North East Hampshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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North East Hampshire
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of North East Hampshire in Hampshire.
Outline map
Location of Hampshire within England.
County Hampshire
Electorate 72,548 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Fleet, Church Crookham, Hook and Yateley
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Ranil Jayawardena (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from East Hampshire, Aldershot
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

North East Hampshire is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Ranil Jayawardena, a Conservative.[n 2]

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the seats of Aldershot and East Hampshire since which it has only seen one member serving it in Westminster. In terms of majority size, it is the safest Conservative seat in the UK.

Boundaries[edit]

1997-2010: The District of Hart wards of Church Crookham, Crondall, Eversley, Fleet Courtmoor, Fleet Pondtail, Fleet West, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Long Sutton, Odiham, and Whitewater, and the District of East Hampshire wards of Binsted, Bramshott and Liphook, Froyle and Bentley, Grayshott, Headley, Selborne, Whitehill Bordon and Whitehill, and Whitehill Lindford.

2010-present: The District of Hart wards of Church Crookham East, Church Crookham West, Crondall, Eversley, Fleet Central, Fleet Courtmoor, Fleet North, Fleet Pondtail, Fleet West, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Long Sutton, Odiham, Yateley East, Yateley North, and Yateley West, and the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane wards of Calleva, Pamber, Sherborne St John, and Upton Grey and The Candovers.

Towns and villages in the constituency include Elvetham Heath, Eversley, Fleet, Hartley Wintney, Headley, Herriard, Hook, Odiham, Sherfield on Loddon, Silchester and Yateley.

This constituency was slightly altered for the 2010 general election - the seat's southernmost part was transferred to East Hampshire while it gained some wards from Basingstoke and Hart wards from Aldershot.

Constituency profile[edit]

The seat includes significant software, hardware and military sectors and a significant proportion of Basingstoke, Bracknell and City of London commuters, particularly the latter towards Hook railway station on the South West Main Line; the average income level is higher than the national average.[2] This area also has low unemployment[3] and a high proportion of semi-detached and detached properties.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party Notes
1997 James Arbuthnot Conservative Previously MP for Wanstead and Woodford 1987-97; Opposition Chief Whip 1997-2001; Chairman of the Defence Select Committee 2005-14; retired 2015
2015 Ranil Jayawardena Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: North East Hampshire[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ranil Jayawardena 35,573 65.9 +5.3
Liberal Democrat Graham Cockarill 5,657 10.5 −15.0
Labour Amran Justin Matheo Hussain 5,290 9.8 0.0
UKIP Robert John Charles Blay1 4,732 8.8 +4.6
Green Andrew Graham Johnston 2,364 4.4 +4.4
Monster Raving Loony Mad Max Bobetsky 384 0.7 +0.7
Majority 29,916 55.4
Turnout 54,000 72.9 −0.4
Conservative hold Swing

1: After nominations were closed, Blay was suspended from UKIP after threatening to shoot his Conservative opponent.[7][8] His name still appeared on ballot papers as it was too late to remove him.[9]

General Election 2010: North East Hampshire[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Arbuthnot 32,075 60.6 +7.5
Liberal Democrat Denzil Coulson 13,478 25.5 −1.6
Labour Barry Jones 5,173 9.8 −6.8
UKIP Ruth Duffin 2,213 4.2 +0.9
Majority 18,597 35.1
Turnout 52,939 73.3 +10.7
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: North East Hampshire[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Arbuthnot 25,407 53.7 +0.5
Liberal Democrat Adam Carew 12,858 27.2 +4.2
Labour Kevin McGrath 7,630 16.1 −3.8
UKIP Paul Birch 1,392 2.9 −1.0
Majority 12,549 26.5
Turnout 47,287 64.8 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing −1.8
General Election 2001: North East Hampshire[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Arbuthnot 23,379 53.2 +2.3
Liberal Democrat Michael Ian Plummer 10,122 23.0 +0.3
Labour Barry Jones 8,744 19.9 +3.8
UKIP Graham Frederick Charles Mellstrom 1,702 3.9 +3.0
Majority 13,257 30.2
Turnout 43,947 61.6 −12.0
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: North East Hampshire[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Arbuthnot 26,017 50.9 N/A
Liberal Democrat Ian H. Mann 11,619 22.7 N/A
Labour Peter R. Dare 8,203 16.0 N/A
Referendum Dai Rees 2,420 4.7 N/A
Independent Keki P. Jessavala 2,400 4.7 N/A
UKIP Christopher W. Berry 452 0.9 N/A
Majority 14,398 28.2 N/A
Turnout 51,111 73.6 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. ^ "2001 Census". Neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  3. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  4. ^ "2011 census interactive maps". Ons.gov.uk. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  7. ^ UKIP candidate Robert Blay suspended over shooting threat - BBC News, 5 May 2015
  8. ^ Ukip candidate suspended for threatening to 'put a bullet in' Tory rival - The Guardian, 5 May 2015
  9. ^ Robert Blay: UKIP suspends parliamentary candidate - Mirror, 5 May 2015
  10. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 51°12′N 0°55′W / 51.20°N 0.91°W / 51.20; -0.91