Chesham and Amersham (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°41′38″N 0°36′36″W / 51.694°N 0.610°W / 51.694; -0.610

Chesham and Amersham
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Chesham and Amersham in Buckinghamshire.
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Location of Buckinghamshire within England.
County Buckinghamshire
Electorate 70,723 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Chesham and Amersham
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of Parliament Cheryl Gillan (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from South Buckinghamshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Chesham and Amersham /ˈɛʃəm ənd ˈæmˌəʃəm/ is a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the U.K. Parliament that elects a Member of Parliament (MP)[n 1]. It has to date been a safe Conservative seat.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency area is located in Buckinghamshire and is broadly coterminous with the Chiltern Local Government District boundaries. It comprises the large towns of Chesham and Amersham and outlying village settlements set within rural land which is within the Metropolitan Green Belt and part of which also falls within the Chilterns AONB. There are transport links connecting the area to central London via the Metropolitan line of London Underground and the London to Aylesbury Line operated by Chiltern Railways. The constituency is also close to the M40 and M25 Motorways.

History[edit]

The area was formerly part of the larger South Buckinghamshire constituency before boundary changes came into effect, creating the seat, for the first 1974 general election.

The constituency vote has on the national level been solidly Conservative since the seat's creation and at the 2010 election the party won with a large majority. The next largest party at that election was the Liberal Democrats, with 28% of the vote.

Members of Parliament[edit]

The current Member of Parliament for Chesham and Amersham is the Conservative Cheryl Gillan. She has been in this position since 1992.

Election Member[2] Party
Feb 1974 Sir Ian Gilmour Conservative
1992 Cheryl Gillan Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Chesham and Amersham[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cheryl Gillan 31,658 60.4 +6.8
Liberal Democrat Tim Starkey 14,948 28.5 +2.3
Labour Anthony Gajadharsingh 2,942 5.6 -8.0
UKIP Alan Stephens 2,129 4.1 +0.9
Green Nick Wilkins 767 1.5 -2.0
Majority 16,710 31.9
Turnout 52,444 74.6 +7.8
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Chesham and Amersham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cheryl Gillan 25,619 54.4 +3.9
Liberal Democrat John Ford 11,821 25.1 +0.8
Labour Rupa Huq 6,610 14.0 -4.8
Green Nick Wilkins 1656 3.5 +1.0
UKIP David Samuel-Camps 1391 3.0 0.0
Majority 13,798 29.3
Turnout 47,097 68.0 +3.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2001: Chesham and Amersham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cheryl Gillan 22,867 50.5 +0.1
Liberal Democrat John Ford 10,985 24.3 +0.4
Labour Kenneth Hulme 8,497 18.8 -0.9
UKIP Ian Harvey 1,367 3.0 +1.8
Green Nick Wilkins 1,114 2.5 N/A
ProLife Alliance Gillian Duval 453 1.0 N/A
Majority 11,882 26.2
Turnout 45,283 64.7 -9.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Chesham and Amersham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cheryl Gillan 26,298 50.38
Liberal Democrat M Brand 12,439 23.83
Labour Paul Farrelly 10,240 19.62
Referendum Party P Andrews 2,528 4.84
UKIP C Shilson 618 1.18
Natural Law H Godfrey 74 0.14
Majority 13,859 26.55
Turnout 74.54
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Chesham and Amersham[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cheryl Gillan 36,273 63.3 +1.2
Liberal Democrat AT Ketteringham 14,053 24.5 −2.6
Labour Miss CK Atherton 5,931 10.4 +1.0
Green Ms. CL Strickland 753 1.3 −0.1
Natural Law MTL Griffith-Jones 255 0.4 N/A
Majority 22,220 38.8 +3.8
Turnout 57,265 81.9 +4.6
Conservative hold Swing +1.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Chesham and Amersham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Gilmour 34,504 62.17
Liberal AT Ketteringham 15,064 27.14
Labour PA Goulding 5,170 9.32
Green AG Darnbrough 760 1.37
Majority 19,440 35.03
Turnout 77.35
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Chesham and Amersham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Gilmour 32,435 61.04
Liberal R Bradnock 16,556 31.15
Labour C Duncan 4,150 7.81
Majority 15,879 29.88
Turnout 75.94
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Chesham and Amersham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Gilmour 32,924 61.43
Liberal R Bradnock 12,328 23.00
Labour EM Barratt 7,645 14.26
National Front S Clinch 697 1.30
Majority 20,596 38.43
Turnout 79.72
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Chesham and Amersham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Gilmour 25,078 50.67
Liberal DA Stoddart 14,091 28.47
Labour JR Poston 10,325 20.86
Majority 10,987 22.20
Turnout 78.08
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Chesham and Amersham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Gilmour 27,035 50.67
Liberal DA Stoddart 16,619 31.15
Labour BM Warshaw 9,700 18.18
Majority 10,416 19.52
Turnout 85.03
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ As with all constituencies, electing one member at most every five years by the first past the post system of election.
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 "C" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Chesham and Amersham, UKPollingReport
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.