Mole Valley (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Mole Valley in Surrey.
Location of Surrey within England.
|Electorate||72,568 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Dorking, Leatherhead, Fetcham and Great Bookham|
|Member of parliament||Sir Paul Beresford (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Dorking and Epsom & Ewell|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
1983-1997: The District of Mole Valley, and the Borough of Guildford ward of Tillingbourne.
1997-present: The District of Mole Valley wards of Beare Green, Bookham North, Bookham South, Box Hill and Headley, Brockham, Betchworth and Buckland, Capel, Leigh and Newdigate, Charlwood, Dorking North, Dorking South, Fetcham East, Fetcham West, Holmwoods, Leatherhead North, Leatherhead South, Leith Hill, Mickleham, Westhumble and Pixham, Okewood, and Westcott, and the Borough of Guildford wards of Clandon and Horsley, Effingham, Lovelace, Send, and Tillingbourne.
The constituency is larger than the Mole Valley district in Surrey as it includes five wards in the east of the Borough of Guildford, three of which are nearer to Woking than to Dorking. The largest town in the constituency is Dorking, second largest is Leatherhead and there are many rural and semi-rural villages, generally within one hour's reach of London so properly classed as part of the London Commuter Belt.
History and constituency profile
The constituency was created in 1983; much of the same area was covered by the Dorking constituency which preceded it. It is a Conservative safe seat in terms of length of party tenure and great size of its majorities, It has a majority adult demographic of affluent middle-class families living in commuter towns and villages speedily connected to business parks by road and central London by rail, it was one of a few seats to return a new candidate as Conservative MP who won a majority in excess of 10,000 in the 1997 Labour landslide; the main opposition since 1983 has been the Liberal Democrats and their largest predecessor party, the Liberal Party.
Members of Parliament
|1997||Sir Paul Beresford||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Paul Kennedy||7,981||14.5||−14.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Alice Humphreys||15,610||28.7||−1.7|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Nasser Butt||15,063||30.5||+1.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Celia Elizabeth Savage||13,637||29.0||−0.3|
|ProLife Alliance||William Newton||475||1.0||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
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.
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Cooksey||15,957||29.3||+0.6|
|Independent Conservative||Richard Burley||1,276||2.3||N/A|
|Natural Law||Judith Thomas||197||0.4||−0.4|
|Conservative||Kenneth Wilfred Baker||32,549||59.3||−1.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael Watson||16,599||30.3||+0.4|
|Natural Law||Judith Thomas||442||0.8||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative||Kenneth Wilfred Baker||31,689||60.8||0.0|
|Liberal||Susan Petronella Thomas||15,613||29.9||−0.8|
|Conservative||Kenneth Wilfred Baker||29,691||60.8||N/A|
|Liberal||Susan Petronella Thomas||14,973||30.7||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
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