Sutton and Cheam (UK Parliament constituency)

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Sutton and Cheam
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Sutton and Cheam in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 66,147 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1945
Member of Parliament Paul Burstow (Liberal Democrat)
Created from Surrey North-Eastern or 'Wimbledon'
Mid Surrey or 'Epsom'
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Sutton and Cheam is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Paul Burstow, a Liberal Democrat.[n 2]

History[edit]

Political history[edit]

In the media, the constituency has to date been most widely reported on a 1972 gain, with a huge 32.6% swing to the Liberal Party in its by-election of that year.[2]

This seat is a marginal seat taking its history together, which has seen three changes, alternating between its two main parties since 1945, although sometimes in this period its member has enjoyed a formidable majority, sufficient to suggest a safe seat. This seat has not been held by a Labour Party member - the last finish in second place for the party was, in this seat, in 1970.

Prominent members[edit]

Richard Sharples, the second member since 1945, was a former major in the army, served as Minister of State at the Home Office, before resigning his seat in 1972 to take up the position of Governor of Bermuda.

The present member, Paul Burstow, was formerly Minister of State for Care Services, thus a frontbencher in government, until he was returned to the backbenches in Prime Minister David Cameron's September 2012 reshuffle.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency comprises the western half of the London Borough of Sutton. It is made up of nine wards of the Borough:

Constituency profile[edit]

The area still maintains separate schooling systems, with grammar schools and comprehensive schools, similar to Kingston upon Thames and features more semi-detached, terraced and detached properties than the Greater London average.[4] Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.1% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[5]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1945 Sir Sidney Marshall Conservative
1954 by-election Richard Sharples Conservative
1972 by-election Graham Tope Liberal
Feb 1974 Sir Neil Macfarlane Conservative
1992 Lady Olga Maitland Conservative
1997 Paul Burstow Liberal Democrat

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Sutton and Cheam[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Paul Burstow 22,156 45.7 −1.2
Conservative Philippa Stroud 20,548 42.4 +1.7
Labour Kathy Allen 3,376 7.0 −4.9
BNP John Clarke 1,014 2.1 N/A
UKIP David Pickles 950 2.0 N/A
Green Peter Hickson 246 0.5 N/A
English Democrats John Dodds 106 0.2 N/A
Christian Peoples Matthew Connolly 52 0.1 N/A
Libertarian Martin Cullip 41 0.1 N/A
Independents Federation UK Brian Hammond 19 0.0 N/A
Majority 1,608 3.3 −2.9
Turnout 48,508 72.8 +5.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −1.5

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Sutton and Cheam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Paul Burstow 19,768 47.1 -1.7
Conservative Richard Willis 16,922 40.4 +2.4
Labour Anand Shukla 4,954 11.8 -1.4
Rainbow Dream Ticket Rainbow George Weiss 288 0.7 +0.7
Majority 2,846 6.8
Turnout 41,932 66.2 +3.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -2.0
General Election 2001: Sutton and Cheam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Paul Burstow 19,382 48.8 +6.5
Conservative Lady Olga Maitland 15,078 38.0 +0.1
Labour Lisa Homan 5,263 13.2 -2.2
Majority 4,304 10.8
Turnout 39,723 62.4 -12.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +3.2

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Sutton and Cheam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Paul Burstow 19,919 42.30
Conservative Lady Olga Maitland 17,822 37.85
Labour Mark Allison 7,280 15.5
Referendum Party Peter Atkinson 1,784 3.8
UKIP Simon Mckie 191 0.4
Natural Law Deborah Wright 96 0.20
Majority 2,097 4.45
Turnout 47,092
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing 12.90
General Election 1992: Sutton and Cheam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lady Olga Maitland 27,710 55.18
Liberal Democrat Paul Burstow 19,954 33.76
Labour G. C. Martin 4,980 9.92
Green J. Duffy 444 0.88
Natural Law A. Hatchard 133. 0.26
Majority 10,756 21.42
Turnout 82.40
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Sutton and Cheam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Neil Macfarlane 29,710 60.75
Liberal R. D. Greig 13,992 28.61
Labour L. Monk 5,202 10.64
Majority 15,718 32.14
Turnout 48,904 76.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Sutton and Cheam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Neil Macfarlane 26,782 57.1
Liberal C. Caswill 16,518 35.2
Labour G.S. Dixon 3,568 7.6
Majority 10,264 21.9
Turnout 46,868 74.3
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Sutton and Cheam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Neil Macfarlane 28,842 58.0
Liberal C. Caswill 13,136 26.4
Labour N. Irwin 7,126 14.3
National Front J. Hunt 465 0.9
Independent J. Smoker 128 0.2
Majority 15,706 31.9
Turnout 49,277 78.8
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Sutton and Cheam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Neil Macfarlane 22,156 47.6
Liberal Graham Tope 16,995 36.5
Labour J. K Rhodes 7,118 15.3
Women's Rights U.M.P. Kroll 298 0.6
Majority 5,161 11.1
Turnout 46,567 76.9
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Sutton and Cheam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Neil Macfarlane 22,555 45.4
Liberal Graham Tope 20,836 42.0
Labour James Kenneth Rhodes 6,270 12.6
Majority 1,719 3.5
Turnout 49,661 82.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
Sutton and Cheam by-election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Graham Tope 18,328 53.6 +39.0
Conservative Neil Macfarlane 10,911 31.9 -26.2
Labour David Miller 2,937 8.6 -18.7
Anti-Common Market Chris Frere-Smith 1,332 3.9
National Independence Edgar Scruby 660 1.9
Majority 7,417
Turnout 34,204
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1970: Sutton and Cheam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Sharples 23,957 58.1
Labour J. Dowsett 11,261 27.3
Liberal N. D. M. McGeorge 6,023 14.6
Majority 12,696 30.8
Turnout 41,241 67.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Sutton and Cheam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard C Sharples 22,331 51.10
Labour Frank J Ward 13,235 30.29
Liberal Nicholas DM McGeorge 8,134 18.61
Majority 9,096 20.81
Turnout 76.36
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Sutton and Cheam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard C Sharples 22,975 52.65
Labour P. Derrick 11,839 27.13
Liberal J. Montgomerie 8,827 20.23
Majority 11,136 25.52
Turnout 74.27
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Sutton and Cheam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Sharples 27,344 58.32
Labour Frank Judd 11,946 25.48
Liberal John Montgomerie 7,600 16.21
Majority 15,398 32.84
Turnout 79.61
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Sutton and Cheam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Sharples 29,538 66.02
Labour R. M. Lewis 15,205 33.98
Majority 14,333 32.03
Turnout 76.45
Conservative hold Swing
Sutton and Cheam by-election, 1954
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Sharples 21,930
Labour N. T. Poulter 11,023
Majority 10,907
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Sutton and Cheam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sidney Marshall 30,684 62.77
Labour E. K. I. Hurst 18,202 37.23
Majority 12,482 25.53
Turnout 81.68
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Sutton and Cheam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sidney Marshall 29,200 56.93
Labour H. O. Judd 17,706 34.52
Liberal H. J. Wheeler 4,389 8.56
Majority 11,494 22.41
Turnout 86.73
Conservative hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Sutton and Cheam
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sidney Marshall 19,431 46.04 N/A
Labour H. O. Judd 17,293 40.97 N/A
Liberal J. P. Hughes 5,483 12.99 N/A
Majority 2,138 5.07 N/A
Turnout 75.72 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

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

Coordinates: 51°21′43″N 0°12′32″W / 51.362°N 0.209°W / 51.362; -0.209