Eastleigh (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Eastleigh in Hampshire.
Location of Hampshire within England.
|Electorate||78,313 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Eastleigh, Bishopstoke, Botley, Hedge End and Hamble-le-Rice|
|Member of parliament||Mike Thornton (Liberal Democrat)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
Eastleigh is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. The current MP is Mike Thornton of the Liberal Democrats. Thornton was first elected at the 2013 Eastleigh by-election, replacing Chris Huhne who resigned following a criminal prosecution.
The constituency lies in a long band east of Southampton in Hampshire that stretches from Eastleigh to the sailing centre of Hamble, and comprises all of the Borough of Eastleigh apart from the town of Chandler's Ford[n 2] which is in the Winchester constituency.
- Detailed boundaries
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the general election 2010 since which it has electoral wards:
- Bishopstoke East, Bishopstoke West, Botley, Bursledon and Old Netley, Eastleigh Central, Eastleigh North, Eastleigh South, Fair Oak and Horton Heath, Hamble-le-Rice and Butlocks Heath, Hedge End Grange Park, Hedge End St John’s, Hedge End Wildern, Netley Abbey, West End North, West End South in the Borough of Eastleigh
Eastleigh was a fairly safe seat for the Conservatives for nearly forty years until the death of its then MP, former journalist Stephen Milligan, in 1994. At the subsequent by-election, the Liberal Democrats gained the seat on a very large swing, and have since held Eastleigh in the four following general elections, though with somewhat narrow majorities.
Chris Huhne, the MP from 2005 to 2013, was his party's environment spokesman in opposition, before becoming the Liberal Democrat senior spokesman for the Home Office (or Second Shadow Home Secretary). While in the previous role Huhne stood unsuccessfully for party leader in 2006 against Sir Menzies Campbell and again in 2007 against Nick Clegg. Following the 2010 general election, Huhne joined the coalition government's cabinet as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, but resigned as an MP in February 2013 after admitting perverting the course of justice over a speeding case. His resignation took effect from 5 February, and the following day it was confirmed that a by-election to fill the vacancy would be held on 28 February 2013. Mike Thornton retained the seat for the Liberal Democrats in the by-election.
Members of Parliament
|1955||Sir David Price||Conservative|
|1992||Stephen Milligan||Conservative||Died of auto-erotic asphyxiation|
|1994 by-election||David Chidgey||Liberal Democrats|
|2005||Chris Huhne||Liberal Democrats||Convicted of Perverting the Course of Justice|
|2013 by-election||Mike Thornton||Liberal Democrats|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Eastleigh|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Thornton|
|Eastleigh by-election, 2013|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Thornton||13,342||32.1||-14.4|
|National Health Action||Iain Maclennan||392||0.9||N/A|
|Beer, Baccy and Crumpet Party||Ray Hall||235||0.6||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||Howling Laud Hope||136||0.3||N/A|
|Elvis Loves Pets||David Bishop||72||0.2||N/A|
|English Democrats||Michael Walters||70||0.2||-0.3|
|Wessex Regionalist||Colin Bex||30||0.1||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||-19.2|
|General Election 2010: Eastleigh|
|Liberal Democrat||Chris Huhne||24,966||46.5||+8.2|
|English Democrats||Tony Pewsey||249||0.5||N/A|
|National Liberal Party - Third Way||Keith Low||93||0.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||3|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Eastleigh|
|Liberal Democrat||Chris Huhne||19,216||38.6||−2.1|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||−2.6|
|General Election 2001: Eastleigh|
|Liberal Democrat||David Chidgey||19,360||40.7||+5.6|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Eastleigh|
|Liberal Democrat||David Chidgey||19,453||35.1||+7.1|
|Referendum Party||Victor Eldridge||2,013||3.6||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing|
|By-election 1994: Eastleigh|
|Liberal Democrat||David Chidgey||24,473||44.3||+16.3|
|Monster Raving Loony||Screaming Lord Sutch||783||1.4||N/A|
|Natural Law||P. Warburton||145||0.3||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing||+21.5|
|General Election 1992: Eastleigh|
|Liberal Democrat||David Chidgey||21,296||28.0||−4.0|
|Labour||Miss Johanna E. Sugrue||15,768||20.7||+4.0|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Eastleigh|
|Conservative||Sir David Price||35,584||51.26|
|General Election 1983: Eastleigh|
|Conservative||Sir David Price||32,393||51.00|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Eastleigh|
|General Election October 1974: Eastleigh|
|General Election February 1974: Eastleigh|
|General Election 1970: Eastleigh|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: Eastleigh|
|General Election 1964: Eastleigh|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: Eastleigh|
|General Election 1955: Eastleigh|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- "Chris Huhne admits perverting the course of justice". BBC News. 4 February 2013.
- "Date set for Eastleigh by-election". BBC News. 6 February 2013.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.