Southampton Itchen (UK Parliament constituency)


Southampton Itchen (UK Parliament constituency)

UK constituency infobox
Name = Southampton Itchen
Map1 = SouthamptonItchen
Map2 = Hampshire
Type = Borough
Year = 1950
Entity = Hampshire
County = Hampshire
EP = South East England
MP = John Denham
Party = Labour

Southampton Itchen is a parliamentary constituency which returns one Member of Parliament (MP) to the British House of Commons. It is currently represented by John Denham of the Labour Party. The seat covers the eastern part of the City of Southampton, in southern England. It is named after the River Itchen, the lesser of the two major rivers that flow through the city.

History

The constituency was created for the 1950 general election, when the previous two-member Southampton constituency was abolished.

Boundaries

The constituency covers the city centre, the eastern port areas (the Port of Southampton is one of the principal ports of the UK), the exclusive Ocean Village quarter and the inner city council estates including the impoverished Thornhill area. It is seen as the more working class of the two constituencies in the city (the other is Southampton Test - named after the other major river).

Southampton Itchen is traditionally a safe Labour constituency. It has only elected a Conservative MP, Christopher Chope in 1983 and 1987 after the then sitting MP Bob Mitchell left Labour in 1981 for the SDP. The combination of a strong Alliance candidate and Conservative landslides made Southampton Itchen highly competitive. The current MP, John Denham, narrowly defeated Chope by 551 votes in 1992 but has safely held the seat since.

Southampton Itchen covers the city wards of (with their associated neighbourhoods):
** Bargate (City Centre, Ocean Village, Polygon, part of St. Marys, includes Southampton Solent University)
** Bitterne (Bitterne, Thornhill)
** Bitterne Park (Bitterne Park, Bitterne Manor, Townhill Park, Midanbury)
** Harefield (Harefield, Thornhill Park)
** Peartree (Merry Oak, Peartree Green, Itchen)
** Sholing (Sholing, Sholing Common)
** Woolston (Woolston, Weston)

The constituency is bounded to the west by Southampton Test (Labour), to the north and east by Eastleigh (Liberal Democrat) and in the far north by Romsey (Liberal Democrat).

Members of Parliament

* "Constituency created" (1950)

Elections

Elections in the 2000s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Denham
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percentage =
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Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Royston Smith
votes =
percentage =
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = David Goodall
votes =
percentage =
change =
Election box end

Election box begin
title=General Election 2005: Southampton Itchen
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Denham
votes = 20,871
percentage = 48.3
change = -6.2
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Flick Drummond
votes = 11,569
percentage = 26.8
change = -0.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = David Goodall
votes = 9,162
percentage = 21.2
change = +6.2
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Kim Rose
votes = 1,623
percentage = 3.8
change = +1.8
Election box majority
votes = 9,302
percentage = 21.5
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 43,225
percentage = 55.5
change = 1.5
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing = -2.8

Election box begin
title=General Election 2001: Southampton Itchen
id=527
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Denham
votes = 22,553
percentage = 54.5
change = -0.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Caroline Nokes
votes = 11,330
percentage = 27.4
change = -1.0
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Mark Cooper
votes = 6,195
percentage = 15.0
change = +3.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Kim Rose
votes = 829
percentage = 2.0
change = +1.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Alliance (England)
candidate = Gavin Marsh
votes = 241
percentage = 0.6
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Michael Holmes
votes = 225
percentage = 0.5
change =
Election box majority
votes = 11,223
percentage = 27.1
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 41,373
percentage = 54.0
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing = +0.37
Electorate: 76,603

