Portsmouth South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°47′13″N 1°04′44″W / 50.787°N 1.079°W / 50.787; -1.079

Portsmouth South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Portsmouth South in Hampshire.
Outline map
Location of Hampshire within England.
County Hampshire
Electorate 71,947 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of Parliament Mike Hancock (Independent)
Number of members One
Created from Portsmouth
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Portsmouth South is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Independent Mike Hancock, formerly of the Liberal Democrats.

Boundaries[edit]

1974-1983: The county borough of Portsmouth wards of Buckland, Fratton, Havelock, Highland, Kingston, St Jude, St Simon, and St Thomas.

1983-2010: The City of Portsmouth wards of Charles Dickens, Fratton, Havelock, Highland, Milton, St Jude, and St Thomas.

2010-present: The City of Portsmouth wards of Central Southsea, Charles Dickens, Eastney and Craneswater, Fratton, Milton, St Jude, and St Thomas.

As its name suggests the constituency covers the southern part of the city of Portsmouth in Hampshire, including Fratton, the seaside resort of Southsea and HMNB Portsmouth (Portsmouth Naval Dockyard) within the city bounds. The northern part is represented by Portsmouth North.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1918 when the larger Portsmouth constituency was split into three divisions: Central, North and South. The central constituency was abolished in 1950.

In the 2010 general election campaign independent candidate Les Cummings distributed a leaflet claiming that incumbent MP Mike Hancock was a paedophile. This was later proved in court to be false. Cummings was subsequently convicted under the 1983 Representation of the People Act for distributing material which was known to be false with the intention of smearing or defaming to affect the return of a member of parilament. Cummings was fined £500.

Constituency profile[edit]

This constituency is marginally less affluent than its neighbour, with in December 2012 slightly higher unemployment, but considerably below the national average of all constituencies in terms of the claimant count.[2] Notwithstanding this following World War II the city has a large proportion of flats, increasingly in a more aesthetic apartment style, some being cheap social housing and brutalist tower blocks however the majority of the city is of semi-detached and terraced nature with a mixture of incomes centred around the national average[3] and excellent amenities.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
1918 Herbert Cayzer Conservative
1922 by-election Leslie Wilson Conservative
1923 by-election Sir Herbert Cayzer, Bt. Conservative
1939 by-election Sir Jocelyn Lucas, Bt. Conservative
1966 Bonner Pink Conservative
1984 by-election Mike Hancock SDP
1987 David Martin Conservative
1997 Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat
2013 Independent

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Portsmouth South [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sue Castillon
UKIP TBC (was Douglas Denny, deselected by Head Office)
Conservative Flick Drummond [7]
TUSC Sean Hoyle
Green Ian McCulloch [8]
Liberal Democrat Gerald Vernon-Jackson [9]
General Election 2010: Portsmouth South[10][11][12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Mike Hancock 18,921 45.9 +4.2
Conservative Flick Drummond 13,721 33.3 −0.4
Labour John Ferrett 5,640 13.7 −8.7
UKIP Robert Robinson 876 2.1 −0.2
BNP Geoff Crompton 873 2.1 +2.1
Green Tim Dawes 716 1.7 +1.7
English Democrats Ian Ducain 400 1.0 +1.0
Independent Les Cummings 117 0.3 +0.3
Majority 5,200 12.6
Turnout 41,264 58.7 +1.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +2.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Portsmouth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Mike Hancock 17,047 42.2 −2.4
Conservative Caroline Dinenage 13,685 33.9 +4.8
Labour Mark Button 8,714 21.6 −2.3
UKIP Dennis Pierson 928 2.3 +1.5
Majority 3,362 8.3
Turnout 40,374 56.9 +6.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −3.6
General Election 2001: Portsmouth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Mike Hancock 17,490 44.6 +5.1
Conservative Philip Henry Warr 11,397 29.1 −2.1
Labour Graham Heaney 9,361 23.9 -1.4
Socialist Alliance John Christopher Molyneux 647 1.6 N/A
UKIP Mike Tarrant 321 0.8 +0.5
Majority 6,093 15.5
Turnout 39,216 50.9 −12.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +3.2

