Maidenhead (UK Parliament constituency)

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Maidenhead
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Maidenhead in Berkshire.
Outline map
Location of Berkshire within England.
County Berkshire
Electorate 74,028 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Maidenhead, Bray, Wargrave, Sonning, Twyford
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament Theresa May (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Windsor & Maidenhead, and Wokingham
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Maidenhead is a constituency[n 1] in Berkshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 1997 creation by Theresa May, a Conservative.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the seats of Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham. Theresa May, the Home Secretary (Secretary of State for the Home Department) from 2010 under the Cameron Ministry, has represented it since its creation. In the 2010 general election May achieved the 9th highest share of the vote of the 307 seats held by a Conservative.[2]

Constituency Profile[edit]

Housing is, in the Wokingham district part, at the northern end of a belt in which still more than 40% is detached and fewer than 10.8% is purpose-built flats or tenements (maisonettes) (2011 figures, by district)[3] Reflecting a national trend in this period, the latter band was in 2001 a band of fewer than 8% of housing stock as flats. The other borough is the most expensive house price district of the country outside of Greater London[4] Homes are in the technology-rich M4 corridor including the largest company headquarters estate in Europe at Slough and though most the communities have slower links to London than Maidenhead town centre, they instead have close links to Reading and Bracknell. A minority commute to the City of London which is just under one hour's commute from the two mainline stations.[5] Fortunate geographical features are illustrated colourfully by the internationally leading restaurants, the Fat Duck at Bray and Waterside Inn; by the low hills in the north of the seat and by the Chiltern Hills to the north. Taking the constituent electoral ward results since the decline of the Liberal Party in the 1910s, the area has to date been a safe seat for Conservative candidates. One broadsheet political column encapsulated the constituency as a "seat of Thameside towns",[6] these house a majority of its residents other than Twyford which spans the multi-stream River in the town over which it has two fords.

Boundaries[edit]

Its largest settlement is the town of Maidenhead in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire. It borders the constituencies of Reading East, Henley, Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Windsor, Bracknell and Wokingham.

For the 2010 election the seat had electoral wards:[n 2]

  • Belmont; Bisham and Cookham; Boyn Hill; Bray; Cox Green; Furze Platt; Hurley and Walthams; Maidenhead Riverside; Oldfield; Pinkneys Green in the Royal borough
  • Charvil; Coronation; Hurst; Remenham, Wargrave and Ruscombe; Sonning; Twyford[7]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[8] Party
1997 Rt Hon Theresa May Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Maidenhead [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Theresa May
Liberal Democrat Anthony Hill
Labour Charlie Smith
General Election 2010: Maidenhead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Theresa May 31,937 59.5 +7.6
Liberal Democrat Tony Hill 15,168 28.2 -8.0
Labour Pat McDonald 3,795 7.1 -2.1
UKIP Kenneth Wright 1,243 2.3 +0.9
BNP Tim Rait 825 1.5 +0.1
Green Peter Forbes 482 0.9 N/A
Freedom and Responsibility Peter Prior 270 0.5 N/A
Majority 16,769 31.2
Turnout 53,720 73.7 +3.4
Conservative hold Swing +7.8
Source BBC[10]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Maidenhead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Theresa May 23,312 50.8 +5.8
Liberal Democrat Kathy Newbound 17,081 37.3 −0.1
Labour Janet Pritchard 4,144 9.0 −6.2
BNP Tim Rait 704 1.5 N/A
UKIP Douglas Lewis 609 1.3 −0.4
Majority 6,231 13.6 +6.0
Turnout 45,850 71.7 +9.7
Conservative hold Swing +3.0
General Election 2001: Maidenhead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Theresa May 19,506 45.0 -4.8
Liberal Democrat Kathy Newbound 16,222 37.4 +11.2
Labour John O'Farrell 6,577 15.2 -2.9
UKIP Denis Cooper 741 1.7 +1.2
Monster Raving Loony Lord Lloyd of Loonyshire Clarke 272 0.6 N/A
Majority 3,284 7.6
Turnout 43,318 62.0 -13.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Maidenhead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Theresa May 25,344 49.8 N/A
Liberal Democrat Andrew Ketteringham 13,363 26.3 N/A
Labour Denise Robson 9,205 18.1 N/A
Referendum Party C. Taverner 1,638 3.2 N/A
Liberal David Munkley 896 1.8 N/A
UKIP N. Spiers 277 0.5 N/A
Glow Bowling Party Kristian Ardley 166 0.3 N/A
Majority 11,981 N/A
Turnout 75.6 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ See also: Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies
References

Coordinates: 51°32′N 0°43′W / 51.54°N 0.72°W / 51.54; -0.72