List of Parliamentary constituencies in Surrey

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The county of Surrey is divided into 11 Parliamentary constituencies (sub-classified into four of borough type and seven of county status affecting the level of expenses permitted and status of returning officer). The county in common with Essex saw the vast bulk of its population and seats removed on the creation of the County of London in 1887 and its wider replacement the county of Greater London in 1965. Reflecting the mainly suburban and rural nature of the rump county, all 11 seats have been held by Conservative MPs since 2005. The last period when more than one non-Conservative party MP served a division of the present definition of Surrey was that between the general elections of 1906 and January 1910.

Constituencies[edit]

  † Conservative   ‡ Labour   ¤ Liberal Democrat   ~ National Health Action


Constituency[nb 1] Electorate Majority[nb 2] Member of Parliament Nearest opposition Map
East Surrey CC 82,004 23,914   Sam Gyimah   Hitesh Tailor‡
Epsom and Ewell BC 80,029 20,475   Chris Grayling   Ed Mayne‡
Esher and Walton BC 80,938 23,298   Dominic Raab   Lana Hylands‡
Guildford CC 75,291 17,040   Anne Milton   Zoe Franklin¤
Mole Valley CC 74,545 24,137   Sir Paul Beresford   Paul Kennedy¤
Reigate BC 74,628 17,614   Crispin Blunt   Toby Brampton‡
Runnymede and Weybridge CC 74,888 18,050   Philip Hammond   Fiona Dent‡
South West Surrey CC 78,042 21,590   Jeremy Hunt   Dr Louise Irvine~
Spelthorne BC 72,641 13,425   Kwasi Kwarteng   Rebecca Geach‡
Surrey Heath CC 80,764 24,943   Michael Gove   Laween Atroshi‡
Woking CC 76,170 16,724   Jonathan Lord   Fiona Colley‡

General Election 2017, 2015 and 2010 results[edit]

The following tables show the results for all Surrey constituencies in the General Elections in 2017,[1] 2015[2] and 2010. The results are given as percentages.

2017 Con Lab Lib Dem UKIP Green Others
East Surrey 59.6 19.2 10.5 3.8 1.9 5.0
Epsom and Ewell 59.6 25.0 12.5 - 2.9 -
Esher and Walton 58.6 19.7 17.3 1.7 1.8 0.8
Guildford 54.6 19.0 23.9 - 2.1 0.5
Mole Valley 61.9 13.9 19.3 2.4 2.6 -
Reigate 57.4 24.7 10.9 2.9 4.1 -
Runnymede and Weybridge 60.9 25.9 7.3 3.2 2.6 -
South West Surrey 55.7 12.6 9.9 1.8 - 20.0
Spelthorne 57.3 30.5 5.5 4.6 2.2 -
Surrey Heath 64.2 21.1 10.8 - 3.9 -
Woking 54.1 23.9 17.6 2.1 2.0 0.4
Average 58.5 21.9 12.8 2.5 2.4 2.4
2015 Con Lab UKIP Lib Dem Green Others
East Surrey 57.4 11.8 17.0 9.2 3.8 0.6
Epsom and Ewell 58.3 15.5 12.5 8.8 3.7 1.3
Esher and Walton 62.9 12.7 9.7 9.4 4.1 1.1
Guildford 57.1 12.1 8.8 15.5 4.7 1.8
Mole Valley 60.6 8.3 11.2 14.5 5.4 --
Reigate 56.8 12.8 13.3 10.5 6.7 --
Runnymede and Weybridge 59.7 15.5 13.9 6.7 4.1 --
South West Surrey 59.9 9.5 9.9 6.3 5.4 9.1
Spelthorne 49.7 18.6 20.9 6.4 3.5 1.0
Surrey Heath 59.9 11.2 14.3 9.1 4.4 1.2
Woking 56.2 16.1 11.3 11.6 4.1 0.6
Average 58.0 13.1 13.0 9.8 4.5 1.5
2010 Con Lib Dem Lab UKIP Others
East Surrey 56.7 25.9 9.0 6.9 1.5
Epsom and Ewell 56.2 26.8 11.9 4.6 0.5
Esher and Walton 58.9 24.8 10.7 3.3 2.3
Guildford 53.3 39.3 5.1 1.8 0.5
Mole Valley 57.5 28.7 7.0 5.1 1.6
Reigate 53.4 26.2 11.3 4.2 5.4
Runnymede and Weybridge 55.9 21.6 13.4 6.5 2.5
South West Surrey 58.7 30.2 6.0 2.6 2.6
Spelthorne 47.1 25.9 16.5 8.5 2.2
Surrey Heath 57.6 25.8 10.2 6.3 --
Woking 50.3 37.4 8.0 3.8 0.5
Average 55.1 28.4 9.9 4.9 1.8

