Esher (UK Parliament constituency)

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Esher
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Surrey
19501997
Number of members One
Replaced by Esher & Walton
Mole Valley
Created from Surbiton
Epsom
Guildford

Esher was a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. In the general elections during its 47-year lifetime it was won by three Conservatives successively.

History and boundaries[edit]

The seat was created by the Representation of the People Act 1948 and first contested at the 1950 general election.[1][2] It was amended for the 1983 general election to comprise the wards:

From 1997 in Esher's main replacement were 11 of its 15 wards. In Elmbridge which was formed in 1974, Esher had excluded not only Weybridge but also the more populated suburban town of Walton on Thames and Hersham compared to the town of Esher so a new name and territory was agreed upon after consultation. In the above list the last four wards were in another local district, that of Guildford and have been placed within Mole Valley seat since 1997.

Neighbours[edit]

Neighbours with borders of more than 2 miles (3.2 km) were:

or their variations including:

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [4] Party Other terms served as MP
1950 William Robson-Brown Conservative None
1970 Carol Mather Conservative None
1987 Ian Taylor Conservative 1997-2010 for Esher and Walton
1997 constituency abolished: see Esher and Walton

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Esher[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Taylor 31,115 65.4 −0.1
Liberal Democrat John Richling 10,744 22.6 −3.1
Labour Julie Reay 5,685 12.0 +3.2
Majority 20,371 42.8 +3.0
Turnout 47,544 80.8 +3.9
Conservative hold Swing +1.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Esher
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Taylor 31,334 65.5 +2.2
Liberal A J Barnett 12,266 25.7 -2.3
Labour N J V Lucas 4,197 8.8 +1.6
Majority 19,068 39.8
Turnout 47,797 76.9 +3.8
Conservative hold Swing +2.3
General Election 1983: Esher
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Carol Mather 28,577 63.3
Liberal C W Wheatley 12,665 28.0
Labour D D Plaskow 3,250 7.2
Monster Raving Loony W Wellie 664 1.5
Majority 15,912 35.3
Turnout 45,156 73.1

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ The 'and' has been dropped from the ward name
  2. ^ This made-up ward expressing the Earl of Lovelace or Ada, Countess Lovelace/Ada Byron has been made geographical since is move to Mole Valley constituency.
References
  1. ^ Representation of the People Act 1948, C.65, First Schedule, Parliamentary Constituencies.
  2. ^ Youngs, Frederic A, Jr. (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. pp. 765–766. ISBN 0901050679. 
  3. ^ Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983 (S.I. 1983/417)
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

Coordinates: 51°21′N 0°22′W / 51.35°N 0.37°W / 51.35; -0.37

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