Uxbridge and South Ruislip (UK Parliament constituency)

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Uxbridge and South Ruislip
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Uxbridge and South Ruislip in Greater London
CountyGreater London
Electorate71,954 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created2010
Member of ParliamentBoris Johnson (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromUxbridge (most)
Ruislip-Northwood (part)
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyLondon

Uxbridge and South Ruislip is a constituency[n 1] created in 2010, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom since 2015 by Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party. Johnson also served as Foreign Secretary from 13 July 2016 until his resignation from the Cabinet on 9 July 2018. He succeeded Theresa May as Prime Minister on 24 July 2019.

History[edit]

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.[2]

In 2010, for the Uxbridge-born Conservative John Randall candidate, 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’s Vincent Lo 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.

Boundaries[edit]

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;

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:

Constituency profile[edit]

The seat is in the London commuter belt, served by seven tube stations, 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.[6]

Although the constituency voted to leave the European Union in 2016, an analysis of YouGov polling by Focaldata suggested support for Remain had risen from 43.6% to 51.4% in August 2018. Prime Minister Johnson, the MP for the constituency, is a prominent Eurosceptic politician and was a key figure of the Vote Leave campaign in the run-up to the EU referendum on 23 June 2016; which resulted in a victory for the Leave campaign after it was announced on the morning of 24 June 2016 that the UK electorate voted in favour of British withdrawal from the European Union.[7]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Candidate Party Notes
2010 John Randall Conservative Treasurer of Her Majesty's Household (2010-2015)
2015 Boris Johnson Conservative Mayor of London (2008-2016)
Foreign Secretary (2016-2018)
Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party (2019-present)

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

The Renew Party decided not to stand a candidate against incumbent MP, Boris Johnson. They instead endorsed the Liberal Democrats as part of a “Remain Alliance”[8]

Next United Kingdom general election: Uxbridge and South Ruislip
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Evenden-Kenyon[9]
Labour Ali Milani[10]
Brexit Party Nikki Page[11]
General election 2017: Uxbridge and South Ruislip[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Boris Johnson 23,716 50.8 +0.6
Labour Vincent Lo 18,682 40.0 +13.6
Liberal Democrat Rosina Robson 1,835 3.9 -1.0
UKIP Lizzy Kemp 1,577 3.4 -10.8
Green Mark Keir 884 1.9 -1.3
Majority 5,034 10.8 -13.1
Turnout 46,694 66.8 +3.4
Registered electors 69,936
Conservative hold Swing -6.5
General election 2015: Uxbridge and South Ruislip[14][15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Boris Johnson 22,511 50.2 +1.9
Labour Chris Summers[17] 11,816 26.4 +3.0
UKIP Jack Duffin 6,346 14.2 +11.4
Liberal Democrat Michael Cox 2,215 4.9 −15.0
Green Graham Lee[18] 1,414 3.2 +2.1
TUSC Gary Harbord[19] 180 0.4 N/A
Independent Jenny Thompson[20] 84 0.2 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Howling Laud Hope[21] 72 0.2 N/A
Communities United Sabrina Moosun[20] 52 0.1 N/A
The Eccentric Party of Great Britain (UK) Lord Toby Jug[20] 50 0.1 N/A
Independent Michael Doherty[20] 39 0.1 N/A
The Realists' Party Jane Lawrence[20] 18 0.0 N/A
Independent James Jackson[20] 14 0.0 N/A
Majority 10,695 23.9 −1.0
Turnout 44,811 63.4 +0.1
Registered electors 70,631
Conservative hold Swing −0.5
General election 2010: Uxbridge and South Ruislip[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Randall* 21,758 48.3 N/A
Labour Sidharath Garg 10,542 23.4 N/A
Liberal Democrat Mike Cox 8,995 20.0 N/A
BNP Diane Neal 1,396 3.1 N/A
UKIP Mark Wadsworth 1,234 2.7 N/A
Green Mike Harling 477 1.1 N/A
English Democrat Roger Cooper 403 0.9 N/A
National Front Frank McCallister 271 0.6 N/A
Majority 11,216 24.9 N/A
Turnout 45,076 63.3 N/A
Registered electors 71,160
Conservative win (new seat)
Source: BBC News[23]
* Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
References
  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ List of Conservative MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 29 January 2017
  3. ^ "Uxbridge and South Ruislip". UK Polling Report. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Hillingdon and Uxbridge" (PDF). Retrieved 14 September 2016.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Hillingdon and Uxbridge". Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  6. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  7. ^ Savage, Michael (11 August 2018). "More than 100 seats that backed Brexit now want to remain in EU". The Observer.
  8. ^ https://www.markpack.org.uk/159641/renew-party-backs-lib-dems-in-boris-johnsons-constituency/
  9. ^ https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/elizabeth-evenden-kenyon-liberal-democrats-general-election-1-6154372
  10. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/07/21/shadow-minister-defends-labour-candidate-made-anti-semitic-comments/
  11. ^ https://twitter.com/evendenkenyon/status/1173688053824741377?s=21
  12. ^ "Uxbridge & Ruislip South parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
  13. ^ http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7979/CBP-7979.pdf
  14. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  15. ^ "London Borough of Hillingdon – Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency results 2015". Government of the United Kingdom. Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Uxbridge & Ruislip South parliamentary constituency – Election 2015 – BBC News". BBC.
  17. ^ "VOTE FOR CHRIS SUMMERS". VOTE FOR CHRIS SUMMERS.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 January 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "TUSC parliamentary candidates in May 2015" (PDF). Tusc.org. Retrieved 13 June 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  20. ^ a b c d e f "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "Monster Raving Loony's Howling Laud Hope's career". BBC. 27 November 2014.
  22. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  23. ^ "Election 2010: Uxbridge & South Ruislip". BBC News. Retrieved 21 April 2011.

External links[edit]

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Constituency represented by the Prime Minister
2019–present
Incumbent

Coordinates: 51°32′N 0°26′W / 51.54°N 0.44°W / 51.54; -0.44