Aldershot (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°16′26″N 0°45′22″W / 51.274°N 0.756°W / 51.274; -0.756

Aldershot
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Aldershot in Hampshire.
Outline map
Location of Hampshire within England.
County Hampshire
Population 103,922 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate 72,430 (December 2015)[2]
Major settlements Aldershot, Farnborough
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of parliament Leo Docherty (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Basingstoke
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Aldershot /ˈɔːldərˌʃɒt/ is a constituency[n 1] in Hampshire, created in 1918 represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2017 by Leo Docherty of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

Political history[edit]

Aldershot has elected Conservative MPs since its creation in 1918. Since 1974, the Liberal Democrats (or its predecessor, the Liberals) have finished second in every election — other than the 2015 general election when the Labour candidate was the runner-up. The 2015 result made the seat the 123rd safest of the Conservative Party's 331 seats by percentage of majority.[3]

Before becoming the MP for Aldershot, Sir Gerald Howarth was the MP for Cannock and Burntwood in the West Midlands from 1983 until 1992 when he lost to the Labour party candidate for that seat.

In the 2017 general election, Leo Docherty won the seat after Howarth stood down as the MP for Aldershot.

Boundaries[edit]

1918–1950: The Urban Districts of Aldershot, Farnborough, and Fleet, and the Rural District of Hartley Wintney.

1950–1974: The Municipal Borough of Aldershot, the Urban Districts of Farnborough and Fleet, and the Rural District of Hartley Wintney.

1974–1983: The Municipal Borough of Aldershot, the Urban Districts of Farnborough and Fleet, and in the Rural District of Hartley Wintney the civil parishes of Crondall, Crookham Village, Hawley, and Yateley.

1983–1997: The Borough of Rushmoor, and the District of Hart wards of Eversley, Frogmore and Darby Green, Hartley Wintney, Hawley, Whitewater, Yateley East, Yateley North, and Yateley West.

1997–2010: The Borough of Rushmoor and the wards above less Eversley, Hartley Wintney, and Whitewater.

2010–present: The Borough of Rushmoor, and the District of Hart wards of Blackwater and Hawley, and Frogmore and Darby Green.[n 3]

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency includes the towns Aldershot and Farnborough in the north-east of Hampshire which have research, development and production sites of information technology and light industrial major commercial businesses such as in aviation at Farnborough Airport, storage and distribution, and military supply businesses. Aldershot is a major training and residential base of the British Army. Adding to steady employment and high income sectors, two 45 minutes to one-hour journey time passenger lines to Central London, serve the south and north of the mixed functionalist urban and leafy, relatively grand suburbia seat.[n 4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1918 Viscount Wolmer Conservative
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1940 by-election Oliver Lyttelton Conservative

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1954 by-election Sir Eric Errington Conservative
1970 Sir Julian Critchley Conservative
1997 Sir Gerald Howarth Conservative

