| Borough constituency |
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Poole in Dorset
Location of Dorset within England
|Electorate||72,773 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Robert Syms (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||East Dorset|
|Number of members||Two (1455–1868), One (1868–1885)|
|Replaced by||East Dorset|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
Poole is a constituencyrepresented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Robert Syms, a Conservative.
The first version of the Poole constituency existed from 1455 until 1885. During this period its exact status was a parliamentary borough, sending two burgesses to Westminster per year, except during its last 17 years when its representation was reduced to one member.
During its abeyance most of Poole was in the East Dorset seat and since its recreation in 1950 its area has been reduced as the harbour town's population has increased.
1950–1983: The Municipal Borough of Poole.
1983–1997: The Borough of Poole wards of Broadstone, Canford Cliffs, Canford Heath, Creekmoor, Hamworthy, Harbour, Newtown, Oakdale, Parkstone, and Penn Hill.
1997–2010: The Borough of Poole wards of Bourne Valley, Canford Cliffs, Hamworthy, Harbour, Newtown, Oakdale, Parkstone, and Penn Hill.
2010–present: The Borough of Poole wards of Branksome West, Canford Cliffs, Creekmoor, Hamworthy East, Hamworthy West, Newtown, Oakdale, Parkstone, Penn Hill, and Poole Town.
The borough is an economically very diverse borough. In the centre and north are a significant minority of Output Areas which in 2001 had high rankings in the Index of Multiple Deprivation, contributing in 2012 with the remainder to producing for Poole the highest unemployment of the constituencies in the county.However, Canford Cliffs is epitomised by one sub-neighbourhood, Sandbanks with its multimillion-pound properties, the coastline area has been dubbed as "Britain's Palm Beach" by the national media. Alongside oil extraction, insurance, care, retail and customer service industries choosing the town as their base tourism contributes to overall a higher income than the national average, however the divergence is not statistically significant and the size of homes varies extensively.
|Parliament||First member||Second member|
|1510||No names known|
|1512||Richard Phelips||Ralph Worsley|
|1529||William Thornhill||William Biddlecombe|
|1542||Oliver Lawrence||John Carew|
|1545||Oliver Lawrence||John Harward|
|1547||John Hannam||John Harward|
|1553 (Mar)||William Newman||Thomas White|
|1553 (Oct)||Anthony Dillington||John Scryvin|
|Parliament of 1554||William Wightman||Richard Shaw|
|Parliament of 1554–1555||Anthony Dillington||Andrew Hourde|
|Parliament of 1555||Robert Whitt||John Phelips|
|Parliament of 1558||Thomas Goodwin||Thomas Phelips|
|Parliament of 1559||Walter Haddon||Humphrey Mitchel|
|Parliament of 1563–1567||William Green|
|Parliament of 1571||George Carleton||William Newman|
|Parliament of 1572–1581||William Green||John Hastings|
|Parliament of 1584–1585||Francis Mills||Thomas Vincent|
|Parliament of 1586–1587||William Fleetwood, junior|
|Parliament of 1588–1589||Henry Ashley||Edward Man|
|Parliament of 1593||James Orrenge|
|Parliament of 1597–1598||Roger Mawdeley|
|Parliament of 1601||Robert Miller||Thomas Billet|
|Parliament of 1604–1611||Thomas Robarts||Edward Man|
|Addled Parliament (1614)||Sir Walter Erle||Sir Thomas Walsingham, junior|
|Parliament of 1621–1622||Sir George Horsey|
|Happy Parliament (1624–1625)||Edward Pitt|
|Useless Parliament (1625)||John Pyne||Sir John Cooper|
|Parliament of 1625–1626||Christopher Erle|
|Parliament of 1628–1629||Sir John Cooper|
|No Parliament summoned 1629–1640|
|Year||First member||First party||Second member||Second party|
|April 1640||John Pyne||Parliamentarian||William Constantine||Royalist|
|September 1642||Constantine disabled from sitting – seat vacant|
|December 1648||Skutt excluded in Pride's Purge – seat vacant|
|1653||Poole was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament|
|1654||Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper||Poole had only one seat in the First and |
Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
|January 1659||Colonel John Fitzjames||Samuel Bond|
