Uxbridge and South Ruislip (UK Parliament constituency)
|Uxbridge and South Ruislip|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Uxbridge and South Ruislip in Greater London.
|Electorate||71,954 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Boris Johnson (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Uxbridge (most)
|European Parliament constituency||London|
Most of the constituency came from that of Uxbridge which was first established under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, however parts of the seat came from Ruislip-Northwood and Hayes and Harlington, both of which had been carved out of the Uxbridge seat in 1950. The 1950 changes reflecting the growth in population across the area during the period from 1918, the previous national reorganisation of seats.
- Political history
The Conservative party won in 2010 and 2015 by a margin of about 25%, and since 1970 the fourteen parliamentary elections in this constituency and its predecessor (the constituency of Uxbridge) were won by the Conservatives. The 2015 result gave the seat the 149th most marginal majority of the Conservative Party's 331 seats by percentage of majority.
In 2010 for the locally selected Conservative standing John Randall, born in Uxbridge, the one-party swing in the seat was 0.1% greater than that seen nationally — enough on the newly drawn constituency boundaries to provide 48.3% of the vote, and a majority of more than 11,000 votes. In the 2010 and 2015 elections three (of 8 and 13 candidates respectively) attained 5% of the vote or more, to retain their deposits.
In 2015, Boris Johnson was selected to retain the seat; he was elected with a swing of less than 1% to Labour. However, the 2017 election saw a 13.6% swing to Labour which brought Johnson's majority down to only 5,034, less than half his 2015 margin and by far the lowest for a Conservative candidate in the area since 2001. This was in keeping with the large swing to Labour in most of Greater London, and could indicate the area becoming an important target for Labour if they are to win a Parliamentary majority in future.
The boundaries of the constituency changed prior to the general election in 2010 as Parliament approved the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies. Ickenham and parts of West Ruislip were allocated to the Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner new seat. Treating the constituency as the direct successor to the Uxbridge seat, it gained the electoral wards:
The seat comprises the following electoral wards;
- Brunel, Cavendish, Hillingdon East, Manor, South Ruislip, Uxbridge North, Uxbridge South, and Yiewsley in the London Borough of Hillingdon
The Boundary Commission for England 2018 review (see also Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies) has provisionally recommended that the successor for the current constituency, shall duly be named Hillingdon and Uxbridge:
- Brunel, Harefield, Hillingdon East, Ickenham, South Ruislip, Uxbridge North & Uxbridge South from the London Borough of Hillingdon and Northolt Mandeville & Northolt West End from the London Borough of Ealing 
The seat has five tube stations with the boundary passing through two more, and spacious urban districts of Outer London. The area, in contrast to Hayes and inner western suburbs, is without brutalist tower blocks, and is instead beside the Colne Valley regional park. The highest density of buildings is found close to historic Uxbridge town centre, a London hub in a seat that is ethnically diverse and prosperous, including on its outskirts Brunel University, with most electoral wards voting Conservative with the exception of Uxbridge South, which returns Labour councillors. Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.6% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
Members of Parliament
John Randall, MP for the seat since its creation in 2010 and for the old Uxbridge seat since a by-election in 1997, announced in July 2014 that he would be retiring at the May 2015 general election. On 12 September 2014 Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, was selected to be the Conservative candidate at the general election. Johnson has been Foreign Secretary under Prime Minister Theresa May since July 2016.
|2010||Sir John Randall||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Rosina Robson||1,835||3.9||−1.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael Cox||2,215||4.9||−15.0|
|TUSC||Gary Harbord ||180||0.4||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||Howling Laud Hope||72||0.2||N/A|
|Communities United||Sabrina Moosun||52||0.1||N/A|
|The Eccentric Party of Great Britain (UK)||Lord Toby Jug||50||0.1||N/A|
|The Realists` Party||Jane Lawrence||18||0.0||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Cox||8,995||20.0||−2.7|
|English Democrat||Roger Cooper||403||0.9||N/A|
|National Front||Frank McCallister||271||0.6||−0.1|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- List of Conservative MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
- "Uxbridge and South Ruislip". UK Polling Report. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- "Hillingdon and Uxbridge" (PDF). Retrieved 14 September 2016.
- "Hillingdon and Uxbridge". Retrieved 14 September 2016.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- "Sir John Randall to step down as Uxbridge MP – speculation grows over Boris Johnson as successor". Hillingdon and Uxbridge Times. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
- Johnston, Chris (12 September 2014). "Boris Johnson selected to stand for Tories in Uxbridge and South Ruislip". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "U"
- "Uxbridge & Ruislip South parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Uxbridge & Ruislip South parliamentary constituency - Election 2015 - BBC News" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "VOTE FOR CHRIS SUMMERS". VOTE FOR CHRIS SUMMERS.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-08. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
- "TUSC parliamentary candidates in May 2015" (PDF). Tusc.org. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-18. Retrieved 2015-04-10.
- "Monster Raving Loony's Howling Laud Hope's career". 27 November 2014 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election 2010: Uxbridge & South Ruislip". BBC News. Retrieved 21 April 2011.