New Forest West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°48′22″N 1°37′44″W / 50.806°N 1.629°W / 50.806; -1.629

New Forest West
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of New Forest West in Hampshire.
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Location of Hampshire within England.
County Hampshire
Electorate 68,987 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Fordingbridge, Ringwood, New Milton and Lymington.
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Desmond Swayne (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from New Forest
European Parliament constituency South East England

New Forest West is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Des Swayne, a Conservative.[n 2]


This constituency covers the part of the New Forest which is not covered by its other constituency[n 3] and southern settlements next to the coast just outside of its boundaries. Largest settlements are Fordingbridge and Ringwood which are inland and coastal New Milton and Lymington.

This seat has electoral wards:

Barton; Bashley; Becton; Bransgore and Burley; Buckland; Downlands and Forest; Fernhill; Fordingbridge; Forest North West; Hordle; Lymington Town; Milford; Milton; Pennington; Ringwood East and Sopley; Ringwood North and Ringwood South in the New Forest District.


This constituency was created when the old New Forest constituency was divided for the 1997 general election, since its creation results suggest a Conservative safe seat.

Constituency profile[edit]

For all areas the relevant local authority has a higher than average proportion of retired people, and a lower than national average extent of social housing and rented housing.[2] Housing types include far above average detached and semi-detached properties.[2] Bournemouth's eastern borders plus coast and forest are contained in this area.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1997 Desmond Swayne Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: New Forest West[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Paul Bailey[6]
Green Janet Richards
Labour Lena Samuels[7]
Conservative Desmond Swayne
Liberal Democrat Imogen Shepherd-DuBey
General Election 2010: New Forest West[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Desmond Swayne 27,980 58.8 +2.9
Liberal Democrat Mike Plummer 11,084 23.3 +4.1
Labour Janice Hurne 4,666 9.8 -6.7
UKIP Martin Lyon 2,783 5.9 +1.7
Green Janet Richards 1,059 2.2 -1.8
Majority 16,896 35.5
Turnout 47,572 69.6 +3.5
Conservative hold Swing -0.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: New Forest West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Desmond Swayne 26,004 56.4 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Murari Kaushik 8,719 18.9 -6.9
Labour Janice Hurne 7,590 16.5 +1.8
UKIP Brian Lawrence 1,917 4.2 +0.5
Green Janet Richards 1,837 4.0 N/A
Majority 17,285 37.5 +7.6
Turnout 46,067 66.5 +1.4
Conservative hold Swing +3.8
General Election 2001: New Forest West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Desmond Swayne 24,575 55.7 +5.1
Liberal Democrat Mike Bignell 11,384 25.8 -2.0
Labour Crada Onuegbu 6,481 14.7 +0.4
UKIP Michael Clark 1,647 3.7 +0.6
Majority 13,191 29.9 +7.1
Turnout 44,087 65.0 -9.7
Conservative hold Swing +3.6

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: New Forest West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Desmond Swayne 25,149 50.6 N/A
Liberal Democrat Bob Hale 13,817 27.8 N/A
Labour Dave Griffiths 7,092 14.3 N/A
Referendum Party Maureen Elliott 2,150 4.3 N/A
UKIP Michael Holmes 1,542 3.1 N/A
Majority 11,332 22.8 N/A
Turnout 49,750 74.7 N/A
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[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.
  3. ^ New Forest East