Runnymede and Weybridge (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°23′17″N 0°31′48″W / 51.388°N 0.530°W / 51.388; -0.530

Runnymede and Weybridge
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Runnymede and Weybridge in Surrey.
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Location of Surrey within England.
County Surrey
Electorate 73,680 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Addlestone, Chertsey, Egham and Weybridge
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Philip Hammond (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Chertsey and Walton (majority)
North West Surrey (minority)
European Parliament constituency South East England

Runnymede and Weybridge is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 1997 creation by the current Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, a Conservative.[n 2]


The constituency contains the whole of the area of Runnymede borough, and also the town of Weybridge in the Borough of Elmbridge district.

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies to make no changes to this constituency for the 2010 general election which has electoral wards:

  • Oatlands Park; St George's Hill; Weybridge North; Weybridge South in the Borough of Elmbridge
  • Addlestone Bourneside; Addlestone North; Chertsey: Meads; St Ann's; South and Row Town; Egham: Hythe; Town; Englefield Green East; Englefield Green West; Foxhills; New Haw; Thorpe; Virginia Water; and Woodham in the Borough of Runnymede[2]


The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the former seats of Chertsey and Walton and North West Surrey.

Since its creation, it has been represented by Philip Hammond (Con) who served as a Cabinet Minister throughout the First Cameron Ministry then holding in succession two Great Offices of State, Foreign Secretary (2014-2016) and Chancellor of the Exchequer (2016-).

The seat is a safe seat based on both length of tenure and size of majorities — the narrowest margin of victory was in the 1997 "Labour landslide" general election, of 19.2% of the vote,

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency consists of Census Output Areas of two local government districts with similar characteristics: a working population whose income is higher than 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 1.3% 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 14.7% of its population without a car, 18.3% of the population without qualifications and a high 29.9% with level 4 qualifications or above.

In terms of tenure 69.2% of homes are owned outright or on a mortgage as at the 2011 census across Runnymede.[5]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1997 Philip Hammond Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Runnymede and Weybridge[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Philip Hammond 29,901 59.7 +3.8
Labour Arran Neathey 7,767 15.5 +2.1
UKIP Joe Branco[8] 6,951 13.9 +7.4
Liberal Democrat John Vincent[9] 3,362 6.7 −14.9
Green Rustam Majainah[10] 2,071 4.1 +2.7
Majority 22,134 44.2 +7.9
Turnout 50,224 68.1 +1.7
Conservative hold Swing +0.85
General Election 2010: Runnymede and Weybridge[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Philip Hammond 26,915 55.9 +4.5
Liberal Democrat Andrew Falconer 10,406 21.6 +3.8
Labour Paul Greenwood 6,446 13.4 −9.6
UKIP Toby Micklethwait 3,146 6.5 +2.6
Green Jenny Gould 696 1.4 −1.3
Independent David Sammons 541 1.1 +1.1
Majority 16,509 34.3
Turnout 48,150 66.4 +8.0
Conservative hold Swing +0.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Runnymede and Weybridge[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Philip Hammond 22,366 51.4 +2.7
Labour Paul Greenwood 10,017 23.0 −6.0
Liberal Democrat Henry Bolton 7,771 17.9 +1.6
UKIP Anthony Micklethwait 1,719 3.9 +0.8
Green Charles Gilman 1,180 2.7 −0.2
Monster Raving Loony Andrew Collett 358 0.8 N/A
UK Community Issues Party Katrina Osman 113 0.3 N/A
Majority 12,349 28.4
Turnout 43,524 58.7 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing +4.4
  • Result declared at 02:19
General Election 2001: Runnymede and Weybridge[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Philip Hammond 20,646 48.7 +0.1
Labour Jane Briginshaw 12,286 29.0 −0.5
Liberal Democrat Chris Bushill 6,924 16.3 0.0
UKIP Christopher Browne 1,332 3.1 +1.9
Green Charles Gilman 1,238 2.9 N/A
Majority 8,360 19.7
Turnout 42,426 56.1 −15.3
Conservative hold Swing +0.3
  • Result declared at 03:21

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Runnymede and Weybridge[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Philip Hammond 25,051 48.6 −12.8
Labour Ian Peacock 15,176 29.4 +13.5
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Taylor 8,397 16.3 −4.8
Referendum Peter Rolt 2,150 4.2 N/A
UKIP Simon Slater 625 1.2 N/A
Natural Law Jeremy Sleeman 162 0.3 N/A
Majority 9,875 19.2
Turnout 51,561 71.5
Conservative win (new seat)
  • Result declared at 03:31

See also[edit]

Notes and references[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.


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