Uxbridge (UK Parliament constituency)

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Uxbridge
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Uxbridge in Greater London for the 2005 general election.
County Greater London
Major settlements Uxbridge
18852010
Number of members One
Replaced by Uxbridge and South Ruislip, and Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner
Created from Middlesex

Uxbridge was a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) using the first-past-the-post voting system, from 1885 until it was abolished at the 2010 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

1885-1918: The parliamentary constituency of Uxbridge was created as the westernmost county division of the historic county of Middlesex. The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 defined the seat as comprising the parishes of Ashford*, Bedfont, Cowley, Cranford, Feltham, Hampton, Hampton Wick, Hanworth, Harefield, Harlington, Harmondsworth, Hayes, Hillingdon East, Hillingdon West, Ickenham, Laleham*, Littleton*, Northolt, Ruislip, Shepperton*, Staines*, Stanwell*, Sunbury*, Teddington, Uxbridge, West Drayton, and Yiewsley.

The parishes marked * were, from 1965, included in the administrative county of Surrey. The other parishes, in the above list, were at the same time incorporated in Greater London. In 1974 the south-west Middlesex communities, which had been transferred to Surrey, were linked to become the Borough of Spelthorne.

Uxbridge constituency within the parliamentary county of Middlesex, showing boundaries used from 1918-45.
Uxbridge constituency within the parliamentary county of Middlesex, showing boundaries used from 1945-50.

1918-1945: Uxbridge was cut down to be the north-western county division of Middlesex. The areas of south-west Middlesex which subsequently became the Borough of Spelthorne, with Feltham, Hampton, Hampton Wick and Teddington were all combined in a new Spelthorne constituency.

The local government areas in the new Uxbridge seat were defined, by the Representation of the People Act 1918, as the urban districts of Hayes, Ruislip-Northwood, Southall-Norwood, Uxbridge, and Yiewsley as well as the Uxbridge Rural District.

1945-1950: As part of an interim redistribution of parliamentary seats with more than 100,000 registered electors, changes were made to the Middlesex constituencies. Uxbridge was reduced to the urban districts of Ruislip-Northwood and Uxbridge.

1950-1974: In the general redistribution which took effect in 1950, Ruislip-Northwood became a new seat. Uxbridge (which became the Municipal Borough of Uxbridge in 1955) was joined by the Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District, to form the last incarnation of the Uxbridge county division.

In 1965 the area of the constituency became part of the London Borough of Hillingdon.

1974-1983: The seat was re-classified as a borough constituency, comprising the Hillingdon wards of Colham-Cowley, Harefield, Hillingdon East, Hillingdon West, Ickenham, Uxbridge, and Yiewsley.

1983-1997: The constituency was unchanged from 1974, but following re-warding it comprised the wards of Colham, Cowley, Harefield, Hillingdon East, Hillingdon North, Hillingdon West, Ickenham, Uxbridge North, Uxbridge South, West Drayton, and Yiewsley.

1997-2010: There was a small boundary change, with Harefield ward being transferred to the Ruislip-Northwood constituency. The remaining wards were Colham, Cowley, Hillingdon East, Hillingdon North, Hillingdon West, Ickenham, Uxbridge North, Uxbridge South, West Drayton and Yiewsley.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in North London, the Boundary Commission for England has created a new constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

A number of electoral wards in Hillingdon are moved into the new constituency of Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1] Party
1885 Sir Frederick Dixon-Hartland, Bt Conservative
Jan 1910 Hon. Charles Thomas Mills Conservative
1915 by-election Hon. Arthur Mills Conservative
1918 Sir Sidney Peel, Bt Conservative
1922 Sir Dennistoun Burney, Bt Conservative
1929 John Llewellin Conservative
1945 Frank Beswick Labour Co-operative
1959 Charles Curran Conservative
1966 John Ryan Labour
1970 Charles Curran Conservative
1972 by-election Sir Michael Shersby Conservative
1997 by-election John Randall Conservative

