North West Hampshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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North West Hampshire
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of North West Hampshire in Hampshire.
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Location of Hampshire within England.
County Hampshire
Electorate 77,020 (December 2010)
Major settlements Andover, Tadley and Whitchurch
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Kit Malthouse (Conservative)
European Parliament constituency South East England

North West Hampshire is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Kit Malthouse, a Conservative.[n 2]


This constituency's results suggest a Conservative safe seat since its creation for the 1983 general election. The outgoing MP for Basingstoke, David Mitchell, was elected the first MP as he chose to represent the area carved out from the old seat, where he lived instead, and served for fourteen years. On Sir David Mitchell's retirement in 1997 George Young won the seat and held it until his resignation in 2015. Young was previously MP for the marginal constituency of Ealing, Acton from 1974 to 1997, and was Transport Secretary in the Government of John Major from 1995 to 1997. He also ran for Speaker of the House in 2000 and 2009, being defeated on both occasions.[1] Young was appointed Leader of the House of Commons in the coalition government following the 2010 general election, but returned to the backbenches in David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle of 4 September 2012 and returned to the government frontbenches as Chief Whip a few weeks later, in October 2012 in place of Mitchell's son Andrew Mitchell. In 2015, Young was succeeded by Kit Malthouse, also a Conservative.

The 2010 result placed the seat 31st of the 307 Conservative seats by share of the vote polled.[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency is in the county of Hampshire focussed around the town of Andover which has small pockets of regionally high levels of social housing and unemployment;[3] however, the seat overall had the 32nd[clarification needed] lowest level of claimants of the 84 seats in the South East, at 1.7%, lower than the regional average of 2.4%.[4]

The is economy built on the military research, building and operations in the area and larger homes attracting wealthy older families and retirees, a high proportion of which are detached or semi-detached in both authorities covered,[5] building and engineering industries and the ease of most areas to access London, Basingstoke, Reading and the Commuter Belt. Smaller towns in the constituency include Tadley and Whitchurch.


Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election since which it has electoral wards:

  • Baughurst, Burghclere, East Woodhay, Highclere and Bourne, Kingsclere, Oakley and North Waltham, Overton, Laverstoke and Steventon, Tadley North, Tadley South, Whitchurch in the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane
  • Alamein, Amport, Anna, Bourne Valley, Charlton, Harroway, Millway, Penton Bellinger, St Mary’s, Winton in the Borough of Test Valley[6]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[7] Party
1983 David Mitchell Conservative
1997 Sir George Young Conservative
2015 Kit Malthouse Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: North West Hampshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kit Malthouse[8] 32,052 58.1 −0.2
UKIP Susan Perkins[9] 8,109 14.7 +9.5
Labour Andrew Adams [10] 7,342 13.3 +0.2
Liberal Democrat Alexander Payton [11] 5,151 9.3 −14.1
Green Dan Hill[12] 2,541 4.6 +4.6
Turnout 55,195 69.7 +0.1
Conservative hold Swing −4.9

UKIP originally selected Diane James for this constituency. In March 2015 James was replaced firstly by Malcolm Bint,[13] then shortly afterwards by Susan Perkins.[14] Bint became candidate in North Durham.

General Election 2010: North West Hampshire[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Young 31,072 58.3 +7.8
Liberal Democrat Tom McCann 12,489 23.4 −1.5
Labour Sarah Evans 6,980 13.1 −7.7
UKIP Stan Oram 2,751 5.2 +1.4
Majority 18,583 34.9
Turnout 53,292 69.6 +3.5
Conservative hold Swing +4.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: North West Hampshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Young 26,005 50.7 +0.6
Liberal Democrat Martin Tod 12,741 24.9 +3.7
Labour Michael Mumford 10,594 20.7 −4.7
UKIP Peter Sumner 1,925 3.8 +0.6
Majority 13,264 25.9 +1.2
Turnout 51,265 64.3 +2.0
Conservative hold Swing −1.5
General Election 2001: North West Hampshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Young 24,374 50.1 +4.9
Labour Michael Mumford 12,365 25.4 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Alex Bentley 10,329 21.2 −2.9
UKIP Stanley Oram 1,563 3.2 +0.7
Majority 12,009 24.7
Turnout 48,631 62.3 −11.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: North West Hampshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Young 24,730 45.3 −12.8
Liberal Democrat Charlie Fleming 13,179 24.1 −3.9
Labour Michael Mumford 12,900 23.6 +11.0
Referendum Party Pamela Callaghan 1,533 2.8 N/A
UKIP Tim Rolt 1,383 2.5 N/A
Green William Baxter 486 0.9 N/A
Independent anti-Newbury bypass Helen Mary Anscomb 231 0.4 N/A
Independent Bob Dodd 225 0.4 N/A
Majority 11,551 21.2
Turnout 74.2
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: North West Hampshire[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir David Mitchell 34,310 58.1 +0.4
Liberal Democrat MS Simpson 16,462 27.9 −5.2
Labour MAD Stockwell 7,433 12.6 +3.5
Green Ms. DA Ashley 825 1.4 +1.4
Majority 17,848 30.2 +5.6
Turnout 59,030 80.8 +3.0
Conservative hold Swing +2.8

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: North West Hampshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Mitchell 31,470 57.8 +0.4
Liberal I Willis 18,033 33.1 +0.6
Labour A Burnage 4,980 9.1 −1.0
Majority 13,437 24.7 −0.1
Turnout 77.9 +3.53
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: North West Hampshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Mitchell 28,044 57.3 N/A
Liberal I. Willis 15,922 32.55 N/A
Labour M.J. Davis 4,957 10.13 N/A
Majority 12,122 24.78 N/A
Turnout 74.37 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[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.

Coordinates: 51°11′N 1°27′W / 51.183°N 1.450°W / 51.183; -1.450