Surrey Heath (UK Parliament constituency)
|Surrey Heath shown within Surrey, and Surrey shown within England|
|Electorate:||78,453 (December 2010)|
|Type:||House of Commons|
|EP constituency:||South East England|
Surrey Heath occupies the north-west corner of the county. It has electoral wards:
- Bagshot, Bisley, Chobham, Frimley, Frimley Green, Heatherside, Lightwater, Mytchett and Deepcut, Old Dean, Parkside, St Michaels, St Pauls, Town, Watchett, West End, and Windlesham in the Surrey Heath District
- Ash South and Tongham, Ash Vale, and Ash Wharf in the Borough of Guildford.
The largest town[n 3] is Camberley. The Boundary Commission made no boundary changes for Surrey Heath in the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies before the 2010 general election.
The large village of Ash with Ash Vale and smaller one of Tongham are contiguous, similar to Frimley and Frimley Green.
On the seat's creation, Nick Hawkins was elected to Parliament following the retirement of Surrey North West MP Michael Grylls who in 1992 achieved a majority of 28,392. One of Hawkins' opponents for selection was future Speaker, John Bercow. Bercow was selected as the Conservative candidate for the Buckingham constituency on the same day.
In 2004 the Conservative constituency association, then the richest in the country, deselected their MP Nick Hawkins in the hope of obtaining an MP of Cabinet calibre.
- Prominent members
In terms of housing 70% of homes are detached or semi-detached at the 2011 census. The detached percentage (45.2%) was at that time the second highest in the South East, behind the New Forest. The area is well connected to London Heathrow Airport, IT, telecommunications and logistics centres of the M3 and M4 'corridors' and to the military towns of Aldershot and Sandhurst. Farnborough with its civil, private aviation base with certain military uses is also nearby, as is Blackbushe Airport.
Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 1.7% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
The constituency is one of the Conservative party's safest seats, with most wards firmly in their camp, the exception being the Old Dean ward which usually votes Labour at local level. According to the British Election Study, it is the most right-wing seat in the UK.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Surrey Heath |
|Liberal Democrat||Ann-Marie Barker|
|General Election 2010: Surrey Heath|
|Liberal Democrat||Alan Hilliar||14,037||25.8||−3.0|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Surrey Heath|
|Liberal Democrat||Rosalyn Harper||13,797||28.8||+3.1|
|General Election 2001: Surrey Heath|
|Liberal Democrat||Mark Lelliot||11,582||25.7||+3.9|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Surrey Heath|
|Liberal Democrat||David Newman||11,944||21.8|
|Referendum Party||John Gale||2,385||4.4|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- occupying the seven wards without individual settlement articles
- BBC News: The John Bercow story
- Melissa Kite (27 Jun 2004). "Surrey Heath members believe that their money ought to be able to buy a future prime minister". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
- 2011 census interactive maps
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Election result, 2010 (BBC)
- Election result, 2005 (BBC)
- Election results, 1997 - 2001 (BBC)
- Election results, 1997 - 2001 (Election Demon)
- Election results, 1997 - 2010 (Guardian)