South West Surrey (UK Parliament constituency)
|South West Surrey|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of South West Surrey in Surrey.
Location of Surrey within England.
|Electorate||76,495 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere|
|Member of parliament||Jeremy Hunt (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
South West Surrey is a constituency[n 1] represented since 2005 by Conservative Jeremy Hunt, who has served as Secretary of State for Health since 4 September 2012, in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament.[n 2]
1983-2010: The District of Waverley wards of Alford and Dunsfold, Busbridge, Hambledon and Hascombe, Chiddingfold, Elstead, Peper Harow and Thursley, Farnham Bourne, Farnham Castle, Farnham Hale and Heath End, Farnham Rowledge and Wrecclesham, Farnham Upper Hale, Farnham Waverley, Farnham Weybourne and Badshot Lea, Frensham, Dockenfield and Tilford, Godalming North, Godalming North East and South West, Godalming North West, Godalming South East, Haslemere North and Grayswood, Haslemere South, Hindhead, Milford, Shottermill, and Witley.
2010-present: The Borough of Waverley wards of Bramley, Busbridge and Hascombe, Chiddingfold and Dunsfold, Elstead and Thursley, Farnham Bourne, Farnham Castle, Farnham Firgrove, Farnham Hale and Heath End, Farnham Moor Park, Farnham Shortheath and Boundstone, Farnham Upper Hale, Farnham Weybourne and Badshot Lea, Farnham Wrecclesham and Rowledge, Frensham, Dockenfield and Tilford, Godalming Binscombe, Godalming Central and Ockford, Godalming Charterhouse, Godalming Farncombe and Catteshall, Godalming Holloway, Haslemere Critchmere and Shottermill, Haslemere East and Grayswood, Hindhead, Milford, and Witley and Hambledon.
Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies
The Boundary Commission's recommendations implemented by Parliament for 2010 saw the realignment of the boundary with Guildford in order to bring it in line with adjustment of local government wards. Guildford's electorate was the largest of the county and this aimed to reduce it. Two wards split between the two constituencies: Bramley; and Busbridge and Hascombe, afterwards entirely in South West Surrey; and the ward: 'Alfold, Cranleigh Rural and Ellens Green' was split, so it was for 2010 consolidated into Guildford. The net effect was to increase the number of voters in South West Surrey and reduce the number in Guildford.
A public review was called, dealing primarily with objections to receiving the rest of Bramley. Many petitioned to argue that the village's links, especially transport, were mainly with Guildford rather than the towns of Godalming (or Farnham). The precedent of the previous review was cited, when a proposal to move Bramley out of Guildford and into Mole Valley was rejected after local opposition. However the review felt that this did not justify splitting the ward (something the Boundary Commission seeks to avoid completely) and that the other parts of the ward had strong links to Godalming. Furthermore it cited the point that, in the previous review, Bramley Parish Council had stated that if it were to be moved it would prefer to be moved to South West Surrey and thus argued that the previous objection had accommodated a preferred progressive change towards being wholly in South West Surrey if necessary to equalise electorates.
The constituency was created in 1983, largely replacing the former seat of Farnham. It has been consistently won by the Conservative Party, though the majority dropped to a mere 861 votes in 2001, leaving it the Liberal Democrats' third target constituency (by swing required). Since then, however, the Conservative majority has substantially increased, exceeding 28,000 in 2015; however since Haveron was suspended from the Lib Dems after nominations this is likely to be an anomaly.
In the 2011 referendum on adopting the Alternative Vote (AV) system, Waverley Borough, which includes the constituency, rejected the proposal by 72.6%. In the 2016 referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union, Waverley voted to remain in the European Union by 58.4%.
- Prominent members
The member from 1984 until 2005, was former psychiatric social worker, Virginia Bottomley, who became Secretary of State for Health in 1992 (a Privy Council level office). She then served as Secretary of State for National Heritage from 1995 to 1997.
Similarly, Jeremy Hunt has served in the Cameron Ministry as Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport and then Secretary of State for Health.
The constituency includes one end of the Greensand Ridge, including the Devil's Punch Bowl and visitor centre at Hindhead. The area has two railways, a branch line via Farnham, the Alton Line and the Portsmouth Direct Line. The A3 three-lane highway passes through the seat.
Workless claimants (registered jobseekers) were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 1.5% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
Members of Parliament
|1983||Maurice Macmillan||Conservative||Minister in the Heath ministry. Died in 1984.|
|1984 by-election||Virginia Bottomley||Conservative||Frontbencher during the Major ministries|
|2005||Jeremy Hunt||Conservative||Frontbencher during the Cameron and May ministries|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Ollie Purkiss|
|National Health Action||Louise Irvine |
The Green Party decided not to seek nomination of a candidate instead giving its backing to Dr Irvine in an attempt to unseat Hunt. Some local members of the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties considered also not putting forward a candidate for their respective parties.  However, the national Labour party declined to withdraw from the race, saying that they would impose their own candidate if necessary, and expelled members who publicly supported Dr Irvine. The LibDems also declined to withdraw. 
|National Health Action||Louise Irvine||4,851||8.5||+8.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Patrick Haveron1||3,586||6.3||−23.9|
|Something New||Paul Robinson||320||0.6||+0.6|
1: After nominations were closed, Haveron was suspended by the Lib Dems following allegations that he had falsified council nomination papers. Although his name would still appear on the ballot as the Lib Dem candidate, the party said he no longer represented them, and the treasurer of the local branch encouraged supporters to vote for the National Health Action Party candidate instead.
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Simpson||17,287||30.2||−9.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Simon Cordon||20,709||39.5||−4.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Simon Cordon||21,601||43.6||+3.8|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Neil Sherlock||22,471||39.8||+6.3|
|ProLife Alliance||Josephine Quintavalle||258||0.5||N/A|
This constituency underwent boundary changes between the 1992 and 1997 general elections and thus change in share of vote is based on a notional calculation.
|Liberal Democrat||Neil Sherlock||20,033||33.5||−0.9|
|Natural Law||Keith Campbell||147||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Independent Conservative||Matthew Green||299||0.5||N/A|
|Pro-Holocaust Masturbation Freedom||Victor Litvin||117||0.3||N/A|
|Death off Roads: Freight on Rail||Helen Anscomb||82||0.2||N/A|
|Votes for a full hearing||Peter Smith||29||0.1||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
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- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
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- "EU Referendum local results – W". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
- William E. Schmidt (12 April 1992). "In London's Shock, A Cabinet Is Named". New York Times. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- "University of Hull announces next chancellor – Baroness Bottomley". University of Hull. 26 January 2006. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Progressive alliance candidate to stand in South West Surrey". Retrieved 2017-05-08.
- Bulman, May (8 May 2017). "Progressive alliance: Greens, Labour and Liberal Democrats unite to take down Jeremy Hunt". The Independent. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
- Elgot, Jessica (9 May 2017). "Labour expels two members over attempt to unseat Jeremy Hunt". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- Surrey Liberal Democrat candidate Patrick Haveron suspended – BBC News, 27 April 2015
- Jeremy Hunt could lose seat to GP after bookies slash odds on top doctor – The Mirror, 5 May 2015
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- Results for the UK Parliamentary Election 2010 (South West Surrey), Waverley Borough Council
- Surrey South West, guardian.co.uk
- Election 2010, Surrey South West, BBC News
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Election result, 2005 (BBC)
- Election results, 1997 – 2001 (BBC)
- Election results, 1997 – 2001 (Election Demon)
- Election results, 1983 – 1992 (Election Demon)
- Election results, 1992 – 2010 (Guardian)
- By-election result, 1984
- UK Constituency Maps