South Swindon (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of South Swindon in Wiltshire.
Location of Wiltshire within England.
|Electorate||73,449 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Robert Buckland (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Swindon and Devizes|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
1997-2012: The Borough of Swindon wards of Central, Dorcan, Eastcott, Freshbrook & Grange Park, Old Town & Lawn, Parks, Ridgeway, Shaw & Nine Elms, Toothill & Westlea, Walcot, and Wroughton & Chiseldon.
2012-present: The Borough of Swindon wards of Central, Chiseldon & Lawn, Eastcott, Liden, Eldene & Park South, Lydiard & Freshbrook, Old Town, Ridgeway, Shaw, Walcot & Park North, and Wroughton & Wichelstowe, plus one polling district of the Covingham & Dorcan Ward and two polling districts of the Mannington & Western Ward.
The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the seats of Swindon that was abolished, and Devizes that remains. This seat with a population of around 93,000 incorporates the southern half of the town as well as farms and villages with hamlets to the immediate south and east of Swindon.
It used slightly amended boundaries for the 2010 election, which saw it lose South Marston to North Swindon. The border now runs from Dorcan across to Bishopstone and then down to Russley Park before running west to Barbury Castle. From there it runs north to the Roughmoor area and loops back down to incorporate West Swindon, before following the railway line east through the town and back to Dorcan. In addition to the south of Swindon, main settlements include Wroughton, Chiseldon, Wanborough and Liddington.
Historically Swindon is a railway town and until the latter part of the 20th century the related works were the primary employer. Today Swindon is the home of a number of large companies, examples specific to South Swindon include Intel's European headquarters, Nationwide's headquarters and Zurich Financial Services' UK headquarters.
Created in 1997, the South Swindon constituency swinging in line with the national average in the New Labour landslide, produced a fairly safe majority for the Labour winner. Julia Drown had a lead of more than 5,000 which was extended in 2001 to more than 7,000 but then dropped dramatically on a new candidate's selection, to just 1,353 in 2005, making it a highly marginal seat. In 2010 Robert Buckland, a Conservative, gained South Swindon at the general election with a majority of just over 3500. In 2015, the Conservative majority increased to 5785, making the seat fairly safe for the Conservatives. Robert Buckland is the current Solicitor General for England and Wales.
Members of Parliament
|General Election 2015: South Swindon|
|Liberal Democrat||Damon Hooton||1,817||3.7||-13.9|
|General Election 2010: South Swindon|
|Liberal Democrat||Damon Hooton||8,305||17.6%||+0.6|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||5.51%|
|General Election 2005: South Swindon|
|Liberal Democrat||Sue Stebbing||7,322||16.8||+4.9|
|General Election 2001: South Swindon|
|Liberal Democrat||Geoff Brewer||5,165||11.9||-2.5|
|Rock 'n' Roll Loony||Roly Gillard||327||0.8||N/A|
|General Election 1997: South Swindon|
|Liberal Democrat||S Pajak||7,371||14.41|
|Referendum Party||D McIntosh||1,273||2.49|
|Natural Law||K Buscombe||96||0.19|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
- http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates#South West
- Taylor, Stephen P (20 April 2010). "Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll" (PDF). Returning Officer. Swindone Borough Council. Retrieved 21 April 2010.