List of Parliamentary constituencies in Buckinghamshire

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The ceremonial county of Buckinghamshire, which includes the unitary authority of Milton Keynes, is divided into 7 Parliamentary constituencies – 1 Borough constituency and 6 County constituencies.

Constituencies[edit]

  Conservative    Labour    Liberal Democrat ¤   Independent

Constituency[nb 1] Electorate[1] Majority[2][nb 2] Member of Parliament[2] Nearest opposition[2] Map
Aylesbury CC 86,665 17,373   Rob Butler   Liz Hind ‡
A medium constituency stretching from the centre to the southwest of the county.
Beaconsfield CC 77,720 15,712   Joy Morrissey   Dominic Grieve
A medium constituency, located in the far south of the county.
Buckingham CC 83,146 20,411   Greg Smith   Stephen Dorrell ¤
A large constituency, stretching from the centre to the north of the county.
Chesham and Amersham CC 72,542 16,223   Cheryl Gillan   Dan Gallagher ¤
A medium constituency in the southest of the county.
Milton Keynes North CC 91,545 6,255   Ben Everitt   Charlynne Pullen ‡
A medium constituency, to the far north of the county.
Milton Keynes South BC 96,363 6,944   Iain Stewart   Hannah O'Neill ‡
A medium constituency in the north of the county.
Wycombe CC 78,093 4,214   Steve Baker   Khalil Ahmed ‡
A small-to-medium-sized constituency, situated in the southwest of the county.

2010 Boundary Review[edit]

In the Fifth Review the Boundary Commission for England[3] proposed changes to realign constituency boundaries with the boundaries of current local government wards, and to reduce the electoral disparity between constituencies. The changes included the return of Great Missenden to Chesham and Amersham, Hazlemere to Wycombe and Aston Clinton to Buckingham. In addition, Marlow was transferred from Wycombe to Beaconsfield and Princes Risborough from Aylesbury to Buckingham. The boundary between the two Milton Keynes constituencies was realigned and they were renamed as Milton Keynes North and Milton Keynes South.

Name Pre-2010 boundaries Revised name Post-2010 boundaries
  1. Aylesbury CC
  2. Beaconsfield CC
  3. Buckingham CC
  4. Chesham and Amersham CC
  5. Milton Keynes South West BC
  6. Milton Keynes North East CC
  7. Wycombe CC
Parliamentary constituencies in Buckinghamshire
  1. Aylesbury CC
  2. Beaconsfield CC
  3. Buckingham CC
  4. Chesham and Amersham CC
  5. Milton Keynes North CC
  6. Milton Keynes South BC
  7. Wycombe CC
Proposed Revised constituencies in Buckinghamshire

Proposed boundary changes[edit]

The Boundary Commission for England submitted their final proposals in respect of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies (the 2018 review) in September 2018. Although the proposals were immediately laid before Parliament they were not brought forward by the Government for approval. Accordingly, they did not come into effect for the 2019 election which took place on 12 December 2019, and which was contested using the constituency boundaries in place since 2010.

Under the terms of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011, the Sixth Review was based on reducing the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 and a strict electoral parity requirement that the electorate of all constituencies should be within a range of 5% either side of the electoral quota.

On 24 March 2020, the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, Chloe Smith, issued a written statement to Parliament setting out the Government's thinking with regard to parliamentary boundaries. They propose to bring forward primary legislation to remove the statutory obligation to implement the 2018 Boundary Review recommendations, as well as set the framework for future boundary reviews in time for the next review which is due to begin in early 2021 and report no later than October 2023. It is proposed that the number of constituencies now remains at the current level of 650, rather than being reduced to 600, while retaining the requirement that the electorate should be no more than +/- 5% from the electoral quota.[4]

Results history[edit]

Primary data source: House of Commons research briefing - General election results from 1918 to 2019[5]

2019[edit]

