Portsmouth North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Portsmouth North
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Portsmouth North in Hampshire.
Outline map
Location of Hampshire within England.
CountyHampshire
Electorate71,798 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsPortsmouth
Current constituency
Created1974 (1974)
Member of parliamentPenny Mordaunt (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromPortsmouth West and Portsmouth Langstone
19181950
Number of membersOne
Type of constituencyBorough constituency
Replaced byPortsmouth West
Created fromPortsmouth
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencySouth East England

Portsmouth North is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Penny Mordaunt, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1950: The County Borough of Portsmouth wards of Charles Dickens, Mile End, North End, and Portsea.

1974-1983: The County Borough of Portsmouth wards of Cosham, Farlington, Meredith, Nelson, North End, Paulsgrove, Portsea, and St Mary and Guildhall.

1983-1997: The City of Portsmouth wards of Copnor, Cosham, Drayton and Farlington, Hilsea, Nelson, and Paulsgrove, and the Borough of Havant wards of Purbrook and Stakes.

1997-2010: The City of Portsmouth wards of Copnor, Cosham, Drayton and Farlington, Hilsea, Nelson, and Paulsgrove.

2010-present: The City of Portsmouth wards of Baffins, Copnor, Cosham, Drayton and Farlington, Hilsea, Nelson, and Paulsgrove.

As its name suggests, the constituency covers the northern portion of the city of Portsmouth in Hampshire.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1918 when the two-seat Portsmouth constituency was split into three divisions: Central, North and South.

It was abolished for the 1950 general election and largely replaced by a new Portsmouth West constituency as the axis of division changed, but was re-established for the February 1974 general election.

Constituency profile[edit]

This urban seat is of average affluence[2] and incomes, with relatively low unemployment compared to the national average measured at the end of 2012 at 3.8% (claimant count) as opposed to 2.3% average across the region.[3]

Taken together with Portsmouth West has a been one of the most long-standing bellwethers (of the national election winner), having that status since 1966.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1918–1950[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Sir Bertram Falle, Bt. Coalition Conservative
1922 Conservative
1934 by-election Admiral Sir Roger Keyes Conservative
1943 by-election Admiral Sir William James Conservative
1945 Donald Bruce Labour
1950 constituency abolished: see Portsmouth West

MPs since 1974[edit]

Election Member Party
February 1974 Frank Judd Labour
1979 Peter Griffiths Conservative
1997 Syd Rapson Labour
2005 Sarah McCarthy-Fry Labour Co-operative
2010 Penny Mordaunt Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Portsmouth North[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Penny Mordaunt 25,860 54.8 +7.8
Labour Rumal Khan 15,895 33.7 +9.9
Liberal Democrat Darren Sanders 2,608 5.5 -0.7
UKIP Mike Fitzgerald 1,926 4.1 -15.0
Green Ken Hawkins[5] 791 1.7 -1.5
Libertarian Joe Jenkins 130 0.3 +0.3
Majority 9,965 21.1 -2.1
Turnout 47,210 66.1 +4.0
Conservative hold Swing -1.1
General Election 2015: Portsmouth North[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Penny Mordaunt 21,343 47.0 +2.7
Labour John Ferrett[8] 10,806 23.8 -3.9
UKIP Mike Fitzgerald[9] 8,660 19.1 +15.0
Liberal Democrat Darren Sanders 2,828 6.2 -13.9
Green Gavin Ellis [10] 1,450 3.2 +2.1
TUSC Jon Woods 231 0.5 +0.2
Majority 10,537 23.2 +6.7
Turnout 45,318 62.1 -0.6
Conservative hold Swing +3.3
General Election 2010: Portsmouth North[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Penny Mordaunt 19,533 44.3 +6.5
Labour Co-op Sarah McCarthy-Fry 12,244 27.8 −10.8
Liberal Democrat Darren Sanders 8,874 20.1 −0.2
UKIP Mike Fitzgerald 1,812 4.1 +0.7
English Democrat David Knight 1,040 2.4 +2.4
Green Iain Maclennan 461 1.0 +1.0
TUSC Mick Tosh 154 0.3 +0.3
Majority 7,289 16.5
Turnout 44,118 62.7 +2.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +8.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Portsmouth North[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Sarah McCarthy-Fry 15,412 40.9 −9.8
Conservative Penny Mordaunt 14,273 37.8 +1.1
Liberal Democrat Gary Lawson 6,684 17.7 +7.4
UKIP Mike Smith 1,348 3.6 +2.1
Majority 1,139 3.0
Turnout 37,717 60.0 +2.6
Labour hold Swing −5.5
General Election 2001: Portsmouth North[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Syd Rapson 18,676 50.7 +3.5
Conservative Christopher Day 13,542 36.7 −0.9
Liberal Democrat Darren Sanders 3,795 10.3 −0.3
UKIP William McCabe 559 1.5 +0.9
Independent Brian Bundy 294 0.8 +0.6
Majority 5,134 14.0
Turnout 36,866 57.4 −12.8
Labour hold Swing −2.2

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Portsmouth North[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Syd Rapson 21,339 47.1 +13.9
Conservative Peter Griffiths 17,016 37.6 −13.1
Liberal Democrat Steven Sollitt 4,788 10.6 -4.5
Referendum Shaun Evelegh 1,757 3.9
UKIP Peter Coe 298 0.7
Wessex Regionalist Colin Bex 72 0.2
Majority 4,323 9.5
Turnout 45,270 70.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +16.2
General Election 1992: Portsmouth North[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Griffiths 32,240 52.6 −2.7
Labour Alan D. Burnett 18,359 29.9 +10.0
Liberal Democrat Alex M. Bentley 10,101 16.5 −8.3
Green Helen Palmer 628 1.0 +1.0
Majority 13,881 22.6 −7.9
Turnout 61,328 77.1 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing −6.4

