Eastleigh (UK Parliament constituency)

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Eastleigh
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Eastleigh in Hampshire.
Outline map
Location of Hampshire within England.
County Hampshire
Electorate 78,313 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Eastleigh, Bishopstoke, Botley, Hedge End and Hamble-le-Rice
Current constituency
Created 1955
Member of Parliament Mike Thornton (Liberal Democrat)
Number of members One
Overlaps
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.

Boundaries[edit]

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 less a small northern portion of four wards allocated to Winchester.[n 2]

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[3][2]

History[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5] Mike Thornton retained the seat for the Liberal Democrats in the by-election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party Notes
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[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Since the 2010 election there have been opinion polls conducted within the constituency, both before the by-election and ahead of the next election.

General Election 2015: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Mike Thornton
Conservative Mims Davies[7]
Labour Mark Latham[8]
UKIP Patricia Culligan[9]
Eastleigh by-election, 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Mike Thornton 13,342 32.1 -14.4
UKIP Diane James 11,571 27.8 +24.2
Conservative Maria Hutchings 10,559 25.4 -13.9
Labour John O'Farrell 4,088 9.8 +0.2
Independent Danny Stupple 768 1.9 N/A
National Health Action Iain Maclennan 392 0.9 N/A
Beer, Baccy and Crumpet Party Ray Hall 235 0.6 N/A
Christian Kevin Milburn 163 0.4 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Howling Laud Hope 136 0.3 N/A
Peace Jim Duggan 128 0.3 N/A
Elvis Loves Pets David Bishop 72 0.2 N/A
English Democrats Michael Walters 70 0.2 -0.3
TUSC Daz Procter 62 0.2 N/A
Wessex Regionalist Colin Bex 30 0.1 N/A
Majority 1,771 4.3 -2.9
Turnout 41,616 52.8 -16.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -19.2
General Election 2010: Eastleigh[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne 24,966 46.5 +8.2
Conservative Maria Hutchings 21,102 39.3 +2.1
Labour Leo Barraclough 5,153 9.6 −11.5
UKIP Ray Finch 1,933 3.6 +0.2
English Democrats Tony Pewsey 249 0.5 N/A
Independent Dave Stone 154 0.3 N/A
National Liberal Party - Third Way Keith Low 93 0.2 N/A
Majority 3,864 7.2
Turnout 53,650 69.3 +4.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing 3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne 19,216 38.6 −2.1
Conservative Conor Burns 18,648 37.5 +3.2
Labour Chris Watt 10,238 20.6 −1.3
UKIP Christopher Murphy 1,669 3.4 +1.6
Majority 568 1.1
Turnout 49,771 64.8 +1.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −2.6
General Election 2001: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Chidgey 19,360 40.7 +5.6
Conservative Conor Burns 16,302 34.3 +0.6
Labour Sam Jaffa 10,426 21.9 −4.9
UKIP Stephen Challis 849 1.8 +1.0
Green Martha Lyn 636 1.3 N/A
Majority 3,058 6.4
Turnout 47,573 63.8 −12.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Chidgey 19,453 35.1 +7.1
Conservative Stephen Reid 18,699 33.7 −17.6
Labour Alan Lloyd 14,883 26.8 +6.1
Referendum Party Victor Eldridge 2,013 3.6 N/A
UKIP P.W. Robinson 446 0.8 N/A
Majority 754 1.4
Turnout 55,494 76.9 −6.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
By-election 1994: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Chidgey 24,473 44.3 +16.3
Labour Marilyn Birks 15,234 27.6 +6.9
Conservative Stephen Allison 13,675 24.7 −26.6
UKIP Nigel Farage 952 1.7 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 783 1.4 N/A
Natural Law P. Warburton 145 0.3 N/A
Majority 9,239 16.7
Turnout 55,272 58.2 −24.7
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing +21.5
General Election 1992: Eastleigh[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Milligan 38,998 51.3 +0.0
Liberal Democrat David Chidgey 21,296 28.0 −4.0
Labour Miss Johanna E. Sugrue 15,768 20.7 +4.0
Majority 17,702 23.3 +4.0
Turnout 76,062 82.9 +3.6
Conservative hold Swing +2.0

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir David Price 35,584 51.26
Liberal M.J. Kyrle 22,229 32.02
Labour D.J.C. Bull 11,599 16.71
Majority 13,355 19.24
Turnout 79.28
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir David Price 32,393 51.00
Liberal M.J. Kyrle 19,385 30.52
Labour P. Hallmann 11,736 18.48
Majority 13,008 20.48
Turnout 77.04
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 38,516 55.92
Labour C.E. Roberts 18,222 26.45
Liberal G.D. Johnson 12,143 17.63
Majority 20,294 29.46
Turnout 80.66
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 26,869 44.97
Labour E. Presman 19,054 31.89
Liberal G.D. Johnson 13,832 23.15
Majority 7,815 13.08
Turnout 78.81
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 28,512 44.49
Labour E. Presman 18,402 28.71
Liberal G.D. Johnson 17,178 26.80
Majority 10,110 15.77
Turnout 85.33
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 30,300 51.03
Labour R.T.F. Flach 22,248 37.47
Liberal C.J. Clayton 6,825 11.50
Majority 8,052 13.56
Turnout 78.42
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 24,337 45.41
Labour J.A.A. Evans 23,636 44.11
Liberal J.F. Rice 5,617 10.48
Majority 701 1.31
Turnout 83.74
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 23,429 45.53
Labour J.S.F. Boswell 21,341 41.48
Liberal J.F. Rice 6,685 12.99
Majority 2,088 4.06
Turnout 83.89
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 24,949 53.49
Labour C.J.S. Rowland 21,693 46.51
Majority 3,256 6.98
Turnout 84.47
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 20,215 50.68
Labour J.E. Haire 19,670 49.32
Majority 545 1.37
Turnout 81.52
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ Two wards each comprising Chandlers Ford and Hiltingbury[2]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 50°56′N 1°20′W / 50.94°N 1.34°W / 50.94; -1.34