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Romsey and Southampton North (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 50°59′10″N 1°27′54″W / 50.986°N 1.465°W / 50.986; -1.465

Romsey and Southampton North is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Caroline Nokes, a Conservative. For the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer it is a county constituency.

Romsey and Southampton North
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Romsey and Southampton North in Hampshire.
Outline map
Location of Hampshire within England.
Electorate67,696 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentCaroline Nokes (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromRomsey
European Parliament constituencySouth East England



Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which created this constituency for the 2010 general election primarily as an extended Romsey constituency.


Romsey and Southampton North is formed from electoral wards:

  • Bassett; and Swaythling in the City of Southampton:
  • Abbey, Ampfield and Braishfield, Blackwater, Broughton and Stockbridge, Chilworth, Nursling and Rownhams, Cupernham, Dun Valley, Harewood, Kings Somborne and Michelmersh, North Baddesley, Over Wallop, Romsey Extra, Tadburn, Valley Park in Test Valley[2]

The area includes Stockbridge, which was a rotten borough (rotten parliamentary borough) until the latter's abolition under the Great Reform Act of 1832.

Constituency profileEdit

The constituency takes in the bulk of a more affluent and older-population local government district with a fraction of a contrasting district: the net result is a working population whose income is close to the national average and lower than average reliance upon social housing.[3] At the end of 2012, the unemployment rate in the constituency stood as 1.5% of the population claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, compared to the regional average of 2.4%.[4] The borough contributing to the bulk of the seat has a low 13.5% of its population without a car, 18.4% of the population without qualifications and a high 30.5% with Level 4 qualifications or above. In terms of tenure 70.4% of homes are owned outright or on a mortgage as at the 2011 census in Test Valley district.[5]

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election Member[6] Party
2010 Caroline Nokes Conservative


Elections in the 2010sEdit

General election 2017: Romsey and Southampton North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Caroline Nokes 28,668 57.1 +2.8
Liberal Democrat Catherine Royce 10,662 21.3 +3.5
Labour Darren Paffey 9,614 19.2 +7.3
Green Ian Callaghan 953 1.9 -2.8
JAC Don Jerrard 271 0.5 n/a
Majority 18,006 35.8 -0.8
Turnout 50,168 74.7 +1.94
Conservative hold Swing -0.35
General election 2015: Romsey and Southampton North[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Caroline Nokes 26,285 54.4 +4.6
Liberal Democrat Ben Nicholls 8,573 17.7 -23.5
Labour Darren Paffey 5,749 11.9 +5.5
UKIP Sandra James 5,511 11.4 +8.8
Green Ian Callaghan 2,218 4.6 n/a
Majority 17,712 36.6 +28.4
Turnout 48,336 72.76 +0.1
Conservative hold Swing +14.1

This constituency was contested for the first time at the 2010 general election.

General election 2010: Romsey and Southampton North[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Caroline Nokes 24,345 49.7 +6.6
Liberal Democrat Sandra Gidley 20,189 41.3 −2.4
Labour Aktar Beg 3,116 6.4 -4.6
UKIP John Meropoulos 1,289 2.6 +0.3
Majority 4,156 8.4
Turnout 48,939 72.6 +6.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +4.5

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  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. ^ 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
  3. ^ 2001 Census
  4. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  5. ^ 2011 census interactive maps Archived 2016-01-29 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 2)
  7. ^ "Romsey & Southampton North parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
  8. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.