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Portsmouth South[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Mike Hancock 20,421 39.5
Conservative David Martin 16,094 31.1
Labour Alan Burnett 13,086 25.3
Referendum Party Christopher Trim 1,629 3.2
Liberal John Thompson 184 0.4
UKIP Jill Evans 141 0.3
Natural Law William Arthur Trend 140 0.3
Majority 4,327 8.4
Turnout 63.8
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing +0.0
General Election 1992: Portsmouth South[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Martin 22,798 42.5 −0.8
Liberal Democrat Mike Hancock 22,556 42.0 −0.9
Labour Syd Rapson 7,857 14.6 +1.7
Green Aleksander Zivkovic 349 0.7 +0.7
Natural Law William Arthur Trend 91 0.2 +0.2
Majority 242 0.5 +0.1
Turnout 53,651 69.1 −2.2
Conservative hold Swing +0.0

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Portsmouth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Martin 23,534 43.3 -6.7
Social Democratic Mike Hancock 23,329 42.9 +17.5
Labour K. Gardiner 7,047 13.0 -9.6
657 Party Martyn R. Hughes 455 0.8 N/A
Majority 205 0.4
Turnout 76,292 71.3 +3.9
Conservative gain from Social Democratic Swing
By-election 1984: Portsmouth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Democratic Mike Hancock 15,358 37.6 +12.1
Conservative Patrick Rock 14,017 34.3 -15.7
Labour Sally Thomas 10,846 26.5 +4.0
National Front Gordon Knight 226 0.5 0.0
Ecology Terry Mitchell 190 0.5 N/A
Independent Liberal Alan Evens 113 0.3 -0.8
Independent Ecology Thomas Layton 50 0.1 N/A
Independent Anthony Andrews 42 0.1 N/A
New National Party Peter Smith 41 0.1 N/A
Majority 1,341 3.3 -21.3
Turnout 54.5 -12.8
Social Democratic gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1983: Portsmouth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bonner Pink 25,101 50.01
Social Democratic Mike Hancock 12,766 25.43
Labour Sally T Thomas 11,324 22.56
Independent Liberal Alan J Evens 554 1.10
National Front Gordon A Knight 279 0.56
Traditional English Food DW Fry 172 0.34
Majority 12,335 24.57
Turnout 67.34
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Portsmouth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bonner Pink 26,835 54.67
Labour Sally T Thomas 15,306 31.18
Liberal J Wallis 6,487 13.22
National Front W Donkin 457 0.93
Majority 11,529 23.49
Turnout 72.88
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Portsmouth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bonner Pink 23,379 47.61
Labour AM Halmos 15,308 31.17
Liberal M Tribe 9,807 19.97
Marxist-Leninist (England) AD Rifkin 612 1.25
Majority 8,071 16.44
Turnout 69.39
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Portsmouth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bonner Pink 26,824 50.26
Labour S Lloyd 15,842 29.69
Liberal J Williams 10,307 19.31
Marxist-Leninist (England) AD Rifkin 394 0.74
Majority 10,982 20.58
Turnout 75.86
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Portsmouth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bonner Pink 23,962 63.38
Labour J White 13,847 36.62
Majority 10,115 26.75
Turnout 67.36
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Portsmouth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bonner Pink 22,713 60.65
Labour PB Smith 14,738 39.35
Majority 7,975 21.29
Turnout 70.74
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Portsmouth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Jocelyn Lucas, Bt. 24,387 63.69
Labour RWS Pryke 13,904 36.31
Majority 10,483 27.38
Turnout 71.02
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Portsmouth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Jocelyn Lucas, Bt. 27,892 69.96
Labour F Towell 11,979 30.04
Majority 15,913 39.91
Turnout 72.33
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Portsmouth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Jocelyn Lucas, Bt. 27,887 67.22
Labour LW Carroll 13,600 32.78
Majority 14,287 34.44
Turnout 72.39
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Portsmouth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Jocelyn Lucas, Bt. 30,548 63.78
Labour DS Wallace 17,350 36.22
Majority 13,198 27.55
Turnout 80.76
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Portsmouth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Jocelyn Lucas, Bt. 31,124 63.95
Labour LC Merrion 17,545 36.05
Majority 13,579 27.90
Turnout 83.50
Conservative hold Swing

