Mid Dorset and North Poole (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°42′01″N 2°04′09″W / 50.7004°N 2.0693°W / 50.7004; -2.0693

Mid Dorset and North Poole
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Mid Dorset and North Poole in Dorset.
Outline map
Location of Dorset within England.
County Dorset
Electorate 64,705 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Merley, Broadstone, Corfe Mullen, Bere Regis, Wareham, and Wimborne Minster
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Michael Tomlinson (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South West England

Mid Dorset and North Poole is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Michael Tomlinson, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1997–2010: The District of Purbeck wards of Bere Regis, Lytchett Matravers, Lytchett Minster, St Martin, and Wareham, the District of East Dorset wards of Corfe Mullen Central, Corfe Mullen North, and Corfe Mullen South, and the Borough of Poole wards of Alderney, Broadstone, Canford Heath, Canford Magna, and Creekmoor.

2010–present: The District of Purbeck wards of Bere Regis, Lytchett Matravers, Lytchett Minster and Upton East, Lytchett Minster and Upton West, St Martin, and Wareham, the District of East Dorset wards of Colehill East, Colehill West, Corfe Mullen Central, Corfe Mullen North, Corfe Mullen South, and Wimborne Minster, and the Borough of Poole wards of Broadstone, Canford Heath East, Canford Heath West, and Merley and Bearwood.

The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the seats of North Dorset (Corfe Mullen Central, Corfe Mullen North, Corfe Mullen South, Lytchett Matravers, and Lytchett Minster wards), Poole (Broadstone, Canford Heath, Canford Magna, and Creekmoor wards), South Dorset (Bere Regis, St Martin, and Wareham wards), and Bournemouth West (Alderney ward). In 2010, Colehill and Wimborne Minster were added to the seat from North Dorset, Alderney was moved back to Bournemouth West, and Creekmoor back to Poole.

In September 2016, the Boundary Commission suggested abolishing Mid Dorset and North Poole. Parts of the constituency would form part of new Blandford & Wimborne and Broadstone, Ferndown & Kinson constituencies, whilst south-westerly parts of the constituency would be included in the updated boundaries of the South Dorset constituency.[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

This area includes the north of the Purbeck Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and two touristic high-end towns, namely Wimborne Minster with its traditional tearooms, towering inland Minster Church and Wareham at one end of Poole Harbour. Income levels are close to the national average, taking into account the high proportion of pensioners living across the area.[3] and levels of rented[4] and social housing[3] are below the national average, particularly levels seen in cities.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
1997 Christopher Fraser Conservative
2001 Annette Brooke Liberal Democrat
2015 Michael Tomlinson Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Mid Dorset and North Poole[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Tomlinson 28,585 59.2 +8.4
Liberal Democrat Vikki Slade 13,246 27.5 −0.7
Labour Steve Brew 6,423 13.3 +7.4
Majority 15,339 31.8 +9.2
Turnout 48,254 74.2 +1.7
Conservative hold Swing +4.5
General Election 2015: Mid Dorset and North Poole[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Tomlinson 23,639 50.8 +6.3
Liberal Democrat Vikki Slade 13,109 28.2 −16.9
UKIP Richard Turner 5,663 12.2 +7.7
Labour Patrick Canavan 2,767 6.0 +0.1
Green Mark Chivers 1,321 2.8 N/A
Majority 10,530 22.6 +22
Turnout 46,499 72.5 +8.1
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +11.6
General Election 2010: Mid Dorset and North Poole[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Annette Brooke 21,100 45.1 −4.9
Conservative Nick King[9] 20,831 44.5 +7.7
Labour Darren Brown 2,748 5.9 −4.2
UKIP Dave Evans 2,109 4.5 +1.4
Majority 269 0.6 −11.5
Turnout 46,788 64.4 −4.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −6.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Mid Dorset and North Poole[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Annette Brooke 22,000 48.7 +6.7
Conservative Simon Hayes 16,518 36.6 −4.5
Labour Philip Murray 5,221 11.6 −3.9
UKIP Avril King 1,420 3.1 +1.7
Majority 5,482 12.1 +11.2
Turnout 45,159 68.5 +2.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +5.6
General Election 2001: Mid Dorset and North Poole[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Annette Brooke 18,358 42.0 +2.7
Conservative Christopher Fraser 17,974 41.1 +0.4
Labour James Selby-Bennett 6,765 15.5 −0.3
UKIP Jeff Mager 621 1.4 N/A
Majority 384 0.9 −0.4
Turnout 43,718 65.6 −9.8
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing 1.15

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Mid Dorset and North Poole[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Christopher Fraser 20,632 40.7 N/A
Liberal Democrat Alan Leaman 19,951 39.3 N/A
Labour David Collis 8,014 15.8 N/A
Referendum David Nabarro 2,136 4.2 N/A
Majority 681 1.3 N/A
Turnout 50,733 75.7 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)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/14738870.Major_shake_up_of_constituency_borders_planned_across_Dorset
  3. ^ a b "Local statistics". Office for National Statistics. 
  4. ^ "2011 census interactive maps". Archived from the original on 2016-01-29. 
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 2)
  6. ^ "General election 8 June 2017". Dorsetforyou.com. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Mid Dorset and North Poole Conservatives". Conservative candidate. Mid Dorset and North Poole. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.