Meon Valley (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Meon Valley in Hampshire for the 2010 general election.
Location of Hampshire within England.
|Electorate||71,291 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||George Hollingbery (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||East Hampshire, Havant, Winchester|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
- From East Hampshire - the wards of Clanfield and Finchdean, Horndean Catherington and Lovedean, Horndean Downs, Horndean Hazleton and Blendworth, Horndean Kings, Horndean Murray and Rowlands Castle
- From Havant - the wards of Cowplain, Hart Plain and Waterloo
- From Winchester - the wards of Bishops Waltham, Boarhunt and Southwick, Cheriton and Bishops Sutton, Denmead, Droxford, Soberton and Hambledon, Owslebury and Curdridge, Shedfield, Swanmore and Newtown, Upper Meon Valley, Whiteley and Wickham
The wards included are largely from parts of the former Winchester and East Hampshire parliamentary seats with some 600 voters from the Havant constituency which is otherwise unchanged. The largest towns in the constituency are Waterlooville and Horndean.
When created, the seat was based on ward data, without the same candidates at all, from the previous seats' general election results, either a Conservative or Liberal Democrat seat, marginally, taking in territory from the Liberal Democrat-held Winchester and Conservative-held East Hampshire with uncertain swing between the two parties making for differing predictions (eventually this turned out to be a much greater swing nationally to the Conservatives than that other coalition partner party. Estimates were that the Conservative majority if the seat had existed in 2005 would have been around 2,000 votes. At the 2010 election however, the seat saw one of the largest Liberal Democrat to Conservative swings (9.4%), and the Conservative candidate George Hollingbery was elected with a majority of over 12,000. A similar swing was recorded in the neighbouring Winchester seat, which was a Conservative gain. It would now take a swing of almost 12% for any party to gain Meon Valley and more than 24% swing for Labour.
Output areas in the area in 2001 displayed higher than average incomes overall compared to the national average. In the 2011 census, incidence of home ownership and incidence of semi-detached and detached properties all exceeded the national average and were some of the highest figures for the region.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Meon Valley|
|Liberal Democrat||Liz Leffman||16,693||32.6||−8.4|
|English Democrats||Pat Harris||582||1.1||N/A|
|Animal Protection||Sarah Coats||255||0.5||N/A|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2001 Census
- 2011 census interactive maps
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- BBC Election Results