Wokingham (UK Parliament constituency)
Wokingham is a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Wokingham in Berkshire
Location of Berkshire within England
|Member of Parliament||John Redwood (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Newbury and Windsor|
|Type of constituency||County constituency|
|Replaced by||Newbury and Windsor|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
- 1 History
- 2 Boundaries and boundary changes
- 3 Changes proposed for 2022
- 4 MPs 1885–1918
- 5 Elections
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
Originally, Newbury was part of a larger constituency of Berkshire, which returned two Members of Parliament (MPs), increased to three in the Reform Act of 1832. In the Redistribution of Seats Act of 1885 Berkshire was divided into three county constituencies, Northern (Abingdon), Southern (Newbury), and Eastern (Wokingham), and two borough constituencies, Reading and New Windsor, each returning one member. The constituency was abolished under the Representation of the People Act 1918 being largely replaced by the new Windsor Division of Berkshire, with Wokingham itself being added to the Newbury Division.
The second version of the seat was created for the 1950 general election. From 1983, its borders have gradually been moved westwards as new constituencies were created in the east of the county.
The constituency has been represented since 1987 by the high-profile Conservative John Redwood.
Boundaries and boundary changesEdit
1885–1918: The Sessional Divisions of Maidenhead and Windsor, part of the Sessional Division of Wokingham, and in the Sessional Division of Reading the parishes of East Swallowfield and West Swallowfield.
1950–1955: The Borough of Wokingham, and the Rural Districts of Easthampstead and Wokingham.
1955–1974: The Borough of Wokingham, the Rural Districts of Easthampstead and Wokingham, and the East ward of the County Borough of Reading. From the 1964 general election, the Park ward of Reading replaced the East ward following a revision to the local authority wards.
1974–1983: The Borough of Wokingham, the Rural District of Easthampstead, and in the Rural District of Wokingham the parishes of Remenham, Ruscombe, St Nicholas Hurst, Twyford, Wargrave, and Wokingham Without.
The Park ward of the County Borough of Reading was transferred to the re-established County Constituency of Reading South, along with western parts of the Rural District of Wokingham.
1983–1997: The District of Wokingham wards of Bulmershe, California, Charvil, Coronation, Emmbrook, Evendons, Hurst, Little Hungerford, Loddon, Norreys, Redhatch, Remenham and Wargrave, St Sebastian's, Sonning, South Lake, Twyford and Ruscombe, Wescott, Whitegates, and Winnersh.
Regained north-western parts of the abolished County Constituency of Reading South. Eastern areas comprising the District of Bracknell (formerly the Rural District of Easthampstead) formed the bulk of the new County Constituency of East Berkshire.
1997–2010: The District of Wokingham wards of Arborfield, Barkham, Emmbrook, Evendons, Little Hungerford, Norreys, Redhatch, Shinfield, Swallowfield, Wescott, and Winnersh, and the District of Newbury wards of Burghfield and Mortimer.
Moved westwards, gaining parts of Reading East (including Shinfield) and of Newbury. Lost northern areas to Reading East and the new County Constituency of Maidenhead, as well as the ward of Wokingham Without in the south to the new County Constituency of Bracknell.
2010–present: The District of Wokingham wards of Arborfield, Barkham, Emmbrook, Evendons, Hawkedon, Hillside, Maiden Erlegh, Norreys, Shinfield North, Shinfield South, Swallowfield, Wescott, and Winnersh, and the District of West Berkshire wards of Burghfield, Mortimer, and Sulhamstead.
Further minor gain from Newbury.
Changes proposed for 2022Edit
The Boundary Commission for England submitted their final proposals in respect of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies (the 2018 review) in September 2018. If these proposals are approved by Parliament they will reduce the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 and come into effect at the next UK general election which is due to take place in May 2022 under the terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.
