List of Parliamentary constituencies in Dorset

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The ceremonial county of Dorset (which includes the unitary authorities of Bournemouth and Poole) is divided into 8 Parliamentary constituencies - 3 Borough constituencies and 5 County constituencies.

Constituencies[edit]

  † Conservative   ‡ Labour   ¤ Liberal Democrat   ¤ UKIP


Constituency[nb 1] Electorate Majority[nb 2] Member of Parliament Nearest opposition Map
Bournemouth East BC 71,956 14,612   Tobias Ellwood   Peter Stokes
Bournemouth West BC 72,082 12,410   Conor Burns   Martin Houlden
Christchurch CC 69,303 18,224   Christopher Chope   Robin Grey
Mid Dorset and North Poole CC 64,299 10,530   Michael Tomlinson   Vikki Slade
North Dorset CC 73,178 21,118   Simon Hoare   Steve Unwin
Poole BC 72,557 15,789   Robert Syms   David Young
South Dorset CC 71,534 11,994   Richard Drax   Simon Bowkett
West Dorset CC 78,000 16,130   Oliver Letwin   Ros Kayes

Boundary changes[edit]

The Boundary Commission for England decided to retain Dorset's constituencies for the 2010 election, making minor changes to realign constituency boundaries with the boundaries of current local government wards, and to reduce the electoral disparity between constituencies.

Name Current boundaries Proposed revision
  1. Bournemouth East BC
  2. Bournemouth West BC
  3. Christchurch CC
  4. Mid Dorset and North Poole CC
  5. North Dorset CC
  6. Poole BC
  7. South Dorset CC
  8. West Dorset CC
Parliamentary constituencies in Dorset
Proposed Revision

Results[edit]

2005 2010 2015
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Historical representation by party[edit]

1885 to 1950[edit]

  Coalition Liberal (1918-22) / National Liberal (1922-23)   Conservative   Independent Conservative   Liberal

Constituency 1885 1886 91 1892 95 1895 1900 04 05 1906 Jan 10 Dec 10 1918 1922 23 1923 1924 1929 1931 1935 37 41 1945
Dorset East Glyn Bond Napier Sturt Lyell H. Guest1 F. Guest --> Caine --> Glassey Caine Wheatley
Dorset North Portman Wingfield-Digby Wills Baker Colfox Emlyn-Jones Hanbury A. Hambro Byers
Dorset South Sturgis C. Hambro Brymer Scarisbrick A. Hambro Yerburgh Gascoyne-Cecil Montagu
Dorset West Farquharson Williams Colfox Digby

1original candidate, F. Guest (Lib), disqualified; fresh by-election held June 1910

1950 to 1983[edit]

  Conservative   Labour

Constituency 1950 1951 1955 57 1959 62 1964 1966 1970 Feb 1974 Oct 1974 1979
Dorset North Crouch Glyn James Baker
Dorset South Montagu Barnett King Gascoyne-Cecil
Dorset West Digby Spicer
Poole Wheatley Pilkington Murton Ward

1983 to present (7, then 8 MPs)[edit]

  Conservative   Labour   Liberal Democrats

Constituency 1983 1987 1992 93 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015
Bournemouth East Atkinson Ellwood
Bournemouth West Butterfill Burns
Christchurch Adley Maddock Chope
Mid Dorset and North Poole Fraser Brooke Tomlinson
North Dorset Baker Walter Hoare
Poole Ward Syms
South Dorset Gascoyne-Cecil Bruce Knight Drax
West Dorset Spicer Letwin

Historical vote[edit]

Party 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015
Labour 73,821 72,815 66,614 47,594 50,628
Conservative 164,650 156,222 160,175 188,973 200,798
Liberal Democrat 134,045 108,426 119,358 128,322 50,303
UKIP 62,896
Green 20,593

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.

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