Maidenhead (UK Parliament constituency)

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Maidenhead
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Maidenhead in Berkshire.
Outline map
Location of Berkshire within England.
County Berkshire
Electorate 74,028 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Maidenhead, Bray, Wargrave, Sonning, Twyford
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Theresa May (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Windsor & Maidenhead, and Wokingham
Overlaps
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 since its 1997 creation by Theresa May, who became Prime Minister on 13 July 2016.

It is considered a safe seat for the Conservative Party, with not even its predecessor constituencies having ever gone to a party other than the Conservatives.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the seats of Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham. Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has represented it since its creation. In the 2010 general election May achieved the 9th highest share of the vote of the 307 seats held by a Conservative.[2]

Constituency Profile[edit]

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 fewer than 10.8% is purpose-built flats or tenements (maisonettes) (2011 figures, by district)[3] 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[clarification needed] is the most expensive house price district of the country outside of Greater London[4] Homes are in[clarification needed] the technology-rich M4 corridor including the largest company headquarters estate in Europe at Slough and though most 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.[5] 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",[6] 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.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency borders the constituencies of Reading East, Henley, Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Windsor, Bracknell and Wokingham, and includes the following wards:

1997–2010: The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead wards of Belmont, Bisham and Cookham, Boyn Hill, Cox Green, Furze Platt, Hurley, Oldfield, Pinkneys 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 Pinkneys Green, and the District of Wokingham wards of Charvil, Coronation, Hurst, Remenham, Wargrave and Ruscombe, Sonning, and Twyford.

The seat's largest settlement is the town of Maidenhead in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[7] Party Notes
1997 Rt Hon Theresa May Conservative Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister 2016-present

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Maidenhead[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Theresa May 35,453 65.8 +6.4
Labour Charlie Smith 6,394 11.9 +4.8
Liberal Democrat Tony Hill 5,337 9.9 -18.3
UKIP Herbie Crossman[10] 4,539 8.4 +6.1
Green Emily Blyth 1,915 3.6 +2.7
Independent Ian Taplin 162 0.3 +0.3
Class War Joe Wilcox 55 0.1 +0.1
Majority 29,059 54.0 +22.8
Turnout 53,855 72.6 -1.1
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2010: Maidenhead[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Theresa May 31,937 59.5 +7.6
Liberal Democrat Tony Hill 15,168 28.2 −8.0
Labour Pat McDonald 3,795 7.1 −2.1
UKIP Kenneth Wright 1,243 2.3 +0.9
BNP Tim Rait 825 1.5 +0.1
Green Peter Forbes 482 0.9 N/A
Freedom and Responsibility Peter Prior 270 0.5 N/A
Majority 16,769 31.2
Turnout 53,720 73.7 +3.4
Conservative hold Swing +7.8
Source BBC[12]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Maidenhead[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Theresa May 23,312 50.8 +5.8
Liberal Democrat Kathryn Druscilla Newbound 17,081 37.3 −0.1
Labour Janet Pritchard 4,144 9.0 −6.2
BNP Tim Rait 704 1.5 N/A
UKIP Douglas Lewis 609 1.3 −0.4
Majority 6,231 13.6 +6.0
Turnout 45,850 71.7 +9.7
Conservative hold Swing +3.0
General Election 2001: Maidenhead[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Theresa May 19,506 45.0 −4.8
Liberal Democrat Mrs. Kathryn Druscilla Newbound 16,222 37.4 +11.2
Labour John O'Farrell 6,577 15.2 −2.9
UKIP Dennis Richard Cooper 741 1.7 +1.2
Monster Raving Loony Lloyd Clarke 272 0.6 N/A
Majority 3,284 7.6
Turnout 43,318 62.0 −13.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Maidenhead[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Theresa May 25,344 49.8 N/A
Liberal Democrat Andrew Terence Ketteringham 13,363 26.3 N/A
Labour Denise Marianne Robson 9,205 18.1 N/A
Referendum Charles William Taverner 1,638 3.2 N/A
Liberal David John Munkley 896 1.8 N/A
UKIP Neil Antony Spiers 277 0.5 N/A
Glow Bowling Party Kristian John Ardley 166 0.3 N/A
Majority 11,981 23.5 N/A
Turnout 50,889 75.6 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Electoral Commission – Previous UK general elections". 
  3. ^ 2011 census interactive maps[dead link]
  4. ^ "BBC News, UK House prices, South East". 21 October 2013 – via bbc.co.uk. 
  5. ^ "National Rail Enquiries – Official source for UK train times and timetables". 
  6. ^ Constituency Profile The Guardian
  7. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  8. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "UK Polling Report". 
  11. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election 2010 – Maidenhead". BBC. 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Witney
Constituency represented by the Prime Minister
2016-
Succeeded by
Incumbent

Coordinates: 51°32′N 0°43′W / 51.54°N 0.72°W / 51.54; -0.72