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|
Uxbridge and South Ruislip is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Boris Johnson, a Conservative, who has served as Foreign Secretary in the cabinet since 13 July 2016 and former Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016. [n 2]
It is considered a safe seat for the Conservative Party; the Conservative Party won the two most recent elections by a margin of about 25%, and since 1970 all fourteen parliamentary elections in this constituency and its predecessor (the constituency of Uxbridge) were won by the Conservatives.
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
In 2010 for the locally selected Conservative standing, the one-party swing in the seat was only 0.1% greater than that seen nationally, however, was enough on the newly drawn constituency boundaries to provide the winning candidate, John Randall, born in Uxbridge, with 48.3% of the vote, and a majority of more than 11,000 votes.
In the election only the three largest parliamentary parties reached the 5% of the vote threshold and thus retained their deposits.
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 now has 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, owing to the socio-economic and demographic similarities of the following wards:
- 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 three 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. 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|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael Francis Cox||2,215||4.9||-15.0|
|TUSC||Gary Harbord ||180||0.4||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||Alan "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|
|Independent||James Franklin Jackson||14||0.0||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Cox||8,995||20.0||-2.7|
|English Democrats||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. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "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" [self-published source][better source needed]
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- http://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/29845/Uxbridge-and-South-Ruislip-constituency-results-2015 23Jul15
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election 2010: Uxbridge & South Ruislip". BBC News. Retrieved 21 April 2011.