The number of votes cast for each political party who fielded candidates in constituencies comprising Buckinghamshire in the 2019 general election were as follows:

Party Votes % Change from 2017 Seats Change from 2017
Conservative 220,814 52.7% Increase5.7% 7 Increase1
Labour 106,226 25.4% Decrease3.9% 0 0
Liberal Democrats 57,554 13.7% Increase7.3% 0 0
Greens 12,349 2.9% Decrease1.1% 0 0
Brexit 1,286 0.3% new 0 0
Others 20,664 5.0% Decrease8.3% 0 Decrease1
Total 418,893 100.0 7

Percentage votes[edit]

Election year 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
Conservative 56.8 57.0 57.0 43.7 45.1 47.8 44.3 45.5 47.0 52.7
Labour 14.4 15.5 19.2 30.6 30.9 25.9 15.5 18.1 29.3 25.4
Liberal Democrat1 28.5 27.0 22.1 21.2 19.9 21.2 20.9 6.5 6.4 13.7
Green Party - * * * * * 0.8 5.7 4.0 2.9
UKIP - - - * * * 6.2 14.9 3.2 *
Brexit Party - - - - - - - - - 0.3
The Speaker2 - - - - - - 6.3 9.0 8.5 -
Other 0.4 0.5 1.8 4.5 4.0 5.0 5.9 0.3 1.6 5.0

11983 & 1987 - SDP-Liberal Alliance

2Standing in Buckingham, unopposed by the 3 main parties.

* Included in Other

Seats[edit]

Election year 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
Conservative 6 6 7 5 5 6 6 6 6 7
Labour 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0
The Speaker1 - - - - - - 1 1 1 -
Total 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

1John Bercow

Maps[edit]

Historical representation by party[edit]

A cell marked → (with a different colour background to the preceding cell) indicates that the previous MP continued to sit under a new party name.

1885 to 1945[edit]

  Conservative   Liberal   Liberal Unionist

Constituency 1885 1886 89 91 1892 1895 99 1900 1906 Jan 10 Dec 10 12 14 1918 1922 1923 1924 1929 1931 1935 37 38 43
Aylesbury F. de Rothschild W. de Rothschild L. de Rothschild Keens Burgoyne Beaumont Reed
Buckingham E. Verney Hubbard E. Verney Leon Carlile F. Verney H. Verney Bowyer Whiteley Berry
Wycombe Curzon Grenfell Herbert Cripps du Pré Woodhouse Knox

1945 to 1983[edit]

  Conservative   Labour

Constituency 1945 1950 1951 52 1955 1959 1964 1966 1970 Feb 1974 Oct 1974 78 1979 82
Eton and Slough Levy Brockway Meyer Lestor
Aylesbury Reed Summers Raison
Buckingham Crawley Markham Maxwell Benyon
Wycombe Haire Astor Hall Whitney
Buckinghamshire South / Beaconsfield (1974) Bell Smith
Chesham and Amersham Gilmour

1983 to present[edit]

  Conservative   Independent   Labour   Speaker

Constituency 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 09 2010 2015 2017 19 2019
Aylesbury Raison Lidington Butler
Buckingham Walden Bercow G. Smith
Wycombe Whitney Goodman Baker
Beaconsfield T. Smith Grieve Morrissey
Chesham and Amersham Gilmour Gillan
Milton Keynes / NE Milton Keynes (1992) / MK North (2010) Benyon Butler White Lancaster Everitt
Milton Keynes SW / Milton Keynes S (2010) Legg Starkey Stewart

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
  2. ^ The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baker, Carl; Uberoi, Elise; Cracknell, Richard (28 January 2020). "General Election 2019: full results and analysis". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "Constituencies A-Z - Election 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  3. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Update: Strengthening Democracy:Written statement - HCWS183". UK Parliament. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  5. ^ Watson, Christopher; Uberoi, Elise; Loft, Philip (17 April 2020). "General election results from 1918 to 2019". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)