Woking (UK Parliament constituency)

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Woking
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Woking in Surrey.
Outline map
Location of Surrey within England.
County Surrey
Electorate 74,328 (December 2010)
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of parliament Jonathan Lord (Conservative)
Created from Chertsey and Farnham
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Woking is a constituency created in 1950 represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. To date it has elected at each election the Conservative Party candidate.

History[edit]

It was created in 1950 from the county constituencies of Chertsey and lightly populated parts of Farnham.[n 1]

With exceptions in 1974 (February election), 1997, 2005 and 2010, when the majority was less, Woking has returned a Conservative candidate whose majority has exceeded 15% of the votes cast, with a Liberal Democrat the runner-up in the five general elections until 2015 when a Labour candidate polled second place. Its MP since 2010 is Jonathan Lord. The narrowest margin of victory was 11.2% of the vote, in 1997, its most marginal result. The 2015 result made the seat the 41st-safest of the Conservative Party's 331 seats by percentage of majority.[1]

There are a number of Liberal Democrat councillors locally and one Labour-voting ward (Canalside), but the Conservatives usually hold the majority of the wards comfortably.

Boundaries[edit]

  • 1950–74: The Urban Districts of Frimley and Camberley, and Woking, and in the Rural District of Guildford the parishes of Ash, Normandy, and Pirbright.
  • 1974–83: as above less Frimley and Camberley. Note in 1974 the areas became parts of Woking (borough) and Guildford (borough).
  • 1983–97: unchanged (i.e. The Borough of Woking, and the Borough of Guildford wards of Ash, Ash Vale, Normandy, and Pirbright.)
  • 1997–present: as above less Ash and Ash Vale

The 1974-recipient seat of Frimley and Camberley was North West Surrey (abolished in 1997). The 1997-recipient of Ash and Ash Vale was Surrey Heath. The constituency is based around the town of Woking in Surrey. The Boundary Commission for England made no boundary changes for Woking in the review before the 2010 general election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1950 Harold Watkinson Conservative
1951
1955
1959
1964 Sir Cranley Onslow Conservative
1966
1970
1974 Feb
1974 Oct
1979
1983
1987
1992
1997 Humfrey Malins Conservative
2001
2005
2010 Jonathan Lord Conservative
2015
2017

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Woking[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jonathan Lord 29,903 54.1 -2.1
Labour Fiona Colley 13,179 23.9 +7.7
Liberal Democrat Will Forster 9,711 17.6 +5.9
UKIP Troy de Leon 1,161 2.1 -9.2
Green James Brierley 1,092 2.0 -2.1
Independent Hassan Akberali 200 0.4 N/A
Majority 16,724 30.2 -9.8
Turnout 55,246 72.5 +2.5
Conservative hold Swing -4.9
General Election 2015: Woking[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jonathan Lord 29,199 56.2 +5.9
Labour Jill Rawling 8,389 16.1 +8.1
Liberal Democrat Chris Took 6,047 11.6 −25.8
UKIP Rob Burberry 5,873 11.3 +7.5
Green Martin Robson 2,109 4.1 N/A
CISTA Declan Wade 229 0.4 N/A
Magna Carta Conservation Party Great Britain Ruth Temple 77 0.1 N/A
The Evolution Party Angela Woolford 41 0.1 N/A
Majority 20,810 40.0 +27.1
Turnout 51,964 70.0 −1.5
Conservative hold Swing −1.1

On 9 June 2015, it was announced that the 2015 election result had been challenged by the Magna Carta Conservation Party candidate, Ruth Temple. Temple claimed in her petition that Jonathan Lord had been ineligible to stand and was thus not duly elected.[6][7]

General Election 2010: Woking[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jonathan Lord 26,551 50.3 +2.9
Liberal Democrat Rosie Sharpley 19,744 37.4 +4.3
Labour Tom Miller 4,246 8.0 −8.3
UKIP Rob Burberry 1,997 3.8 +0.9
Peace Julie Roxburgh 204 0.4 N/A
Magna Carta Conservation Party Great Britain Ruth Temple 44 0.1 N/A
Majority 6,807 12.9 −1.5
Turnout 52,786 71.5 +8.1
Conservative hold Swing −0.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Woking[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Humfrey Malins 21,838 47.4 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Anne Lee 15,226 33.1 +2.8
Labour Ellie Blagbrough 7,507 16.3 −4.0
UKIP Matthew Davies 1,324 2.9 −0.5
UK Community Issues Party Michael Osman 150 0.3 N/A
Majority 6,612 14.4 -1.3
Turnout 46,045 63.4 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing −0.7
General Election 2001: Woking[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Humfrey Malins 19,747 46.0 +7.6
Liberal Democrat Alan Hilliar 12,988 30.3 +3.0
Labour Sabir Hussain 8,714 20.3 −0.7
UKIP Michael Harvey 1,461 3.4 +2.4
Majority 6,759 15.7 +4.5
Turnout 42,910 60.2 −12.5
Conservative hold Swing +2.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Woking[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Humfrey Malins 19,553 38.4 −20.7
Liberal Democrat Philip Goldenberg 13,875 27.3 +0.2
Labour Katie Hanson 10,695 21.0 +7.6
Ind. Conservative Hugh Bell 3,933 7.7 N/A
Referendum Christopher Skeate 2,209 4.3 N/A
UKIP Michael Harvey 512 1.0 N/A
Natural Law Deirdre Sleeman 137 0.3 -0.2
Majority 5,678 11.2 -19.8
Turnout 50,914 72.7 -6.5
Conservative hold Swing -10.3

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.

