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|
- Bramley Busbridge and Hascombe; Chiddingfold and Dunsfold; Elstead and Thursley; Farnham: Bourne, Castle, Firgrove, Hale and Heath End, Moor Park, Shortheath and Boundstone, Upper Hale, Weybourne and Badshot Lea, and Wrecclesham and Rowledge wards; Frensham, Dockenfield and Tilford; Godalming: Binscombe, Central and Ockford, Charterhouse, Farncombe and Catteshall, and Holloway wards; Haslemere, Critchmere and Shottermill; Hindhead; Milford; and Witley and Hambledon in the Waverley District
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 Democrat's third target constituency (by swing required). Since then, however, the Conservative majority has substantially increased, exceeding 28,000 in 2015.
- 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 Ministry|
|2005||Jeremy Hunt||Conservative||Frontbencher during the Cameron Ministry|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: South West Surrey|
|Labour||Howard James Kaye||5,415||9.4||+3.4|
|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.
|General Election 2010: South West Surrey|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Simpson||17,287||30.2||−9.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: South West Surrey|
|Liberal Democrat||Simon Cordon||20,709||39.5||−4.1|
|General Election 2001: South West Surrey|
|Liberal Democrat||Simon Cordon||21,601||43.6||+3.8|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: South West Surrey|
|Liberal Democrat||Neil Sherlock||22,471||39.8||+6.3|
|Referendum Party||Judith Clementson||2,830||5.0||N/A|
|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.
|General Election 1992: South West Surrey|
|Liberal Democrat||Neil Sherlock||20,033||33.5||−0.9|
|Natural Law||Keith Campbell||147||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: South West Surrey|
|Labour||John Kenneth Philip Evers||3,224||5.6||−2.6|
|Independent Conservative||Matthew John Green||299||0.5||N/A|
|By-Election 1984: South West Surrey|
|Pro-Holocaust Masturbation Freedom||Victor Litvin||117||0.3||N/A|
|Death off Roads: Freight on Rail||Helen Mary Anscomb||82||0.2||N/A|
|Votes for a full hearing||Peter Reid Smith||29||0.1||N/A|
|General Election 1983: South West Surrey|
|Liberal||George Edwin Scott||16,716||32.1||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
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
- 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]
- 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
- 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
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- 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