Eastleigh (UK Parliament constituency)

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Eastleigh
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Eastleigh in Hampshire
Outline map
Location of Hampshire within England
CountyHampshire
Electorate78,313 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsEastleigh, Bishopstoke, Botley, Hedge End and Hamble-le-Rice
Current constituency
Created1955
Member of ParliamentPaul Holmes (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromWinchester (fraction of)

Eastleigh is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Paul Holmes, a Conservative.

Boundaries[edit]

1955–1974: The Borough of Eastleigh, in the Rural District of New Forest the parishes of Eling and Netley Marsh, in the Rural District of Romsey and Stockbridge the parishes of Ampfield, Chilworth, North Baddesley, and Nursling and Rownhams, and in the Rural District of Winchester the parishes of Botley, Bursledon, Hamble, Hedge End, Hound, and West End.

1974–1983: The Boroughs of Eastleigh and Romsey, in the Rural District of Romsey and Stockbridge the parishes of Ampfield, Braishfield, Chilworth, Melchet Park and Plaitford, Michelmersh, North Baddesley, Nursling and Rownhams, Romsey Extra, Sherfield English, and Wellow, and in the Rural District of Winchester the parishes of Botley, Bursledon, Hamble, Hedge End, Hound, and West End.

1983–1997: The Borough of Eastleigh, and the City of Southampton ward of Woolston.

1997–2010: The Borough of Eastleigh wards of Bishopstoke, Botley, Bursledon, Eastleigh Central, Eastleigh North, Eastleigh South, Eastleigh West, Fair Oak, Hamble, Hedge End St John's, Hedge End Wildern, Hound, West End North, and West End South.

2010–present: The Borough of Eastleigh wards of Bishopstoke East, Bishopstoke West, Botley, Bursledon and Old Netley, Eastleigh Central, Eastleigh North, Eastleigh South, Fair Oak and Horton Heath, Hamble-le-Rice and Butlocks Heath, Hedge End Grange Park, Hedge End St John’s, Hedge End Wildern, Netley Abbey, West End North, and West End South.

The constituency lies in a long band east of Southampton in Hampshire that stretches from Eastleigh to the sailing centre of Hamble, and comprises all of the Borough of Eastleigh apart from part of the town of Chandler's Ford[n 2] which is in the Winchester constituency[3].

History[edit]

Eastleigh constituency was created for the 1955 general election; before then Eastleigh itself had been in the Winchester constituency. It was a fairly safe seat for the Conservatives for nearly forty years until the death of its then MP, former journalist Stephen Milligan, in 1994. At the subsequent by-election, the Liberal Democrats gained the seat on a very large swing, and then held Eastleigh in the four following general elections (1997, 2001, 2005 and 2010), though with somewhat narrow majorities.

Chris Huhne, the MP from 2005 to 2013, was his party's environment spokesman in opposition, before becoming the Liberal Democrat senior spokesman for the Home Office (or Second Shadow Home Secretary). While in the previous role Huhne stood unsuccessfully for party leader in 2006 against Menzies Campbell and again in 2007 against Nick Clegg. Following the 2010 general election, Huhne joined the coalition government's cabinet as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, but resigned as an MP in February 2013 after admitting perverting the course of justice over a speeding case.[4] His resignation took effect from 5 February, and the following day it was confirmed that a by-election to fill the vacancy would be held on 28 February 2013.[5] Mike Thornton retained the seat for the Liberal Democrats in the by-election. However, at the 2015 general election Thornton was defeated by the Conservative Mims Davies.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party Notes
1955 David Price Conservative  
1992 Stephen Milligan Conservative Died of autoerotic asphyxiation 1994
1994 by-election David Chidgey Liberal Democrat  
2005 Chris Huhne Liberal Democrat Convicted of perverting the course of justice, resigned 2013
2013 by-election Mike Thornton Liberal Democrat  
2015 Mims Davies Conservative Fought & elected for Mid Sussex at 2019 general election
2019 Paul Holmes Conservative  

