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South West Surrey
County constituency
South West Surrey shown within Surrey, and Surrey shown within England
Created: 1983
MP: Jeremy Hunt
Party: Conservative
Type: House of Commons
County: Surrey
EP constituency: South East England

South West Surrey is a county 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 covers the Waverley district of Surrey and including the towns of Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere.

The Boundary Commission has made its final recommendations for boundary changes in Surrey. Proposed changes to South West Surrey would see the relignment of the boundary with Guildford in order to bring it in line with the recent adjustment of local government wards. Guildford's electorate is the largest of the county and the review aims to reduce it. Two wards are currently split between the two constituencies: Bramley, Busbridge and Hascombe, which will be placed entirely in South West Surrey; and Alfold, Cranleigh Rural and Ellens Green which will be placed entirely in Guildford. The net effect is to increase the number of voters in South West Surrey and reduce the number in Guildford.

A public review was called, dealing primarily with objections to transferring Bramley to South West Surrey. Many petitioned to argue that the village's links, especially transport, are mainly with Guildford rather than the towns of Godalming and Farnham. The precedent of the previous review was cited, when a proposal to move Bramley out of Guildford and into Mole Valley was rejected after local opposition. However the review felt that this did not justify splitting the ward (something the Boundary Commission seeks to avoid completely) and that the other parts of the ward had strong links to Godalming. Furthermore it cited the point that in the previous review Bramley Parish Council had stated that if it were to be moved it would prefer to be moved to South West Surrey and thus argued that the previous objection was not strong enough.


The constituency was created in 1983, largely replacing the former seat of Farnham. It has been consistently won by the Conservative Party but by decreasing majorities, a mere 861 votes in 2001, leaving it the Liberal Democrat's third target constituency by swing required. The 2005 election saw this trend reverse and the new Conservative candidate Jeremy Hunt won a larger majority than at the 2001 election.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1983 Maurice Macmillan Conservative
1984 by-election Virginia Bottomley Conservative
2005 Jeremy Hunt Conservative

Election results


Elections in the 1980s

General Election 1983: South West Surrey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Maurice Macmillan 31,067 59.7
Liberal Gavin Scott 16,716 32.1
Labour S E D Williams 4,239 8.2
Majority 14,351 27.6
Turnout 52,022 74.5
New creation: Conservative gain. Swing N/A
By-Election 1984: South West Surrey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Virginia Bottomley 21,545 49.3 -10.4
Liberal Gavin Scott 18,946 43.4 +11.3
Labour Barbara Roche 2,949 6.7 -1.5
Pro-Holocaust Masturbation Freedom Victor Litvin 117 0.3 N/A
Death off Roads: Freight on Rail Helen Anscomb 82 0.2 N/A
Votes for a full hearing Peter Smith 29 0.1 N/A
Majority 2,599 5.9
Turnout 43,668 61.7 -12.8
Conservative hold Swing -10.9
General Election 1987: South West Surrey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Virginia Bottomley 34,024 59.5 -0.2
Liberal Gavin Scott 19,681 34.4 +2.3
Labour J K P Evers 3,224 5.6 -2.6
Independent Conservative M J Green 299 0.5 N/A
Majority 14,343 25.1
Turnout 57,228 78.4 +3.9
Conservative hold Swing -1.3

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1992: South West Surrey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Virginia Bottomley 35,008 58.5 -1.0
Liberal Democrat Neil Sherlock 20,033 33.5 -0.9
Labour Phil Kelly 3,840 6.4 +0.6
Green N Bedrock 710 1.2 N/A
Natural Law K Campbell 147 0.3 N/A
Anglo-Saxon D Newman 98 0.2 N/A
Majority 14,975 25.0
Turnout 59,836 82.8 +4.4
Conservative hold Swing -0.1

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 1997: South West Surrey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Virginia Bottomley 25,165 44.6 -13.9
Liberal Democrat Neil Sherlock 22,471 39.8 +6.3
Labour Margaret Leicester 5,333 9.4 +3.0
Referendum Party Judith Clementson 2,830 5.0 N/A
UKIP James Kirby 401 0.7 N/A
ProLife Alliance Josephine Quintavalle 258 0.5 N/A
Majority 2,694 4.8
Turnout 56,458 77.5
Conservative hold Swing -10.1

Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2001: South West Surrey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Virginia Bottomley 22,462 45.3 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Simon Cordon 21,601 43.6 +3.8
Labour Martin Whelton 4,321 8.7 -0.7
UKIP Timothy Clark 1,208 2.4 +1.7
Majority 861 1.7
Turnout 49,592 70.3 -7.2
Conservative hold Swing -1.6
General Election 2005: South West Surrey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeremy Hunt 26,420 50.4 +5.1
Liberal Democrat Simon Cordon 20,709 39.5 -4.1
Labour Tom Sleigh 4,150 7.9 -0.8
UKIP Timothy Clark 958 1.8 -0.6
Veritas Glenn Platt 172 0.3 N/A
Majority 5,711 10.9
Turnout 52,409 71.8 +1.5
Conservative hold Swing +4.6


See also

Coordinates: 51°09′N 0°42′W / 51.15°N 0.70°W / 51.15; -0.70


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