Gerald Howarth, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the MOD.jpg

2017 Leo Docherty Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Aldershot[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Leo Docherty[6] 26,995 55.1 +4.5
Labour Gary Puffett[7] 15,477 31.6 +13.3
Liberal Democrat Alan Hillier[8] 3,637 7.4 -1.4
UKIP Roy Swales[9] 1,796 3.7 -14.2
Green Donna Wallace 1,090 2.2 -2.2
Majority 11,518 23.5 -8.8
Turnout 48,995 64.2 +0.4
Conservative hold Swing -4.4
General Election 2015: Aldershot[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gerald Howarth 23,369 50.6 +3.9
Labour Gary Puffett 8,468 18.3 +6.2
UKIP Bill Walker 8,253 17.9 +13.4
Liberal Democrat Alan Hilliar 4,076 8.8 -25.6
Green Carl Hewitt 2,025 4.4 N/A
Majority 14,901 32.3 +20.0
Turnout 46,191 63.8 +0.3
Conservative hold Swing −1.2
General Election 2010: Aldershot[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gerald Howarth 21,203 46.7 +2.7
Liberal Democrat Adrian Collett 15,617 34.4 +5.5
Labour Jonathan Slater 5,489 12.1 −9.6
UKIP Robert Snare 2,041 4.5 +2.1
English Independence Party Gary Cowd 999 1.8 N/A
Christian Juliana Brimicombe 231 0.5 N/A
Majority 5,586 12.3
Turnout 45,384 63.5 −0.1
Conservative hold Swing −1.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Aldershot[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gerald Howarth 20,572 42.7 +0.5
Liberal Democrat Adrian Collett 15,238 31.7 +4.1
Labour Howard Linsley 9,895 20.6 −4.6
UKIP Derek Rumsey 1,182 2.5 +0.7
English Democrat Gary Cowd 701 1.5 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Howling Laud Hope 553 1.1 +0.2
Majority 5,334 11.1
Turnout 48,141 61.3 +3.4
Conservative hold Swing −1.8
General Election 2001: Aldershot[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gerald Howarth 19,106 42.2 −0.5
Liberal Democrat Adrian Collett 12,512 27.6 −2.8
Labour Luke Akehurst 11,394 25.2 +1.0
UKIP Derek Rumsey 797 1.8 +0.3
Green Adam Stacey 630 1.4 N/A
Independent Arthur Uther Pendragon 459 1.0 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Howling Laud Hope 390 0.9 N/A
Majority 6,594 14.6 N/A
Turnout 45,288 57.9 −12.9
Conservative hold Swing +0.0

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Aldershot[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gerald Howarth 23,119 42.7 −14.8
Liberal Democrat Adrian Collett 16,498 30.5 +2.9
Labour Terence Bridgeman 13,057 24.1 +10.8
UKIP John Howe 794 1.5 N/A
Independent Arthur Uther Pendragon 361 0.7 N/A
BNP Donald Stevens 322 0.6 N/A
Majority 6,621 12.2
Turnout 54,153 70.8
Conservative hold Swing −8.9
General Election 1992: Aldershot[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Julian Critchley 36,974 57.5 −1.5
Liberal Democrat Adrian Collett 17,786 27.6 −1.6
Labour John Smith 8,552 13.3 +1.5
Liberal David H. Robinson 1,038 1.6 N/A
Majority 19,188 29.8 +0.1
Turnout 64,350 78.7 +4.7
Conservative hold Swing +0.0

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Aldershot[18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Julian Critchley 35,272 59.0 +3.5
Liberal Roger Hargreaves 17,488 29.2 −4.6
Labour Ian Pearson 7,061 11.8 +1.0
Majority 17,784 29.7
Turnout 59,822 74.0
Conservative hold Swing +4.1
General Election 1983: Aldershot[20][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Julian Critchley 31,288 55.5
Liberal N. Westbrook 19,070 33.8
Labour A. Crawford 6,070 10.8
Majority 12,218 21.7
Turnout 56,425 72.72
Conservative hold Swing +0.0

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Aldershot[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Julian Critchley 38,014 57.5
Liberal N. Westbrook 14,438 21.4
Labour D. Somerville 13,698 20.7
Majority 23,576 35.6
Turnout 66,150 76.5
Conservative hold Swing +0.0
General Election October 1974: Aldershot[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Julian Critchley 26,463 45.1
Liberal A. Burton 16,104 27.5
Labour E.P. Sudworth 14,936 25.5
National Front A. Greenslade 1,120 1.9
Majority 10,359 17.7
Turnout 58,620 72.8
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Aldershot[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Julian Critchley 29,401 45.4
Liberal G. Floyd 18,743 28.9
Labour W.L.J.T. Card 15,492 23.9
National Front T. Greenslade 1,148 1.77
Majority 10,658 16.5
Turnout 64,781 81.2
Conservative hold Swing +0.0
General Election 1970: Aldershot[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Julian Critchley 33,447 55.83
Labour Roger T Bogg 18,916 31.57
Liberal Philip M Gibbons 7,551 12.6
Majority 14,531 24.25
Turnout 59,909 70.89
Conservative hold Swing +0.0

