List of Parliamentary constituencies in Surrey
The county of Surrey is divided into 11 Parliamentary constituencies (sub-classified into four of borough type and seven of county status affecting the level of expenses permitted and status of returning officer). The county in common with Essex saw the vast bulk of its population and seats removed on the creation of the County of London in 1887 and its wider replacement the county of Greater London in 1965. Reflecting the mainly suburban and rural nature of the rump county, all 11 seats have been held by Conservative MPs since 2005. The last period when more than one non-Conservative party MP served a division of the present definition of Surrey was that between the general elections of 1906 and January 1910.
|Constituency[nb 1]||Electorate||Majority[nb 2]||Member of Parliament||Nearest opposition||Map|
|East Surrey||82,004||23,914||Sam Gyimah†||Hitesh Tailor‡|
|Epsom and Ewell||80,029||20,475||Chris Grayling†||Ed Mayne‡|
|Esher and Walton||80,938||23,298||Dominic Raab†||Lana Hylands‡|
|Guildford||75,291||17,040||Anne Milton†||Zoe Franklin¤|
|Mole Valley||74,545||24,137||Sir Paul Beresford†||Paul Kennedy¤|
|Reigate||74,628||17,614||Crispin Blunt†||Toby Brampton‡|
|Runnymede and Weybridge||74,888||18,050||Philip Hammond†||Fiona Dent‡|
|South West Surrey||78,042||21,590||Jeremy Hunt†||Dr Louise Irvine~|
|Spelthorne||72,641||13,425||Kwasi Kwarteng†||Rebecca Geach‡|
|Surrey Heath||80,764||24,943||Michael Gove†||Laween Atroshi‡|
|Woking||76,170||16,724||Jonathan Lord†||Fiona Colley‡|
General Election 2017, 2015 and 2010 resultsEdit
|Epsom and Ewell||59.6||25.0||12.5||-||2.9||-|
|Esher and Walton||58.6||19.7||17.3||1.7||1.8||0.8|
|Runnymede and Weybridge||60.9||25.9||7.3||3.2||2.6||-|
|South West Surrey||55.7||12.6||9.9||1.8||-||20.0|
|Epsom and Ewell||58.3||15.5||12.5||8.8||3.7||1.3|
|Esher and Walton||62.9||12.7||9.7||9.4||4.1||1.1|
|Runnymede and Weybridge||59.7||15.5||13.9||6.7||4.1||--|
|South West Surrey||59.9||9.5||9.9||6.3||5.4||9.1|
|Epsom and Ewell||56.2||26.8||11.9||4.6||0.5|
|Esher and Walton||58.9||24.8||10.7||3.3||2.3|
|Runnymede and Weybridge||55.9||21.6||13.4||6.5||2.5|
|South West Surrey||58.7||30.2||6.0||2.6||2.6|
Boundary review (2010)Edit
The initial proposals at the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which reported prior to 2010 envisaged no changes for the seats of East Surrey, Esher and Walton, Runnymede and Weybridge, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath and Woking seats. Changes for Mole Valley would realign rural ward boundaries with Epsom & Ewell not moving any voters. A disparity of around 11,000 electors exists between Guildford and Reigate seats. These amendments are envisaged, reducing it to 8,000 of patent malapportionment due to population change:
Guildford and South West Surrey, move:
- Bramley, Busbridge and Hascombe ward into South West Surrey, from Guildford
- Alford, Cranleigh Rural and Ellens Green ward into Guildford, from S.W. Surrey
Reigate and Epsom & Ewell
- Move Preston (near Tadworth) from Epsom & Ewell into Reigate.
Consultation and final recommendationsEdit
The main objections focused upon the moving of Bramley, Busbridge and Hascombe into South West Surrey and a public review meeting was called which was dominated by this. The objections centred on the argument that the area had stronger links, including transport services, to Guildford than to Farnham and Godalming. Some noted that the previous Boundary Commission rejected a proposal to move Bramley after public objection. However this would have been to Mole Valley and the petitioners, including Bramley Parish Council, had stated that whilst they preferred to stay in Guildford, if they had to move they would prefer to be moved to South West Surrey. Also Bramley was not the entirety of the ward and the Commission was deeply reluctant to divide wards. The review upheld the proposals.
