Mole Valley (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Mole Valley in Surrey.
Location of Surrey within England.
|Electorate||72,568 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Dorking, Leatherhead, Fetcham and Great Bookham|
|Member of Parliament||Sir Paul Beresford (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
The constituency is larger than the Mole Valley district in Surrey as it includes five wards in the east of the Borough of Guildford, three of which are nearer to Woking than to Dorking. The largest town in the constituency is Dorking, second largest is Leatherhead and there are many rural and semi-rural villages, generally within one hour's reach of London so properly classed as part of the London Commuter Belt. The seat has electoral wards:
- Clandon and Horsley; Effingham; Lovelace; Send; and Tillingbourne in the Borough of Guildford
- Beare Green; Bookham North; Bookham South; Box Hill and Headley; Brockham, Betchworth and Buckland; Capel, Leigh and Newdigate; Charlwood; Dorking North; Dorking South; Fetcham East; Fetcham West; Holmwoods; Leatherhead North; Leatherhead South; Leith Hill; Mickleham, Westhumble and Pixham; Okewood; and Westcott
Mole Valley underwent minor boundary changes before the 2010 general election to match local government ward boundaries but these moved no voters.
History and constituency profile
The constituency was created in 1983; much of the same area was covered by the Dorking constituency which preceded it. It is a Conservative safe seat, in particular having affluent middle-class commuter towns and villages for the vast London metropolis, it was one of a few seats to return a new candidate as Conservative MP who won a majority in excess of 10,000 in the 1997 Labour landslide; the main opposition since 1983 has been the Liberal Democrats and their largest predecessor party, the Liberal Party.
Members of Parliament
|1997||Sir Paul Beresford||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Mole Valley|
|Conservative||Sir Paul Beresford||31,263||57.5||+2.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Alice Humphreys||15,610||28.7||−1.7|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Mole Valley|
|Conservative||Sir Paul Beresford||27,060||54.8||+4.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Nasser Butt||15,063||30.5||+1.5|
|General Election 2001: Mole Valley|
|Liberal Democrat||Celia Savage||13,637||29.0||−0.3|
|ProLife Alliance||William Newton||475||1.0||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
This constituency underwent boundary changes between the 1992 and 1997 general elections and thus change in share of vote is based on a notional calculation.
|General Election 1997: Mole Valley|
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Cooksey||15,957||29.3||+0.6|
|Referendum Party||Nick Taber||2,424||4.4||N/A|
|Independent Conservative||Richard Burley||1,276||2.3||N/A|
|Natural Law||Judith Thomas||197||0.4||−0.4|
|General Election 1992: Mole Valley|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael Watson||16,599||30.3||+0.4|
|Labour||Dr Tim Walsh||5,291||9.6||+0.3|
|Natural Law||Judith Thomas||442||0.8||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Mole Valley|
|Liberal||S. P. Thomas||15,613||29.9||−0.8|
|Labour||C. M. B. King||4,846||9.3||+0.8|
|General Election 1983: Mole Valley|
|Liberal||S. P. Thomas||14,973||30.7||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.
- Election result, 2010 (BBC)
- Election result, 2005 (BBC)
- Election results, 1997 - 2001 (BBC)
- Election results, 1997 - 2001 (Election Demon)
- Election results, 1983 - 1992 (Election Demon)
- Election results, 1992 - 2010 (Guardian)
- Election result, 2010 (UKPollingReport)