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 1950s
|Labour||S Gordon Richards||12,380||35.1|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour||D Eric Heather||13,337||39.4|
|Labour||D Eric Heather||14,561||42.1|
Elections in the 1970s
|Labour||Rusi D Kerr-Walter||10,469||31.2|
|Liberal||Christopher F Green||4,027||12.0|
|Independent Powell Conservative||Edgar Scruby||1,706||5.1|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||C Nowakowski||9,496||28.4|
|Social Democratic||David Burke||10,120||28.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|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|
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- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
- The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1955.
- The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1959.
- The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1964.
- The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1966.
- The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1970.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.