Boundary review (2010)[edit]

Initial proposals[edit]

The initial proposals at the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which reported prior to 2010 envisaged no changes for the seats of East Surrey, Esher and Walton, Runnymede and Weybridge, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath and Woking seats. Changes for Mole Valley would realign rural ward boundaries with Epsom & Ewell not moving any voters. A disparity of around 11,000 electors exists between Guildford and Reigate seats. These amendments are envisaged, reducing it to 8,000 of patent malapportionment due to population change:

Guildford and South West Surrey, move:

  • Bramley, Busbridge and Hascombe ward into South West Surrey, from Guildford
  • Alford, Cranleigh Rural and Ellens Green ward into Guildford, from S.W. Surrey

Reigate and Epsom & Ewell

  • Move Preston (near Tadworth) from Epsom & Ewell into Reigate.

Consultation and final recommendations[edit]

The main objections focused upon the moving of Bramley, Busbridge and Hascombe into South West Surrey and a public review meeting was called which was dominated by this. The objections centred on the argument that the area had stronger links, including transport services, to Guildford than to Farnham and Godalming. Some noted that the previous Boundary Commission rejected a proposal to move Bramley after public objection. However this would have been to Mole Valley and the petitioners, including Bramley Parish Council, had stated that whilst they preferred to stay in Guildford, if they had to move they would prefer to be moved to South West Surrey. Also Bramley was not the entirety of the ward and the Commission was deeply reluctant to divide wards. The review upheld the proposals.

Objections were also made to the names of Guildford, Surrey Heath and Reigate. In general the objections were limited by a desire to avoid name changes unless majority boundary changes were made.

The objection to Guildford was lodged by a non resident who proposed "Guildford and Cranleigh" to take into account the large village in the seat. This was rejected, with the citation that there was no local support.

Reigate was objected to by those who proposed "Reigate and Banstead", the name of the district. Amongst those objecting were both Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and Crispin Blunt, the local MP. However the seat covers only 70% of the district, with Reigate at its centre, whilst Banstead (in the north east corner) has a history of being moved between seats. The present name was retained.

Surrey Heath received objections, in part because of the 20% of the constituency that is outside the Surrey Heath district. Alternative suggested included "North West Surrey" (the pre 1997 name), "Camberley and Ash" and "West Surrey". However this proposal was opposed by many, including the Surrey Heath borough council. The objection was rejection as the identity was clear and the alternatives were divided and even more imprecise.

The proposed changes to Reigate, Epsom & Ewell and Mole Valley did not meet objections.

Name Current boundaries Proposed revision
  1. East Surrey CC
  2. Epsom and Ewell BC
  3. Esher and Walton BC
  4. Guildford CC
  5. Mole Valley CC
  6. Reigate BC
  7. Runnymede and Weybridge CC
  8. South West Surrey CC
  9. Spelthorne BC
  10. Surrey Heath CC
  11. Woking CC
Parliamentary constituencies in Surrey
Proposed Revision

Proposed boundary changes (2016)[edit]

As part of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies the Boundary Commission for England has proposed minor amendments to the existing constituencies covering Surrey and to create the following seats that were proposed to be fought at the 2017 United Kingdom general election.[3] The proposed boundaries were not passed by the parliament before the 2017 United Kingdom general election.

Historic List of Constituencies in Surrey[edit]

Used from 1950 to 1974[edit]

(previous county: Middlesex abolished in 1965) Eleven other seats fell within the north-east of Surrey until 1965 (shown in the results table below). In common with Essex, a majority (11 seats compared to 9) forming the metropolitan part closest to London and bulk of the population were removed into London leaving a predominantly suburban and rural content.

