Mole Valley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°15′58″N 0°19′41″W / 51.266°N 0.328°W / 51.266; -0.328

Mole Valley
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Mole Valley in Surrey.
Outline map
Location of Surrey within England.
County Surrey
Electorate 72,568 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Dorking, Leatherhead, Fetcham and Great Bookham
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Sir Paul Beresford (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Dorking and Epsom & Ewell[2]
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Mole Valley is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Sir Paul Beresford, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

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[edit]

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 particular having affluent middle-class commuter towns and villages for the vast London metropolis, 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[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Kenneth Baker Conservative
1997 Sir Paul Beresford Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Mole Valley[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Paul Beresford[5] 33,434 60.6 +3.1
Liberal Democrat Paul Kennedy 7,981 14.5 −14.3
UKIP Paul Oakley[6] 6,181 11.2 +6.1
Labour Leonard Amos[7] 4,565 8.3 +1.3
Green Jacquetta Fewster[8] 2,979 5.4 +3.8
Majority 25,453 46.1
Turnout 55,329 74.2 −0.6
Conservative hold Swing +8.7
General Election 2010: Mole Valley[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Paul Beresford 31,263 57.5 +2.8
Liberal Democrat Alice Humphreys 15,610 28.7 −1.7
Labour James Dove 3,804 7.0 −3.7
UKIP Leigh Jones 2,752 5.1 +2.1
Green Rob Sedgwick 895 1.6 +1.6
Majority 15,653 28.8
Turnout 54,324 74.8 +3.4
Conservative hold Swing +2.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Mole Valley[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Paul Beresford 27,060 54.8 +4.3
Liberal Democrat Nasser Butt 15,063 30.5 +1.5
Labour Farmida Bi 5,310 10.7 −5.9
UKIP David Payne 1,475 3.0 +0.2
Veritas Roger Meekins 507 1.0 N/A
Majority 11,997 24.3
Turnout 49,415 72.5 +3.6
Conservative hold Swing +1.4
General Election 2001: Mole Valley[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Paul Beresford 23,790 50.5 +2.5
Liberal Democrat Celia Elizabeth Savage 13,637 29.0 −0.3
Labour Dan Redford 7,837 16.6 +1.9
UKIP Ronald Walters 1,333 2.8 +2.0
ProLife Alliance William Newton 475 1.0 N/A
Majority 10,153 21.5
Turnout 47,072 68.9 -9.5
Conservative hold Swing +1.4

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

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 1997: Mole Valley[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Paul Beresford 26,178 48.0 −13.3
Liberal Democrat Stephen Cooksey 15,957 29.3 +0.6
Labour Christopher Payne 8,057 14.8 +5.4
Referendum Nick Taber 2,424 4.4 N/A
Independent Conservative Richard Burley 1,276 2.3 N/A
UKIP Ian Cameron 435 0.8 N/A
Natural Law Judith Thomas 197 0.4 −0.4
Majority 10,221 18.7
Turnout 54,524 78.4 −3.6
Conservative hold Swing −6.9
General Election 1992: Mole Valley[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kenneth Wilfred Baker 32,549 59.3 −1.5
Liberal Democrat Michael Watson 16,599 30.3 +0.4
Labour Tim Walsh 5,291 9.6 +0.3
Natural Law Judith Thomas 442 0.8 N/A
Majority 15,950 29.0 −1.9
Turnout 54,881 82.0 +5.0
Conservative hold Swing −0.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Mole Valley[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kenneth Wilfred Baker 31,689 60.8 0.0
Liberal Susan Petronella Thomas 15,613 29.9 −0.8
Labour Christopher King 4,846 9.3 +0.8
Majority 16,076 30.9
Turnout 52,148 77.0 +2.0
Conservative hold Swing +0.4
General Election 1983: Mole Valley[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kenneth Wilfred Baker 29,691 60.8 N/A
Liberal Susan Petronella Thomas 14,973 30.7 N/A
Labour Fanny Lines 4,147 8.5 N/A
Majority 14,718 30.1 N/A
Turnout 48,811 75.0 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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[edit]

  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "'Mole Valley', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  5. ^ http://electionresults.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/mole-valley-2015.html
  6. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/2015guide/molevalley/
  7. ^ "Leonard Amos PPC page". Labour Party (UK). Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  8. ^ http://surrey.greenparty.org.uk/mole-valley-green-party/
  9. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  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. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 
  15. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

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