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Horsham
County constituency
HorshamConstituency.svg
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Horsham shown within West Sussex, and West Sussex shown within England
Created: 1295, 1945, 1983
MP: Francis Maude
Party: Conservative
Type: House of Commons
County: West Sussex
EP constituency: South East England

Horsham is a 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.

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Boundaries

The constituency is located in a northern part of West Sussex, bordering the constituencies of Arundel and South Downs, Mid Sussex and Crawley. It is centred around the town of Horsham.

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Boundary review

Following their review of parliamentary boundaries in West Sussex, the Boundary Commission for England has made alterations to all existing constituencies to deal with population changes. The modified Horsham constituency is created with the following electoral wards:

  • The Horsham district wards of Billingshurst and Shipley, Broadbridge Heath, Denne, Forest, Holbrook East, Holbrook West, Horsham Park, Itchingfield, Slinfold and Warnham, Nuthurst, Roffey North, Roffey South, Rudgwick, Rusper and Colgate, Southwater, and Trafalgar
  • The Mid Sussex wards of Ardingly and Balcombe, Copthorne and Worth, and Crawley Down and Turners Hill

History

Horsham has existed as a constituency for three distinct periods. It first sent members to Parliament in 1295. However, the constituency was abolished in 1918 to make way for Horsham and Worthing. In 1945 the constituency was recreated, until 1974 when Horsham and Crawley was created. In 1983 the constituency of Horsham was again created and has existed since.

Members of Parliament

MPs 1660-1832

Year First member First Party Second member Second Party
1660 Thomas Middleton Hall Ravenscroft
1661 Sir John Covert Henry Chowne
1669 Orlando Bridgeman
1679 Anthony Eversfield John Michell
1681 John Machell
1685 Anthony Eversfield
1690 Thomas White
1695 Henry Yates
January 1701 Henry Cowper
November 1701 John Wicker
1702 Henry Cowper
1705 Charles Eversfield
1707 Henry Goring
1708 John Wicker
1710 John Middleton
1713 Charles Eversfield
January 1715 Sir Henry Goring
June 1715 The Viscount of Irvine Arthur Ingram (of Barrowby)
1721 Charles Eversfield
1722 The Viscount of Irvine
1737 General Charles Ingram
1741 Sir Richard Mill
1747 Charles Ingram
1748 Sir Lionel Pilkington
1763 Robert Pratt
1768 James Grenville
1770 James Wallace
1774 Jeremiah Dyson
1776 The Earl of Drogheda
September 1780 Viscount Lewisham
November 1780 Sir George Osborn
1783 James Crauford
1784 Jeremiah Crutchley Philip Metcalfe
1790 Sir Timothy Shelley, 2nd Baronet of Castle Goring Whig Wilson Braddyll
1792 Lord William Gordon James Baillie
1793 William Fullarton
1796 Sir John MacPherson James Fox-Lane
1802 Edward Hilliard Patrick Ross
1804 Viscount FitzHarris
1806 Francis John Wilder Love Jones-Parry
1807 Sir Samuel Romilly Whig
1808 Joseph Marryat Henry Goulburn
1812 Sir Arthur Leary Piggott Robert Hurst
1818 George Richard Phillips
1820 Sir John Aubrey
1826 Henry Fox
1827 Nicholas Ridley-Colborne
1829 The Earl of Arundel
  • Representation reduced to one (1832)

MPs 1832-1945

Election Member Party
1832 Robert Henry Hurst (senior)
1841 Robert Scarlett
1844 by-election Robert Henry Hurst (senior)
1847 John Jervis
1848 by-election William Robert Seymour Vesey Fitzgerald
1848 by-election Edward George Fitzalan-Howard Liberal
1852 William Robert Seymour Vesey Fitzgerald
1865 Robert Henry Hurst (junior)
1868 John Aldridge[1]
1869[1] Robert Henry Hurst (junior)
1874 Sir William Robert Seymour Vesey-Fitzgerald
1875 by-election Robert Henry Hurst (junior)
1876 by-election James Clifton Brown
1880 Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher Conservative
1885 Sir Walter Barttelot Conservative
1893 by-election John Heywood Johnstone Conservative
1904 by-election Viscount Turnour (Earl Winterton from 1907) Conservative
1918 Constituency abolished: see Horsham and Worthing

