Mid Sussex (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Mid Sussex in West Sussex.
Location of West Sussex within England.
|Electorate||77,044 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill|
|Member of parliament||Nicholas Soames (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||East Grinstead and Lewes|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
The constituency is in the north east of West Sussex bordering East Sussex, containing relatively small villages and the towns of East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill, all of which have green buffers preventing them from being contiguous and rail connections to Brighton, London Gatwick Airport and the City of London. The motorway network is also close by, the M23 providing access to this, west of the main towns.
1974-1983: The Urban Districts of Burgess Hill and Cuckfield, and the Rural District of Cuckfield.
1983-1997: The District of Mid Sussex wards of Ardingly, Bolney, Burgess Hill Chanctonbury, Burgess Hill Franklands, Burgess Hill North, Burgess Hill St Andrews, Burgess Hill Town, Burgess Hill West, Clayton, Cuckfield, East Grinstead East, East Grinstead North, East Grinstead South, East Grinstead West, Haywards Heath Ashenground, Haywards Heath Bentswood, Haywards Heath Franklands, Haywards Heath Harlands, Haywards Heath Heath, Horsted Keynes, Hurstpierpoint, Keymer, Lindfield Rural, Lindfield Urban, and West Hoathly.
1997-2010: The District of Mid Sussex wards of Ardingly, Burgess Hill Chanctonbury, Burgess Hill Franklands, Burgess Hill North, Burgess Hill St Andrews, Burgess Hill Town, Burgess Hill West, Cuckfield, East Grinstead East, East Grinstead North, East Grinstead South, East Grinstead West, Haywards Heath Ashenground, Haywards Heath Bentswood, Haywards Heath Franklands, Haywards Heath Harlands, Haywards Heath Heath, Horsted Keynes, Lindfield Rural, Lindfield Urban, and West Hoathly.
2010-present: The District of Mid Sussex wards of Ashurst Wood, Bolney, Burgess Hill Dunstall, Burgess Hill Franklands, Burgess Hill Leylands, Burgess Hill Meeds, Burgess Hill St Andrews, Burgess Hill Victoria, Cuckfield, East Grinstead Ashplats, East Grinstead Baldwins, East Grinstead Herontye, East Grinstead Imberhorne, East Grinstead Town, Haywards Heath Ashenground, Haywards Heath Bentswood, Haywards Heath Franklands, Haywards Heath Heath, Haywards Heath Lucastes, High Weald, and Lindfield.
The constituency was created in 1974 from parts of the seats of Lewes and East Grinstead, and has undergone significant boundary changes at every periodical review that it has been around for. Prior to 1983, the local government district had actually been a part of East Sussex, but as a result of delayed implementation of the Local Government Act 1972, it was almost wholly moved into West Sussex.
At the 1983 general election, it gained some of the wards previously contained in East Grinstead, and at the 1997 election, it gained many of the semi-rural wards with smaller communities between East Grinstead and Crawley.
From its creation in 1983 to the present, it has been a safe Conservative seat, with the primary opposition until the 2015 election being the Liberal Democrats and their predecessors the Liberal party. In 2015, however, the severe fall in Lib Dem support saw Labour's candidate come second in the seat for the first time in its history, although much further behind the Conservatives than the Lib Dem candidates of elections past have tended to be.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||Tim Renton||Conservative|
|1997||Sir Nicholas Soames||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Mid Sussex|
|Liberal Democrat||Daisy Cooper||6,604||11.5||−26.0|
|Monster Raving Loony||Baron Von Thunderclap||329||0.6||+0.1|
|General Election 2010: Mid Sussex|
|Liberal Democrat||Serena Tierney||20,927||37.5||+1.8|
|Monster Raving Loony||Baron von Thunderclap||259||0.5||+0.5|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Mid Sussex|
|Liberal Democrat||Serena Tierney||17,875||36.1||+5.0|
|General Election 2001: Mid Sussex|
|Liberal Democrat||Lesley Wilkins||14,252||31.1||+0.5|
|Monster Raving Loony||Baron Von Thunderclap Berry||601||1.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Mid Sussex|
|Liberal Democrat||Margaret Collins||16,377||30.6||+2.4|
|Justice and Renewal Independent Party||Ernest Tudway||134||0.3||N/A|
This constituency underwent boundary changes between the 1992 and 1997 general elections and thus change in share of vote is based on a notional calculation.
|General Election 1992: Mid Sussex|
|Liberal Democrat||Margaret Collins||18,996||28.4||−3.1|
|Labour||L C Gregory||6,951||10.4||+3.0|
|Green||H G Stevens||772||1.1||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||P B Berry||392||0.6||N/A|
|Independent||P D Hodkin||246||0.4||N/A|
|Natural Law||Dr A M A Hankey||89||0.1||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Mid Sussex|
|Liberal||N S E Westbrook||19,489||31.5||-0.8|
|Labour||R S E Hughes||4,573||7.4||+1.4|
|General Election 1983: Mid Sussex|
|Liberal||J M Campbell||18,566||32.3|
|Labour||P A Hawkes||3,470||6.0|
This constituency underwent boundary changes between the 1979 and 1983 general elections and thus calculation of the change in share of vote is not possible.
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Mid Sussex|
|Liberal||J M Campbell||11,705||22.0|
|Independent Conservative||S M H Haslett||697||1.3|
|General Election October 1974: Mid Sussex|
|Liberal||Robert Alexander Symes-Schutzman||13,129||28.1|
|Labour||M R Fraser||8,404||18.0|
|General Election February 1974: Mid Sussex|
|Liberal||Robert Alexander Symes-Schutzman||15,162||30.0|
|Labour||M R Fraser||7,993||15.8|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2001 Census
- 2011 census interactive maps
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Daisy Cooper PPC page". Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
- "Mid Sussex". YourNextMP. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "'Sussex Mid', May 1997 -". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.