The Commission proposed that the constituency be unchanged.
|1885||Sir George Russell, Bt.||Conservative|
|1898 by-election||Oliver Young||Conservative|
|1901 by-election||Ernest Gardner||Conservative|
MPs since 1950Edit
|1959||William van Straubenzee||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010sEdit
Dr Phillip Lee has been the Member of Parliament for the neighbouring constituency Bracknell since 2010. In September 2019, he defected to the Liberal Democrats and was subsequently selected as their candidate for Wokingham.
|Liberal Democrat||Dr Phillip Lee|
|Liberal Democrat||Clive Jones||9,512||15.9||+2.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Clive Jones||7,572||13.5||−14.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Prue Bray||15,262||28.0||−4.7|
|Monster Raving Loony||Peter "Top Cat Bananaman" Owen||329||0.6||−0.6|
Elections in the 2000sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Prue Bray||14,934||32.4||0.0|
|Monster Raving Loony||Peter "Top Cat Bananaman" Owen||569||1.2||−0.8|
|Telepathic Partnership||Michael Hall||34||0.1||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Royce Longton||14,222||32.4||+1.1|
|Monster Raving Loony||Peter "Top Cat Bananaman" Owen||880||2.0||+0.3|
Elections in the 1990sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Royce Longton||15,721||31.4||+5.7|
|Monster Raving Loony||Peter "Top Cat Bananaman" Owen||877||1.8||+1.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Paul G.T. Simon||17,788||25.1||−4.8|
|Labour||Nelson T.G. Bland||8,846||12.5||+3.8|
|Monster Raving Loony||Peter "Top Cat Bananaman" Owen||531||0.7||N/A|
Elections in the 1980sEdit
|Conservative||William van Straubenzee||32,925||60.4||+5.96|
Elections in the 1970sEdit
|Conservative||William van Straubenzee||36,194||54.44||+11.29|
|National Front||G Sanders||722||1.09||N/A|
|Conservative||William van Straubenzee||24,009||43.15|
|Conservative||William van Straubenzee||27,223||45.16|
|Conservative||William van Straubenzee||43,183||55.00|
|Labour||Christopher AR Helm||22,630||28.82|
|Liberal||Denis HV Case||12,704||16.18|
Elections in the 1960sEdit
|Conservative||William van Straubenzee||34,011||47.89|
|Conservative||William van Straubenzee||32,777||50.23|
|Ind. Conservative||Charles Ford||645||0.99|
Elections in the 1950sEdit
|Conservative||William van Straubenzee||30,896||57.53|
|Liberal||Claud William J Rout||7,899||14.71|
|Liberal||John Patrick McQuade||4,679||10.78|
|Labour||Eric A Hubble||10,606||29.88|
|Liberal||John Patrick McQuade||3,233||9.11|
|Labour||Eric A Hubble||10,296||28.8||N/A|
|Liberal||John Patrick McQuade||4,793||13.4||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Elections in the 1910sEdit
Elections in the 1900sEdit
Elections in the 1890sEdit
|Liberal||George William Palmer||3,690||43.8||N/A|
- Caused by Russell's death.
|Liberal||Frederick Joseph Patton||2,738||35.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1880sEdit
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and referencesEdit
- "England Parliamentary electorates 2010-2018". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
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- S., Craig, Fred W. (1972). Boundaries of parliamentary constituencies 1885-1972;. Chichester,: Political Reference Publications. ISBN 0900178094. OCLC 539011.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1970". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- Boundary Commission for England, 2018 Review, Associated consultation documents (September 2018). "Final recommendations report".CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)
- "Wokingham has a new Liberal Democrat candidate ahead of general election concerns". 28 September 2019.
- "Statement of Persons Nomiated". Wokingham Borough Council. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Meet the Wokingham UKIP Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - UK Independence Party". www.wokinghamukip.org.uk.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "BBC News - Election 2010 - Constituency - Wokingham". bbc.co.uk.
- "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.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Craig, FWS, ed. (1974). British Parliamentary Election Results: 1885-1918. London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 9781349022984.
- "Notices: Parliamentary Election, 1892. Eastern or Wokingham Division of the County of Berks". Reading Mercury. 20 August 1892. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
- The Liberal Year Book, 1907
- Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1886