Elections 1918–1945[edit]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General election, July 1945 [16]
Electorate: 38,150
Turnout: 28,593 (74.9%) +8.0
Conservative hold
Majority: 3,027 (10.6%) −39.8
Swing: 19.9% from Con to Lab
Sir Jocelyn Lucas, Bt Conservative 15,810 55.3 −19.9
J. F. Blitz Labour 12,783 44.7 +19.9
By-election, July 1939 [16]
Cayzer elevated to the peerage
Conservative hold Sir Jocelyn Lucas, Bt Conservative unopposed
General election, November 1935 [16]
Electorate: 54,463
Turnout: 36,459 (66.9%) −5.8
Conservative hold
Majority: 18,373 (50.4%) −11.4
Swing: 5.7% from Con to Lab
Sir Herbert Cayzer, Bt Conservative 27,416 75.2 −5.7
J. W. Fawcett Labour 9,043 24.8 +5.7
General election, October 1931 [16]
Electorate: 55,488
Turnout: 40,349 (72.7%) −2.4
Conservative hold
Majority: 24,919 (61.8%) +49.8
Swing: 24.9% from Lab to Con
Sir Herbert Cayzer, Bt Conservative 32,634 80.9 +44.1
W. J. Beck Labour 7,715 19.1 −5.7
General election, May 1929 [16]
First election with universal adult suffrage
Electorate: 54,449
Turnout: 40,914 (75.1%) +0.9
Conservative hold
Majority: 4,941 (12.0%) −34.0
Swing: 17.0% from Con to Lab
Sir Herbert Cayzer, Bt Conservative 15,068 36.8 −36.2
Jessie Stephen Labour 10,127 24.8 −2.2
Frank John Privett Independent Conservative 9,505 23.2 N/A
Charles Mark Clement Rudkin Liberal 6,215 15.2 N/A
General election, October 1924 [16]
Electorate: 41,417
Turnout: 74.2% (+1.5)
Conservative hold
Majority: 14,113 (46.0%) +15.0
Sir Herbert Cayzer Conservative 22,423 73.0 +17.1
Jessie Stephen Labour 8,310 27.0 +2.1
General election, December 1923 [16]
Electorate: 40,854
Turnout: 72.7% (+17.8)
Conservative hold
Majority: 9,237 (31.0%) +21.2
Herbert Cayzer Conservative 16,625 55.9 +1.0
Jessie Stephen Labour 7,388 24.9
S. R. Drury-Lowe Liberal 5,698 19.2 −25.9
By-election, 13 August 1923 [16]
Resignation of Wilson
Electorate: 39,426
Turnout: 21,647 (54.9%) −2.8
Conservative hold
Majority: 2,121 (9.8%) −14.0
Herbert Cayzer Conservative 11,884 54.9 −8.0
Sir Henry Merrick Lawson Liberal 9,763 45.1 N/A
By-election, 13 December 1922 [16]
Resignation of Cayzer
Electorate: 39,426
Turnout: 22,735 (57.7%)
Conservative hold
Majority: 5,867 (25.8%) −11.6
Leslie Orme Wilson Conservative 14,301 62.9 −5.8
G. C. Thomas Independent Conservative 4,834 37.1 N/A
General election, November 1922 [16]
Electorate: 39,426
Turnout: 20,040 (50.8%) −11.2
Conservative hold
Majority: 10,880 (37.4%) −12.4
Swing: 6.2% from Con to Lib
Herbert Cayzer Conservative 19,960 68.7 −0.8
Sir Henry Merrick Lawson Liberal 9,080 31.3 +12.8
General election, December 1918 [16]
new seat, following division of Portsmouth
Electorate: 37,427
Turnout: 23,195 (62.0%)
Coalition Conservative hold
Majority: 11,559 (49.8%) N/A
Herbert Cayzer Coalition Conservative 15,842 68.3 N/A
Miss Alison Vickers Garland Liberal 4,283 18.5 N/A
J. Lacey Labour 3,070 13.2 N/A

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
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