Wokingham (UK Parliament constituency)

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Wokingham
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Wokingham in Berkshire.
Outline map
Location of Berkshire within England.
County Berkshire
Electorate 75,886 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of Parliament John Redwood (Conservative)
Number of members One
18851918
Type of constituency County constituency
Created from Berkshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Wokingham is a parliamentary 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.

Boundaries[edit]

It is centred on the southern part of Wokingham district, including a small part of the east of West Berkshire. It is in the South East region of England.

The neighbouring constituencies (clockwise from north) are: Reading West, Reading East, Maidenhead, Bracknell, North East Hampshire, Basingstoke, North West Hampshire and Newbury.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1885, when the previous 3-member constituency of Berkshire was divided into four single member constituencies, this one also being described as the 'Eastern division of Berkshire'. The seat has been represented since 1987 by the high-profile Conservative John Redwood.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1885–1918[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1885 Sir George Russell, Bt. Conservative
1898 by-election Oliver Young Conservative
1901 by-election Ernest Gardner Conservative
1918 Constituency abolished

MPs since 1950[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1950 Peter Remnant Conservative
1959 William van Straubenzee Conservative
1987 John Redwood Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Wokingham[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Redwood 28,754 52.7 +4.6
Liberal Democrat Prue Bray 15,262 28.0 −4.7
Labour George Davidson 5,516 10.1 −4.9
Independent Mark Ashwell 2,340 4.3 N/A
UKIP Ann Zebedee 1,664 3.1 +0.9
Green Marjory Bisset 567 1.0 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Top Cat Owen 329 0.6 −0.6
Independent Robin Smith 96 0.2 N/A
Majority 13,492 24.7 +9.3
Turnout 54,528 71.5 +3.7
Conservative hold Swing +4.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election, 2005: Wokingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Redwood 22,174 48.1 +2.0
Liberal Democrat Prue Bray 14,934 32.4 0.0
Labour David Black 6,991 15.2 −2.2
UKIP Frank Carstairs 994 2.2 +0.2
Monster Raving Loony Topcat Bananaman Owen 569 1.2 −0.8
BNP Richard Colborne 376 0.8 N/A
Telepathic Partnership Michael Hall 34 0.1 N/A
Majority 7,240 15.7
Turnout 46,072 67.1 +3.0
Conservative hold Swing +1.0
General Election, 2001: Wokingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Redwood 20,216 46.1 −4.0
Liberal Democrat Royce Longton 14,222 32.4 +1.1
Labour Matthew Syed 7,633 17.4 +0.6
UKIP Frank Carstairs 897 2.0 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Top Cat Owen 880 2.0 +0.3
Majority 5,994 13.7
Turnout 43,848 64.1 −11.0
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Wokingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Redwood 25,086 50.1
Liberal Democrat Royce Longton 15,721 31.4
Labour Patricia Colling 8,424 16.8
Monster Raving Loony Peter Owen 877 1.8
Majority 9,365 18.7
Turnout 50,108
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Wokingham[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Redwood 43,497 61.4 +0.0
Liberal Democrat Paul G.T. Simon 17,788 25.1 −4.8
Labour Nelson T.G. Bland 8,846 12.5 +3.8
Monster Raving Loony Peter Owen 531 0.7 N/A
Independent Philip Edward Harriss 148 0.2 N/A
Majority 25,709 36.3 +4.9
Turnout 70,810 81.8 +3.7
Conservative hold Swing +2.4

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Wokingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Redwood 39,808 61.4
Liberal JC Leston 19,421 29.95
Labour PJ Morgan 5,622 8.67
Majority 20,387 31.44
Turnout 75.87
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Wokingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William van Straubenzee 32,925 60.40
Liberal JC Leston 17,227 31.60
Labour M Orton 4,362 8.00
Majority 15,698 28.80
Turnout 76.00
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Wokingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William van Straubenzee 36,194 54.44
Labour AE Furley 17,448 26.24
Liberal P Mullarky 12,120 18.23
National Front G Sanders 722 1.09
Majority 18,746 28.20
Turnout 78.22
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Wokingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William van Straubenzee 24,009 43.15
Labour RW Crew 16,304 29.30
Liberal T Blyth 15,329 27.55
Majority 7,705 13.85
Turnout 75.60
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Wokingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William van Straubenzee 27,223 45.16
Liberal SMM Cuff 16,791 27.85
Labour RW Crew 16,269 26.99
Majority 10,432 17.31
Turnout 82.84
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Wokingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William van Straubenzee 43,183 55.00
Labour CAR Helm 22,630 28.82
Liberal DHV Case 12,704 16.18
Majority 20,553 26,18
Turnout 72.21
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Wokingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William van Straubenzee 34,011 47.89
Labour RJ Carter 24,437 34.41
Liberal ME Wingfield 12,564 17.69
Majority 9,574 13.48
Turnout 79.23
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Wokingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William van Straubenzee 32,777 50.23
Labour J Ellis 17,954 27.52
Liberal ME Wingfield 13,875 21.26
Independent Conservative Trade Unionist C Ford 645 0.99
Majority 14,823 22.72
Turnout 79.21
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Wokingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William van Straubenzee 30,896 57.53
Labour TG Boston 14,905 27.76
Liberal CWJ Rout 7,899 14.71
Majority 15,991 29.78
Turnout 79.98
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Wokingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Remnant 25,843 59.52
Labour TG Boston 12,895 29.70
Liberal J McQuade 4,679 10.78
Majority 12,948 29.82
Turnout 76.63
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Wokingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Remnant 21,652 61.01
Labour EA Hubble 10,606 29.88
Liberal J McQuade 3,233 9.11
Majority 11,046 31.12
Turnout 78.45
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Wokingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Remnant 20,612 57.7 N/A
Labour EA Hubble 10,296 28.8 N/A
Liberal J McQuade 4,793 13.4 N/A
Majority 10,316 28.9 N/A
Turnout 81.0 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ BBC – Election 2010 – Wokingham
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.