Elections in the 1990s

Election box begin
title=General Election 1997: Southampton Itchen
id=527
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Denham
votes = 29,498
percentage = 54.8
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Peter Fleet
votes = 15,269
percentage = 28.4
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = David Harrison
votes = 6,289
percentage = 11.7
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Referendum Party
candidate = John Clegg
votes = 1,660
percentage = 3.1
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Ken Rose
votes = 628
percentage = 1.2
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Clive Hoar
votes = 172
percentage = 0.3
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Party (England and Wales)
candidate = Gavin Marsh
votes = 113
percentage = 0.2
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Natural Law Party
candidate = Rosemary Barry
votes = 110
percentage = 0.2
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = ProLife Alliance
candidate = Ferdi McDermott
votes = 99
percentage = 0.2
change =
Election box majority
votes = 14,220
percentage = 26.4
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 53,838
percentage = 70.0
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing = +12.29
Electorate: 76,869

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Denham
votes = 24,402
percentage = 44.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Christopher Chope
votes = 23,851
percentage = 43.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = James Hodgson
votes = 7,221
percentage = 13.0
change =
Election box majority
votes = 551
percentage =
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 76.9
change =
Election box gain with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
loser = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Elections in the 1980s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Christopher Chope
votes = 24,419
percentage = 44.3
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Denham
votes = 17,703
percentage = 32.1
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Social Democratic Party (UK)
candidate = Bob Mitchell
votes = 13,006
percentage = 23.6
change =
Election box majority
votes = 6,716
percentage = 12.2
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 75.9
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Christopher Chope
votes = 21,937
percentage = 41.5
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Social Democratic Party (UK)
candidate = Bob Mitchell
votes = 16,647
percentage = 31.5
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Denham
votes = 14,324
percentage = 27.1
change =
Election box majority
votes = 5,290
percentage = 10.0
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 73.3
change =
Election box gain with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
loser = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

Elections in the 1970s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Bob Mitchell
votes = 28,036
percentage = 46.3
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Andrew Hunter
votes = 26,434
percentage = 43.6
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = J. Pinder
votes = 6,132
percentage = 10.1
change =
Election box majority
votes = 1,602
percentage = 2.6
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 74.7
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Bob Mitchell
votes = 28,168
percentage = 48.9
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = P. T. James
votes = 20,373
percentage = 35.4
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = Joseph Cherryson
votes = 9,071
percentage = 15.7
change =
Election box majority
votes = 7,795
percentage = 13.5
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 70.3
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Bob Mitchell
votes = 27,557
percentage = 44.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = P. T. James
votes = 21,967
percentage = 35.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = Joseph Cherryson
votes = 13,173
percentage = 21.0
change =
Election box majority
votes = 5,590
percentage = 8.9
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 77.2
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Bob Mitchell
votes = 22,575
percentage =
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = James Spicer
votes = 12,900
percentage =
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate
party = National Democratic
candidate = Edwin Bray
votes = 3,090
percentage =
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = Joseph Cherryson
votes = 2,214
percentage =
change =
Election box majority
votes = 9,675
percentage =
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage =
change =
Election box gain with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
loser = Speaker of the British House of Commons
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Speaker of the British House of Commons
candidate = Horace King
votes = 29,417
percentage = 67.2
change =
Election box candidate
party = National Democratic
candidate = Edwin Bray
votes = 9,581
percentage = 21.9
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = B. H. Phillips
votes = 4,794
percentage = 11.0
change =
Election box majority
votes = 19,836
percentage = 45.3
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 54.1
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Speaker of the British House of Commons
swing =

Elections in the 1960s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Speaker of the British House of Commons
candidate = Horace King
votes = 30,463
percentage = 85.4
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = K. D. Hunt
votes = 5,217
percentage = 14.6
change =
Election box majority
votes = 25,246
percentage = 70.8
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 49.0
change =
Election box gain with party link
winner = Speaker of the British House of Commons
loser = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Horace King
votes = 28,949
percentage = 52.7
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = G. G. Olson
votes = 18,974
percentage = 34.5
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = Joseph Cherryson
votes = 7,007
percentage = 12.8
change =
Election box majority
votes = 9.975
percentage = 18.2
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 76.1
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

See also

* List of Parliamentary constituencies in Hampshire

References


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