Reading East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Reading East
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Reading East in Berkshire.
Outline map
Location of Berkshire within England.
County Berkshire
Electorate 78,170 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Reading
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Rob Wilson (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Reading North and Reading South
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Reading East is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Rob Wilson, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency comprises the central, northern and eastern parts of the Borough of Reading (specifically the wards of Abbey, Caversham, Church, Katesgrove, Mapledurham, Park, Peppard, Redlands and Thames), together with (from Wokingham Borough) the borough wards of South Lake, Loddon, and Bulmershe and Whitegates: the three wards form the southern part of the parish of Woodley and include also the Whitegates Ward of Earley parish.[2]

History of boundaries

Before 2010 Maidenhead contained (part of) the Loddon Ward.

Reading East is bounded by Reading West, Henley, Maidenhead, and Wokingham.[3]

History[edit]

The Reading East parliamentary constituency was first contested in 1983, when it was won by a partial incumbent, Gerry Vaughan, a Conservative who was before that election sitting MP for abolished Reading South. He held the seat through two subsequent general elections until he retired before the 1997 election.

The constituency was in 1997 won by a member of the Labour Party, Jane Griffiths, a backbencher under the Blair Ministry. She retained the seat in the 2001 election but was deselected by her Constituency Labour Party before the 2005 election, when the seat was regained by a Conservative, Rob Wilson.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1983 Gerard Vaughan Conservative
1997 Jane Griffiths Labour
2005 Rob Wilson Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Reading East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rob Wilson 21,269 42.6 +6.9
Liberal Democrat Gareth Epps 13,664 27.3 +3.0
Labour Anneliese Dodds 12,729 25.5 -8.5
UKIP Adrian Pitfield 1,086 2.2 +0.2
Green Rob White 1,069 2.1 -1.4
Independent Joan Lloyd 111 0.2 +0.2
Independent Michael Turberville 57 0.1 +0.1
Majority 7,605 15.2
Turnout 49,985 66.7 +8.2
Conservative hold Swing
Source BBC[5]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Reading East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rob Wilson 15,557 35.4 +3.4
Labour Tony Page 15,082 34.3 -10.5
Liberal Democrat Prof John Howson 10,619 24.2 +5.7
Green Rob White 1,548 3.5 +1.1
UKIP David Lamb 849 1.9 +0.7
Independent Joan Lloyd 135 0.3 +0.3
Independent Rex Hora 122 0.3 +0.3
Majority 475 1.1
Turnout 43,912 60.3 +1.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +7.0
Source BBC[6]
General Election 2001: Reading East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jane Griffiths 19,538 44.8 +2.1
Conservative Barry Tanswell 13,943 32.0 -3.2
Liberal Democrat Thomas Dobrashian 8,078 18.5 0.0
Green Miriam Kennet 1,053 2.4 N/A
UKIP Amy Thornton 525 1.2 +0.7
Socialist Alliance Darren Williams 394 0.9 N/A
Independent Peter Hammerson 94 0.2 N/A
Majority 5,595 12.8
Turnout 43,625 58.4 -11.7
Labour hold Swing -2.7
Source House of Commons Library[7]

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Reading East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jane Griffiths 21,461 42.7 +15.7
Conservative John Watts 17,666 35.2 -18.6
Liberal Democrat Sam Samuel 9,307 18.5 +0.9
Referendum Party D Harmer 1,042 2.1 N/A
Natural Law J Buckley 254 0.5 N/A
UKIP A L Thornton 252 0.5 N/A
BNP Barbara Packer 238 0.5 N/A
Majority 3,795 7.5
Turnout 50,220 70.2 -4.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +17.2
Source Guardian Unlimited[8]
General Election 1992: Reading East[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gerard Vaughan 29,148 53.8 0.0
Labour Gillian Parker 14,593 27.0 +5.5
Liberal Democrat Denis Thair 9,528 17.6 −5.6
Green A McCubbin 861 1.6 +0.3
Majority 14,555 26.8 −3.8
Turnout 54,130 75.0 +1.7
Conservative hold Swing −2.8
Source Guardian Unlimited[8]

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Reading East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gerard Vaughan 28,515 53.8 +2.2
SDP–Liberal Alliance (Social Democrat) Susan Mary Baring 12,298 23.2 −4.2
Labour Martin Salter 11,371 21.5 +2.1
Green Philip John Unsworth 667 1.3 +0.2
CSOSMG Arthur Brian Shone 125 0.2 N/A
Majority 16,217 30.6
Turnout 52,976 73.3 +2.9
Conservative hold Swing
Source [10]
General Election 1983: Reading East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gerard Vaughan 24,516 51.6
SDP–Liberal Alliance (Social Democrat) Chris Huhne 13,008 27.4
Labour K. Boyle 9,218 19.4
Ecology G. Darnton 519 1.1
BNP P. Baker 147 0.3
Common Market Party B. Shone 113 0.2
Majority 11,508 24.2
Turnout 47,512 70.4
Conservative hold Swing
Source [11]

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. ^ 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
  3. ^ "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ "Election 2010 – Reading East". BBC. 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Election 2005 – Reading East". BBC. 2005. Retrieved 6 May 2005. 
  7. ^ "Research Paper 01/54 – General Election Results – 7 June 2001". House of Commons Library. 2001. Retrieved 2 May 2005. 
  8. ^ a b "Ask Aristotle – Reading East". London: Guardian Unlimited. 2005. Retrieved 4 May 2005. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "UK General Election results June 1987". 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "UK General Election results June 1983". 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 

Coordinates: 51°28′N 0°57′W / 51.46°N 0.95°W / 51.46; -0.95