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|
Beaconsfield (//) is a constituency[n 1] in Buckinghamshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Joy Morrissey of the Conservative Party. She succeeded Independent and former Conservative Dominic Grieve, whom she defeated following his suspension from the party. The constituency was established for the February 1974 general election.
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, as well as less well-known Langley, Wraysbury, Sunnymeads and Datchet were in the county.
1982 by-election candidates
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. Conservative Tim Smith was the first and only person ever to have beaten Blair in an election and won; Liberal 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.
2016 EU referendum
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%.
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, 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, 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)|
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