Hove (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°50′02″N 0°10′30″W / 50.834°N 0.175°W / 50.834; -0.175

Hove
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Hove in East Sussex.
Outline map
Location of East Sussex within England.
County East Sussex
Electorate 71,181 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of Parliament Mike Weatherley (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Brighton
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Hove is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Mike Weatherley, a Conservative.[n 1]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers Hove and Portslade in the city of Brighton and Hove. The constituency was coterminous with the former Borough of Hove from 1974 to 1997.

Constituency profile[edit]

The settlement of Hove is an economically active seaside resort which is both a commuter town and centred in an area of high local employment, stretching from Portsmouth to London Gatwick Airport. Since 1979 the seat has been a bellwether of the national result.

History[edit]

It was not until the 1950 general election, when major boundary changes occurred in Brighton, that Hove acquired a parliamentary seat of its own, having previously been in the former two-seat Brighton constituency. Hove was a Conservative stronghold or marginal seat until the 1997 general election, when the Labour Party saw a landslide parliamentary victory and with it, like in Greater London, wide success on the developed East Sussex coast.[n 2]

Labour retained the seat, though with narrow majorities, at the 2001 and 2005 general elections. The Liberal Democrats including their two predecessor parties amassed their largest share of the vote in 2010 at 22.6% of the vote. A Conservative regained the seat at the 2010 general election.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1950 Anthony Marlowe Conservative
1965 by-election Martin Maddan Conservative
1973 by-election Tim Sainsbury Conservative
1997 Ivor Caplin Labour
2005 Celia Barlow Labour
2010 Mike Weatherley Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Hove [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graham Cox[5]
Green Christopher Hawtree[6]
UKIP Kevin Smith[7]
Labour Peter Kyle[8]
General Election 2010: Hove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Weatherley 18,294 36.7 +0.2
Labour Celia Barlow 16,426 33.0 −4.5
Liberal Democrat Paul Elgood 11,240 22.6 +4.7
Green Ian Davey 2,568 5.2 −0.5
UKIP Paul Perrin 1,206 2.4 +1.1
Independent Brian Ralfe 85 0.2 +0.1
Majority 1,868 3.7
Turnout 49,819 69.5 +5.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +2.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Hove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Celia Barlow 16,786 37.5 −8.4
Conservative Nicholas Boles 16,366 36.5 −1.8
Liberal Democrat Paul Elgood 8,002 17.9 +8.8
Green Miss Anthea P. Ballam 2,575 5.7 +2.4
UKIP Stuart N. Bower 575 1.3 +0.4
Respect Paddy O'Keefe 268 0.6 +0.6
Independent Bob Dobbs 95 0.2 N/A
Silent Majority Party Richard Franklin 78 0.2 N/A
Independent Brian Ralfe 51 0.1 N/A
Majority 420 0.9 N/A
Turnout 44,796 64.1 +5.2
Labour hold Swing 3.3
General Election 2001: Hove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ivor Caplin 19,253 45.9 +1.3
Conservative Mrs. Jenny M. Langston 16,082 38.3 +1.9
Liberal Democrat Harold De Souza 3,823 9.1 −0.5
Green Miss Anthea P. Ballam 1,369 3.3 +1.9
Socialist Alliance Andy K. Richards 531 1.3 N/A
UKIP Richard Franklin 358 0.9 +0.4
Liberal Nigel R. Donovan 316 0.8 N/A
Free Party Simon Dobbshead 196 0.5 N/A
Independent Thomas S. Major 60 0.1 N/A
Majority 3,171 7.6
Turnout 41,988 58.9 −10.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Hove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ivor Caplin 21,458 44.6 +20.1
Conservative Robert Guy 17,499 36.4 −12.6
Liberal Democrat Thomas Pearce 4,645 9.7 −9.7
Referendum Party Stuart R. Field 1,931 4.0 N/A
Independent Conservative John Nigel .P. Furness 1,735 3.6 −1.7
Green Philip A.T. Mulligan 644 1.3 −0.3
UKIP J.E. Vause 209 0.4 N/A
Majority 3,959 8.2
Turnout 48,121 69.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Hove[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Timothy Sainsbury 24,525 49.0 −9.9
Labour Don K. Turner 12,257 24.5 +6.2
Liberal Democrat Mrs Anne F. Jones 9,709 19.4 −2.4
Independent Conservative John Nigel P. Furness 2,658 5.3 N/A
Green Gordon S. Sinclair 814 1.6 N/A
Natural Law John H. Morilly 126 0.3 N/A
Majority 12,268 24.5 −12.5
Turnout 50,089 74.1 +6.4
Conservative hold Swing −8.0

