New Forest East (UK Parliament constituency)
|New Forest East|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of New Forest East in Hampshire
Location of Hampshire within England
|Electorate||73,542 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Ashurst, Brockenhurst, Sway, Totton, The Waterside.|
|Member of Parliament||Julian Lewis (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Romsey and Waterside, New Forest|
In demography and local geography, the district of which the constituency is de facto under present guidelines of the Boundary Commission a division for the purposes of Westminster (which neatly splits into two seats and there is a strong present emphasis on avoiding cross-district seats) contrasts with highly urban districts such as neighbouring Southampton City Council in the average age, home ownership status and affluence of its electorate. The industrial element and mid-density housing of the Southampton Water strip results in some or all Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors in this area at the local district elections from creation to date, and contributes strongly towards the latter party's peak performance leaving the winner a 9% majority in 2001. This contrasts with the Conservative winner's greatest majority to date in 2017 of 42.8% of the votes over his nearest rival which ranks Lewis among the top 10% of his party's MPs by majority. The history of district itself is typical of inherent suburban and retiree districts as it was largely created for the preservation of the National Park and to provide contrast in planning and ethos to the City of Southampton and the Bournemouth conurbation.
The constituency covers the eastern half of the New Forest National Park in Hampshire and land to the east adjoining Southampton Water – almost the whole of its population live in the waterside settlements Totton, Marchwood, Hythe and Fawley or the major forest villages of Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst and Beaulieu.
For all areas the relevant local authority has a higher than average proportion of retired people, and a lower than national average extent of social housing and rented housing. Housing types include far above average detached and semi-detached properties.
1997–2010: The District of New Forest wards of Blackfield and Langley, Boldre, Brockenhurst, Colbury, Copythorne South, Dibden and Hythe North, Dibden Purlieu, Fawley Holbury, Forest North, Forest South, Hythe South, Lyndhurst, Marchwood, Netley Marsh, Totton Central, Totton North, and Totton South.
2010–present: The District of New Forest wards of Ashurst, Copythorne South and Netley Marsh, Boldre and Sway, Bramshaw, Copythorne North and Minstead, Brockenhurst and Forest South East, Butts Ash and Dibden Purlieu, Dibden and Hythe East, Fawley, Blackfield and Langley, Furzedown and Hardley, Holbury and North Blackfield, Hythe West and Langdown, Lyndhurst, Marchwood, Totton Central, Totton East, Totton North, Totton South, and Totton West.
This constituency was created when the old New Forest constituency was divided for the 1997 general election. Election results but one since its creation suggest that it is a Conservative safe seat. The 2001 election produced what could be considered a marginal result, when the Liberal Democrats came within 4,000 votes of winning, however no party has ever come near as that since then.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Bob Johnston||7,390||14.6||-0.6|
|Animal Welfare||Andrew Knight||675||1.3||'New|
|Liberal Democrats||David Harrison||7,786||15.2||+5.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Bruce Tennent||4,626||9.4||−20.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Terry Scriven||15,136||30.3||−3.0|
|Labour||Peter W.J. Sopowski||4,915||9.8||−2.4|
|UKIP||Peter A. Day||2,518||5.0||−0.1|
|Green||Beverley J. Golden||1,024||2.0||New|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Brian Dash||15,424||34.1||+0.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Brian Dash||14,073||33.4||+1.1|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||George Dawson||15,838||32.3|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "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.
- "Your Councillors". democracy.newforest.gov.uk. October 11, 2019.
- "2011 census interactive maps". Archived from the original on January 29, 2016.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 1)
- "Dr Julian Lewis has Tory whip removed after running against PM's security committee chair pick". Sky News. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
- "New Forest East Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
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- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- MP originally elected as Conservative.