|May 1659||John Pyne||One seat vacant|
|April 1660||George Cooper||Sir Walter Erle|
|1661||Sir John Fitzjames||(Sir) John Morton|
|February 1673||George Cooper|
|March 1673||Thomas Strangways|
|1679||Henry Trenchard||Thomas Chafin|
|1689||Henry Trenchard||Sir Nathaniel Napier|
|1690||Sir John Trenchard||Whig|
|1698||William Joliffe||Sir William Phippard|
|1708||William Lewen||Tory||Thomas Ridge||Whig|
|1710||Sir William Phippard|
|1711||Sir William Lewen||Tory|
|1741||Joseph Gulston||Thomas Missing|
|1754||Colonel Sir Richard Lyttelton|
|1761||Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Calcraft|
|1774||Major-General Sir Eyre Coote|
|1780||Joseph Gulston||William Morton Pitt|
|1784||Michael Angelo Taylor|
|1790||Colonel Hon. Charles Stuart||Benjamin Lester|
|1791||Michael Angelo Taylor|
|1796||Colonel Hon. Charles Stuart||John Jeffery|
|1808||Sir Richard Bickerton|
|1812||Michael Angelo Taylor||Whig|
|1826||Hon. William Ponsonby||Whig|
|1831||Sir John Byng||Whig|
|January 1835||Charles Augustus Tulk||Whig|
|May 1835||Hon. George Byng||Whig|
|1837||Hon. Charles Ponsonby||Whig||George Philips||Whig|
|1847||George Richard Robinson||Peelite|
|1850||Henry Danby Seymour||Whig|
|1852||George Woodroffe Franklyn||Conservative|
|1868||Representation reduced to one Member|
|May 1874 by-election||Hon. Evelyn Ashley||Liberal|
|1884 by-election||William James Harris||Conservative|
|1964||Oscar Murton||Conservative||Chairman of Ways and Means 1976–79|
|1997||Sir Robert Syms||Conservative|
|Labour Co-op||Sue Aitkenhead||10,483||20.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Victoria Collins||7,819||15.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Mike Plummer||4,433||8.9|
|Demos Direct Initiative||Marty Caine||551||1.1||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Philip Eades||5,572||11.8|
|Poole People||Mark Howell||1,766||3.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Phillip Eades||14,991||31.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Mike Plummer||11,583||28.6||+3.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Nick Westbrook||10,011||25.5||−5.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Alan Tetlow||14,428||30.82|
|Labour||Haydn R White||10,100||21.58|
|Natural Law||Jennifer Rosta||137||0.29|
|Liberal Democrats||BR Clements||20,614||32.8||+0.2|
|Labour||Haydn R White||6,912||11.0||+1.1|
|Ind. Conservative||M Steen||1,620||2.6||N/A|
|Natural Law||AL Bailey||303||0.5||N/A|
|Social Democratic||Robert Whitley||19,351||32.57|
|Servicemen & Citizen Association||A Foster||177||0.34|
|Labour||Ian S Campbell||17,610||30.07|
|Labour||David A Sutton||19,630||36.71|
|Liberal||Brian S Sherriff||8,394||15.70|
|Liberal||Herbert Charles Richard Ballam||12,234||23.16|
|Liberal||John C Holland||8,735||17.12|
|Labour||Frederick Charles Reeves||17,032||34.49|
|Liberal||John C Holland||5,750||11.65|
|Labour||Leonard Joseph Matchan||18,346||36.42|
|Conservative||William James Harris||877||51.8||+1.6|
|Liberal||Thomas Chatfield Clarke||815||48.2||−1.6|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+5.1|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+7.4|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+26.5|
|Liberal||Henry Danby Seymour||258||37.7||+2.2|
|Turnout||431 (est)||82.7 (est)||+14.7|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+8.1|
|Conservative||George Woodroffe Franklyn||208||38.2||+0.2|
|Liberal||Henry Danby Seymour||193||35.5||−6.9|
|Liberal||William Taylor Haly||143||26.3||+6.6|
|Turnout||376 (est)||68.0 (est)||+21.8|
|Whig||Henry Danby Seymour||211||42.4||N/A|
|Conservative||George Woodroffe Franklyn||189||38.0||N/A|
|Radical||William Taylor Haly||98||19.7||N/A|
|Turnout||249 (est)||46.2 (est)|
|Whig||Henry Danby Seymour||Unopposed|
|Conservative||George Woodroffe Franklyn||Unopposed|
|Conservative gain from Peelite|
|Whig||Henry Danby Seymour||187||52.8||−6.4|
|Whig gain from Peelite||Swing||−10.0|
|Peelite||George Richard Robinson||240||33.6||+3.6|
|Whig||Edward John Hutchins||203||28.4||−8.2|
|Radical||Montague Merryweather Turner||52||7.3||N/A|
|Turnout||358 (est)||68.5 (est)||−18.9|
|Peelite gain from Whig||Swing||+7.2|
|Conservative||George Pitt Rose||189||30.0|
|Turnout||410 (est)||87.4 (est)|
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