MPs 1945-1974

Election Member Party
1945 Earl Winterton Conservative
1951 Frederick Gough Conservative
1964 Peter Hordern Conservative
Feb 1974 constituency abolished: see Horsham and Crawley

MPs 1983-Present

Election Member Party
1983 Sir Peter Hordern Conservative
1997 Francis Maude Conservative

Election results

General Election 2010: Horsham[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
BNP Daniel McDonald
Conservative Francis Maude
Green Tristan Loraine
Labour Andrew Skudder
Liberal Democrat Godfrey Newman
UKIP Harry Aldridge
Majority
Turnout
General Election 2005: Horsham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Francis Maude 27,240 50.0 -1.5
Liberal Democrat Rosie Sharpley 14,613 26.8 +2.2
Labour Rehman Chishti 9,320 17.1 -3.1
UKIP Hugo Miller 2,552 4.7 +1.8
Independent Jim Duggan 416 0.8 0.0
People of Horsham First Party Martin Jeremiah 354 0.6 N/A
Majority 12,627 23.2
Turnout 54,495 67.3 3.5
Conservative hold Swing -1.9
General Election 2001: Horsham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Francis Maude 26,134 51.5 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Hubert Carr 12,468 24.6 -0.2
Labour Janet Sully 10,267 20.2 +1.5
UKIP Hugo Miller 1,472 2.9 +1.5
Independent Jim Duggan 429 0.8 N/A
Majority 13,666 26.9
Turnout 50,770 63.8 -11.5
Conservative hold Swing +0.5
General Election 1997: Horsham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Francis Maude 29,015 50.7 -11.5
Liberal Democrat Morwen Millson 14,153 24.8 +2.0
Labour Maureen Walsh 10,691 18.7 +6.8
Referendum Party Robin Grant 2,281 4.0 N/A
UKIP Hugo Miller 819 1.4 N/A
Independent Malcolm Courbould 206 0.4 N/A
Majority 14,862 25.9
Turnout 57,165 75.3
Conservative hold Swing -6.8

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: Horsham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Hordern 42,210 61.7 -2.0
Liberal Democrat Julie Stainton 17,138 25.0 -0.4
Labour SPP Unwins 6,745 9.9 +1.2
Liberal JA Elliot 1,281 1.9 N/A
Green TJ King 692 1.0 -1.2
Independent JJ Duggan 332 0.5 N/A
Majority 25,072 36.7
Turnout 68,398 81.3 +8.8
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1987: Horsham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Hordern 39,775 63.7 +0.5
SDP-Liberal Alliance (Social Democrat) J Pearce 15,868 25.4 -1.5
Labour MJ Shrimpton 5,435 8.7 +0.4
Green TE Metheringham 1,383 2.2 +0.6
Majority 23,907 38.3
Turnout 62,461 72.5 -2.0
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Horsham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Hordern 37,897 63.2
SDP-Liberal Alliance (Social Democrat) G C Archibald 16,112 26.9
Labour GR Ward 4,999 8.3
Ecology PH Spurrier 925 1.6
Majority 21,785 36.3
Turnout 59,933 74.5
Conservative hold Swing

Notes

  1. ^ a b After the 1868 election, petitions were lodged against both candidates and Aldridge chose not to defend his claim so Hurst was declared elected in 1869
  2. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/guide/seat-profiles/horsham

References

See also

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Caernarvon Boroughs
Constituency represented by the Father of the House
1945 – 1951
Succeeded by
Antrim North

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