Portsmouth North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Portsmouth North
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Portsmouth North in Hampshire.
Outline map
Location of Hampshire within England.
County Hampshire
Electorate 71,798 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Portsmouth
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of Parliament Penny Mordaunt (Conservative)
Number of members One
19181950
Number of members One
Type of constituency Borough constituency
Replaced by Portsmouth West
Created from Portsmouth
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Portsmouth North is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Penny Mordaunt, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1974-1983: The county borough of Portsmouth wards of Cosham, Farlington, Meredith, Nelson, North End, Paulsgrove, Portsea and St Mary, and Guildhall.

1983-1997: The City of Portsmouth wards of Copnor, Cosham, Drayton and Farlington, Hilsea, Nelson, and Paulsgrove; and the Borough of Havant wards of Purbrook and Stakes.

1997-2010: The City of Portsmouth wards of Copnor, Cosham, Drayton and Farlington, Hilsea, Nelson, and Paulsgrove.

2010-present: The City of Portsmouth wards of Baffins, Copnor, Cosham, Drayton and Farlington, Hilsea, Nelson, and Paulsgrove.

As its name suggests, the constituency covers the northern portion of the city of Portsmouth in Hampshire.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1918 when the two-seat Portsmouth constituency was split into three divisions: Central, North and South.

It was abolished for the 1950 general election and largely replaced by a new Portsmouth West constituency as the axis of division changed, but was re-established for the February 1974 general election.

Constituency profile[edit]

This urban seat is of average affluence[2] and incomes, with relatively low unemployment compared to the national average measured at the end of 2012 at 3.8% (claimant count) as opposed to 2.3% average across the region.[3]

Taken together with Portsmouth West has a been one of the most long-standing bellwethers (of the national election winner), having that status since 1966.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1918–1950[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Sir Bertram Falle, Bt. Coalition Conservative
1922 Conservative
1934 by-election Admiral Sir Roger Keyes Conservative
1943 by-election Admiral Sir William James Conservative
1945 Donald Bruce Labour
1950 constituency abolished: see Portsmouth West

MPs since 1974[edit]

Election Member Party
February 1974 Frank Judd Labour
1979 Peter Griffiths Conservative
1997 Syd Rapson Labour
2005 Sarah McCarthy-Fry Labour Co-operative
2010 Penny Mordaunt Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Portsmouth North [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Gavin Ellis [5]
Labour John Ferrett[6]
UKIP Mike Fitzgerald
Conservative Penny Mordaunt
Liberal Democrat Darren Sanders
TUSC Jon Woods
General Election 2010: Portsmouth North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Penny Mordaunt 19,533 44.3 +6.5
Labour Co-op Sarah McCarthy-Fry 12,244 27.8 −10.8
Liberal Democrat Darren Sanders 8,874 20.1 −0.2
UKIP Mike Fitzgerald 1,812 4.1 +0.7
English Democrats David Knight 1,040 2.4 +2.4
Green Iain Maclennan 461 1.0 +1.0
TUSC Mick Tosh 154 0.3 +0.3
Majority 7,289 16.5
Turnout 44,118 62.7 +2.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +8.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Sarah McCarthy-Fry 15,412 40.9 −9.8
Conservative Penny Mordaunt 14,273 37.8 +1.1
Liberal Democrat Gary Lawson 6,684 17.7 +7.4
UKIP Mike Smith 1,348 3.6 +2.1
Majority 1,139 3.0
Turnout 37,717 60.0 +2.6
Labour hold Swing −5.5
General Election 2001: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Syd Rapson 18,676 50.7 +3.5
Conservative Chris Day 13,542 36.7 −0.9
Liberal Democrat Darren Sanders 3,795 10.3 −0.3
UKIP William McCabe 559 1.5 +0.9
Independent Brian Bundy 294 0.8 +0.6
Majority 5,134 14.0
Turnout 36,866 57.4 −12.8
Labour hold Swing −2.2

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Syd Rapson 21,339 47.1 +17.2
Conservative Peter Griffiths 17,016 37.6 −15.0
Liberal Democrat Steve Sollitt 4,788 10.6
Referendum Party Shaun Evelegh 1,757 3.9
UKIP P. Coe 298 0.7
Wessex Regionalist Colin Bex 72 0.2
Majority 4,323 9.5
Turnout 45,270 70.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +16.2
General Election 1992: Portsmouth North[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Griffiths 32,240 52.6 −2.7
Labour Alan D. Burnett 18,359 29.9 +10.0
Liberal Democrat Alex M. Bentley 10,101 16.5 −8.3
Green Mrs Helen Palmer 628 1.0 +1.0
Majority 13,881 22.6 −7.9
Turnout 61,328 77.1 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing −6.4

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Griffiths 33,297 55.30
Social Democratic Elizabeth Mitchell 14,896 24.74
Labour David Miles 12,016 19.96
Majority 18,401 30.56
Turnout 74.79
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Griffiths 31,413 55.27
Social Democratic S Luxon 13,414 23.60
Labour Nigel Beard 12,013 21.13
Majority 17,999 31.67
Turnout 72.94
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Griffiths 26,356 48.65
Labour Frank Judd 24,045 44.38
Liberal S Brewin 3,354 6.19
National Front R Hadlow 298 0.55
Workers Revolutionary T White 122 0.26
Majority 2,311 4.27
Turnout 78.66
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election October 1974: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Judd 24,352 45.87
Conservative J Ward 23,007 43.33
Liberal E Brooks 5,208 9.81
More Prosperous Britain T Keen 527 0.99
Majority 1,345 2.53
Turnout 76.85
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Judd 23,847 43.61
Conservative Peter Griffiths 23,527 43.03
Liberal A.J. Peaston 7,304 13.36
Majority 320 0.59
Turnout 79.85
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Donald Bruce 15,352 51.09
Conservative G Howard 14,310 47.62
Democratic JEV Keast 388 1.29
Majority 1,042 3.47
Turnout 75.36
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
By Election 1943: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William James
Common Wealth Sargant, ThomasThomas Sargant 40.3
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Admiral Sir Roger Keyes 22,956 66.62
Labour ET Humby 11,502 33.38
Majority 11,454 33.24
Turnout 64.86
Conservative hold Swing
By Election 1934: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Admiral Sir Roger Keyes
Labour
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Bertram Falle, Bt. 26,331 69.37
Labour Vice-Admiral Kenneth Dewar 12,182 31.63
Majority 14,149 36.74
Turnout 74.49
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough 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. ^ 2001 Census
  3. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/nov/17/unemployment-and-employment-statistics-economics Unemployment claimants by constituency] The Guardian
  4. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/2015guide/portsmouthnorth/
  5. ^ http://sehants.greenparty.org.uk/people.html
  6. ^ http://www.labour.org.uk/candidates
  7. ^ Portsmouth North UK Polling Report
  8. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 

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