North West Hampshire (UK Parliament constituency)
|North West Hampshire|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of North West Hampshire in Hampshire.
Location of Hampshire within England.
|Electorate||77,020 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Andover, Tadley and Whitchurch|
|Member of parliament||Kit Malthouse (Conservative)|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
This constituency's results suggest a Conservative safe seat since its creation for the 1983 general election. The outgoing MP for Basingstoke, David Mitchell, was elected the first MP as he chose to represent the area carved out from the old seat, where he lived instead, and served for fourteen years. On Sir David Mitchell's retirement in 1997 George Young won the seat and held it until his resignation in 2015. Young was previously MP for the marginal constituency of Ealing, Acton from 1974 to 1997, and was Transport Secretary in the Government of John Major from 1995 to 1997. He also ran for Speaker of the House in 2000 and 2009, being defeated on both occasions. Young was appointed Leader of the House of Commons in the coalition government following the 2010 general election, but returned to the backbenches in David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle of 4 September 2012 and returned to the government frontbenches as Chief Whip a few weeks later, in October 2012 in place of Mitchell's son Andrew Mitchell. In 2015, Young was succeeded by Kit Malthouse, also a Conservative.
The constituency is in the county of Hampshire focussed around the town of Andover which has small pockets of regionally high levels of social housing and unemployment; however, the seat overall had the 32nd[clarification needed] lowest level of claimants of the 84 seats in the South East, at 1.7%, lower than the regional average of 2.4%.
The is economy built on the military research, building and operations in the area and larger homes attracting wealthy older families and retirees, a high proportion of which are detached or semi-detached in both authorities covered, building and engineering industries and the ease of most areas to access London, Basingstoke, Reading and the Commuter Belt. Smaller towns in the constituency include Tadley and Whitchurch.
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election since which it has electoral wards:
- Baughurst, Burghclere, East Woodhay, Highclere and Bourne, Kingsclere, Oakley and North Waltham, Overton, Laverstoke and Steventon, Tadley North, Tadley South, Whitchurch in the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane
- Alamein, Amport, Anna, Bourne Valley, Charlton, Harroway, Millway, Penton Bellinger, St Mary’s, Winton in the Borough of Test Valley
Members of Parliament
|1997||Sir George Young||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: North West Hampshire|
|Labour||Andrew Adams ||7,342||13.3||+0.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Alexander Payton ||5,151||9.3||-14.1|
UKIP originally selected Diane James for this constituency. In March 2015 James was replaced firstly by Malcolm Bint, then shortly afterwards by Susan Perkins. Bint became candidate in North Durham.
|General Election 2010: North West Hampshire|
|Liberal Democrat||Tom McCann||12,489||23.4||−1.5|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: North West Hampshire|
|Liberal Democrat||Martin Tod||12,741||24.9||+3.7|
|General Election 2001: North West Hampshire|
|Liberal Democrat||Alex Bentley||10,329||21.2||−2.9|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: North West Hampshire|
|Liberal Democrat||Charlie Fleming||13,179||24.1||−3.9|
|Referendum Party||Pamela Callaghan||1,533||2.8||N/A|
|Independent anti-Newbury bypass||Helen Mary Anscomb||231||0.4||N/A|
|General Election 1992: North West Hampshire|
|Conservative||Sir David Mitchell||34,310||58.1||+0.4|
|Liberal Democrat||MS Simpson||16,462||27.9||−5.2|
|Green||Ms. DA Ashley||825||1.4||+1.4|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: North West Hampshire|
|General Election 1983: North West Hampshire|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- Sir George Young Bt MP (website)
- General Election Results from the Electoral Commission
- 2001 Census
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- 2011 census interactive maps
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- UKPollingReport, North West Hampshire
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.