Surrey Heath (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Surrey Heath in Surrey
Location of Surrey within England
|Electorate||78,453 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Michael Gove (Conservative)|
|Created from||North West Surrey, Guildford and Woking|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
Members of ParliamentEdit
In terms of housing 70% of homes are detached or semi-detached at the 2011 census. The detached percentage (45.2%) was at that time the second highest in the South East, behind the New Forest. The area is well connected to London Heathrow Airport, IT, telecommunications and logistics centres of the M3 and M4 'corridors' and to the military towns of Aldershot and Sandhurst. Farnborough with its civil, private aviation base with certain military uses is also nearby, as is Blackbushe Airport.
Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 1.7% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
The constituency is one of the Conservative party's safest seats, with most wards firmly in their camp, the exception being the Old Dean ward which usually votes Labour at local level. According to the British Election Study, it is the most right-wing seat in the UK as of 2014.
Surrey Heath occupies the northwest corner of the county. It has electoral wards:
- Bagshot, Bisley, Chobham, Frimley, Frimley Green, Heatherside, Lightwater, Mytchett and Deepcut, Old Dean, Parkside, St Michaels, St Pauls, Town, Watchett, West End, and Windlesham in the Surrey Heath District
- Ash South and Tongham, Ash Vale, and Ash Wharf in the Borough of Guildford.
The largest town[n 3] is Camberley. The Boundary Commission made no boundary changes for Surrey Heath in the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies before the 2010 general election.
The large village of Ash with Ash Vale and smaller one of Tongham are contiguous, similar to Frimley and Frimley Green.
On its creation, Nick Hawkins was elected to Parliament as Surrey North West MP Michael Grylls who had in 1992 achieved a majority of 28,392 retired. One of Hawkins' opponents for selection was future Speaker, John Bercow, selected for Buckingham the same day.
In 2004, the Conservative constituency association, then the richest in the country, deselected Hawkins for the next election in the hope of obtaining an MP of Cabinet calibre.
Elections in the 2010sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Alasdair Pinkerton|
|Liberal Democrat||Ann-Marie Barker||6,271||10.8||1.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Ann-Marie Barker||4,937||9.1||16.8|
|Independent||Bob and Roberta Smith||273||0.5||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Alan Hilliar||14,037||25.8||3.0|
Elections in the 2000sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Rosalyn Harper||13,797||28.8||3.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Mark Lelliott||11,582||25.7||3.9|
Elections in the 1990sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||David Newman||11,944||21.8||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and referencesEdit
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
- occupying the seven wards without individual settlement articles
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)
- "2011 census interactive maps". Archived from the original on 2016-01-29.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Wheeler, Brian (1 December 2014). "The strange truth about how and why we vote" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- Savage, Michael (11 August 2018). "More than 100 seats that backed Brexit now want to remain in EU". The Observer.
- "BBC NEWS - UK - UK Politics - The John Bercow story". news.bbc.co.uk.
- Melissa Kite (27 Jun 2004). "Surrey Heath members believe that their money ought to be able to buy a future prime minister". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
- LibDems, Surrey Heath (September 18, 2019). "At a fantastically well attended hustings tonight, the #surreyheath Lib Dems are delighted to announce that Alasdair Pinkerton has been selected as our PPC for the next General Election. Thank you to all our amazing candidates for your incredible efforts. #getgoveoutpic.twitter.com/jRKyiCm0gA".
- "Loony Party Candidates". Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- webteam, Surrey Heath UKIP. "Leave the EU - Surrey Heath Constituency UKIP branch. News, articles, videos, policies, join, in.camberley, frimley, bagshot, chobham, bisley, mytchett". surreyheathukip.org.uk.
- "Kimberley Lawson PPC page". Green Party of England and Wales. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- Clark, Nick (3 December 2014). "Bob and Roberta Smith will run against Michael Gove at the election on culture platform". Independent. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.