Epsom and Ewell (UK Parliament constituency)

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Epsom and Ewell
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Epsom and Ewell in Surrey for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of Surrey within England.
County Surrey
Electorate 76,916 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Epsom, Ewell and Ashtead
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of Parliament Chris Grayling (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Epsom
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Epsom and Ewell is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by Chris Grayling, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The seat contains:

Historic boundaries

Before 1997 it lacked Ashtead but instead included Banstead from Reigate and Banstead. As the borough is small and includes steeply undulating parts such as Epsom Downs it has consistently contained areas in neighbouring Surrey districts.

Latest boundary change

In 2005, the Boundary Commission's report led to changes for 2010. The boundary with Mole Valley moves slightly on the uninhabited portions of land by the M25 motorway adjoining Ashtead and Leatherhead, in line with local government wards. The Preston ward (in Tadworth) was transferred to Reigate to bring that constituency's electorate closer to the county average.

History[edit]

The constituency was established for the February 1974 general election, forming the centre of the previous Epsom constituency. Epsom had been held by a Conservative since its creation in the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885.

In Westminster elections, Epsom and Ewell is one of the strongest Conservative areas in the country. However locally the borough council is controlled by the Epsom and Ewell Residents Association, with the Conservatives lacking a firm base here and until recently rarely the party contested local elections. There are also a number of Residents Association councillors in the Reigate & Banstead wards in the constituency, although Mole Valley lacks Residents Association councillors.

In 1987, Barbara Follett, later Member of Parliament for Stevenage, unsuccessfully stood for the Labour Party in the constituency.

The seat is not expected to change hands in normal circumstances, unless there is a beyond landslide win for a non-Conservative party.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
Feb 1974 constituency created
Feb 1974 Peter Rawlinson Conservative
1978 by-election Sir Archie Hamilton Conservative
2001 Chris Grayling Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Epsom and Ewell[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Chris Grayling 30,868 56.2 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Lees 14,734 26.8 +5.3
Labour Craig Montgomery 6,538 11.9 -8.1
UKIP Elizabeth Wallace 2,549 4.6 +1.1
Radical Reform Peter Ticher 266 0.5 0.5
Majority 16,134 29.4
Turnout 54,955 70.4 +4.1
Conservative hold Swing +4.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Epsom and Ewell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Chris Grayling 27,146 54.4 +6.3
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Lees 10,699 21.4 -0.7
Labour Charlie Mansell 10,265 20.6 -5.9
UKIP Peter Kefford 1,769 3.5 +0.2
Majority 16,447 33.0
Turnout 49,879 66.1 3.3
Conservative hold Swing +3.5
General Election 2001: Epsom and Ewell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Chris Grayling 22,430 48.1 +2.5
Labour Charlie Mansell 12,350 26.5 +2.1
Liberal Democrat John Vincent 10,316 22.1 -0.7
UKIP Graham Webster-Gardiner 1,547 3.3 +2.3
Majority 10,080 21.6
Turnout 46,643 62.8 -11.2
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Epsom and Ewell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Archibald Hamilton 24,717 45.6 -14.6
Labour Philip Woodford 13,192 24.3 +8.6
Liberal Democrat John Vincent 12,380 22.8 -0.7
Referendum Party Christopher Macdonald 2,355 4.3
UKIP Harold Green 544 1.0
Green Hugo Charlton 527 1.0
ProLife Alliance Katherine Weeks 466 0.9
Majority 11,525 21.3
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Epsom and Ewell[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Archibald Hamilton 32,861 60.2 −2.0
Liberal Democrat Martin P. Emerson 12,840 23.5 +0.3
Labour Richard A. Warren 8,577 15.7 +1.2
Natural Law GD Hatchard 334 0.6 N/A
Majority 20,021 36.7 −2.3
Turnout 54,612 80.1 +4.8
Conservative hold Swing −1.2

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Epsom and Ewell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Archibald Hamilton 33,145 62.21
Liberal Margaret Jane Joachim 12,384 23.24
Labour DB Follett 7,751 14.55
Majority 20,761 38.97
Turnout 75.38
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Epsom and Ewell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Archibald Hamilton 30,737 60.43
Liberal Michael Alexander John Anderson 13,542 26.62
Labour WR Carpenter 6,587 12.95
Majority 17,195 33.80
Turnout 72.02
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Epsom and Ewell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Archibald Hamilton 39,104 61.91
Liberal M Anderson 12,746 20.18
Labour CR Smith 11,315 17.91
Majority 26,358 41.73
Turnout 76.91
Conservative hold Swing
By election 1978: Epsom and Ewell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Archibald Hamilton 28,242 63.61 +9.55
Labour Anthony Mooney 7,314 16.47 -2.84
Liberal Michael Alexander John Anderson 5,673 12.78 -13.85
Royalist Jonathan King 2,350 5.29 N/A
National Front James Sawyer 823 1.85 N/A
Majority 20,928
Turnout 44,402
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Epsom and Ewell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Rawlinson 32,109 54.06
Liberal DJH Griffiths 15,819 26.63
Labour NJ Kearney 11,471 19.31
Majority 16,290 27.42
Turnout 73.70
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Epsom and Ewell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Rawlinson 35,823 54.68
Liberal DJH Griffiths 18,899 28.85
Labour NJ Kearney 10,787 16,47
Majority 16,924 25.83
Turnout 82.03
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 2005 Guardian Profile
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated, Epsom and Ewell Borough Council
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 51°20′N 0°16′W / 51.33°N 0.27°W / 51.33; -0.27