Gosport (UK Parliament constituency)

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Gosport
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Gosport in Hampshire.
Outline map
Location of Hampshire within England.
County Hampshire
Electorate 72,845 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of Parliament Caroline Dinenage (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Gosport & Fareham
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Gosport /ˈɡɒspɔrt/ is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Caroline Dinenage of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency centres on Peel Common, Chalk Common and the River Alver that run north-south — its largest settlement is arguably the eastern town of Gosport. Gosport post town comprises several distinct villages and neighbourhoods on the south coast of England in Hampshire whereas the constituency comprises the whole of Gosport Borough (including Lee-on-the-Solent and Alverstoke) and includes Stubbington and Hill Head from the neighbouring Fareham Borough.

Constituency profile[edit]

Gosport has to date been a Conservative safe seat - an area with a majority of privately owned properties that has a minority of poor residents — two large housing estates in the south and east of Rowner for example are according to the 2001 census predominantly social housing and contain two of the most deprived output areas in terms of income and unemployment in the United Kingdom however is not of uniform characterisation.[2][3] Rowner has a central conservation area of expensive housing and touches immediately to the west the Lee on Solent Golf Club, Grange Farm Museum, the West of the Alder Nature Reserve and the Wild Grounds Nature reserve. Beside its bowling green, allotments and recreation ground lies Grade I-architecture St Mary's Church.[4] Unlike the generally expensive west of the borough,[3] Rowner resembles central Gosport and Bridgemary in presenting a diverse picture retaining scenic and generally more rural surroundings than the City of Portsmouth with some areas of deprivation.[5]

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the February 1974 general election. The area had previously been part of the constituency of Gosport and Fareham.

In December 2009, Gosport became the second constituency to vote in an open primary to select the Conservative PPC. All residents of the area were asked to take part via a postal vote. The result of the Gosport primary saw Caroline Dinenage publically selected. At the general election on 6 May 2010, Caroline Dinenage was elected with 24,300 votes, a majority of 14,413 votes.

Peter Viggers (later knighted) had represented the constituency from 1974 to 2010. David Cameron instructed Sir Peter not to stand for re-election after his nationally infamous attempt to claim for a duck house during the MPs' expenses scandal.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [6] Party
Feb 1974 Peter Viggers Conservative
2010 Caroline Dinenage Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Gosport[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Caroline Dinenage
UKIP Christopher Wood
General Election 2010: Gosport[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Caroline Dinenage 24,300 51.8 +7.0
Liberal Democrat Rob Hylands 9,887 21.1 +4.5
Labour Graham Giles 7,944 15.9 -14.5
UKIP Andrew Rice 1,496 3.2 -1.1
BNP Barry Bennett 1,004 2.1 +2.1
English Democrats Bob Shaw 622 1.3 +1.3
Green Claire Smith 573 1.2 -1.7
Independent Dave Smith 493 1.1 +1.1
Independent Charlie Read 331 0.7 +0.7
Independent Brian Hart 289 0.6 +0.6
Majority 14,413 30.7
Turnout 46,939 64.6 +3.3
Conservative hold Swing +1.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Gosport
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Viggers 19,268 44.8 +1.2
Labour Richard Williams 13,538 31.5 -5.6
Liberal Democrat Roger Roberts 7,145 16.6 +1.5
UKIP John Bowles 1,825 4.2 +1.3
Green Claire Smith 1,258 2.9 +2.9
Majority 5,730 13.3
Turnout 43,034 60.5 3.4
Conservative hold Swing +3.4
General Election 2001: Gosport
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Viggers 17,364 43.6 ±
Labour Richard Williams 14,743 37.1 +6.4
Liberal Democrat Roger Roberts 6,011 15.1 -4.5
UKIP John Bowles 1,162 2.9 N/A
Socialist Labour Kevin Chetwynd 509 1.3 N/A
Majority 2,621 6.5
Turnout 39,789 57.1 -13.1
Conservative hold Swing -3.2

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Gosport
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Viggers 21,085 43.61
Labour I. Gray 14,827 30.66
Liberal Democrat S. Hogg 9,479 19.60
Referendum Party A. Blowers 2,538 5.25
Independent P. Ettie 426 0.88
Majority 6,258 12.94
Turnout 70.25
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Gosport[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Viggers 31,094 58.1 −0.4
Liberal Democrat MG Russell 14,776 27.6 −3.9
Labour Mrs MF Angus 7,275 13.6 +3.7
Independent PFF Ettie 332 0.6 +0.6
Majority 16,318 30.5 +3.6
Turnout 53,477 76.6 +1.8
Conservative hold Swing +1.8

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Gosport
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Viggers 29,804 58.51
Liberal P.J. Chegwyn 16,081 31.57
Labour A. Lloyd 5,053 9.92
Majority 13,723 26.94
Turnout 74.78
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Gosport
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Viggers 28,179 60.64
Liberal P. Chegwyn 13,728 29.54
Labour B.B. Bond 4,319 9.29
Independent R.A. MacMillan 241 0.52
Majority 14,451 31.10
Turnout 71.62
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Gosport
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Viggers 24,553 61.76
Labour J.A. Slater 10,460 26.31
Liberal C. Lewis 4,741 11.93
Majority 14,093 35.45
Turnout 77.47
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Gosport
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Viggers 17,487 47.51
Labour P.M. Tebutt 10,621 28.85
Liberal P.D. Clark 8,701 23.64
Majority 6,866 18.65
Turnout 75.32
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Gosport
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Viggers 19,563 49.67
Labour G.J. Hewitt 12,335 31.32
Liberal J.G. Rix 7,485 19.01
Majority 7,228 18.35
Turnout 81.36
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

Coordinates: 50°48′N 1°10′W / 50.80°N 1.17°W / 50.80; -1.17