Maidenhead (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Maidenhead in Berkshire.
Location of Berkshire within England.
|Electorate||74,028 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Maidenhead, Bray, Wargrave, Sonning, Twyford|
|Member of parliament||Theresa May (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Windsor & Maidenhead, and Wokingham|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
Maidenhead is a constituency[n 1] in Berkshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. It has been represented by Theresa May since it was created in 1997. May succeeded David Cameron as UK Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party on 13 July 2016. Prior to becoming Prime Minister, May served as Home Secretary from 2010-2016.
The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the former seats of Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham. Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has held the seat since its creation. May won the seat in the 1997 election, where over 100 Conservatives lost their seats, and held its lowest share of seats in over 150 years. At the 2010 general election May achieved the 9th highest share of the vote of the 307 seats held by a Conservative.
The closest election in the seat was in 2001, in which May's majority was cut from almost 12,000 votes in 1997 to just 3,284 votes ahead of the Liberal Democrat candidate. Notably, the Labour candidate in said election was activist and comedy writer John O'Farrell, whose campaign was the subject of a BBC documentary entitled Losing My Maidenhead.
Due to their strong performance in 2001, the seat was one of several targeted by the Liberal Democrats in 2005 as part of a 'decapitation strategy' to deprive senior Conservatives of their seats; as with similar efforts in Haltemprice and Howden and West Dorset, however, this strategy was unsuccessful, as May retained her seat with almost double her 2001 majority. Since this election, she has held it by majorities of at least 30%.
Housing is, in the Wokingham district part,[clarification needed] at the northern end of a belt in which still more than 40% is detached and less than 10.8% is purpose-built flats or tenements (maisonettes) (2011 figures, by district) Reflecting a national trend in this period, the latter band[clarification needed] was in 2001 a band of fewer than 8% of housing stock as flats. The other borough, namely Windsor and Maidenhead, is the most expensive house price district of the country outside of Greater London Homes are in[clarification needed] the technology-rich M4 corridor including the largest company headquarters estate in Europe at Slough and though most of the communities have slower links to London than Maidenhead town centre, they instead have close links to Reading and Bracknell. A minority commute to the City of London which is just under one hour's commute from the two mainline stations. Fortunate geographical features[clarification needed] are illustrated colourfully by the internationally leading restaurants, the Fat Duck at Bray and Waterside Inn; by the low hills in the north of the seat and by the Chiltern Hills to the north. Taking the constituent electoral ward results since the decline of the Liberal Party in the 1910s, the area has to date been a safe seat for Conservative candidates. One broadsheet political column encapsulated the constituency as a "seat of Thamesside towns", these house a majority of its residents other than Twyford which spans the multi-stream river in the town over which it has two fords. The agriculture in the area consists of some pasture, fields of wheat and fruit.
1997–2010: The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead wards of Belmont, Bisham and Cookham, Boyn Hill, Cox Green, Furze Platt, Hurley, Oldfield, Pinkney's Green, and St Mary's, and the District of Wokingham wards of Charvil, Coronation, Hurst, Remenham and Wargrave, Sonning, and Twyford and Ruscombe.
2010–present: The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead wards of Belmont, Bisham and Cookham, Boyn Hill, Bray, Cox Green, Furze Platt, Hurley and Walthams, Maidenhead Riverside, Oldfield, and Pinkney's Green, and the District of Wokingham wards of Charvil, Coronation, Hurst, Remenham, Wargrave and Ruscombe, Sonning, and Twyford.
Members of Parliament
|1997||constituency created from Windsor and Maidenhead & Wokingham|
|1997||Rt Hon Theresa May||Conservative||Home Secretary 2010–2016; Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister 2016–present|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Tony Hill||6,540||11.2||+1.3|
|Animal Welfare||Andrew Knight||282||0.5||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||Howling Laud Hope||119||0.2||N/A|
|Christian Peoples||Edmonds Victor||69||0.1||N/A|
|The Just Political Party||Julian Reid||52||0.1||N/A|
|Give Me Back My Elmo||Bobby Smith||3||0.0||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Tony Hill||5,337||9.9||−18.3|
|Class War||Joe Wilcox||55||0.1||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Tony Hill||15,168||28.2||−8.0|
|Freedom and Responsibility||Peter Prior||270||0.5||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Kathryn Newbound||17,081||37.3||−0.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Kathryn Newbound||16,222||37.4||+11.2|
|Monster Raving Loony||Lloyd Clarke||272||0.6||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew Ketteringham||13,363||26.3||−3.5|
|Glow Bowling Party||Kristian Ardley||166||0.3||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Electoral Commission – Previous UK general elections".
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- "BBC News, UK House prices, South East". 21 October 2013 – via bbc.co.uk.
- "National Rail Enquiries – Official source for UK train times and timetables".
- Constituency Profile The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 1)
- "Statement of persons nominated - Maidenhead". Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (2015-04-30). "General Election Results 2015: Maidenhead Constituency". Electoral Services – Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
- "UK Polling Report".
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election 2010 – Maidenhead". BBC. 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
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