Esher and Walton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Esher and Walton
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Esher and Walton in Surrey.
Outline map
Location of Surrey within England.
County Surrey
Electorate 76,962 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Dominic Raab (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Esher
Chertsey & Walton
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Esher and Walton /ˈʃər ənd wɔːltən/ is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament.[n 1] The current MP is Dominic Raab of the Conservative Party. Since 1906 the seats to which its wards (and/or civil parishes) contributed have elected Conservative MPs and the lowest majority since the 1930s has been 16.1%. It is a safe Conservative seat.

Boundaries[edit]

Since the constituency's creation in 1997 it has consisted of the Borough of Elmbridge wards of Claygate, Cobham and Downside, Cobham Fairmile, Esher, Hersham North, Hersham South, Hinchley Wood, Long Ditton, Molesey East, Molesey North, Molesey South, Oxshott and Stoke D'Abernon, Thames Ditton, Walton Ambleside, Walton Central, Walton North, Walton South, and Weston Green.

Features of the constituency[edit]

The constituency is in the north of Surrey, bordering Greater London, in the affluent London commuter belt. It is partly rural, with heathland and reservoirs, as well as towns such as Esher and Walton-on-Thames, and lower density Cobham, Claygate and Molesey and the villages of Oxshott and Thames Ditton. The constituency occupies all but the far west of the Borough of Elmbridge. A majority of its housing is on private planned estates, with larger gardens on average than in most boroughs of Greater London.[2] The South Western Main Line passes through the middle of the seat, with fast trains to central London, and the seat has low unemployment.[3] The area of the seat includes the last non-tidal section of the River Thames, wooded Esher Commons, the River Mole and Sandown Park racecourse.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Ian Taylor held the seat from 1997 to 2010, having held the previous Esher seat from 1987. Taylor stood down at the 2010 election, and Dominic Raab was elected as the new Conservative MP for this seat.

Election Member[5] Party
1997 Ian Taylor Conservative
2010 Dominic Raab Conservative

History[edit]

The last time when any of the component villages/towns (then urban districts and below this level, civil parishes) in this area voted for an MP who was not Conservative was in 1906. The MP who served the four-year term to 1910 for Chertsey represented the Walton-on-Thames part of the seat.

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Esher and Walton[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Dominic Raab 35,845 62.9 +4.0
Labour Francis Eldergill 7,229 12.7 +2.0
UKIP Nicholas Wood 5,551 9.7 +6.5
Liberal Democrat Andrew Davis 5,372 9.4 −15.4
Green Olivia Palmer 2,355 4.1 N/A
CISTA Matthew Heenan 396 0.7 N/A
Independent Della Reynolds 228 0.4 N/A
Majority 28,616 50.2
Turnout 56,976 71.3 −0.7
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2010: Esher and Walton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Dominic Raab 32,134 58.9 +13.2
Liberal Democrat Lionel Blackman 13,541 24.8 −4.8
Labour Francis Eldergill 5,829 10.7 −8.7
UKIP Bernard Michael Collignon 1,783 3.3 +0.0
Independent Tony Popham 378 0.7 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Chinners Chinnery 341 0.6 −0.7
English Democrats Mike Kearsley 307 0.6 N/A
Best of a Bad Bunch Andy Lear 230 0.4 N/A
Majority 18,593 34.1 +18.0
Turnout 54,543 72.0 +9.8
Conservative hold Swing +9.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Esher and Walton[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Colin Taylor 21,882 45.7 −3.3
Liberal Democrat Mark John Powell Marsh 14,155 29.6 +7.1
Labour Richard C.H. Taylor 9,309 19.4 −4.2
UKIP Bernard Michael Collignon 1,582 3.3 −1.6
Monster Raving Loony Chinners Chinnery 608 1.3 N/A
Socialist Labour Richard G. Cutler 342 0.7 N/A
Majority 7,727 16.1
Turnout 47,878 62.2 0.3
Conservative hold Swing −5.2
General Election 2001: Esher and Walton[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Colin Taylor 22,296 49.0 −0.9
Labour Joe McGowan 10,758 23.6 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Mark John Powell Marsh 10,241 22.5 +2.1
UKIP Bernard Michael Collignon 2,236 4.9 +3.9
Majority 11,538 25.4
Turnout 45,531 61.9 −12.4
Conservative hold Swing −0.9

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Esher and Walton[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Colin Taylor 26,747 49.8 −10.9
Labour Miss Julie A. Reay 12,219 22.8 +5.4
Liberal Democrat Gary M. Miles 10,937 20.4 −1.6
Referendum Andrew A.C. Cruickshank 2,904 5.4 N/A
UKIP Bernard Michael Collignon 558 1.0 N/A
Rainbow Dream Ticket Miss Simone Kay 302 0.6 N/A
Majority 14,528 27.1 N/A
Turnout 53,667 74.3 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ As with all constituencies, Esher and Walton elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Latest published Physical Environment: Land Use Statistics by constituency Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  3. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  4. ^ 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/constituencies/E14000697
  8. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 51°21′N 0°22′W / 51.35°N 0.37°W / 51.35; -0.37