Woking (UK Parliament constituency)

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Woking
Borough constituency
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Woking shown within Surrey, and Surrey shown within England
Created: 1950
Electorate: 74,328 (December 2010)
MP: Jonathan Lord
Party: Conservative
Type: House of Commons
County: Surrey
EP constituency: South East England

Woking is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. It was created in 1950 from the county constituency of Chertsey. Woking has historically been a Conservative safe seat, with the Liberal Democrats being the principal opposition in the last five general elections. Its current Member of Parliament is Jonathan Lord.

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The Borough of Woking; and the Borough of Guildford wards of Ash, Ash Vale, Normandy, and Pirbright.

1997-present: The Borough of Woking; and the Borough of Guildford wards of Normandy and Pirbright.

The constituency is based around the town of Woking in Surrey and includes the entirety of the Woking borough and two wards from the Guildford borough. The Boundary Commission made no boundary changes for Woking in the review before the 2010 general election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1950 Harold Watkinson Conservative
1964 Cranley Onslow Conservative
1997 Humfrey Malins Conservative
2010 Jonathan Lord Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

The 2010 general election saw Jonathan Lord win the constituency with 26,551 votes, beating Liberal Democrat councillor and former mayor of Woking Rosie Sharpley into second place.[2] The Labour candidate was Tom Miller, who took 8% of the vote. Rob Burberry stood for UKIP and Julie Roxborough stood as a candidate for the Peace Party. The seat had previously been held by Humfrey Malins, who announced his intention to stand down in 2009.[3]

The election took place on the same day as elections to Woking Borough Council, which saw the Conservatives remain the largest party with 18 seats against 17 for the Liberal Democrats and one independent.[4]

General Election 2010: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jonathan Lord 26,551 50.3 +2.9
Liberal Democrat Rosie Sharpley 19,744 37.4 +4.3
Labour Tom Miller 4,246 8.0 -8.3
UKIP Rob Burberry 1,997 3.8 +0.9
Peace Julie Roxburgh 204 0.4 N/A
Magna Carta Conservation Party Great Britain Ruth Temple 44 0.1 N/A
Majority 6,807 12.9 -1.5
Turnout 52,786 71.5 +8.1
Conservative hold Swing −0.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Humfrey Malins 21,838 47.4 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Anne Lee 15,226 33.1 +2.8
Labour Ellie Blagbrough 7,507 16.3 −4.0
UKIP Matthew Davies 1,324 2.9 -0.5
UK Community Issues Party Michael Osman 150 0.3 N/A
Majority 6,612 14.4
Turnout 46,045 63.4 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing −0.7
General Election 2001: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Humfrey Malins 19,747 46.0 +7.6
Liberal Democrat Alan Hilliar 12,988 30.3 +3.0
Labour Sabir Hussain 8,714 20.3 -0.7
UKIP Michael Harvey 1,461 3.4 +2.4
Majority 6,759 15.7
Turnout 42,910 60.2 -12.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Humfrey Malins 19,553 38.4 -20.7
Liberal Democrat Philip Goldenberg 13,875 27.3 +0.2
Labour Katie Hanson 10,695 21.0 +7.6
Independent Conservative Hugh Bell 3,933 7.7 N/A
Referendum Party Christopher Skeate 2,209 4.3 N/A
UKIP Michael Harvey 512 1.0 N/A
Natural Law Deirdre Sleeman 137 0.3
Majority 5,678 11.2
Turnout 50,914 72.7
Conservative hold Swing

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: Woking[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cranley Onslow 37,744 58.9 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Mrs Dorothy A. Buckrell 17,902 28.0 −3.4
Labour James M. Dalgleish 8,080 12.6 +2.1
Natural Law Mrs Teresa A. Macintyre 302 0.5 N/A
Majority 19,842 31.0 +4.3
Turnout 64,028 79.2 +4.1
Conservative hold Swing +2.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cranley Onslow 35,990 58.1
SDP–Liberal Alliance (Liberal) Philip Goldenberg 19,446 31.4
Labour Anita Pollack 6,537 10.5
Majority 16,544 26.7
Turnout 61,973 75.1
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cranley Onslow 32,748 58.3
SDP–Liberal Alliance (Liberal) Philip Goldenberg 16,511 29.4
Labour Barbara Broer 6,566 11.7
Party of Associates with Licensees D. M. Comens 368 0.6
Majority 16,237 28.9
Turnout 56,193 71.7
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cranley Onslow 31,719 57.05
Labour Nigel Beard 13,327 23.97
Liberal George H. Dunk 9,991 17.97
National Front P. A. Gleave 564 1.01
Majority 18,392 33.08
Turnout 55,601 76.51
Conservative hold Swing
General Election, October 1974: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cranley Onslow 22,804 46.04
Liberal P. Wade 14,069 28.40
Labour J. W. Tattersall 11,737 23.70
National Front R. Vaughan-Smith 921 1.86
Majority 8,735 17.64
Turnout 49,531 72.93
Conservative hold Swing
General Election, February 1974: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cranley Onslow 25,243 46.33
Liberal P. Wade 17,660 32.41
Labour J. W. Tattersall 11,583 21.26
Majority 7,583 13.92
Turnout 54,486 80.87
Conservative hold Swing
General Election, 1970: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cranley Onslow 37,220 56.71
Labour R. M. Taylor 18,652 28.42
Liberal P. Wade 9,763 14.87
Majority 18,568 28.29
Turnout 65,635 69.88
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election, 1966: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cranley Onslow 32,057 51.40
Labour Michael Downing 19,210 30.80
Liberal Mrs. Agnes H. Scott 11,104 17.80
Majority 12,847 20.60
Turnout 62,371 77.11
Conservative hold Swing
General Election, 1964: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cranley Onslow 31,170 51.70
Labour H. G. N. Clother 17,834 29.58
Liberal Mrs. Agnes H. Scott 11,285 18.72
Majority 13,336 22.12
Turnout 60,289 78.09
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election, 1959: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harold Watkinson 33,521 67.40
Labour R. D. V. Williams 16,210 32.60
Majority 17,311 34.81
Turnout 49,731 77.35
Conservative hold Swing
General Election, 1955: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harold Watkinson 27,860 64.41
Labour R. D. V. Williams 15,393 35.59
Majority 12,467 28.82
Turnout 43,253 75.72
Conservative hold Swing
General Election, 1951: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harold Watkinson 26,522 64.95
Labour W. Eric Wolff 14,313 35.05
Majority 12,209 29.90
Turnout 40,835 78.73
Conservative hold Swing
General Election, 1950: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harold Watkinson 24,454 57.98
Labour T. Davies 13,157 31.19
Liberal Michael Fernley Turner-Bridger 4,567 10.83
Majority 11,297 26.78
Turnout 42,178 83.24
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ "Woking Borough Council: Parliamentary and borough election results". Woking News & Mail. 2008-05-07. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Woking's MP to stand down at next election". Surrey Advertiser. 2009-03-15. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  4. ^ Harman, Emily (10 May 2010). "Lib Dems and Tories spar for seats in Woking". getsurrey. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 51°18′N 0°36′W / 51.3°N 0.6°W / 51.3; -0.6