Mid Dorset and North Poole (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°42′01″N 2°04′09″W / 50.7004°N 2.0693°W / 50.7004; -2.0693

Mid Dorset and North Poole
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Mid Dorset and North Poole in Dorset.
Outline map
Location of Dorset within England.
County Dorset
Electorate 64,705 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Merley, Broadstone, Corfe Mullen, Bere Regis, Wareham, and Wimborne Minster
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament Annette Brooke (Liberal Democrat)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England

Mid Dorset and North Poole is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by Annette Brooke, a Liberal Democrat.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1997-2010: The District of Purbeck wards of Bere Regis, Lytchett Matravers, Lytchett Minster, St Martin, and Wareham; the District of East Dorset wards of Corfe Mullen Central, Corfe Mullen North, and Corfe Mullen South; and the Borough of Poole wards of Alderney, Broadstone, Canford Heath, Canford Magna, and Creekmoor.

2010–present: The District of Purbeck wards of Bere Regis, Lytchett Matravers, Lytchett Minster and Upton East, Lytchett Minster and Upton West, St Martin, and Wareham; the District of East Dorset wards of Colehill East, Colehill West, Corfe Mullen Central, Corfe Mullen North, Corfe Mullen South, and Wimborne Minster; and the Borough of Poole wards of Broadstone, Canford Heath East, Canford Heath West, and Merley and Bearwood.

The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the seats of North Dorset, Bournemouth West, South Dorset and Poole. Its current boundaries take in civil parishes from three districts, namely Purbeck, Poole and East Dorset.

Constituency profile[edit]

This area includes the north of the Purbeck Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and two touristic high-end towns, namely Wimborne Minster with its traditional tearooms, towering inland Minster Church and Wareham at one end of Poole Harbour. Income levels are close to the national average, taking into account the high proportion of pensioners living across the area.[2] and levels of rented[3] and social housing[2] are below the national average, particularly levels seen in cities.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1997 Christopher Fraser Conservative
2001 Annette Brooke Liberal Democrat

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Mid Dorset and North Poole
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Tomlinson
Liberal Democrat Vikki Slade
UKIP Richard Turner
General Election 2010: Mid Dorset and North Poole[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Annette Brooke 21,100 45.1 -4.9
Conservative Nick King[6] 20,831 44.5 +7.7
Labour Darren Brown 2,748 5.9 -4.2
UKIP Dave Evans 2,109 4.5 +1.4
Majority 269 0.6
Turnout 46,788 64.4 -4.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -6.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Mid Dorset and North Poole
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Annette Brooke 22,000 48.7 +6.7
Conservative Simon Hayes 16,518 36.6 −4.5
Labour Philip Murray 5,221 11.6 −3.9
UKIP Avril King 1,420 3.1 +1.7
Majority 5,482 12.1
Turnout 45,159 68.5 +2.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +5.6
General Election 2001: Mid Dorset and North Poole
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Annette Brooke 18,358 42.0 +2.7
Conservative Christopher Fraser 17,974 41.1 +0.4
Labour James Selby Bennett 6,765 15.5 -0.3
UKIP Jeff Mager 621 1.4 N/A
Majority 384 0.9
Turnout 43,718 65.6 -9.8
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing 1.15

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Mid Dorset and North Poole
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christopher Fraser 20,632 40.7 N/A
Liberal Democrat Alan Leaman 19,951 39.3 N/A
Labour David Collis 8,014 15.8 N/A
Referendum Party D Nabarro 2,136 4.2 N/A
Majority 681 1.3 N/A
Turnout 50,733 75.7 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. ^ 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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b 2001 Census
  3. ^ 2011 census interactive maps
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ General Election Results from the Electoral Commission
  6. ^ "Mid Dorset and North Poole Conservatives". Conservative candidate. Mid Dorset and North Poole. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2012.