Kingston and Surbiton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°22′37″N 0°17′28″W / 51.377°N 0.291°W / 51.377; -0.291

Kingston and Surbiton
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Kingston and Surbiton in Greater London.
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament James Berry (Conservative)
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European Parliament constituency London

Kingston and Surbiton /ˈkɪŋɡstʉn ənd ˈsɜr.bɨˌtʉn/ is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament[n 2] since 2015 by James Berry of the Conservatives.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers most of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, covering the south of Kingston itself and the town of Surbiton, as well as Chessington, New Malden and Tolworth. The remainder of the borough lies in the Richmond Park constituency.

The electoral wards forming the constituency are:

  • Alexandra, Berrylands, Beverley, Chessington North & Hook, Chessington South, Grove, Norbiton, Old Malden, St James, St Mark’s, Surbiton Hill, and Tolworth & Hook Rise.

Latest boundary reviews[edit]

As part of its Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies, the Boundary Commission[n 3] made minor changes to re-align the constituency boundaries with the boundaries of the local government wards. This involved moving the entirety of the Beverley ward into Kingston and Surbiton. It had been split between Richmond Park and Kingston and Surbiton after ward boundaries were changed in 2002. The public consultation on proposed changes across the boroughs of Kingston and Richmond received 11 submissions, of which ten were in support.[1][2] The new boundaries came into effect at the 2010 general election, and remained in place for 2015.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1997, when the number of seats covering the boroughs of Kingston upon Thames and Richmond upon Thames was reduced from four to three. It replaced the former Surbiton constituency completely and also covers the south of the former Kingston constituency. Being largely middle-class, suburban areas, both Kingston and Surbiton were traditionally strongholds for the Conservatives, with Norbiton being the sole Labour-majority ward.

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont represented Kingston from a by-election in 1972 until the 1997 general election, when he was not selected as the Conservative candidate for either of its replacements. Instead, the incumbent Surbiton MP Richard Tracey was selected, while Lamont unsuccessfully contested Harrogate and Knaresborough in North Yorkshire. In the event, Tracey was defeated by the Liberal Democrat candidate Edward Davey by the very narrow margin of 56 votes.

Davey held on to the seat until the general election of 2015, when he was defeated by the Conservative James Berry.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1997 Ed Davey Liberal Democrats
2015 James Berry Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Kingston and Surbiton [4][5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Berry[7] 23,249 39.2 +2.7
Liberal Democrat Ed Davey[8] 20,415 34.5 -15.3
Labour Lee Godfrey[9] 8,574 14.5 +5.1
UKIP Ben Roberts 4,321 7.3 +4.8
Green Clare Keogh 2,322 3.9 +2.9
Christian Peoples Daniel Gill 198 0.3 -0.1
TUSC Laurel Fogarty [10] 174 0.3 N/A
Majority 2,834 4.8
Turnout 59,253 72.9 +2.5
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +9.0
General Election 2010: Kingston and Surbiton[11][12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Ed Davey 28,428 49.8 −1.3
Conservative Helen Whately 20,868 36.5 +3.5
Labour Max Freedman 5,337 9.3 −3.8
UKIP Jonathan Greensted 1,450 2.5 +1.2
Green Chris Walker 555 1.0 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Monkey The Drummer 247 0.4 N/A
Christian Peoples Tony May 226 0.4 N/A
Majority 7,560 13.2
Turnout 57,111 70.4 +2.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −2.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Kingston and Surbiton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Ed Davey 25,397 51.0 −9.2
Conservative Kevin Davis 16,431 33.0 +4.8
Labour Nick Parrott 6,553 13.2 +4.4
UKIP Barry Thornton 657 1.3 +0.4
Socialist Labour John Hayball 366 0.7 +0.1
Veritas David Henson 200 0.4 N/A
Rainbow Dream Ticket George Weiss 146 0.3 N/A
Majority 8,966 18.0
Turnout 49,750 68.5 +1.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −7.0
General Election 2001: Kingston and Surbiton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Ed Davey 29,542 60.2 +23.5
Conservative David Shaw 13,866 28.2 −8.3
Labour Philip Woodford 4,302 8.8 −14.3
Green Christopher Spruce 572 1.2 N/A
UKIP Patricia Burns 438 0.9 +0.1
Socialist Labour John Hayball 319 0.6 N/A
Unrepresented People's Party Jeremy Middleton 54 0.1 N/A
Majority 15,676 32.0
Turnout 49,093 67.5 7.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Kingston and Surbiton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Ed Davey 20,411 36.7 N/A
Conservative Richard Tracey 20,355 36.6 N/A
Labour Sheila Griffin 12,811 23.0 N/A
Referendum Party Gail Tchiprout 1,470 2.6 N/A
UKIP Amy Burns 418 0.8 N/A
Natural Law Mark Leighton 100 0.2 N/A
Rainbow Dream Ticket Clifford Port 100 0.2 N/A
Majority 56 0.1 N/A
Turnout 55,665 75.3 N/A
Liberal Democrat win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough 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
  3. ^ For the subregion used see South London
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