Maidenhead (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Maidenhead in Berkshire.
Location of Berkshire within England.
|Electorate||74,028 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Maidenhead, Bray, Wargrave, Sonning, Twyford|
|Member of Parliament||Theresa May (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Windsor & Maidenhead, and Wokingham|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
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.
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) 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 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. 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", 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.
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; Rememenham, Wargrave and Ruscombe; Sonning; Twyford
Members of Parliament
|1997||Rt Hon Theresa May||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Maidenhead|
|Liberal Democrat||Tony Hill||15,168||28.2||-8.0|
|Freedom and Responsibility||Peter Prior||270||0.5||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Maidenhead|
|Liberal Democrat||Kathy Newbound||17,081||37.3||−0.1|
|General Election 2001: Maidenhead|
|Liberal Democrat||Kathy Newbound||16,222||37.4||+11.2|
|Monster Raving Loony||Lord Lloyd of Loonyshire Clarke||272||0.6||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Maidenhead|
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew Ketteringham||13,363||26.3||N/A|
|Referendum Party||C. Taverner||1,638||3.2||N/A|
|Glow Bowling Party||Kristian Ardley||166||0.3||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- See also: Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- General Election Results from the Electoral Commission
- 2011 census interactive maps
- BBC Report compiled from Land Registry completions data
- Association of Train Operating Companies – official timetable
- Constituency Profile The Guardian
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Election 2010 – Maidenhead". BBC. 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.