Mrs. Dominica Mary Roberts||407||0.8||N/A|
|General Election 2001: Bracknell|
|Labour||Mrs. Janet Hazel Keene||16,249||33.0||+3.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Raymond William Earwicker||8,428||17.1||+1.7|
|UKIP||Lawrie John Alan Boxall||1,266||2.6||+1.6|
|ProLife Alliance||Mrs. Dominica Mary Roberts||324||0.7||+0.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Bracknell|
|Liberal Democrat||Alan R. Hilliar||9,122||15.4||N/A|
|New Labour||John W. Tompkins||1,909||3.2||N/A|
|Referendum Party||Warwick Cairns||1,636||2.8||N/A|
|UKIP||Lawrie John Alan Boxall||569||1.0||N/A|
|ProLife Alliance||Mrs. Dominica M. Roberts||276||0.5||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Bracknell: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Hastings, Chris; Georgia Warren (18 October 2009). "Women and gay Tory MPs set to treble by 2010". The Times. Retrieved 18 October 2009.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Bracknell UK Polling
- General Election 2010: Phillip Lee wins Bracknell seat GetBracknell, 7 May 2010
- nomis Constituency Profile for Bracknell — presenting data from the ONS annual population survey and other official statistics.