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Coordinates: 50°46′41″N 0°17′10″E / 50.778°N 0.286°E / 50.778; 0.286

Eastbourne
Borough constituency
EastbourneConstituency.svg
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Eastbourne shown within East Sussex, and East Sussex shown within England
Created: 1885
MP: Nigel Waterson
Party: Conservative
Type: House of Commons
County: East Sussex
EP constituency: South East England

Eastbourne 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 currently a marginal seat between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, although the Conservatives have seldom lost since it was created.

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Boundaries

The constituency covers the town of Eastbourne in East Sussex, in particular the whole Borough of Eastbourne, along with some nearby villages such as Willingdon, Wannock, East Dean, and Friston.

History

This seat was created by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. Its territory had previously been incorporated in the East Sussex constituency, which in turn had been created by the Reform Act 1832 as a division of the Sussex constituency.

There have been four by-elections in the constituency:

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1885 Edward Field Conservative
1900 Sir Lindsay Hogg Conservative
1906 Hubert Beaumont Liberal
Jan 1910 Rupert Gwynne Conservative
1924 Sir George Lloyd Conservative
1925 by-election Sir William Hall Conservative
1929 Edward Marjoribanks Conservative
1932 by-election John Slater Conservative
1935 Sir Charles Taylor Conservative
Feb 1974 Ian Gow Conservative
1990 by-election David Bellotti Liberal Democrat
1992 Nigel Waterson Conservative

Elections

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Elections in the 2000s

Confirmed candidates for the next UK general election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
BNP Colin Poulter
Conservative Nigel Waterson
Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd
Labour Dave Brinson
General Election 2005: Eastbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Waterson 21,033 43.5 -0.6
Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd 19,909 41.1 +1.8
Labour Andrew Jones 5,268 10.9 -2.4
UKIP Andrew Meggs 1,233 2.5 +0.5
Green Clive Gross 949 2.0 N/A
Majority 1,124 2.3
Turnout 48,392 64.8 +5.2
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2001: Eastbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Waterson 19,738 44.1 +2.0
Liberal Democrat Chris Berry 17,584 39.3 +0.9
Labour Gillian Roles 5,967 13.3 +0.8
UKIP Barry Jones 907 2.0 +1.5
Liberal Theresia Williamson 574 1.3 -0.1
Majority 2,154 4.8
Turnout 44,770 59.6 -13.2
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1997: Eastbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Waterson 22,183 42.1 -10.9
Liberal Democrat Chris Berry 20,189 38.3 -2.9
Labour David Lines 6,576 12.5 +7.8
Referendum Party Trevor Lowe 2,724 5.2 N/A
Liberal Theresia Williamson 741 1.4
UKIP John Dawkins 254 0.5 N/A
Majority 1,994 3.8
Turnout 52,667 72.8
Conservative hold Swing

This constituency underwent boundary changes between the 1992 and 1997 general elections and thus change in share of vote is based on a notional calculation.

General Election 1992: Eastbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Waterson 31,792 51.6
Liberal Democrat David Bellotti 26,311 42.7
Labour Ivan Gibbons 2,834 4.6
Green David Aherne 391 0.6
Liberal Theresia Williamson 296 0.5
Majority 5,481 8.9
Turnout 61,624 80.9
Conservative hold Swing
By-election 1990: Eastbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Bellotti 23,415 50.8
Conservative Richard Hickmet 18,865 41.0
Labour Charlotte Atkins 2,308 5.0
Green David Aherne 553 1.2
Liberal Theresia Williamson 526 1.1
Corrective Party Lady Whiplash 216 0.5
National Front John McAuley 154 0.3
Ironside Party Eric Page 35 0.1
Majority 4,550 9.8
Turnout 46,072 60.7
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1980s

General Election 1987: Eastbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Gow 33,587 59.9
Liberal Peter Driver 16,664 29.7
Labour Ash Patel 4,928 8.8
Green Ruth Addison 867 1.6
Majority 16,923 30.2
Turnout 56,046 75.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Eastbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Gow 31,501 59.1
Liberal Peter Driver 18,015 33.8
Labour C A Clark 3,790 7.1
Majority 13,486 25.3
Turnout 53,306 73.0
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General Election 1979: Eastbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Gow 37,168 63.05
Liberal David Bellotti 11,084 18.80
Labour Len Caine 10,166 17.24
National Front C Mitchell 533 0.90
Majority 26,084 44.25
Turnout 58,951 76.68
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Eastbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Gow 30,442 54.66
Liberal G H Millar 14,417 25.89
Labour Len Caine 10,830 19.45
Majority 16,025 28.78
Turnout 55,689 74.55
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Eastbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Gow 31,462 51.31
Liberal S Terrell 23,987 39.12
Labour David Dawson 5,874 9.58
Majority 7,475 12.19
Turnout 61,323 82.60
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Eastbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Stuart Taylor 30,296 48.80
Liberal S Terrell 23,308 37.55
Labour Cyril Abley 8,475 13.65
Majority 6,988 11.26
Turnout 62,079 73.67
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General Election 1966: Eastbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Stuart Taylor 26,039 46.26
Liberal S Terrell 16,746 29.75
Labour J H High 12,620 22.42
Independent V H Petty 883 1.57
Majority 9,293 16.51
Turnout 56,288 77.24
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Eastbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Stuart Taylor 26,410 49.01
Liberal S Terrell 15,441 28.66
Labour J E M Baker 12,034 22.33
Majority 10,969 20.36
Turnout 53,885 76.70
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General Election 1959: Eastbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Stuart Taylor 27,874 57.28
Labour A A Dumont 11,837 24.32
Liberal R L Gardner-Thorpe 8,955 18.40
Majority 16,037 32.95
Turnout 48,666 77.28
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s

Elections in the 1930s

Elections in the 1920s

By-election 1925: Eastbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir William Reginald Hall 12,741 58.4 −9.5
Liberal H. Johnstone 5,386 24.7 +8.6
Labour T.S.B. Williams 3,696 16.9 +0.9
Majority 7,355 33.7 −18.1
Turnout 21,823 60.7 −14.9
Conservative hold Swing −9.0

References

  1. ^ [1], UKPollingReport

See also


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