Esher (UK Parliament constituency)

Summary

Esher
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
CountySurrey
19501997
Number of membersOne
Replaced byEsher & Walton
Mole Valley (return of four rural wards)
Created fromEpsom (parts of)
Chertsey (taking Weybridge, Walton, Hersham, East and West Molesey)
During its existence contributed to new seat(s) of:Chertsey and Walton (existed 1974-1997)

Esher was a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. In the general elections during its 47-year lifetime it was won by three Conservatives successively. In area it shrank in 1974, then regrew in 1983 taking in four sparsely inhabited wards which proved to be temporary, as omitted from the successor seat, Esher and Walton.

Boundaries

1950–1974: Urban Districts of Esher, and Walton and Weybridge.

1974–1983: Esher Urban District. (Walton, Hersham, Weybridge and Oatlands were given to the new Chertsey and Walton seat.)

1983–1997:

  • The Borough of Guildford wards: Clandon and Horsley, Effingham, Lovelace (included Ockham), and Send (for this period temporarily taken from the Mole Valley seat); and
  • Borough of Elmbridge wards: Claygate, Cobham and Downside, Cobham Fairmile, Esher, Hinchley Wood, Long Ditton, Molesey East, Molesey North, Molesey South, Oxshott and Stoke D'Abernon, Thames Ditton, and Weston Green (its whole area except for Walton, Hersham, Weybridge and Oatlands). These 13 wards were equivalent to Esher Urban District.

Neighbours

Neighbours with borders of more than 2 miles (3.2 km) were:

or their variations including:

Members of Parliament

Election Member [1] Party Other terms served as MP
1950 William Robson-Brown Conservative None
1970 Carol Mather Conservative None
1987 Ian Taylor Conservative 1997-2010 for Esher and Walton
1997 constituency abolished: see Esher and Walton

Elections

Elections in the 1950s

General election 1950: Esher [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Robson Brown 33,094 60.73
Labour Ethel Chipchase 15,514 28.56
Liberal Heather Harvey 5,704 10.50
Majority 17,580 32.37
Turnout 54,312
Conservative win (new seat)
General election 1951: Esher [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Robson Brown 33,755 62.86
Labour Percy C McNally 15,334 28.55
Liberal Heather Harvey 4,612 8.59
Majority 18,421 34.31
Turnout 53,701 83.41
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1955: Esher [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Robson Brown 33,774 63.66
Labour Frederick A Messer 13,132 24.75
Liberal Gerald Edward Owen 6,146 11.58
Majority 20,642 38.91
Turnout 53,052 79.27
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1959: Esher [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Robson Brown 37,155 63.17
Labour Paul Evelyn Vanson 12,934 21.99
Liberal Gerald Edward Owen 8,730 14.84
Majority 24,221 41.18
Turnout 58,819 81.49
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General election 1964: Esher [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Robson Brown 33,226 56.19
Labour Paul Evelyn Vanson 13,644 23.07
Liberal Stephen Robert Cawley 12,259 20.73
Majority 19,582 33.12
Turnout 59,129
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1966: Esher [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Robson Brown 32,649 55.35
Labour Cyril Rofe 15,023 25.47
Liberal Stephen Robert Cawley 11,310 19.18
Majority 17,626 29.88
Turnout 58,982 78.03
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General election 1970: Esher [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Carol Mather 37,727 61.83
Labour Richard S. Scorer 14,449 23.68
Liberal George Kahan 8,845 14.50
Majority 23,278 38.15
Turnout 48,021
Conservative hold Swing
General election February 1974: Esher
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Carol Mather 21,775 61.83
Liberal C Byers 11,060 28.50
Labour GA Barnham 5,970 15.38
Majority 10,715 27.33
Turnout 38,805
Conservative hold Swing
General election October 1974: Esher
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Carol Mather 19,741 55.84
Liberal C Welchman 8,881 25.12
Labour A Hudson 6,729 19.03
Majority 10,860 30.72
Turnout 35,351 74.31
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1979: Esher
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Carol Mather 24,152 65.10
Liberal C Welchman 7,311 19.71
Labour Richard S. Scorer 5,634 15.19
Majority 16,841 45.39
Turnout 37,097 77.51
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s

General election 1983: Esher[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Carol Mather 28,577 63.3
Liberal C W Wheatley 12,665 28.0
Labour D D Plaskow 3,250 7.2
Monster Raving Loony W Wellie 664 1.5
Majority 15,912 35.3
Turnout 45,156 73.1
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1987: Esher[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Colin Taylor 31,334 65.5 +2.2
Liberal Anthony Barnett 12,266 25.7 −2.3
Labour Norman Lucas 4,197 8.8 +1.6
Majority 19,068 39.8 +4.5
Turnout 47,797 76.9 +3.8
Conservative hold Swing +2.3

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1992: Esher[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Colin Taylor 31,115 65.4 −0.1
Liberal Democrats John Richling 10,744 22.6 −3.1
Labour Julie Reay 5,685 12.0 +3.2
Majority 20,371 42.8 +3.0
Turnout 47,544 80.8 +3.9
Conservative hold Swing +1.5

See also

Notes and references

Notes
References
  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 2)
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  5. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  6. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  7. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  8. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  9. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-12-06.

Coordinates: 51°21′N 0°22′W / 51.35°N 0.37°W / 51.35; -0.37

Sources

  • Election results, 1983 - 1992 (Election Demon,)
  • Election results, 1951 - 1992 (Keele University)