Gosport (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Gosport in Hampshire.
Location of Hampshire within England.
|Electorate||72,845 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Caroline Dinenage (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Gosport & Fareham|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
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.
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. 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. Unlike the generally expensive west of the borough, 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.
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
|Feb 1974||Peter Viggers||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Gosport|
|Liberal Democrat||Rob Hylands||9,887||21.1||+4.5|
|English Democrats||Bob Shaw||622||1.3||+1.3|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Gosport|
|Liberal Democrat||Roger Roberts||7,145||16.6||+1.5|
|General Election 2001: Gosport|
|Liberal Democrat||Roger Roberts||6,011||15.1||-4.5|
|Socialist Labour||Kevin Chetwynd||509||1.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Gosport|
|Liberal Democrat||S. Hogg||9,479||19.60|
|Referendum Party||A. Blowers||2,538||5.25|
|General Election 1992: Gosport|
|Liberal Democrat||MG Russell||14,776||27.6||−3.9|
|Labour||Mrs MF Angus||7,275||13.6||+3.7|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Gosport|
|General Election 1983: Gosport|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Gosport|
|General Election October 1974: Gosport|
|General Election February 1974: Gosport|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2001 census statistics
- Local House Price Map - Mouseprice.com
- English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1276419)". National Heritage List for England.
- Ordnance survey website
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Gosport UK Polling
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.