Wealden (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Wealden in East Sussex.
Location of East Sussex within England.
|Electorate||77,536 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Nus Ghani (Conservative)|
|Created from||East Grinstead, Lewes and Rye|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
Wealden is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Nus Ghani, a Conservative. Ghani was the first Muslim woman to be elected as a Conservative member of Parliament.
- Political history
The seat's history is that of a safe Conservative seat. Before the 2015 election, the Liberal Democrats including their two predecessor parties have so far always presented the main opposition candidate, but they then fell to fourth place. The best result for the Labour Party was in 2017, however was 39% below the share of the vote taken by the winner. Closest in percentage majority was the election of 1997 with a majority of 24% of the vote, still more than a marginal gap separated the two main local parties.
- Prominent frontbenchers
1983-1997: The District of Wealden wards of Buxted, Chiddingly and East Hoathly, Crowborough East, Crowborough North, Crowborough West, Danehill, Fletching, Forest Row, Framfield, Frant, Hailsham Central and North, Hailsham East, Hailsham South and West, Hartfield, Heathfield, Hellingly, Horam, Maresfield, Mayfield, Rotherfield, Uckfield, Wadhurst, Waldron, and Withyam.
1997-2010: The District of Wealden wards of Buxted, Chiddingly and East Hoathly, Crowborough East, Crowborough North, Crowborough St John's, Crowborough West, Danehill, Fletching, Forest Row, Framfield, Frant, Hailsham Central and North, Hailsham East, Hailsham South and West, Hartfield, Heathfield, Hellingly, Horam, Maresfield, Mayfield, Rotherfield, Uckfield, Wadhurst, Waldron, and Withyam.
2010-present: The District of Wealden wards of Buxted and Maresfield, Chiddingly and East Hoathly, Crowborough East, Crowborough Jarvis Brook, Crowborough North, Crowborough St John's, Crowborough West, Danehill/Fletching/Nutley, Forest Row, Framfield, Frant/Withyham, Hailsham Central and North, Hailsham East, Hailsham South and West, Hartfield, Hellingly, Horam, Mayfield, Rotherfield, Uckfield Central, Uckfield New Town, Uckfield North, Uckfield Ridgewood, and Wadhurst.
Approximately half of the population in the constituency lives in the area’s three main towns: Crowborough, Hailsham and Uckfield. The rest of the seat is predominantly rural and has many small towns, villages and hamlets. The Wealden landscape is varied, ranging from the Ashdown Forest in the north to the South Downs and the coastal part is included in seats to the south.
A considerable portion of the population is retired or work in London, Brighton or other regional employment bases at a managerial or advanced professional level. Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 1.5% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
Members of Parliament
|1983||Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Chris Bowers||6,281||10.4||+1.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Giles Goodall||5,180||9.1||−16.5|
|Green||Mark Smith ||3,623||6.4||+3.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Chris Bowers||13,911||25.3||+0.6|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Wigley||13,054||23.5||−0.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Steve Murphy||12,507||23.7||−2.0|
|Pensioner Coalition||Cyril Thornton||453||0.9||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Conservative||Geoffrey Johnson Smith||29,417||49.8||−12.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael Skinner||15,213||25.7||−1.3|
|Natural Law||Paul Cragg||188||0.3||+0.0|
This constituency underwent boundary changes between the 1992 and 1997 general elections and thus change in share of vote is based on a notional calculation.
|Conservative||Geoffrey Johnson Smith||37,263||61.7||−2.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael Skinner||16,332||27.1||−0.4|
|Natural Law||Roger Graham||182||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative||Geoffrey Johnson Smith||35,154||64.2||0.0|
|Social Democratic||David Sinclair||15,044||27.5||−2.1|
|Conservative||Geoffrey Johnson Smith||31,926||64.2||N/A|
|Social Democratic||David Pace||14,741||29.6||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- "'Wealden', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 2)
- "Wealden parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "UK Polling Report". ukpollingreport.co.uk.
- "Labour party selects teenager from Hastings as their candidate for MP - Crowborough Life". 23 December 2014.
- "Wealden Green Party - Home". wealden.greenparty.org.uk.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.