Beaconsfield (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
|Population||99,387 (2011 census)|
|Major settlements||Beaconsfield, Marlow|
|Member of Parliament||Joy Morrissey (Conservative)|
|Created from||South Buckinghamshire|
The constituency was created in 1974, mostly from the former seat of South Buckinghamshire, since which date the area has formed the southernmost part of Buckinghamshire — before 1974 the notable settlements of Slough and Eton, and less well-known Langley, Wraysbury, Sunnymeads and Datchet were in the county. This leads to the unusual shape of the constituency, further accentuated in irregularity by the Thames meander containing Cookham, Berkshire to the west and southwest.
Beaconsfield is estimated to have voted 51% remain in the 2016 referendum on the UK's membership of the EU. Although estimates of the constituency results have not been confirmed, the official UK Electoral Commission EU referendum results detail the area of South Buckinghamshire, which contains the Beaconsfield constituency, as voting to leave the EU with a percentage of 50.7%.
The incumbent's win in 2010, Dominic Grieve, with 61.1% of the vote, was the second highest share of the vote in the general election for a Conservative candidate after William Hague in Richmond, North Yorkshire.
In the 1982 Beaconsfield by-election caused by the death of Sir Ronald Bell, the third-placed candidate was Tony Blair for the Labour Party. Tim Smith was the first and only person ever to have beaten Blair in an election and won; Paul Tyler was in second place. Tyler later became an MP for North Cornwall, meaning that, most unusually, the three main-party candidates subsequently served in the House of Commons at the same time.
Boundaries and boundary changes
1974–1983: The Urban District of Beaconsfield, the Rural District of Eton, and the parishes of Hedsor and Wooburn in the Rural District of Wycombe.
The constituency was formed largely from southern parts of the abolished County Constituency of South Buckinghamshire (Beaconsfield and the Rural District of Eton). The parishes of Hedsor and Wooburn were transferred from the County Constituency of Wycombe.
Gained areas to the east of High Wycombe (former parish of Chepping Wycombe) from Wycombe. The parts of the former Rural District of Eton, including Datchet, which had been transferred from Buckinghamshire to Berkshire by the Local Government Act 1972 were included in the new County Constituency of East Berkshire.
1997–2010: The District of South Bucks, and the District of Wycombe wards of Bourne End-cum-Hedsor, Flackwell Heath, Little Marlow, Loudwater, The Wooburns, and Tylers Green.
Minor change (transfer of Little Marlow from Wycombe).
2010–present: The District of South Bucks, and the District of Wycombe wards of Bourne End-cum-Hedsor, Flackwell Heath and Little Marlow, Marlow North and West, Marlow South East, and The Wooburns.
Marlow transferred from Wycombe.
The seat consists of Beaconsfield, most of Burnham (including Burnham Beeches forest), Denham, Dorney, Farnham Common, Farnham Royal, Fulmer, Gerrards Cross, Hedgerley, Iver, Stoke Poges, Taplow and Wexham (excluding Wexham Court);[n 2] Hedsor, Little Marlow, Marlow, Wooburn and Bourne End and the Flackwell Heath settlement of Chepping Wycombe.[n 3]
Members of Parliament
|February 1974||Ronald Bell||Conservative|
|1982 by-election||Tim Smith|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Peter Chapman||4,448||7.9||0.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Peter Chapman||3,927||7.4||12.2|
|Liberal Democrats||John Edwards||10,271||19.6||−2.4|
|A Vote Against MP Expense Abuse||Andrew Cowen||475||0.9||New|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Peter Chapman||8,873||20.4||−1.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen Lloyd||9,117||21.6||+0.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Peter Mapp||10,722||21.4||+2.1|
|Ind. Conservative||Christopher Story||1,434||2.9||New|
|ProLife Alliance||Gillian Duval||286||0.6||New|
|Natural Law||Tom Dyball||193||0.4||0.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Anne Purse||10,220||19.3||−4.4|
|Ind. Conservative||William Foulds||1,317||2.5||New|
|Natural Law||Andrew Foss||196||0.4||New|
Elections in the 1980s
|New Britain||Michael Byrne||225||0.6||New|
|Democratic Monarchist||Bill Boaks||99||0.3||New|
|Benn in Ten Unless Proportional Representation||Thomas Keen||51||0.1||New|
Elections in the 1970s
|National Front||John Noyes||548||1.1||New|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
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- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1970". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)
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