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Hove[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Timothy Sainsbury 28,952 58.8
Social Democratic Mrs. M. E. Collins 10,734 21.8
Labour Don K. Turner 9,010 18.3
Spare the Earth T.A. Layton 522 1.1
Majority 18,218 37.0
Turnout 67.8
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Hove[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Timothy Sainsbury 28,628 60.5
Liberal Mrs. T.J.V. Beamish 11,409 24.1
Labour Chris Wright 6,550 13.9
Spare the Earth T. A. Layton 524 1.1 N/A
Modern Democratic Party K.H. Lillie 189 0.4 N/A
Majority 17,219 36.4
Turnout 65.8
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Hove[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Timothy Sainsbury 30,256 60.1
Labour B. R. Fitch 10,807 21.5
Liberal J. M. M. Walsh 8,771 17.4
National Front F. Sheridan 508 1.0 N/A
Majority 19,449 38.6
Turnout 71.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Hove[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Timothy Sainsbury 27,345 53.6
Liberal J. M. M. Walsh 12,469 24.5
Labour L. E. Hamilton 11,179 21.9
Majority 14,876 29.2
Turnout 69.8
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Hove[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Timothy Sainsbury 30,451 54.2
Liberal Des Wilson 18,942 33.7
Labour R. A. Wallis 6,374 11.3
National Front Ted Budden 442 0.8
Majority 11,509 20.5
Turnout 77.4
Conservative hold Swing
By-election 1973: Hove[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Timothy Sainsbury 22,070 48 -20.9
Liberal Des Wilson 17,224 37.4 N/A
Labour Ronald Wallis 5,335 11.6 - 19.7
National Front Sqn. – Ldr. John Harrison-Broadley[16] 1,409 3 N/A
Marxist-Leninist (England) Mrs Carole Reakes 128 0.3 N/A
Majority 4,846
Turnout 46,038
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Hove[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin Maddan 34,287 68.7
Labour D. G. Nicholas 15,639 31.3
Majority 18,648 37.4
Turnout 66.7
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Hove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin Maddan 28,799 57.23
Labour T. Williams 12,909 25.65
Liberal Oliver C. Moxon 8,037 15.97
Independent Max Cossmann 574 1.14
Majority 15,890 31.58
Turnout 72.08
Conservative hold Swing
By-election 1965: Hove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin Maddan 25,339 62.2 -6.2
Labour T J Marsh 8,387 20.6 -11.0
Liberal Oliver C. Moxon 6,867 16.9 N/A
Independent Max Cossman 121 0.3 N/A
Majority 16,952
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Hove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Marlowe 32,923 68.4
Labour T J Marsh 15,214 32.3
Majority 17,709 36.8
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Hove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Alfred Harmsworth Marlowe 36,150 74.76
Labour T.J. Marsh 12,206 25.24
Majority 23,944 49.52
Turnout 72.15
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Hove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Alfred Harmsworth Marlowe 34,314 74.15
Labour H.F. Parker 11,961 25.85
Majority 22,353 48.30
Turnout 70.96
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Hove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Alfred Harmsworth Marlowe 37,230 74.22
Labour A.D. Bermel 12,934 25.78
Majority 24,296 48.43
Turnout 77.40
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Hove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Alfred Harmsworth Marlowe 33,748 66.92
Labour F.R. Rea 11,791 23.38
Liberal John Richard Colclough 4,893 9.70
Majority 21,957 43.54
Turnout 81.93
Conservative hold Swing

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Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ (Brighton Kemptown, Brighton Pavilion, Hastings and Rye also were won by candidates for New Labour
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