Mole Valley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°15′58″N 0°19′41″W / 51.266°N 0.328°W / 51.266; -0.328

Mole Valley
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Mole Valley in Surrey.
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Location of Surrey within England.
County Surrey
Electorate 72,568 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Dorking, Leatherhead, Fetcham and Great Bookham
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Sir Paul Beresford (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Dorking
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Mole Valley is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Sir Paul Beresford, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

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:

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[edit]

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[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1983 Kenneth Baker Conservative
1997 Sir Paul Beresford Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Mole Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Paul Beresford 31,263 57.5 +2.8
Liberal Democrat Alice Humphreys 15,610 28.7 −1.7
Labour James Dove 3,804 7.0 −3.7
UKIP Leigh Jones 2,752 5.1 +2.1
Green Rob Sedgwick 895 1.6 +1.6
Majority 15,653 28.8
Turnout 54,324 74.8 +3.4
Conservative hold Swing +2.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Mole Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Paul Beresford 27,060 54.8 +4.3
Liberal Democrat Nasser Butt 15,063 30.5 +1.5
Labour Farmida Bi 5,310 10.7 −5.9
UKIP David Payne 1,475 3.0 +0.2
Veritas Roger Meekins 507 1.0 N/A
Majority 11,997 24.3
Turnout 49,415 72.5 +3.6
Conservative hold Swing +1.4
General Election 2001: Mole Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Beresford 23,790 50.5 +2.5
Liberal Democrat Celia Savage 13,637 29.0 −0.3
Labour Dan Redford 7,837 16.6 +1.9
UKIP Ron Walters 1,333 2.8 +2.0
ProLife Alliance William Newton 475 1.0 N/A
Majority 10,153 21.5
Turnout 47,072 68.9 -9.5
Conservative hold Swing +1.4

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

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
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Beresford 26,178 48.0 −13.3
Liberal Democrat Stephen Cooksey 15,957 29.3 +0.6
Labour Christopher Payne 8,057 14.8 +5.4
Referendum Party Nick Taber 2,424 4.4 N/A
Independent Conservative Richard Burley 1,276 2.3 N/A
UKIP Ian Cameron 435 0.8 N/A
Natural Law Judith Thomas 197 0.4 −0.4
Majority 10,221 18.7
Turnout 54,524 78.4 −3.6
Conservative hold Swing −6.9
General Election 1992: Mole Valley[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth Baker 32,549 59.3 −1.5
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
Majority 15,950 29.0 −1.9
Turnout 54,881 82.0 +5.0
Conservative hold Swing −0.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Mole Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth Baker 31,689 60.8 0.0
Liberal S. P. Thomas 15,613 29.9 −0.8
Labour C. M. B. King 4,846 9.3 +0.8
Majority 16,076 30.9
Turnout 52,148 77.0 +2.0
Conservative hold Swing +0.4
General Election 1983: Mole Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth Baker 29,691 60.8 N/A
Liberal S. P. Thomas 14,973 30.7 N/A
Labour Fanny Lines 4,147 8.5 N/A
Majority 14,718 30.1 N/A
Turnout 48,811 75.0 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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[edit]

  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 

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