Bracknell (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Bracknell in Berkshire.
Location of Berkshire within England.
|Population||104,849 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||77,490 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Bracknell, Crowthorne|
|Member of parliament||Phillip Lee (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||East Berkshire|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
1997-2010: The Borough of Bracknell Forest wards of Binfield, Bullbrook, Central Sandhurst, College Town, Crowthorne, Garth, Great Hollands North, Great Hollands South, Hanworth, Harmanswater, Little Sandhurst, Old Bracknell, Owlsmoor, Priestwood, Warfield, and Wildridings, and the District of Wokingham wards of Finchampstead North, Finchampstead South, and Wokingham Without.
2010–present: The Borough of Bracknell Forest wards of Bullbrook, Central Sandhurst, College Town, Crown Wood, Crowthorne, Great Hollands North, Great Hollands South, Hanworth, Harmanswater, Little Sandhurst and Wellington, Old Bracknell, Owlsmoor, Priestwood and Garth, and Wildridings and Central, and the District of Wokingham wards of Finchampstead North, Finchampstead South, and Wokingham Without.
Bracknell is based around the town of Bracknell and the Bracknell Forest authority. It is bordered by the constituencies of Wokingham, Maidenhead, Windsor, Surrey Heath, Aldershot, and North East Hampshire.
From creation in 1997 until 2010, Bracknell's MP was Andrew MacKay of the Conservative Party, who represented the old seat of East Berkshire from 1983. On 14 May 2009, he resigned from his position as parliamentary aide to Cameron in the wake of a major scandal over his Parliamentary expenses. MacKay and his wife, fellow Tory MP Julie Kirkbride, had wrongfully claimed over £250,000 from the taxpayer for mortgage payments for second homes, in a case of so-called "double-dipping". They also wrongfully claimed for each other's travel costs. At a hastily called meeting with his constituents in Bracknell to explain the "unacceptable" expenses claims, Mr MacKay was jeered and called a 'thieving toad'. A video of the angry meeting was leaked to the press and after an urgent phone call from David Cameron the next day, MacKay agreed to stand down at the 2010 general election. The Conservative Party chose Phillip Lee, a general practitioner, as their new candidate in an American style open primary, involving 7 candidates including Rory Stewart and Iain Dale in a contest open to all registered Bracknell voters.
- 2010 Election
Lee went on to become the next MP in an election which saw the share of the vote for the Labour Party fall by 11.1%. The Liberal Democrats saw the biggest rise in support of all the parties (+4.5%) and overtook Labour to gain second place behind the Conservative Party. UKIP saw a slight rise in support to 4.4% of the vote. The 2010 election also saw for the first time the Green Party and British National Party vying for the seat.
Lee held his seat in 2017 General Elections  He gained 3.1% of votes but Labour increased their share by 13.3% . Lee received 32,882 votes, Paul Bidwell (Labour) at second place had 16,866 votes. 
Members of Parliament
|2010||Dr. Phillip Lee||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Patrick Smith||4,186||7.5||0.0|
|Conservative||Phillip Lee ||29,606||55.8||+3.4|
|Labour||James Walsh ||8,956||16.9||+0.1|
|UKIP||Richard Thomas ||8,339||15.7||+11.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Patrick Smith ||3,983||7.5||−14.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Raymond Earwicker||11,623||22.3||+4.5|
|Scrap Members Allowances||Dan Haycocks||60||0.1||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Lee Glendon||10,128||19.8||+2.7|
|Liberal Democrat||Raymond Earwicker||8,428||17.1||+1.7|
|ProLife Alliance||Dominica Roberts||324||0.7||+0.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Alan Hilliar||9,122||15.4||N/A|
|ProLife Alliance||Dominica Roberts||276||0.5||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Bracknell: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Hastings, Chris; Georgia Warren (18 October 2009). "Women and gay Tory MPs set to treble by 2010". The Times. Retrieved 18 October 2009.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Bracknell parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- http://democratic.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/mgElectionAreaResults.aspx?XXR=0&ID=220&RPID=13614708 16 June 2015
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- General Election 2010: Phillip Lee wins Bracknell seat GetBracknell, 7 May 2010
- nomis Constituency Profile for Bracknell — presenting data from the ONS annual population survey and other official statistics.