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Aldershot[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Eric Errington 25,672 48.92
Labour Derrick Harold Silvester 16,776 31.97
Liberal Gerald Edward Owen 10,025 19.11
Majority 8,896 16.95
Turnout 52,473 75.38
Conservative hold Swing +0.0
General Election 1964: Aldershot[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Eric Errington 25,797 52.03
Labour Elizabeth K Collard 13,718 27.67
Liberal Gerald Edward Owen 10,066 20.30
Majority 12,079 24.36
Turnout 49,581 75.01
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Aldershot[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Eric Errington 25,161 58.4
Labour Roy E Brooks 12,270 28.5
Liberal Enid Lakeman 5,679 13.2
Majority 12,891 29.9
Turnout 43,110 75.9
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Aldershot[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Eric Errington 22,701 56.7
Labour Julian D Richards 13,129 32.8
Liberal Enid Lakeman 4,232 10.6
Majority 9,572 23.9
Turnout 40,062 73.9
Conservative hold Swing
Aldershot by-election, 1954[30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Eric Errington 19,108 60.1 -0.2
Labour William Cuthbertson 12,701 39.9 +0.2
Majority 6,407 20.1 -0.4
Turnout 31,809 58.7
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Aldershot[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Oliver Lyttelton 24,951 60.3
Labour Robert N Hales 16,402 39.7
Majority 8,549 20.7
Turnout 41,353 77.8
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Aldershot[32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Oliver Lyttelton 21,238 52.2
Labour NF Hidden 15,066 37.0
Liberal John Henry Gooden 4,355 10.7
Majority 6,172 15.2
Turnout 40,659 79.7
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Aldershot[33]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Oliver Lyttelton 19,456 57.41 n/a
Common Wealth Tom Wintringham 14,435 42.59 n/a
Majority 5,021 14.82 n/a
Turnout 33,891 69.18 n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a
Aldershot by-election, 1940
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Oliver Lyttelton unopposed n/a n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Aldershot
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roundell Palmer 17,730 73.4 -11.0
Independent Progressive Gerald Bailey 6,421 26.6 n/a
Majority 11,309 46.8 -22.0
Turnout 24,151 58.4 -7.2
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Aldershot
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roundell Palmer 22,134 84.4
Labour Mary Richardson 4,091 15.6
Majority 18,043 68.8
Turnout 26,225 65.6
Conservative hold Swing +0.0

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Aldershot [34]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Roundell Palmer 15,123 59.3 -17.3
Liberal Henry Fabian Orpen 5,984 23.5 n/a
Labour J.R. McPhie 4,389 17.2 -6.2
Majority 9,139 35.8 17.4
Turnout 68.5 +0.3
Unionist hold Swing n/a
General Election 1924: Aldershot[34]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Roundell Palmer 14,081 76.6 +17.5
Labour Hubert Beaumont 4,313 23.4 n/a
Majority 9,768 53.2 +35.0
Turnout 68.2 +8.6
Unionist hold Swing n/a
1923 General Election: Aldershot [35]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Roundell Palmer 9,131 59.1 -8.3
Liberal Alfred Suenson-Taylor 6,315 40.9 +8.3
Majority 2,816 18.2 -16.6
Turnout 15,446 59.6 -5.2
Unionist hold Swing -8.3
1922 General Election: Aldershot [34]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Roundell Palmer 10,952 67.4 -5.0
Liberal Harry Ainger 5,296 32.6 +5.0
Majority 5,656 34.8 -10.0
Turnout 64.8 +16.8
Unionist hold Swing -5.0

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918 Aldershot[34]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Unionist Roundell Palmer 8,755 72.4 n/a
Liberal Harry Ainger 3,342 27.6 n/a
Majority 5,413 44.8 n/a
Turnout 48.0 n/a
Unionist win (new seat)
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer). It was a county constituency from 1918 to 2010.
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
  3. ^ Wards were in the interim period reformed as their primary purpose is that of local government, see wards of the United Kingdom
  4. ^ See Alton Line and South West Main Line, railways.
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