Eastbourne (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||78,262 (May 2015)|
|Member of Parliament||Caroline Ansell (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||East Sussex|
Eastbourne is a constituency for the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. It was created as one of nine in Sussex in 1885, since when it has reduced in geographic size reflecting the growth of its main settlement, Eastbourne.[n 1]
The seat was re-won in 2019 by Caroline Ansell, a Conservative who ousted Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd; she earlier did so in 2015.[n 2] Since the seat's creation it has been won by candidates from either of these two political parties (and their early forebears, the Liberal Party and the Unionist Party). The seat has had four by-elections, lastly in 1990.
For 94 years of the 20th Century, the seat was represented by Conservative MPs. The seat in the 1930s saw three unopposed candidates: in 1932, March 1935 and November 1935. Eastbourne has been considered relative to others a very marginal seat, as well as a swing seat, since 1997 as its winner's majority has been at most 7.86% of the vote. A 8.9% majority Tory re-gain took place in 1992 and since 2010 the seat has changed hands (between the two parties mentioned) all four possible times.
Members of Parliament
The constituency contains urban and suburban developments, including the whole of the Eastbourne Borough Council administrative area, as well as the village of Willingdon on its outskirts, which forms a small part of the Wealden District Council administrative area.
Eastbourne itself is on the edge of the London Commuter Belt and is a coastal resort town. The Eastbourne seat has narrowed at every Boundary Commission Periodic Review, as the population of the core town has grown.
This seat was created by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. This zone had been in the East Sussex constituency, which in turn had been created with two seats by the Reform Act 1832 as a division of the 13th century-founded Sussex parliamentary county which had two seats (returned two knights of the shire).
1885–1918: The Corporate Towns of Pevensey and Seaford, the Sessional Divisions of Hailsham and Uckfield (except the parishes of East Hoathly and Waldron), and part of the Sessional Division of Lewes.
1918–1950: The Borough of Eastbourne, the Rural District of Eastbourne, and in the Rural District of Hailsham the parishes of Arlington, Chalvington, Chiddingly, Hailsham, Hellingly, Laughton, and Ripe.
1950–1955: The Boroughs of Eastbourne and Bexhill, and in the Rural District of Hailsham the parishes of East Dean, Friston, Hooe, Jevington, Ninfield, Pevensey, Polegate, Wartling, Westham, and Willingdon.
1955–1974: The Borough of Eastbourne, and part of the Rural District of Hailsham.
1974–1983: The Borough of Eastbourne, and in the Rural District of Hailsham the parishes of East Dean, Friston, Jevington, Pevensey, Polegate, Westdean, Westham, and Willingdon.
1983–1997: The Borough of Eastbourne, and the District of Wealden wards of Polegate North, Polegate South, and Willingdon.
1997–2010: As prior, substituting East Dean for the Polegate wards.
2010–present: As prior, less East Dean.
From safe seat to marginal seat
From 1910 until 1987 the seat returned Conservative Party candidates at every election. The large rural vote within the seat, until boundary changes in 1983, resulted in strong Conservative support – rural English voters tended to be richer and more right-wing (anti-socialist, pro-Empire before 1960s, pro-Established Church and pro-defence) compared to other voters.
The seat became a marginal, or swing seat, from the 1990 by-election onwards, being closely fought for between the two locally dominant parties. A Liberal Democrat gained the seat at the 2010 general election, in a vote which saw Eastbourne return the sixth-lowest Labour share of the vote of the 631 candidates who stood at the election, with only 4.8%. In 2015, the seat was the 9th most marginal of the Conservative Party's 331 seats, by share of the vote.
- 1925 Eastbourne by-election (Con, hold), following the resignation of the Conservative MP Sir George Ambrose Lloyd
- 1932 Eastbourne by-election (Con, hold), following the death of the Conservative MP Edward Marjoribanks
- 1935 Eastbourne by-election (Con, hold), following the death of the Conservative MP John Slater
- 1990 Eastbourne by-election (LD, gain), following the assassination of the Conservative MP Ian Gow by members of the Provisional IRA.
Proposal to change constituency name
In 2016 incumbent Ansell made better known via the local press some voters wished the seat's name be changed to add "and Willingdon". Had this met with enough public support Ansell confirmed she (or anyone else) could apply to the Boundary Commission to request the change.
Election results by decade
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen Lloyd||22,620||41.0||-5.9|
|Brexit Party||Stephen Gander||1,530||2.8||New|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||+5.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen Lloyd||26,924||46.9||+8.7|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative||Swing||+2.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen Lloyd||20,201||38.2||-9.1|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||+4.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen Lloyd||24,658||47.3||+5.6|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative||Swing||+4.0|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen Lloyd||19,909||41.1||+1.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Chris Berry||17,584||39.3||+1.0|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Chris Berry||20,189||38.3||−2.9|
|Natural Law||John Dawkins||254||0.5||New|
This constituency underwent boundary changes between the 1992 and 1997 general elections and thus change in share of vote is based on a notional calculation.
|Liberal Democrats||David Bellotti||26,311||42.7||+13.0|
|Labour||Ivan A. Gibbons||2,834||4.6||−4.2|
|Liberal Democrats||David Bellotti||23,415||50.8||+21.1|
|Corrective Party||Lady Whiplash||216||0.5||New|
|National Front||John McAuley||154||0.3||New|
|Ironside Party||Eric Page||35||0.1||New|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative||Swing||+20.0|
Elections in the 1980s
Elections in the 1970s
|National Front||C Mitchell||533||0.9||New|
|Labour||Cyril George Abley||8,475||13.7|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour||John Harold High||12,620||22.42|
|Independent||Vernon Hubert Petty||883||1.57||New|
|Labour||Joan E. M. Baker||12,034||22.33|
Elections in the 1950s
|Labour||Anthony Albert Dumont||11,837||24.32|
|Labour||John A. Lewis||15,561||34.32|
|Liberal||Cecil Herbert Louis Douglas-Bate||5,766||9.69|
Election in the 1940s
|Labour||Duncan Newman Smith||12,637||37.02||New|
|Liberal||John Stafford Gowland||2,797||8.19||New|
|Independent National||Reg Hipwell||524||1.54||New|
Elections in the 1930s
Elections in the 1920s
|Labour||Richard S Chatfield||8,204||22.5||+5.6|
|Liberal||Clive Stuart Saxon Burt||7,812||21.4||-3.3|
|Ind U||P E Hurst||2,277||6.2||New|
|Liberal||Joseph James Davies||4,168||16.1||-30.1|
|Labour||D J Davis||4,138||16.0||New|
Elections in the 1910s
|Labour||Thomas Burleigh Hasdell||4,641||26.0||New|
|Liberal||Alfred John Callaghan||1,852||10.4||−31.3|
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
General Election 1914–15:
Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;
- Unionist: Rupert Gwynne
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+11.8|
Elections in the 1900s
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+6.6|
|Liberal||Thomas Seymour Brand||4,254||46.2||−3.4|
Elections in the 1890s
|Liberal||Thomas Seymour Brand||4,079||49.6||+2.0|
|Liberal||Thomas Seymour Brand||3,674||47.6||+7.7|
Elections in the 1880s
|Liberal||James Clifton Brown||2,501||39.9||−9.6|
|Liberal||George Ambrose Wallis||3,497||49.5|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
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