Used from 1974 to 1983[edit]

Used from 1983 to 1997[edit]

Results[edit]

2001 2005 2010 2015 2017
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Historical results by party[edit]

1885 to 1918[edit]

  Conservative   Liberal   Liberal Unionist   National Party

Constituency 1885 86 1886 92 1892 95 1895 97 99 1900 03 04 1906 07 09 Jan 1910 Dec 1910 12 16 17
Chertsey Hankey Combe Leigh-Bennett Fyler Bingham Marnham Macmaster
Croydon Grantham Herbert Ritchie Arnold-Forster Hermon-Hodge Malcolm
Epsom Cubitt Bucknill W. Keswick H. Keswick
Guildford Brodrick Cowan Horne
Kingston upon Thames Ellis Temple Skewes-Cox Cave
Reigate Lawrence Cubitt Brodie Rawson -->
Wimbledon Bonsor Hambro Chaplin Coats

Note the 15 other seats of Surrey created in 1885 which primarily or wholly lay in the 1889-created County of London are not included in this list.

1918 to 1950 (12, then 14 MPs)[edit]

  Conservative   Independent Conservative   Labour

Constituency 1918 19 22 1922 23 1923 1924 28 1929 31 1931 32 1935 37 40 1945 47 48
Carshalton Head
Chertsey Macmaster Richardson Boyd-Carpenter Marsden
Croydon North Borwick Mason Willink Harris
Croydon South Malcolm Smith Mitchell-Thomson Williams Rees-Williams
Epsom Blades Southby McCorquodale
Farnham Samuel Nicholson
Guildford Horne Buckingham Rhys Jarvis
Kingston upon Thames Campbell Penny Royds Boyd-Carpenter
Mitcham Worsfold Chuter Ede Meller Robertson Braddock
Reigate Cockerill Touche
Richmond (Surrey) Edgar Becker --> Moore Ray Harvie-Watt
Surrey East Coats Galbraith Emmott Astor
Sutton and Cheam Marshall
Wimbledon Hood Power Palmer

† denotes area falls largely within present-day county of Greater London.

1950 to 1965 (19, then 20 MPs)[edit]

  Conservative

Constituency 1950 1951 54 1955 1959 60 1964
Carshalton Head Elliot
Chertsey Heald
Croydon East / Croydon NE (1955) Williams Hughes-Hallett Weatherill
Croydon North / Croydon NW (1955) Harris
Croydon West / Croydon S (1955) Thompson
Dorking Touche Sinclair
Epsom McCorquodale Rawlinson
Esher Robson-Brown
Farnham Nicholson
Guildford Nugent
Kingston upon Thames Boyd-Carpenter
Merton and Morden Ryder Atkins
Mitcham Carr
Reigate Vaughan-Morgan
Richmond (Surrey) Harvie-Watt Royle
Surbiton N/A Fisher
Surrey East Astor Doughty
Sutton and Cheam Marshall Sharples
Wimbledon Black
Woking Watkinson Onslow
Constituency 1950 1951 54 1955 1959 60 1964

1965 to present (10, then 11 MPs)[edit]

In 1965 half (ten) of Surrey's constituencies were moved to the new county of Greater London, and Surrey gained one constituency from the abolished administrative county of Middlesex.

Liberal Democrat MP Sue Doughty, who won Guildford in 2001 with a winning margin of 1.2%, was the first candidate to take a seat from the Conservatives in the area covered by the present county of Surrey in 56 years.

  Conservative   Liberal Democrats   Referendum Party

Constituency 1966 1970 Feb 1974 Oct 1974 78 1979 1983 84 1987 1992 97 1997 2001 2005 2010 2015 2017
Chertsey / Chertsey & Walton (1974) / Runnymede & Weybridge (1997) Heald Grylls Pattie Hammond
Dorking (1965-83) / Mole Valley (1983-) Sinclair Wickenden Baker Beresford
Epsom (1965-74) / Epsom and Ewell (1974-) Rawlinson Hamilton Grayling
Esher (1965-97) / Esher and Walton (1997-) Robson-Brown Mather Taylor Raab
Farnham (1965-83) / SW Surrey (1983-) Macmillan Bottomley Hunt
Guildford Howell St Aubyn Doughty Milton
Reigate Vaughan-Morgan Howe Gardiner --> Blunt
Spelthorne Craddock Atkins Wilshire Kwarteng
Surrey East Doughty Clark Howe Ainsworth Gyimah
Surrey NW (1974-97) / Surrey Heath (1997-) Grylls Hawkins Gove
Woking Onslow Malins Lord

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. ^ BBC News. Constituencies A-Z. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  2. ^ BBC News. Constituencies A-Z. Retrieved on 9 May 2015.
  3. ^ Initial Proposals South East Boundary Commission for England