Tunbridge Wells (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Tunbridge Wells in Kent.
Location of Kent within England.
|Electorate||73,028 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Tunbridge Wells and Paddock Wood|
|Member of Parliament||Greg Clark (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
The constituency occupies rural and two largely spacious urban towns in Kent in south eastern England, covering the area of the Borough of Tunbridge Wells, the main town of which is also known as Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election since which it has electoral wards:
- Brenchley and Horsmonden, Broadwater, Capel, Culverden, Goudhurst and Lamberhurst, Hawkhurst and Sandhurst, Paddock Wood East, Paddock Wood West, Pantiles and St Mark’s, Park, Pembury, Rusthall, St James’, St John’s, Sherwood, Southborough and High Brooms, Southborough North, and Speldhurst and Bidborough
The constituency was created in 1974 from parts of the seats of Tonbridge and Ashford, and was originally named "Royal Tunbridge Wells". It consisted of the following areas of the administrative county of Kent:
- The borough of Tunbridge Wells;
- The urban district of Southborough;
- The rural district of Cranbrook;
- Part of the rural district of Tonbridge (the parishes of Bidborough, Brenchley, Capel, Horsmonden, Lamberhurst, Paddock Wood, Pembury and Speldhurst)
- Political history
- Prominent frontbenchers
In succession from 1983 until 1997 Patrick Mayhew reached three leading positions: Solicitor General for England and Wales, Attorney General for England and Wales and for Northern Ireland (simultaneously) and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
Archie Norman was the Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions (2002-2005).
The area is still largely rural in character and landscape, enjoying a gently elevated position which is traversed by the High Weald Landscape Trail. The area has local service sector and financial sector employers, light engineering combined with being substantially a commuter belt town for London and to an extent businesses on the southern side of the M25, such as in the Gatwick Diamond.
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.
Members of Parliament
|Feb. 1974||Patrick Mayhew||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Tunbridge Wells|
|Liberal Democrat||David Hallas||12,726||25.3||+0|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Tunbridge Wells|
|Liberal Democrat||Laura Murphy||11,095||26.1||+1.4|
|General Election 2001: Tunbridge Wells|
|Liberal Democrat||Keith Brown||9,913||24.7||−5.0|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Tunbridge Wells|
|Liberal Democrat||AS Clayton||14,347||29.67|
|Referendum Party||T Macpherson||1,858||3.84|
|Natural Law||P Levy||153||0.32|
|General Election 1992: Tunbridge Wells|
|Conservative||Sir Patrick Mayhew||34,162||56.9||−1.5|
|Liberal Democrat||AS Clayton||17,030||28.4||−1.6|
|Natural Law||EW Fenna||267||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Tunbridge Wells|
|Conservative||Sir Patrick Mayhew||33,111||58.44|
|General Election 1983: Tunbridge Wells|
|Conservative||Sir Patrick Mayhew||31,199||58.26|
|National Front||D Smith||236||0.44|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Tunbridge Wells|
|Conservative||Sir Patrick Mayhew||31,928||59.54|
|National Front||W Standen||509||0.95|
|General Election October 1974: Tunbridge Wells|
|Conservative||Sir Patrick Mayhew||24,829||49.53|
|General Election February 1974: Tunbridge Wells|
|Conservative||Sir Patrick Mayhew||27,212||49.36|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1970 (S.I. 1970 No. 1674)
- The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983 (S.I. 1983 No.417)
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.