Portsmouth South (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Portsmouth South in Hampshire.
Location of Hampshire within England.
|Electorate||71,947 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Flick Drummond (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 History
- 3 Constituency profile
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
1918-1950: The County Borough of Portsmouth wards of Havelock, Highland, St Paul, St Simon, and St Thomas.
1950-1955: The County Borough of Portsmouth wards of Havelock, Highland, Kingston, St Paul, St Simon, and St Thomas.
1955-1974: The County Borough of Portsmouth wards of Havelock, Highland, Kingston, St Jude, St Simon, and St Thomas.
1974-1983: The County Borough of Portsmouth wards of Buckland, Fratton, Havelock, Highland, Kingston, St Jude, St Simon, and St Thomas.
1983-2010: The City of Portsmouth wards of Charles Dickens, Fratton, Havelock, Highland, Milton, St Jude, and St Thomas.
2010-present: The City of Portsmouth wards of Central Southsea, Charles Dickens, Eastney and Craneswater, Fratton, Milton, St Jude, and St Thomas.
As its name suggests the constituency covers the southern part of the city of Portsmouth in Hampshire, including Fratton, the seaside resort of Southsea and HMNB Portsmouth (Portsmouth Naval Dockyard) within the city bounds. The northern part is represented by Portsmouth North.
In the 2010 general election campaign independent candidate Les Cummings distributed a leaflet claiming that incumbent MP Mike Hancock was a paedophile. This was later proved in court to be false. Cummings was subsequently convicted under the 1983 Representation of the People Act for distributing material which was known to be false with the intention of smearing or defaming to affect the return of a member of parilament. Cummings was fined £500.
This constituency is marginally less affluent than its neighbour, with in December 2012 slightly higher unemployment, but considerably below the national average of all constituencies in terms of the claimant count. Notwithstanding this following World War II the city has a large proportion of flats, increasingly in a more aesthetic apartment style, some being cheap social housing and brutalist tower blocks; however, the majority of the city is of semi-detached and terraced nature with a mixture of incomes centred around the national average and excellent amenities.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Gerald Vernon-Jackson||9,344||22.3||−23.6|
|Conservative gain from Independent||Swing||−12.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael Thomas Hancock||18,921||45.9||+4.2|
|English Democrats||Ian Ducain||400||1.0||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||+2.3|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Michael Thomas Hancock||17,047||42.2||−2.4|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||−3.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael Thomas Hancock||17,490||44.6||+5.1|
|Conservative||Philip Henry Warr||11,397||29.1||−2.1|
|Labour||Graham Philip Heaney||9,361||23.9||−1.4|
|Socialist Alliance||Jonathan Christopher Molyneux||647||1.6||N/A|
|UKIP||Michael Norman Alan Tarrant||321||0.8||+0.5|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||+3.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Michael Thomas Hancock||20,421||39.5|
|Conservative||David John Pattison Martin||16,094||31.1|
|Natural Law||William Arthur Trend||140||0.3|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing||+0.0|
|Conservative||David John Pattison Martin||22,798||42.5||−0.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael Thomas Hancock||22,556||42.0||−0.9|
|Natural Law||William Arthur Trend||91||0.2||+0.2|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative||David John Pattison Martin||23,534||43.3||−6.7|