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Portsmouth North[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Griffiths 33,297 55.30 +0.03
Social Democratic Elizabeth Mitchell 14,896 24.74 +1.14
Labour David Miles 12,016 19.96 -1.17
Majority 18,401 30.56 -1.11
Turnout 60,209 74.79 +1.85
Conservative hold Swing +0.60
General Election 1983: Portsmouth North[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Griffiths 31,413 55.27 +6.62
Social Democratic S Luxon 13,414 23.60 +23.60
Labour Nigel Beard 12,013 21.13 -23.25
Majority 17,999 31.67 +27.40
Turnout 56,840 72.94 -5.72
Conservative hold Swing + 14.5

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Griffiths 26,356 48.65 +5.30
Labour Frank Judd 24,045 44.38 +1.05
Liberal S Brewin 3,354 6.19 -3.72
National Front R Hadlow 298 0.55 +0.55
Workers Revolutionary T White 122 0.26 +0.26
Majority 2,311 4.27 +2.74
Turnout 54,177 78.66 +1.81
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +3.17
General Election October 1974: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frank Judd 24,352 45.87 +2.26
Conservative John Ward 23,007 43.33 +0.3
Liberal E Brooks 5,208 9.81 -3.55
More Prosperous Britain Tom Keen 527 0.99 +0.99
Majority 1,345 2.53 +1.94
Turnout 53,094 76.85 -3.00
Labour hold Swing +1.28
General Election February 1974: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frank Judd 23,847 43.61 N/A
Conservative Peter Griffiths 23,527 43.03 N/A
Liberal A.J. Peaston 7,304 13.36 N/A
Majority 320 0.59 N/A
Turnout 54,678 79.85 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Donald Bruce 15,352 51.09 +17.79
Conservative Greville Howard 14,310 47.62 -19.0
Democratic John Edward Vincent Keast 388 1.29 +1.29
Majority 1,042 3.47 +36.23
Turnout 30,050 75.36 +10.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 18.88
Portsmouth North by-election, 1943
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William James 6,735 59.7
Common Wealth Thomas Sargant 4,545 40.3 n/a
Majority 2,190
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Keyes 22,956 66.62 +7.02
Labour Edward Thomas Humby 11,502 33.38 -7.02
Majority 11,454 33.24 +14.04
Turnout 34,458 64.86 -9.63
Conservative hold Swing +7.02
Portsmouth North by-election, 1934[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Keyes 17,582 59.6 -8.8
Labour Edward Thomas Humby 11,904 40.4 +8.8
Majority 5,678 19.2 -17.6
Turnout 29,486 55.7 -18.79
Conservative hold Swing -8.8
General Election 1931: Portsmouth North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bertram Falle 26,331 69.37 +24.87
Labour Kenneth Dewar 12,182 31.63 -4.57
Majority 14,149 36.74 +28.44
Turnout 38,513 74.49 +3.69
Conservative hold Swing +14.87

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Portsmouth North [20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Bertram Falle 15,352 44.5 −18.6
Labour Edward Archbold 12,475 36.2 −0.7
Liberal Archibald William Palmer 6,643 19.3 N/A
Majority 2,877 8.3 −27.9
Turnout 34,470 70.8 −4.2
Registered electors 48,688
Unionist hold Swing −9.0
General Election 1924: Portsmouth North [20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Bertram Falle 17,597 63.1 +12.9
Labour Olaf Gleeson 10,279 36.9 +0.7
Majority 7,318 26.2 +12.2
Turnout 27,876 75.0 +3.3
Registered electors 37,168
Unionist hold Swing +6.1
General Election 1923: Portsmouth North [20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Bertram Falle 13,229 50.2 −5.7
Labour Olaf Gleeson 9,523 36.2 +9.3
Liberal William Llewellyn Williams 3,584 13.6 −3.6
Majority 3,706 14.0 −15.0
Turnout 26,336 71.7 −0.2
Registered electors 36,717
Unionist hold Swing −7.5
General Election 1922: Portsmouth North [20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Bertram Falle 14,168 55.9 −5.9
Labour Arthur Henderson 6,808 26.9 N/A
Liberal Thomas Henry Field Lapthorn 4,368 17.2 N/A
Majority 7,360 29.0 +5.4
Turnout 25,344 71.9 +19.6
Registered electors 35,236
Unionist hold Swing N/A

Election in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Portsmouth North [20][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Unionist Bertram Falle 11,427 61.8 N/A
Naval and Lower-Deck Lionel James Woods Yexley* 7,063 38.2 N/A
Majority 4,364 23.6 N/A
Turnout 18,490 52.3 N/A
Registered electors 35,367
Unionist win (new seat)
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

* Yexley was supported by the Lower-Deck Parliamentary Committee, and also the local Liberal association.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough 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
  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "Local statistics - Office for National Statistics". www.ons.gov.uk.
  3. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2010/nov/17/unemployment-and-employment-statistics-economics Unemployment claimants by constituency] The Guardian
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Portsmouth Green Party Candidates 2019 Local Elections". portsmouth.greenparty.org.uk.
  6. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Portsmouth North parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  8. ^ http://www.labour.org.uk/candidates
  9. ^ "UK Polling Report".
  10. ^ https://portsmouth.greenparty.org.uk/people/
  11. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  17. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  19. ^ F. W. S. Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-49, p.218
  20. ^ a b c d e British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  21. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1922

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