Thames Valley (European Parliament constituency)

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Thames Valley
European Parliament constituency


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Created 1979
Dissolved 1999
MEP(s) 1
Member State United Kingdom
Source(s) [1]

Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

The constituency of Thames Valley was one of them.

When it was created in England in 1979, it consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Beaconsfield, Chesham and Amersham, Eton and Slough, Spelthorne, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham and Wycombe. [1] Following boundary changes which took effect for the 1984 election, the constituency lost the Beaconsfield, Eton, Chesham, Amersham and Wycombe areas to the new Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire constituency, while gaining the town of Reading in the form of the constituencies of Reading East and Reading West. The Westminster parliamentary constituency of East Berkshire which was created in 1983 was also part of Thames Valley. The constituency boundaries were then unchanged until the constituency was abolished in 1999.

Members of the European Parliament[edit]

Elected Member Party
1979 Baroness Elles Conservative
1989 John Stevens Conservative
1999 constituency abolished

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