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Randall 16,840 49.0 +1.9
Labour Roderick Dubrow-Marshall 10,669 31.0 −9.9
Liberal Democrat Tariq Mahmood 4,544 13.2 +2.9
BNP Cliff le May 763 2.2 N/A
Green Stephen Young 725 2.1 N/A
UKIP Robert Kerby 553 1.6 −0.2
National Front Peter Shaw 284 0.8 N/A
Majority 6,171 18.0
Turnout 34,378 59.4 +1.9
Conservative hold Swing +5.9
General Election 2001: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Randall 15,751 47.1 +3.6
Labour David Salisbury-Jones 13,653 40.9 +1.6
Liberal Democrat Catherine Royce 3,426 10.3 -0.6
UKIP Paul Cannons 588 1.8 N/A
Majority 2,098 6.2
Turnout 33,418 57.5 -14.8
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Uxbridge by-election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Randall 16,288 51.1 +7.6
Labour Andy Slaughter 12,522 39.3 -2.5
Liberal Democrat Keith Kerr 1,792 5.6 -5.4
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 396 1.3 N/A
Socialist Alternative Julia Leonard 259 0.8 -0.1
BNP Frances Taylor 205 0.7 N/A
National Democrats Ian Anderson 157 0.5 N/A
National Front John McAuley 110 0.3 N/A
Independent Liberal Henry Middleton 69 0.2 N/A
UKIP James Feisenberger 39 0.1 N/A
ProLife Alliance Ronnie Carroll 30 0.1 N/A
Majority 3,766
Turnout 55.2 -16.9
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1997: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Shersby 18,095 43.5
Labour David Williams 17,371 41.8
Liberal Democrat Andrew Malyan 4,528 10.9
Referendum Party Garrick Aird 1,153 2.8 N/A
Socialist Alternative Julia Leonard 398 1.0 N/A
Majority 724
Turnout 72.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Uxbridge[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Shersby 27,487 56.44
Labour RJE Evans 14,308 29.38
Liberal Democrat SJ Carey 5,900 12.11
Green IE Flindall 538 1.10
BNP Michael O'Rourke 350 0.72
Natural Law A Deans 120 0.25
Majority 13,179 27.06
Turnout 30,071 78.88
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Shersby 27,292 56.47
Labour D. Keys 11,322 23.43
Social Democrat A. Goodman 9,164 18.96
Green IE Flindall 549 1.14
Majority 15,970 33.05
Turnout 76.52
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Shersby 23,875 53.62
Social Democrat P. Russell 11,038 24.79
Labour P.J. Magee 9,611 21.59
Majority 12,837 28.83
Turnout 72.26
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Shersby 24,967 52.49
Labour G.E. Pringle 16,972 35.68
Liberal J. Hunt 5,031 10.58
National Front P. Budgen 595 1.25
Majority 7,995 16.81
Turnout 78.86
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Shersby 19,969 44.51
Labour G.E. Pringle 17,816 39.71
Liberal J.S. Pincham 7,081 15.78
Majority 2,153 4.80
Turnout 75.09
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Shersby 20,542 42.08
Labour Manuela Sykes 18,127 37.13
Liberal J.S. Pincham 10,150 20.79
Majority 2,415 4.95
Turnout 82.48
Conservative hold Swing
Uxbridge by-election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Shersby 14,178 42.31 -7.04
Labour Manuela Sykes 13,000 38.79 -2.87
Liberal Ian Stuart 3,650 10.89 +1.9
National Front John Clifton 2,920 8.71 N/A
Union Movement Dan Harmston 873 2.60 N/A
National Independence Clare Macdonald 551 1.64 N/A
Democratic Conservative against the Common Market Reginald Simmerson 341 1.02 N/A
Majority 1,178
Turnout 35,513
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Curran 23,414 49.35
Labour John Ryan 19,768 41.66
Liberal R. Goodall 4,265 8.99
Majority 3,646 7.68
Turnout 74.95
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Ryan 21,793 45.46
Conservative Charles Curran 20,903 43.61
Liberal R. Goodall 5,241 10.93
Majority 890 1.86
Turnout 82.55
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1964: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Curran 20,519 43.63
Labour T.J. Parker 19,866 42.24
Liberal R. Goodall 6,644 14.13
Majority 653 1.39
Turnout 80.77
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Curran 22,360 46.51
Labour Co-op Frank Beswick 20,970 43.62
Liberal G.R. Goodall 4,746 9.87
Majority 1,390 2.89
Turnout 84.35
Conservative gain from Labour Co-op Swing
General Election 1955: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Frank Beswick 22,244 51.00
Conservative Charles Curran 21,368 49.00
Majority 876 2.01
Turnout 81.71
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1951: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Frank Beswick 21,249 49.14
Conservative Charles Curran 19,701 45.56
Liberal L. Fior 2,289 5.29
Majority 1,548 3.58
Turnout 84.75
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1950: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Frank Beswick 20,139 48.16
Conservative C.B. Thorne 17,741 42.43
Liberal J.E. Aylett 3,933 9.41
Majority 2,398 5.74
Turnout 84.56
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Frank Beswick 25,190 43.74
Conservative John Llewellin 24,106 41.85
Liberal J.E. Aylett 8,300 14.41
Majority 1,084 1.88
Turnout 73.93
Labour Co-op gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Llewellin 34,727 54.06
Labour L.M. Worsnop 24,000 37.36
Liberal William Ridgway 5,514 8.58
Majority 10,727 16.70
Turnout 65.20
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Uxbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Llewellin 35,836 71.96
Labour L.M. Worsnop 11,609 23.31
Independent R.F.O. Bridgeman 2,358 4.73
Majority 24,227 48.65
Turnout 68.36
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 51°32′20″N 0°27′47″W / 51.539°N 0.463°W / 51.539; -0.463