Objections were also made to the names of Guildford, Surrey Heath and Reigate. In general the objections were limited by a desire to avoid name changes unless majority boundary changes were made.
The objection to Guildford was lodged by a non resident who proposed "Guildford and Cranleigh" to take into account the large village in the seat. This was rejected, with the citation that there was no local support.
Reigate was objected to by those who proposed "Reigate and Banstead", the name of the district. Amongst those objecting were both Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and Crispin Blunt, the local MP. However the seat covers only 70% of the district, with Reigate at its centre, whilst Banstead (in the north east corner) has a history of being moved between seats. The present name was retained.
Surrey Heath received objections, in part because of the 20% of the constituency that is outside the Surrey Heath district. Alternative suggested included "North West Surrey" (the pre 1997 name), "Camberley and Ash" and "West Surrey". However this proposal was opposed by many, including the Surrey Heath borough council. The objection was rejection as the identity was clear and the alternatives were divided and even more imprecise.
The proposed changes to Reigate, Epsom & Ewell and Mole Valley did not meet objections.
|Name||Current boundaries||Proposed revision|
Changes proposed for 2022Edit
Historic List of Constituencies in SurreyEdit
Used from 1950 to 1974Edit
(previous county: Middlesex abolished in 1965) Eleven other seats fell within the north-east of Surrey until 1965 (shown in the results table below). In common with Essex, a majority (11 seats compared to 9) forming the metropolitan part closest to London and bulk of the population were removed into London leaving a predominantly suburban and rural content.
Used from 1974 to 1983Edit
- Chertsey and Walton
- East Surrey
- Epsom and Ewell
- North West Surrey
Used from 1983 to 1997Edit
Historical results by partyEdit
A cell marked → (with a different colour background to the preceding cell) indicates that the previous MP continued to sit under a new party name.
1885 to 1918Edit
|Constituency||1885||86||1886||92||1892||95||1895||97||99||1900||03||04||1906||07||09||Jan 1910||Dec 1910||12||16||17|
|Epsom||Cubitt||Bucknill||W. Keswick||H. Keswick|
|Kingston upon Thames||Ellis||Temple||Skewes-Cox||Cave|
Note the 15 other seats of Surrey created in 1885 which primarily or wholly lay in the 1889-created County of London are not included in this list.
1918 to 1950 (12, then 14 MPs)Edit
|Kingston upon Thames||Campbell||Penny||Royds||Boyd-Carpenter|
|Sutton and Cheam†||Marshall|
† denotes area falls largely within present-day county of Greater London.
1950 to 1974 (19, then 20 MPs)Edit
|Croydon East / Croydon NE (1955)||Williams||Hughes-Hallett||Weatherill|
|Croydon North / Croydon NW (1955)||Harris||Taylor|
|Croydon West / Croydon S (1955)||Thompson||Winnick||Thompson|
|Kingston upon Thames||Boyd-Carpenter|
|Merton and Morden||Ryder||Atkins||Fookes|
|Sutton and Cheam||Marshall||Sharples||Tope|
1974 to present (11 MPs)Edit
In 1965 half (ten) of Surrey's constituencies were moved to the new county of Greater London, but constituencies based on the old boundaries continued to be used until 1974, when Surrey gained one constituency from the abolished administrative county of Middlesex.
Liberal Democrat MP Sue Doughty, who won Guildford in 2001 with a winning margin of 1.2%, was the first candidate to take a seat from the Conservatives in the area covered by the present county of Surrey in 56 years.
|Constituency||Feb 1974||Oct 1974||78||1979||1983||84||1987||1992||97||1997||2001||2005||2010||2015||2017|
|Chertsey & Walton / Runnymede & Weybridge (1997)||Pattie||Hammond|
|Dorking (1974–83) / Mole Valley (1983-)||Sinclair||Wickenden||Baker||Beresford|
|Epsom and Ewell||Rawlinson||Hamilton||Grayling|
|Esher (1974–97) / Esher and Walton (1997-)||Mather||Taylor||Raab|
|Farnham (1974–83) / SW Surrey (1983-)||Macmillan||Bottomley||Hunt|
|Surrey NW (1974–97) / Surrey Heath (1997-)||Grylls||Hawkins||Gove|
- BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
- The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.