Wealden (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Wealden in East Sussex.
Location of East Sussex within England.
|Electorate||77,536 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Charles Hendry (Conservative)|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
- Political history
The seat's history is that of a safe Conservative seat. The Liberal Democrats including their two predecessor parties have so far always presented the main opposition candidate. The best result for the Labour Party was in 2001, however was 29.5% below the share of the vote taken by the winner. Closest in percentage majority was the election of 1997 with a majority of 24% of the vote, still more than a marginal gap separated the two main local parties.
- Prominent frontbenchers
Approximately half of the population in the constituency lives in the area’s three main towns: Crowborough, Hailsham and Uckfield. The rest of the seat is predominantly rural and has many small towns, villages and hamlets. The Wealden landscape is varied, ranging from the Ashdown Forest in the north to the South Downs and the coastal part is included in seats to the south.
- History of boundaries
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:
- Buxted and Maresfield; Chiddingly and East Hoathly; Crowborough: East, Jarvis Brook, North, St Johns and, West wards; Danehill/Fletching/Nutley; Forest Row; Framfield; Frant/Withyham; Hailsham: Central and North, East, and South and West wards; Hartfield; Hellingly; Horam; Mayfield; Rotherfield; Uckfield: Central, New Town, North and Ridgewood wards; and Wadhurst in the Wealden District.
A considerable portion of the population is retired or work in London, Brighton or other regional employment bases at a managerial or advanced professional level. Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 1.5% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
Members of Parliament
|1983||Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Wealden |
|Green||Mark Smith |
|General Election 2010: Wealden|
|Liberal Democrat||Chris Bowers||13,911||25.3||+0.6|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Wealden|
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Wigley||13,054||23.5||-0.2|
|General Election 2001: Wealden|
|Liberal Democrat||Steve Murphy||12,507||23.7||-2.0|
|Pensioner Coalition||Cyril Thornton||453||0.9||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Wealden|
|Conservative||Geoffrey Johnson Smith||29,417||49.8||-12.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael Skinner||15,213||25.7||-1.3|
|Referendum Party||Barry Taplin||3,527||6.0||N/A|
|UKIP||M J English||569||0.9||N/A|
|Natural Law||Paul Cragg||188||0.3|
This constituency underwent boundary changes between the 1992 and 1997 general elections and thus change in share of vote is based on a notional calculation.
|General Election 1992: Wealden|
|Conservative||Geoffrey Johnson Smith||37,263||61.7||-2.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael Skinner||16,332||27.1||-0.4|
|Natural Law||R F Graham||182||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Wealden|
|Conservative||Geoffrey Johnson Smith||35,154||64.2||0.0|
|Social Democratic||D A Sinclair||15,044||27.5||-2.1|
|Labour||C E Ward||4,563||8.3||+2.1|
|General Election 1983: Wealden|
|Conservative||Geoffrey Johnson Smith||31,926||64.2|
|Social Democratic||D E Pace||14,741||29.6|
Notes and references
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- Election result, 2010 (BBC)
- Election result, 2005 (BBC)
- Election results, 1997 - 2001 (BBC)
- Election results, 1997 - 2001 (Election Demon)
- Election results, 1983 - 1992 (Election Demon)
- Election results, 1992 - 2005 (Guardian)