Esher and Walton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Esher and Walton
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Esher and Walton in Surrey.
Outline map
Location of Surrey within England.
County Surrey
Electorate 76,962 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997 (1997)
Member of Parliament Dominic Raab (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Esher
Chertsey & Walton
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Esher and Walton /ˈʃər ənd wɔːltən/ is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament.[n 1] The current MP is Dominic Raab of the Conservative Party. Since 1906 the seats to which its wards (and/or civil parishes) contributed have elected Conservative MPs and the lowest majority since the 1930s has been 16.1%. In either indicator of safe/marginal seat analysis the seat has in its elections since its 1997 creation been in top 20% of seats rendering it a very safe seat.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency is a mixed suburban and rural (here mostly reservoirs and heath) in the north of Surrey, bordering Greater London. Towns with mid-rise urban centres in the constituency are Esher and Walton-on-Thames, which give it its name, as well as the towns of Cobham, Claygate and Molesey and the villages of Oxshott and Thames Ditton. It shares similar borders to that of Elmbridge district. It is a safe Conservative seat, much of the constituency commuter territory for London, and is for the most part affluent and with low unemployment,[2] Notable landscape features include the River Thames, River Mole, Esher Commons and Sandown Park.[3]

The Boundary Commission proposed no boundary changes to this constituency for the 2010 general election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Ian Taylor held the seat from 1997 to 2010, having held the previous Esher seat from 1987. Taylor stood down at the 2010 election, and Dominic Raab was elected as the new Conservative MP for this seat.

Election Member[4] Party
1997 Ian Taylor Conservative
2010 Dominic Raab Conservative

History[edit]

The last time when any of the component villages/towns (administratively wards or civil parishes) in this area voted for an MP who was not Conservative was in 1906 who served a four-year term to 1910 for Chertsey which included the Walton part of the seat.

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Esher and Walton[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dominic Raab 32,134 58.9 +13.2
Liberal Democrat Lionel Blackman 13,541 24.8 -4.8
Labour Francis Eldergill 5,829 10.7 -8.7
UKIP Bernard Collignon 1,783 3.3 +0.0
Independent Tony Popham 378 0.7 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Chinners Chinnery 341 0.6 -0.7
English Democrats Mike Kearsley 307 0.6 N/A
Best of a Bad Bunch Andy Lear 230 0.4 N/A
Majority 18,593 34.1 +18.0
Turnout 54,543 72.0 +9.8
Conservative hold Swing +9.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Esher and Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Taylor 21,882 45.7 -3.3
Liberal Democrat Mark Marsh 14,155 29.6 +7.1
Labour Richard Taylor 9,309 19.4 -4.2
UKIP Bernard Collignon 1,582 3.3 -1.6
Monster Raving Loony Chinners Chinnery 608 1.3 N/A
Socialist Labour Richard Cutler 342 0.7 N/A
Majority 7,727 16.1
Turnout 47,878 62.2 0.3
Conservative hold Swing -5.2
General Election 2001: Esher and Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Taylor 22,296 49.0 -0.9
Labour Joe McGowan 10,758 23.6 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Mark Marsh 10,241 22.5 +2.1
UKIP Bernard Collignon 2,236 4.9 +3.9
Majority 11,538 25.4
Turnout 45,531 61.9 -12.4
Conservative hold Swing -0.9

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Esher and Walton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Taylor 26,747 49.8 -10.9
Labour Julie Reay 12,219 22.8 +5.4
Liberal Democrat Gary Miles 10,937 20.4 -1.6
Referendum Party Andrew Cruickshank 2,904 5.4
UKIP Bernard Collignon 558 1.0
Rainbow Dream Ticket Simone Kay 302 0.6
Majority 14,528 27.1
Turnout 53,667 74.3
Conservative hold Swing -8.2

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ As with all constituencies, Esher and Walton elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
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Coordinates: 51°21′N 0°22′W / 51.35°N 0.37°W / 51.35; -0.37