Kingston and Surbiton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°22′37″N 0°17′28″W / 51.377°N 0.291°W / 51.377; -0.291

Kingston and Surbiton
Borough constituency
KingstonSurbiton2007Constituency.svg
Kingston and Surbiton shown within Greater London
Created: 1997
MP: Edward Davey
Party: Liberal Democrats
Type: House of Commons
County: Greater London
EP constituency: London

Kingston and Surbiton /ˈkɪŋɡstʉn ənd ˈsɜr.bɨˌtʉn/ is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament[n 2] since 1997 by Ed Davey of the Liberal Democrats.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers most of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, covering the south of Kingston itself and the town of Surbiton, as well as Chessington, New Malden and Tolworth. The remainder of the borough lies in the Richmond Park constituency.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in South London,[when?] the Boundary Commission for England has made subtle changes[clarification needed] to the Kingston and Surbiton constituency,[citation needed] realigning its northern boundary to match the changes made to ward boundaries.[citation needed][n 3]

The electoral wards forming the constituency are:

  • Alexandra, Berrylands, Beverley, Chessington North & Hook, Chessington South, Grove, Norbiton, Old Malden, St James, St Mark’s, Surbiton Hill, and Tolworth & Hook Rise.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1997, when the number of seats covering the boroughs of Kingston upon Thames and Richmond upon Thames was reduced from four to three. It replaced the former Surbiton constituency completely and also covers the south of the former Kingston constituency. Being largely middle-class, suburban areas, both Kingston and Surbiton were traditionally strongholds for the Conservatives, with Norbiton being the sole Labour-majority ward.

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont represented Kingston from a by-election in 1972 until the 1997 general election, when he was not selected as the Conservative candidate for either of its replacements. Instead, the incumbent Surbiton MP Richard Tracey was selected, while Lamont unsuccessfully contested Harrogate and Knaresborough in North Yorkshire. In the event, Tracey was defeated by the Liberal Democrat candidate Edward Davey by the very narrow margin of 56 votes.

Davey has held on to the seat since in every election since then.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1997 Edward Davey Liberal Democrats

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Kingston and Surbiton [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Berry[3]
Liberal Democrat Edward Davey[4]
Labour Lee Godfrey[5]
Green Clare Keogh
UKIP Ben Roberts
General Election 2010: Kingston and Surbiton[6][7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Edward Davey 28,428 49.8 −1.3
Conservative Helen Whately 20,868 36.5 +3.5
Labour Max Freedman 5,337 9.3 −3.8
UKIP Jonathan Greensted 1,450 2.5 +1.2
Green Chris Walker 555 1.0 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Monkey The Drummer 247 0.4 N/A
Christian Peoples Tony May 226 0.4 N/A
Majority 7,560 13.2
Turnout 57,111 70.4 +2.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −2.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Kingston and Surbiton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Edward Davey 25,397 51.0 −9.2
Conservative Kevin J. Davis 16,431 33.0 +4.8
Labour Nick J. Parrott 6,553 13.2 +4.4
UKIP Barry Thornton 657 1.3 +0.4
Socialist Labour John D. Hayball 366 0.7 +0.1
Veritas David C. Henson 200 0.4 N/A
Rainbow Dream Ticket George Weiss 146 0.3 N/A
Majority 8,966 18.0
Turnout 49,750 68.5 +1.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −7.0
General Election 2001: Kingston and Surbiton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Edward Davey 29,542 60.2 +23.5
Conservative David Shaw 13,866 28.2 −8.3
Labour Philip J. Woodford 4,302 8.8 −14.3
Green Chris J. Spruce 572 1.2 N/A
UKIP Mrs. Amy Burns 438 0.9 +0.1
Socialist Labour John D. Hayball 319 0.6 N/A
Unrepresented People's Party Jeremy St. J. Middleton 54 0.1 N/A
Majority 15,676 32.0
Turnout 49,093 67.5 7.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Kingston and Surbiton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Edward Davey 20,411 36.7 N/A
Conservative Richard Tracey 20,355 36.6 N/A
Labour Mrs. Sheila B. Griffin 12,811 23.0 N/A
Referendum Party Mrs. Gail S. Tchiprout 1,470 2.6 N/A
UKIP Mrs. Amy Burns 418 0.8 N/A
Natural Law Mark C. Leighton 100 0.2 N/A
Rainbow Dream Ticket Clifford M. Port 100 0.2 N/A
Majority 56 0.1 N/A
Turnout 55,665 75.3 N/A
Liberal Democrat win (new seat)

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
  3. ^ In response were a relatively low eleven representations, of which ten were in support
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