|Social Democratic||Michael Thomas Hancock||23,329||42.9||+17.5|
|657 Party||Martyn Ronald Hughes||455||0.8||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Social Democratic||Swing|
|Social Democratic||Michael Thomas Hancock||15,358||37.6||+12.1|
|National Front||Gordon Knight||226||0.5||0.0|
|Independent Liberal||Alan Evens||113||0.3||-0.8|
|Independent Ecology||Thomas Layton||50||0.1||N/A|
|New National Party||Peter Smith||41||0.1||N/A|
|Social Democratic gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Social Democratic||Mike Hancock||12,766||25.43|
|Labour||Sally T Thomas||11,324||22.56|
|Independent Liberal||Alan J Evens||554||1.10|
|National Front||Gordon A Knight||279||0.56|
|Traditional English Food||DW Fry||172||0.34|
Elections in the 1970s
|Labour||Sally T. Thomas||15,306||31.18|
|National Front||W Donkin||457||0.93|
|Marxist-Leninist (England)||AD Rifkin||612||1.25|
|Marxist-Leninist (England)||AD Rifkin||394||0.74|
Elections in the 1960s
|Conservative||Sir Jocelyn Lucas, Bt.||24,387||63.69|
Elections in the 1950s
|Conservative||Sir Jocelyn Lucas, Bt.||27,892||69.96|
|Conservative||Sir Jocelyn Lucas, Bt.||27,887||67.22|
|Conservative||Sir Jocelyn Lucas, Bt.||30,548||63.78|
|Conservative||Sir Jocelyn Lucas, Bt.||31,124||63.95|
|General election, July 1945 
Turnout: 28,593 (74.9%) +8.0
Majority: 3,027 (10.6%) −39.8
Swing: 19.9% from Con to Lab
|Sir Jocelyn Lucas, Bt||Conservative||15,810||55.3||−19.9|
|J. F. Blitz||Labour||12,783||44.7||+19.9|
|By-election, July 1939 
Cayzer elevated to the peerage
|Conservative hold||Sir Jocelyn Lucas, Bt||Conservative||unopposed|
|General election, November 1935 
Turnout: 36,459 (66.9%) −5.8
Majority: 18,373 (50.4%) −11.4
Swing: 5.7% from Con to Lab
|Sir Herbert Cayzer, Bt||Conservative||27,416||75.2||−5.7|
|John W Fawcett||Labour||9,043||24.8||+5.7|
|General election, October 1931 
Turnout: 40,349 (72.7%) −2.4
Majority: 24,919 (61.8%) +49.8
Swing: 24.9% from Lab to Con
|Sir Herbert Cayzer, Bt||Conservative||32,634||80.9||+44.1|
|W. J. Beck||Labour||7,715||19.1||−5.7|
|General election, May 1929 
First election with universal adult suffrage
Turnout: 40,914 (75.1%) +0.9
Majority: 4,941 (12.0%) −34.0
Swing: 17.0% from Con to Lab
|Sir Herbert Cayzer, Bt||Conservative||15,068||36.8||−36.2|
|Frank John Privett||Independent Conservative||9,505||23.2||N/A|
|Charles Mark Clement Rudkin||Liberal||6,215||15.2||N/A|
|General election, October 1924 
Turnout: 74.2% (+1.5)
Majority: 14,113 (46.0%) +15.0
|Sir Herbert Cayzer||Conservative||22,423||73.0||+17.1|
|General election, December 1923 
Turnout: 72.7% (+17.8)
Majority: 9,237 (31.0%) +21.2
|S. R. Drury-Lowe||Liberal||5,698||19.2||−25.9|
|By-election, 13 August 1923 
Resignation of Wilson
Turnout: 21,647 (54.9%) −2.8
Majority: 2,121 (9.8%) −14.0
|Sir Henry Merrick Lawson||Liberal||9,763||45.1||N/A|
|By-election, 13 December 1922 
Resignation of Cayzer
Turnout: 22,735 (57.7%)
Majority: 5,867 (25.8%) −11.6
|Leslie Orme Wilson||Conservative||14,301||62.9||−5.8|
|G. C. Thomas||Independent Conservative||4,834||37.1||N/A|
|General election, November 1922 
Turnout: 20,040 (50.8%) −11.2
Majority: 10,880 (37.4%) −12.4
Swing: 6.2% from Con to Lib
|Sir Henry Merrick Lawson||Liberal||9,080||31.3||+12.8|
|General election, December 1918 
new seat, following division of Portsmouth
Turnout: 23,195 (62.0%)
|Coalition Conservative hold
Majority: 11,559 (49.8%) N/A
|Herbert Cayzer||Coalition Conservative||15,842||68.3||N/A|
|Miss Alison Vickers Garland||Liberal||4,283||18.5||N/A|
Notes and references
- A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- 2001 Census
- 2011 census interactive maps
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- Guardian, Portsmouth South
- "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.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 219. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.