Chesham and Amersham (UK Parliament constituency)


Chesham and Amersham (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 51°41′38″N 0°36′36″W / 51.694°N 0.610°W / 51.694; -0.610

Chesham and Amersham
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Chesham and Amersham in Buckinghamshire.
Outline map
Location of Buckinghamshire within England.
County Buckinghamshire
Electorate 70,723 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Chesham and Amersham
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of Parliament Cheryl Gillan (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from South Buckinghamshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Chesham and Amersham 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. It is a safe Conservative seat.

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Boundaries

The constituency area is located in Buckinghamshire and is broadly co-terminus with the Chiltern Local Government District boundaries. It comprises the large towns of Chesham and Amersham and outlying village settlements set within rural land which is within the Metropolitan Green Belt and part of which also falls within the Chilterns AONB. There are transport links connecting the area to central London via the Metropolitan line of London Underground and the London to Aylesbury Line operated by Chiltern Railways. The constituency is also close to the M40 and M25 Motorways.

History

The area was formerly part of the larger South Buckinghamshire constituency before boundary changes came into effect for the 1974 General Elections.

The constituency has always been solidly Conservative, and at the 2010 election the party won with a majority of over 16,000 and 60% of the vote. The next biggest party is the Liberal Democrats, with 28% of the vote.

Members of Parliament

The current Member of Parliament for Chesham and Amersham is the Conservative Cheryl Gillan. She has been in this position since 1992.

Election Member [2] Party
Feb 1974 Sir Ian Gilmour Conservative
1992 Cheryl Gillan Conservative

Elections

Elections in the 2010s

General Election 2010: Chesham and Amersham[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cheryl Gillan 31,658 60.4 +6.8
Liberal Democrat Tim Starkey 14,948 28.5 +2.3
Labour Anthony Gajadharsingh 2,942 5.6 -8.0
UKIP Alan Stephens 2,129 4.1 +0.9
Green Nick Wilkins 767 1.5 -2.0
Majority 16,710 31.9
Turnout 52,444 74.6 +7.8
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2005: Chesham and Amersham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cheryl Gillan 25,619 54.4 +3.9
Liberal Democrat John Ford 11,821 25.1 +0.8
Labour Rupa Huq 6,610 14.0 -4.8
Green Nick Wilkins 1656 3.5 +1.0
UKIP David Samuel-Camps 1391 3.0 0.0
Majority 13,798 29.3
Turnout 47,097 68.0 +3.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2001: Chesham and Amersham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cheryl Gillan 22,867 50.5 +0.1
Liberal Democrat John Ford 10,985 24.3 +0.4
Labour Kenneth Hulme 8,497 18.8 -0.9
UKIP Ian Harvey 1,367 3.0 +1.8
Green Nick Wilkins 1,114 2.5 N/A
ProLife Alliance Gillian Duval 453 1.0 N/A
Majority 11,882 26.2
Turnout 45,283 64.7 -9.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1992: Chesham and Amersham[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cheryl Gillan 36,273 63.3 +1.2
Liberal Democrat AT Ketteringham 14,053 24.5 −2.6
Labour Miss CK Atherton 5,931 10.4 +1.0
Green Ms. CL Strickland 753 1.3 −0.1
Natural Law MTL Griffith-Jones 255 0.4 N/A
Majority 22,220 38.8 +3.8
Turnout 57,265 81.9 +4.6
Conservative hold Swing +1.9

See also

Notes and references


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