Romsey and Southampton North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°59′10″N 1°27′54″W / 50.986°N 1.465°W / 50.986; -1.465

Romsey and Southampton North
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Romsey and Southampton North in Hampshire.
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Location of Hampshire within England.
County Hampshire
Electorate 67,696 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Caroline Nokes (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Romsey
European Parliament constituency South East England

Romsey and Southampton North is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Caroline Nokes, a Conservative. For the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer it is a county constituency.


Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which created this constituency for the 2010 general election primarily as an extended Romsey constituency.


Romsey and Southampton North is formed from electoral wards:

  • Bassett; and Swaythling in the City of Southampton:
  • Abbey, Ampfield and Braishfield, Blackwater, Broughton and Stockbridge, Chilworth, Nursling and Rownhams, Cupernham, Dun Valley, Harewood, Kings Somborne and Michelmersh, North Baddesley, Over Wallop, Romsey Extra, Tadburn, Valley Park in Test Valley[2]

The area includes Stockbridge, which was a rotten borough constituency until the latter's abolition under the Great Reform Act of 1832.

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency consists of two local government districts with similar characteristics: a working population whose income is close to the national average and lower than average reliance upon social housing.[3] At the end of 2012 the unemployment rate in the constituency stood as 1.5% of the population claiming jobseekers allowance, compared to the regional average of 2.4%.[4] The borough contributing to the bulk of the seat has a low 13.5% of its population without a car, 18.4% of the population without qualifications and a high 30.5% with level 4 qualifications or above. In terms of tenure 70.4% of homes are owned outright or on a mortgage as at the 2011 census across the Test Valley district.[5]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
2010 Caroline Nokes Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Romsey and Southampton North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Caroline Nokes 26,285 54.4 +4.6
Liberal Democrat Ben Nicholls 8,573 17.7 -23.5
Labour Darren Paffey 5,749 11.9 +5.5
UKIP Sandra James 5,511 11.4 +8.8
Green Ian Callaghan 2,218 4.6 n/a
Majority 17,712 36.6
Turnout 72.76
Conservative hold Swing +14.1

This constituency was contested for the first time at the 2010 general election.

General Election 2010: Romsey and Southampton North[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Caroline Nokes 24,345 49.7 +6.6
Liberal Democrat Sandra Gidley 20,189 41.3 −2.4
Labour Aktar Beg 3,116 6.4 -4.6
UKIP John Meropoulos 1,289 2.6 +0.3
Majority 4,156 8.4
Turnout 48,939 72.6 +6.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +4.5

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