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Eastleigh[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Holmes 32,690 55.4 +5.0
Liberal Democrats Lynda Murphy 17,083 29.0 +3.3
Labour Sam Jordan 7,559 12.8 -7.2
Green Ron Meldrum 1,639 2.8 +1.5
Majority 15,607 26.4 +1.7
Turnout 58,971 70.3 -0.2
Conservative hold Swing +0.9
General election 2017: Eastleigh [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mims Davies 28,889 50.4 +8.2
Liberal Democrats Mike Thornton 14,710 25.7 -0.1
Labour Jill Payne 11,454 20.0 +7.1
UKIP Malcolm Jones 1,477 2.6 -13.2
Green Ron Meldrum 750 1.3 -1.4
Majority 14,179 24.7 +8.2
Turnout 57,280 70.5 +0.8
Conservative hold Swing +4.1
General election 2015: Eastleigh[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mims Davies[10] 23,464 42.3 +3.0
Liberal Democrats Mike Thornton 14,317 25.8 -20.7
UKIP Patricia Culligan[11] 8,783 15.8 +12.2
Labour Mark Latham[12] 7,181 12.9 +3.3
Green Ron Meldrum[13] 1,513 2.7 N/A
Beer, Baccy and Scratchings Ray Hall 133 0.2 N/A
TUSC Declan Clune 114 0.2 N/A
Majority 9,147 16.5 +9.3
Turnout 55,505 69.7 +0.4
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing +11.8
2013 Eastleigh by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Mike Thornton 13,342 32.1 -14.4
UKIP Diane James 11,571 27.8 +24.2
Conservative Maria Hutchings 10,559 25.4 -13.9
Labour John O'Farrell 4,088 9.8 +0.2
Independent Danny Stupple 768 1.9 N/A
National Health Action Iain Maclennan 392 0.9 N/A
Beer, Baccy and Crumpet Party Ray Hall 235 0.6 N/A
Christian Kevin Milburn 163 0.4 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Howling Laud Hope 136 0.3 N/A
Peace Jim Duggan 128 0.3 N/A
Elvis Loves Pets David Bishop 72 0.2 N/A
English Democrat Michael Walters 70 0.2 -0.3
TUSC Daz Procter 62 0.2 N/A
Wessex Regionalist Colin Bex 30 0.1 N/A
Majority 1,771 4.3 -2.9
Turnout 41,616 52.8 -16.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -19.3
General election 2010: Eastleigh[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Chris Huhne 24,966 46.5 +8.2
Conservative Maria Hutchings 21,102 39.3 +2.1
Labour Leo Barraclough 5,153 9.6 −11.5
UKIP Ray Finch 1,933 3.6 +0.2
English Democrat Tony Pewsey 249 0.5 N/A
Independent Dave Stone 154 0.3 N/A
National Liberal Keith Low 93 0.2 N/A
Majority 3,864 7.2 +6.1
Turnout 53,650 69.3 +4.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing 3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Eastleigh[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Chris Huhne 19,216 38.6 −2.1
Conservative Conor Burns 18,648 37.5 +3.2
Labour Chris Watt 10,238 20.6 −1.3
UKIP Christopher Murphy 1,669 3.4 +1.6
Majority 568 1.1
Turnout 49,771 64.8 +1.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing −2.6
General election 2001: Eastleigh[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Chidgey 19,360 40.7 +5.6
Conservative Conor Burns 16,302 34.3 +0.6
Labour Sam Jaffa 10,426 21.9 −4.9
UKIP Stephen Challis 849 1.8 +1.0
Green Martha Lyn 636 1.3 N/A
Majority 3,058 6.4
Turnout 47,573 63.8 −12.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Eastleigh[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Chidgey 19,453 35.1 +5.2
Conservative Stephen Reid 18,699 33.7 −17.2
Labour Alan Lloyd 14,883 26.8 +7.2
Referendum Victor Eldridge 2,013 3.6 N/A
UKIP P.W. Robinson 446 0.8 N/A
Majority 754 1.4
Turnout 55,494 76.9 −6.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
1994 Eastleigh by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Chidgey 24,473 44.3 +16.3
Labour Marilyn Birks 15,234 27.6 +6.9
Conservative Stephen Allison 13,675 24.7 −26.6
UKIP Nigel Farage 952 1.7 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 783 1.4 N/A
Natural Law P. Warburton 145 0.3 N/A
Majority 9,239 16.7
Turnout 55,272 58.2 −24.7
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing +21.5
General election 1992: Eastleigh[19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Milligan 38,998 51.3 +0.0
Liberal Democrats David Chidgey 21,296 28.0 −4.0
Labour Johanna E. Sugrue 15,768 20.7 +4.0
Majority 17,702 23.3 +4.0
Turnout 76,062 82.9 +3.6
Conservative hold Swing +2.0

