Poole (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Poole in Dorset.
Location of Dorset within England.
|Electorate||72,773 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Robert Syms (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Number of members||Two (1455–1868), One (1868–1885)|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
- 1 History
- 2 Boundaries
- 3 Constituency profile
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
- 8 Sources
The first version of the Poole constituency existed from 1455 until 1885. During this period its exact status was a parliamentary borough, sending two burgesses to Westminster per year, except during its last 17 years when its representation was reduced to one member.
During its abeyance most of Poole was in the East Dorset seat and since its recreation in 1950 its area has been reduced as the harbour town's population has increased.
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election since which it has electoral wards:
- Branksome West; Canford Cliffs; Creekmoor; Hamworthy East; Hamworthy West; Newtown; Oakdale; Parkstone; Penn Hill; Poole Town in the Borough of Poole
The borough is an economically very diverse borough. In the centre and north are a significant minority of Output Areas which in 2001 had high rankings in the Index of Multiple Deprivation, contributing in 2012 with the remainder to producing for Poole the highest unemployment of the constituencies in the county. However, Canford Cliffs is epitomised by one sub-neighbourhood, Sandbanks with its multi-million pound properties, the coastline area has been dubbed as "Britain's Palm Beach" by the national media. Alongside oil extraction, insurance, care, retail and customer service industries choosing the town as their base tourism contributes to overall a higher income than the national average, however the divergence is not statistically significant and the size of homes varies extensively.
Members of Parliament
- Borough established 1455, returning two members
|May 1874 by-election||Hon. Evelyn Ashley||Liberal|
|1884 by-election||William James Harris||Conservative|
MPs since 1950
|1950||Colonel Mervyn Wheatley||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Poole|
|Liberal Democrat||Philip Eades|
|General Election 2010: Poole|
|Liberal Democrat||Phillip Eades||14,991||31.6||+2.5|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Poole|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Plummer||11,583||28.6||+3.1|
|General Election 2001: Poole|
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Westbrook||10,011||25.5||−5.3|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Poole|
|Liberal Democrat||A Tetlow||14,428||30.82|
|Referendum Party||J Riddington||1,932||4.13|
|Natural Law||J Rosta||137||0.29|
|General Election 1992: Poole|
|Liberal Democrat||BR Clements||20,614||32.8||+0.2|
|Independent Conservative||M Steen||1,620||2.6||N/A|
|Natural Law||AL Bailey||303||0.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Poole|
|Social Democratic||RJ Whitley||19,351||32.57|
|General Election 1983: Poole|
|Servicemen & Citizen Association||A Foster||177||0.34|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Poole|
|General Election October 1974: Poole|
|General Election February 1974: Poole|
|General Election 1970: Poole|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: Poole|
|General Election 1964: Poole|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: Poole|
|Liberal||John C Holland||8,735||17.12|
|General Election 1955: Poole|
|Liberal||John C Holland||5,750||11.65|
|General Election 1951: Poole|
|General Election 1950: Poole|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- 2001 Census
- Morris, Steven. "£3m for modest bungalow needing TLC", The Guardian November 2, 2005.
- 2011 census interactive maps
- "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Browne Willis and Cobbett both list Cooper as Poole's MP. Cooper was also elected for Wiltshire, and seems to have been regarded as its Member, but there appears no record of another Member having been elected for Poole in his place
- Cobbett again lists Cooper (elected for Wiltshire) as Poole's MP together with Bond, but Browne Willis gives Fitzjames as the second member
- Succeeded to baronetcy, February 1662
- Expelled from the House of Commons, 15 February 1711, for "great Frauds and Abuses in his Contract for furnishing the Navy with Beer"
- Expelled from the House of Commons, 30 March 1732, for his role in the fraudulent sale of the Earl of Derwentwater's estate
- Major-General from 1758
- On petition, Stuart was declared not to have been duly elected and his opponent, Taylor, was declared elected in his place
- "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Poole". BBC News.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- Robert Beatson, A Chronological Register of Both Houses of Parliament (London: Longman, Hurst, Res & Orme, 1807) 
- Cobbett's Parliamentary history of England, from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the year 1803 (London: Thomas Hansard, 1808) 
- F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (2nd edition, Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services, 1989)
- Maija Jansson (ed.), Proceedings in Parliament, 1614 (House of Commons) (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1988)
- Henry Stooks Smith, The Parliaments of England from 1715 to 1847, Volume 1 (London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co, 1844) 
- Willis, Browne (1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II: A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 .... London. p. 1.