Reading West (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Reading West in Berkshire
Location of Berkshire within England
|Major settlements||Reading, Theale and Tilehurst|
|Member of Parliament||Alok Sharma (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Reading North, Newbury and Reading South|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
The Reading West parliamentary constituency was first contested in 1983, when it was won by a member of the Conservative party, Tony Durant, the sitting MP for the abolished Reading North constituency. He held the seat through two subsequent general elections until he retired at the 1997 election.
The constituency was then won by Martin Salter for Labour, as part of the landslide that brought Labour back to power under Tony Blair. Salter held the seat through the 13 years of Labour government until Parliament was dissolved in April 2010, but did not stand in the 2010 general election, when Alok Sharma won the seat for the Conservatives.
As of the 2017 general election, the seat is one of six Conservative seats from a total of eight seats in Berkshire.
Since its 1983 creation the constituency has been a bellwether paradigm example of a marginal seat. Boundary changes have taken in areas of population expansion to the east in new largely private sector housing estates for the 2010 election. Unemployment is close to the regional average, which is lower than the national average and the constituency has seen a marked increase in properties and property prices throughout from 2001–2011 period which has seen town centre regeneration and investment by a Labour Party-controlled council enhanced by Reading railway station hub improvements and enterprise areas equally supported under the Conservative-led governments of the Cameron Ministry and May Ministry.
Boundaries and boundary changes
1983-1997: Formed as a county constituency, largely from parts of the abolished Borough Constituency of Reading North. Extended westwards to include parts of the County Constituency of Newbury. It comprised the Borough of Reading wards of Battle, Katesgrove, Kentwood, Minster, Norcot, Southcote, and Tilehurst, and the District of Newbury wards of Calcot, Pangbourne, Purley, Theale, and Tilehurst.
1997-2010: The Borough of Reading wards of Battle, Kentwood, Minster, Norcot, Southcote, Tilehurst, and Whitley, and the District of Newbury wards of Calcot, Pangbourne, Purley, Theale, and Tilehurst.
The boundary with Reading East was realigned, gaining Whitley ward and losing Katesgrove ward.
2010–present: The Borough of Reading wards of Battle, Kentwood, Minster, Norcot, Southcote, Tilehurst, and Whitley, and the District of West Berkshire wards of Birch Copse, Calcot, Pangbourne, Purley on Thames, Theale, and Westwood.
Marginal changes are due to revision of local authority wards.
Changes proposed for 2022
The Boundary Commission for England submitted their final proposals in respect of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies (the 2018 review) in September 2018. If these proposals are approved by Parliament they will reduce the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 and come into effect at the next UK general election which is due to take place in May 2022 under the terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.
The Commission proposed that two District of West Berkshire wards (Basildon and Bucklebury) be transferred from Newbury and that the Borough of Reading ward of Battle be transferred to Reading East.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Meri O’Connell||3,041||5.9||+1.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Meri O'Connell||2,355||4.9||-15.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Daisy Benson||9,546||20.1||4.3|
|Common Sense||Howard Thomas||852||1.8||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+12.1|
|Source Reading Borough Council, BBC|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Denise Gaines||6,663||15.8||+3.0|
|Source Electoral Commission|
|Liberal Democrat||Polly Martin||5,387||12.8||+0.1|
|Source Guardian Unlimited, ONS|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Dee Tomlin||6,153||12.7||-5.4|
|Referendum||Steven G Brown||976||2.0||N/A|
|UKIP||David M Black||255||0.5||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||-15.7|
|Source Guardian Unlimited|
|Liberal Democrat||KH Lock||9,572||18.1||−4.3|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
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