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East Hampshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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East Hampshire
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Map
Boundaries since 2024
Map of constituency
Boundary of East Hampshire in South East England
CountyHampshire
Electorate69,959 (2023) [1]
Major settlements
Current constituency
Created1983
Member of ParliamentDamian Hinds (Conservative)
SeatsOne
Created fromPetersfield, Aldershot and Basingstoke[2]

East Hampshire is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Damian Hinds of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

Further to the completion of the 2023 Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies, the constituency will be subject to major boundary changes. The town of Bordon will move to a majority Surrey constituency named Farnham and Bordon, to be first contested at the 2024 general election.[3]

History[edit]

The seat was created in 1983 chiefly to replace the Petersfield constituency. The first MP was (by election) Michael Mates, who held it from 1983 until the calling of the 2010 election when he retired.

Boundaries and profile[edit]

Map
Map of current boundaries 2010-2024

1983–1997: The District of East Hampshire wards of Binsted, Bramshott and Liphook, Clanfield and Buriton, East Meon and Langrish, Froyle and Bentley, Froxfield and Steep, Grayshott, Headley, Horndean Catherington, Horndean Hazleton, Horndean Kings, Horndean Murray, Liss, Petersfield Heath, Petersfield St Mary's, Petersfield St Peter's, Rowlands Castle, Selborne, The Hangers, Whitehill Bordon and Whitehill, and Whitehill Lindford, and the District of Hart wards of Church Crookham, Crondall, Fleet Courtmoor, Fleet Pondtail, Fleet West, Hook, Long Sutton, and Odiham.

1997–2010: The District of East Hampshire wards of Alton Holybourne, Alton North East, Alton North West, Alton South East, Alton South West and Beech, Clanfield and Buriton, East Meon and Langrish, Farringdon, Four Marks, Froxfield and Steep, Horndean Catherington, Horndean Hazleton, Horndean Kings, Horndean Murray, Liss, Medstead, North Downland, Petersfield Heath, Petersfield St Mary's, Petersfield St Peter's, Ropley and West Tisted, Rowlands Castle, and The Hangers, and the Borough of Havant wards of Cowplain, Hart Plain, and Waterloo.

2010–2024: The District of East Hampshire wards of Alton Amery, Alton Ashdell, Alton Eastbrooke, Alton Westbrooke, Alton Whitedown, Alton Wooteys, Binstead and Bentley, Bramshott and Liphook, Downland, East Meon, Four Marks and Medstead, Froxfield and Steep, Grayshott, Headley, Holybourne and Froyle, Lindford, Liss, Petersfield Bell Hill, Petersfield Causeway, Petersfield Heath, Petersfield Rother, Petersfield St Mary's, Petersfield St Peter's, Ropley and Tisted, Selborne, The Hangers and Forest, Whitehill Chase, Whitehill Deadwater, Whitehill Hogmoor, Whitehill Pinewood, and Whitehill Walldown.

The boundaries resemble the East Hampshire district, shifted somewhat north. The south of the seat has many farm, tourist and outdoor leisure businesses in the South Downs National Park. Results present a Conservative safe seat by length of tenure and size of majorities. On national opinion-poll adjusted results, Hinds achieved the 28th-highest vote share for the party in 2017. The Liberal Democrats or its predecessor the Liberals have finished second in the elections, bar:

2024-present: Further to the 2023 Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies, enacted by the Parliamentary Constituencies Order 2023, from the 2024 general election, the constituency will be composed of the following (as they existed on 1 December 2020):

  • The Borough of Basingstoke and Deane ward of Oakley & The Candovers (polling districts OC02, OC10, OC12, OC13, OC14, OC15, OC16 and OC17).
  • The District of East Hampshire wards of: Alton Amery; Alton Ashdell; Alton Eastbrooke; Alton Holybourne; Alton Westbrooke; Alton Whitedown; Alton Wooteys; Bentworth & Froyle; Binsted, Bentley & Selborne; Buriton & East Meon; Clanfield; Four Marks & Medstead; Froxfield, Sheet & Steep; Horndean Catherington; Horndean Downs; Horndean Kings & Blendworth; Horndean Murray; Liss; Petersfield Bell Hill; Petersfield Causeway; Petersfield Heath; Petersfield St. Peter’s; Ropley, Hawkley & Hangers; Rowlands Castle.[5]

The town of Bordon (which forms part of the parish of Whitehill) and surrounding areas, comprising 36% of the current electorate[6], will be included in the newly created constituency of Farnham and Bordon. To compensate, the seat will be expanded southwards to include Horndean, currently part of the (to be abolished) Meon Valley constituency. To ensure the electorate is within the permitted range, a small part of the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane ward of Oakley & The Candovers (the "Candovers") will also be added.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Petersfield, Aldershot and Basingstoke prior to 1983

Election Member[7] Party
1983 Michael Mates Conservative
2010 Damian Hinds Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2020s[edit]

General election 2024: East Hampshire[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Damian Hinds 18,509 36.9 –22.1
Liberal Democrats Dominic Martin 17,234 34.4 +12.7
Reform UK Matthew Kellermann 6,476 12.9 N/A
Labour Lucy Sims 4,967 9.9 −2.4
Green Richard Knight 2,404 4.8 –0.7
Hampshire Ind. Jim Makin 364 0.7 N/A
SDP Sara Smith 152 0.3 N/A
Majority 1,275 2.5 –34.8
Turnout 50,106 69.6 –7.8
Registered electors 71,965
Conservative hold Swing Decrease17.4

