Surbiton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Surbiton
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Greater London
19551997
Number of members One
Replaced by Kingston and Surbiton
Created from Kingston
Esher
Epsom

Surbiton was a borough constituency created for the 1955 general election and abolished for the 1997 general election, in Surrey until 1965 and thereafter in outer south-west London. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom by the first past the post system of election.

History[edit]

This was in the safe/marginal seat spectrum irrefutably a safe Conservative seat during its 32-year lifetime. The party positioned in second position was also unchanged until it changed once in the course of the seat's history. The election when this change took place was the United Kingdom general election, 1983. The narrowest majority was the General Election 1966 at 15.7%.

Boundaries[edit]

1974-1983: The London Borough of Kingston upon Thames wards of Berrylands, Chessington, Hook and Southborough, St Mark's and Seething Wells, Surbiton Hill, Tolworth East, Tolworth South, and Tolworth West.

1983-1997: The London Borough of Kingston upon Thames wards of Berrylands, Chessington North, Chessington South, Hook, St Mark's, Surbiton Hill, Tolworth East, Tolworth South, and Tolworth West.

The constituency was made up of the eastern part of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in south-west London, centred on the area of Surbiton. In 1997, it was absorbed into the new and larger Kingston and Surbiton constituency after the Boundary Commission for England recommended that a seat be lost in the twinned boroughs of Kingston and Richmond.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1955 Sir Nigel Fisher Conservative
1983 Richard Tracey Conservative
1997 constituency abolished: see Kingston and Surbiton

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Surbiton[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Tracey 19,033 54.4 −1.4
Liberal Democrat Barbara Janke 9,394 26.9 −1.6
Labour Robin T. Hutchinson 6,384 18.3 +3.9
Natural Law W Parker 161 0.5
Majority 9,639 27.6 +0.2
Turnout 34,972 82.4 +4.2
Conservative hold Swing +0.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Surbiton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Tracey 19,861 55.9
Social Democratic DT Burke 10,120 28.5
Labour A McGowan 5,111 14.4
Green J Vidler 465 1.3
Majority 9,741 27.4
Turnout 9,741 27.4
General Election 1983: Surbiton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Tracey 18,245 54.5
Social Democratic C Nowakowski 9,496 28.4
Labour ND Waskett 5,173 15.5
Ecology J Macellan 551 1.6
Majority 8,749 11.1
Turnout 26.1

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Surbiton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Fisher 20,063 56.7
Labour CP Moore 9,261 26.1
Liberal CJ Tilley 6,093 17.2
Majority 10,802 30.5
Turnout 75.5
General Election Oct 1974: Surbiton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Fisher 15,330 45.7
Labour Andrew MacKinlay 9,309 27.7
Liberal D Brooke 8,931 26.6
Majority 6,021 17.9
Turnout 72.9
General Election 1970: Surbiton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Fisher 17,359 51.7
Labour RD Kerr-Walter 10,469 31.2
Liberal CF Green 4,027 12.0
Independent Powell Conservative E Scruty 1,706 5.1
Majority 6,890 20.5
Turnout 70.3

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Surbiton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Fisher 19,989 57.9
Labour DE Heather 14,561 42.1
Majority 5,428 15.7
Turnout 77.0
General Election 1964: Surbiton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Fisher 20,499 60.6
Labour DE Heather 13,337 39.4
Majority 7,162 21.2
Turnout 75.4

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Surbiton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Fisher 24,058 67.4
Labour A Imisson 11,633 32.6
Majority 12,425 34.8
Turnout 79.0
General Election 1955: Surbiton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Fisher 22,863 64.9
Labour SG Richards 12,380 35.1
Majority 10,483 29.7
Turnout 79.6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.12 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995).
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.