Surbiton (UK Parliament constituency)
|Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Kingston and Surbiton|
Surbiton was a borough constituency created for the 1955 general election and abolished for the 1997 general election, in Surrey until 1965 and thereafter in outer south-west London. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom by the first past the post system of election.
This was in the safe/marginal seat spectrum irrefutably a safe Conservative seat during its 32-year lifetime. The party positioned in second position was also unchanged until it changed once in the course of the seat's history. The election when this change took place was the United Kingdom general election, 1983. The narrowest majority was the General Election 1966 at 15.7%.
1974-1983: The London Borough of Kingston upon Thames wards of Berrylands, Chessington, Hook and Southborough, St Mark's and Seething Wells, Surbiton Hill, Tolworth East, Tolworth South, and Tolworth West.
1983-1997: The London Borough of Kingston upon Thames wards of Berrylands, Chessington North, Chessington South, Hook, St Mark's, Surbiton Hill, Tolworth East, Tolworth South, and Tolworth West.
The constituency was made up of the eastern part of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in south-west London, centred on the area of Surbiton. In 1997, it was absorbed into the new and larger Kingston and Surbiton constituency after the Boundary Commission for England recommended that a seat be lost in the twinned boroughs of Kingston and Richmond.
Members of Parliament
|1955||Sir Nigel Fisher||Conservative|
|1997||constituency abolished: see Kingston and Surbiton|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1992: Surbiton|
|Liberal Democrat||Barbara Janke||9,394||26.9||−1.6|
|Labour||Robin T. Hutchinson||6,384||18.3||+3.9|
|Natural Law||W Parker||161||0.5|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Surbiton|
|Social Democratic||DT Burke||10,120||28.5|
|General Election 1983: Surbiton|
|Social Democratic||C Nowakowski||9,496||28.4|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Surbiton|
|General Election Oct 1974: Surbiton|
|General Election, February 1974: Surbiton|
|General Election 1970: Surbiton|
|Independent Powell Conservative||E Scruty||1,706||5.1|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: Surbiton|
|General Election 1964: Surbiton|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: Surbiton|
|General Election 1955: Surbiton|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
- C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.12 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995).
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.