General Election 1992: Woking[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cranley Onslow 37,744 58.9 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Dorothy A. Buckrell 17,902 28.0 −3.4
Labour James M. Dalgleish 8,080 12.6 +2.1
Natural Law Teresa A. Macintyre 302 0.5 N/A
Majority 19,842 31.0 +4.3
Turnout 64,028 79.2 +4.1
Conservative hold Swing +2.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Woking[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cranley Onslow 35,990 58.1 -0.2
SDP–Liberal Alliance (Liberal) Philip Goldenberg 19,446 31.4 +2.0
Labour Anita Pollack 6,537 10.5 -1.2
Majority 16,544 26.7 -2.2
Turnout 61,973 75.1 +3.4
Conservative hold Swing -1.1
General Election 1983: Woking[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cranley Onslow 32,748 58.3 +1.2
SDP–Liberal Alliance (Liberal) Philip Goldenberg 16,511 29.4 +11.4
Labour Barbara Broer 6,566 11.7 -6.3
Party of Associates with Licensees D. M. Comens 368 0.6 N/A
Majority 16,237 28.9 -4.2
Turnout 56,193 71.7 -4.8
Conservative hold Swing -5.1

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cranley Onslow 31,719 57.05 +11.01
Labour Nigel Beard 13,327 23.97 +0.27
Liberal George H. Dunk 9,991 17.97 -10.43
National Front P. A. Gleave 564 1.01 -0.85
Majority 18,392 33.08 +15.44
Turnout 55,601 76.51 +3.58
Conservative hold Swing +5.4
General Election, October 1974: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cranley Onslow 22,804 46.04 -0.29
Liberal P. Wade 14,069 28.40 -4.01
Labour J. W. Tattersall 11,737 23.70 +2.44
National Front R. Vaughan-Smith 921 1.86 N/A
Majority 8,735 17.64 +3.72
Turnout 49,531 72.93 -7.94
Conservative hold Swing +1.9
General Election, February 1974: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cranley Onslow 25,243 46.33 -10.38
Liberal P. Wade 17,660 32.41 +17.54
Labour J. W. Tattersall 11,583 21.26 -7.16
Majority 7,583 13.92 -14.37
Turnout 54,486 80.87 +10.99
Conservative hold Swing -14.0
General Election, 1970: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cranley Onslow 37,220 56.71 +5.31
Labour R. M. Taylor 18,652 28.42 -2.38
Liberal P. Wade 9,763 14.87 -2.93
Majority 18,568 28.29 +7.69
Turnout 65,635 69.88 -7.23
Conservative hold Swing +3.8

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election, 1966: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cranley Onslow 32,057 51.40 -0.30
Labour Michael Downing 19,210 30.80 +1.22
Liberal Agnes H. Scott 11,104 17.80 -0.92
Majority 12,847 20.60 -1.52
Turnout 62,371 77.11 -0.98
Conservative hold Swing -0.8
General Election, 1964: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cranley Onslow 31,170 51.70 -15.70
Labour H. G. N. Clother 17,834 29.58 -3.02
Liberal Agnes H. Scott 11,285 18.72 N/A
Majority 13,336 22.12 -12.69
Turnout 60,289 78.09 +0.74
Conservative hold Swing -6.3

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election, 1959: Woking[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Harold Watkinson 33,521 67.40 +2.99
Labour R David Vaughan Williams 16,210 32.60 -2.99
Majority 17,311 34.81 +5.99
Turnout 49,731 77.35 +1.63
Conservative hold Swing +3.0
General Election, 1955: Woking[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Harold Watkinson 27,860 64.41 -0.54
Labour R David Vaughan Williams 15,393 35.59 +0.54
Majority 12,467 28.82 -1.08
Turnout 43,253 75.72 -3.01
Conservative hold Swing -0.5
General Election, 1951: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Harold Watkinson 26,522 64.95 +6.97
Labour W. Eric Wolff 14,313 35.05 +3.86
Majority 12,209 29.90 +3.12
Turnout 40,835 78.73 -4.51
Conservative hold Swing +1.6
General Election, 1950: Woking
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Harold Watkinson 24,454 57.98
Labour T. Davies 13,157 31.19
Liberal Michael Fernley Turner-Bridger 4,567 10.83
Majority 11,297 26.78
Turnout 42,178 83.24
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

References
  1. ^ List of Conservative MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)
  3. ^ "Known candidates for Woking in the 2017 General Election". Democracy Club. 12 May 2017. Archived from the original on 14 May 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "UK 2015 general election results in full". The Guardian. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Election Petition Public Notice" (PDF). Woking Borough Council. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Pack, Mark. "Three election petitions against constituency results". Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "1959 General Election data, marked up". tools.assembla.com/svn/grodt. 
  17. ^ "1955 General Election data, marked up". tools.assembla.com/svn/grodt. 
Notes
  1. ^ All extant UK seats elect one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election, as from the outset in Woking in 1950

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 51°18′N 0°36′W / 51.3°N 0.6°W / 51.3; -0.6