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1987: Eastleigh[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 35,584 51.26
Liberal Martin Kyrle 22,229 32.02
Labour David Bull 11,599 16.71
Majority 13,355 19.24
Turnout 79.28
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1983: Eastleigh[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 32,393 51.00
Liberal Martin Kyrle 19,385 30.52
Labour P. Hallmann 11,736 18.48
Majority 13,008 20.48
Turnout 77.04
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General election 1979: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 38,516 55.92
Labour C.E. Roberts 18,222 26.45
Liberal G.D. Johnson 12,143 17.63
Majority 20,294 29.46
Turnout 80.66
Conservative hold Swing
General election October 1974: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 26,869 44.97
Labour E. Presman 19,054 31.89
Liberal G.D. Johnson 13,832 23.15
Majority 7,815 13.08
Turnout 78.81
Conservative hold Swing
General election February 1974: Eastleigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 28,512 44.49
Labour E. Presman 18,402 28.71
Liberal G.D. Johnson 17,178 26.80
Majority 10,110 15.77
Turnout 85.33
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1970: Eastleigh[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 30,300 51.03
Labour Robert TF Flach 22,248 37.47
Liberal Christopher J Clayton 6,825 11.50
Majority 8,052 13.56
Turnout 78.42
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General election 1966: Eastleigh[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 24,337 45.41
Labour JA Antony Evans 23,636 44.11
Liberal John Foster-Rice 5,617 10.48
Majority 701 1.31
Turnout 83.74
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1964: Eastleigh[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 23,429 45.53
Labour Jonathan SF Boswell 21,341 41.48
Liberal John Foster-Rice 6,685 12.99
Majority 2,088 4.06
Turnout 83.89
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General election 1959: Eastleigh[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 24,949 53.49
Labour Christopher Rowland 21,693 46.51
Majority 3,256 6.98
Turnout 84.47
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1955: Eastleigh[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Price 20,215 50.68
Labour John Haire 19,670 49.32
Majority 545 1.37
Turnout 81.52
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ Two wards each comprising Chandlers Ford and Hiltingbury[2]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk.
  3. ^ "Parliamentary elections". Eastleigh Borough Council. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Chris Huhne admits perverting the course of justice". BBC News. 4 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Date set for Eastleigh by-election". BBC News. 6 February 2013.
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 1)
  7. ^ https://www.eastleigh.gov.uk/media/6443/statement-of-persons-nominated-and-notice-of-poll-eastleigh-constituency.pdf
  8. ^ "Eastleigh parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". Retrieved 21 April 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  9. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Welcome to my website". Mims Davies MP. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-21. Retrieved 2014-09-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "PPC Candidate for 2015 general election". eastleighlabour.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  13. ^ "I am standing on a ticket to promote Sustainabilty and Social Justice". southampton.greenparty.org.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Eastleigh Borough Council" (PDF). www.eastleigh.gov.uk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-08-08. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  20. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  21. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  22. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  23. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1970.
  24. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1966.
  25. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1964.
  26. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1959.
  27. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1955.

Coordinates: 50°56′N 1°20′W / 50.94°N 1.34°W / 50.94; -1.34