Runnymede and Weybridge (UK Parliament constituency)

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Runnymede and Weybridge
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Runnymede and Weybridge in Surrey
Outline map
Location of Surrey within England
CountySurrey
Electorate77,196 (December 2019)[1]
Major settlementsAddlestone, Chertsey, Egham and Weybridge
Current constituency
Created1997
Member of ParliamentBen Spencer (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromChertsey and Walton (majority)
North West Surrey (minority)

Runnymede and Weybridge is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Ben Spencer, a Conservative.[n 2]

The constituency was created in 1997 and was represented from then until 2019 by Philip Hammond, who was Foreign Secretary from 2014 to 2016 and Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2016 to 2019.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency is in north Surrey and comprises the whole of the area of the Borough of Runnymede plus the town of Weybridge in the Borough of Elmbridge.

The constituency has the following electoral wards:

  • In the Borough of Runnymede: Addlestone North; Addlestone South; Chertsey Riverside; Chertsey St Ann's; Egham Hythe; Egham Town; Englefield Green East; Englefield Green West; Longcross, Lyne and Chertsey South; New Haw; Ottershaw; Thorpe; Virginia Water; Woodham and Rowtown
  • In the Borough of Elmbridge: Oatlands and Burwood Park; Weybridge Riverside; Weybridge St George's Hill[2]

History[edit]

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

From its creation until 2019, it was represented by Philip Hammond, of the Conservative Party, who served as a Cabinet Minister throughout the Cameron–Clegg coalition before holding in succession two of the Great Offices of State: Foreign Secretary from 2014 to 2016, and Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2016 to 2019.

Runnymede and Weybridge is a Conservative safe seat based on both length of tenure and size of majorities – the narrowest margin of victory was in the 1997 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 well above 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
September 2019 Independent
2019 Ben Spencer Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Runnymede and Weybridge[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ben Spencer 29,262 54.9 -6.0
Labour Robert King 10,992 20.6 -5.3
Liberal Democrats Rob O'Carroll 9,236 17.3 +10.0
Green Benjamin Smith 1,876 3.5 +0.9
Independent Stewart Mackay 777 1.5 N/A
Independent Lorna Rowland 670 1.3 N/A
UKIP Nicholas Wood 476 0.9 -2.4
Majority 18,270 34.3 -0.7
Turnout 53,289 69.0 +0.9
Conservative hold Swing -0.4
General election 2017: Runnymede and Weybridge[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Philip Hammond 31,436 60.9 +1.2
Labour Fiona Dent 13,386 25.9 +10.4
Liberal Democrats John Vincent 3,765 7.3 +0.6
UKIP Nicholas Wood 1,675 3.3 -10.6
Green Lee-Anne Lawrance 1,347 2.6 -1.5
Majority 18,050 35.0 -9.2
Turnout 51,609 68.1 0.0
Conservative hold Swing -4.6
General election 2015: Runnymede and Weybridge[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Philip Hammond 29,901 59.7 +3.8
Labour Arran Neathey 7,767 15.5 +2.1
UKIP Joe Branco[9] 6,951 13.9 +7.4
Liberal Democrats John Vincent[10] 3,362 6.7 −14.9
Green Rustam Majainah[11] 2,071 4.1 +2.7
Majority 22,134 44.2 +7.9
Turnout 50,224 68.1 +1.7
Conservative hold Swing +0.8
General election 2010: Runnymede and Weybridge[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Philip Hammond 26,915 55.9 +4.5
Liberal Democrats 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 +5.9
Turnout 48,150 66.4 +8.0
Conservative hold Swing +0.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Runnymede and Weybridge[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Philip Hammond 22,366 51.4 +2.7
Labour Paul Greenwood 10,017 23.0 −6.0
Liberal Democrats 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 +8.7
Turnout 43,524 58.7 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing +4.4
  • Result declared at 02:19
General election 2001: Runnymede and Weybridge[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Philip Hammond 20,646 48.7 +0.1
Labour Jane Briginshaw 12,286 29.0 −0.5
Liberal Democrats 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 +0.5
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[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Philip Hammond 25,051 48.6 −12.8
Labour Ian Peacock 15,176 29.4 +13.5
Liberal Democrats 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]

Notes
  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.
References
  1. ^ a b "Runnymede & Weybridge Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  2. ^ 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
  3. ^ "Local statistics - Office for National Statistics". neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk.
  4. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  5. ^ "2011 census interactive maps". Archived from the original on 2016-01-29.
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 2)
  7. ^ "Runnymede and Weybridge candidates". Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ "UK Polling Report". ukpollingreport.co.uk.
  10. ^ East
  11. ^ http://surrey.greenparty.org.uk/news/ge2015cands.html
  12. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

Sources[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Tatton
Constituency represented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer
2016–2019
Succeeded by
Bromsgrove