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

2019 notional result[9]
Party Vote %
Conservative 31,965 59.0
Liberal Democrats 11,765 21.7
Labour 6,662 12.3
Green 2,971 5.5
Others 812 1.5
Turnout 54,175 77.4
Electorate 69,959
General election 2019: East Hampshire[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Damian Hinds 33,446 58.8 −4.8
Liberal Democrats David Buxton 13,750 24.2 +9.0
Labour Gaynor Austin 6,287 11.1 −5.9
Green Zoe Parker 2,600 4.6 +1.4
UKIP Jim Makin 616 1.1 New
JAC Eddie Trotter 196 0.3 −0.7
Majority 19,696 34.6 -12.0
Turnout 56,895 74.4 -0.3
Conservative hold Swing
General election 2017: East Hampshire[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Damian Hinds 35,263 63.6 +2.9
Labour Rohit Dasgupta 9,411 17.0 +6.9
Liberal Democrats Richard Robinson 8,403 15.2 +4.1
Green Richard Knight 1,760 3.2 −2.9
JAC Susan Jerrard 571 1.0 New
Majority 25,852 46.6 -2.1
Turnout 55,567 74.7 +2.0
Conservative hold Swing
General election 2015: East Hampshire[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Damian Hinds 31,334 60.7 +3.9
UKIP Peter Baillie 6,187 12.0 +9.1
Liberal Democrats Richard Robinson 5,732 11.1 −19.4
Labour Alex Wilks 5,220 10.1 +2.2
Green Peter Bisset 3,176 6.1 New
Majority 25,147 48.7 +22.4
Turnout 51,649 72.7 +1.7
Conservative hold Swing
General election 2010: East Hampshire[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Damian Hinds 29,137 56.8 +9.7
Liberal Democrats Adam Carew 15,640 30.5 −3.5
Labour Jane Edbrooke 4,043 7.9 −8.6
UKIP Hugh McGuiness 1,477 2.9 +0.3
English Democrat Matt Williams 710 1.4 New
JAC Don Jerrard 310 0.6 New
Majority 13,467 26.3 +15.9
Turnout 51,317 71.0 +6.3
Conservative hold Swing +6.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: East Hampshire[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Mates 24,273 45.7 −1.9
Liberal Democrats Ruth Bright 18,764 35.3 +5.4
Labour Marjorie Broughton 8,519 16.0 −3.6
UKIP David Samuel 1,583 3.0 +0.2
Majority 5,509 10.4 -7.3
Turnout 53,139 66.9 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing −3.7
General election 2001: East Hampshire[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Mates 23,950 47.6 −0.4
Liberal Democrats Robert Booker 15,060 29.9 +1.8
Labour Barbara Burfoot 9,866 19.6 +2.5
UKIP Stephen Coles 1,413 2.8 +1.9
Majority 8,890 17.7 -2.2
Turnout 50,289 64.3 −11.3
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: East Hampshire[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Mates 27,927 48.0 '
Liberal Democrats Robert Booker 16,337 28.1
Labour Robert Hoyle 9,945 17.1
Referendum John Hayter 2,757 4.7 New
Green Ian Foster 649 1.1
UKIP Stephen Coles 513 0.9 New
Majority 11,590 19.9
Turnout 58,128 75.6 -3.7
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1992: Hampshire East[18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Mates 47,541 64.2 −0.3
Liberal Democrats Susan Baring 18,376 24.8 −4.1
Labour James Phillips 6,840 9.2 +2.5
Green Ian Foster 1,113 1.5 New
Independent Stanley Hale 165 0.2 New
Majority 29,165 39.4 +3.8
Turnout 74,035 79.3 +1.9
Conservative hold Swing +1.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1987: Hampshire East[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Mates 43,093 64.5 +1.7
Liberal Robert Booker 19,307 28.9 −2.8
Labour Colin Lloyd 4,443 6.7 +1.2
Majority 23,786 35.6 +4.5
Turnout 66,843 77.4 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1983: Hampshire East[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Mates 36,968 62.8 '
Liberal Rebecca Bryan 18,641 31.7
Labour Steven Cowan 3,247 5.5
Majority 18,327 31.1
Turnout 58,856 74.2
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 2023 Review of Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries in England – Volume two: Constituency names, designations and composition – South East". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 13 June 2024.
  2. ^ "'Hampshire East', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  3. ^ "The 2023 Review of Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries in England – Volume one: Report – South East | Boundary Commission for England". boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Majority Sorted Seats". www.electoralcalculus.co.uk.
  5. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies Order 2023". Schedule 1 Part 6 South East region.
  6. ^ "Boundary review 2023: Which seats will change in the UK?".
  7. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)
  8. ^ East Hampshire
  9. ^ "Notional results for a UK general election on 12 December 2019". Rallings & Thrasher, Professor David Denver (Scotland), Nicholas Whyte (NI) for Sky News, PA, BBC News and ITV News. UK Parliament. Retrieved 11 July 2024.
  10. ^ "General Election 2019 results | East Hampshire District Council". Archived from the original on 13 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Constituencies | UK results: Conservatives win majority", Election 2019, BBC News.
  12. ^ "Hampshire East parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  19. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  20. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  21. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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