| Borough constituency |
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Reigate in Surrey
Location of Surrey within England
|Electorate||72,043 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Reigate, Redhill and Banstead|
|Member of Parliament||Crispin Blunt (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||parts of|
East, Mid and West Surrey
as county constituency also called S.E. Surrey
|Number of members||One|
|Type of constituency||Borough constituency|
|Replaced by||Mid Surrey|
|Number of members||Two|
|Type of constituency||Borough constituency|
Reigate // is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Crispin Blunt of the Conservative Party.
1885–1918: The Borough of Reigate, its Sessional Division, and those of Dorking and Godstone except Effingham, Mickleham, Caterham, Warlingham, Chelsham and Farleigh
1918–1950: The Borough of Reigate, the Urban District of Dorking, and the Rural Districts of Dorking and Reigate
1950–1974: The Borough of Reigate, and the Rural District of Godstone
1974–1983: The Borough of Reigate, and the Urban District of Banstead
1983–1997: The Borough of Reigate and Banstead wards of Chipstead Hooley and Woodmansterne, Horley East, Horley West, Kingswood with Burgh Heath, Reigate Central, Reigate East, Reigate North, Reigate North Central, Reigate North East, Reigate South Central, Reigate South East, Reigate South West, Salfords and Sidlow, and Tadworth and Walton
1997–2010: The Borough of Reigate and Banstead wards of Banstead Village, Chipstead Hooley and Woodmansterne, Kingswood with Burgh Heath, Reigate Central, Reigate East, Reigate North, Reigate North Central, Reigate North East, Reigate South Central, Reigate South East, Reigate South West, Salfords and Sidlow, and Tadworth and Walton
2010–present: The Borough of Reigate and Banstead wards of Banstead Village, Chipstead Hooley and Woodmansterne, Earlswood and Whitebushes, Kingswood with Burgh Heath, Meadvale and St John’s, Merstham, Preston, Redhill East, Redhill West, Reigate Central, Reigate Hill, Salfords and Sidlow, South Park and Woodhatch, and Tadworth and Walton
The seat is in Surrey bordering Greater London and is centered on the town of Reigate from which it takes its name. As shown by the map the constituency excludes most of the post town of Horley in the East Surrey seat and Banstead (including its progeny or neighbourhoods Nork, Preston and the Tattenhams) in the Epsom and Ewell seat but contains the rest of the Reigate and Banstead district.
This constituency was first created with the first election of Burgesses to Parliament in 1295, electing two members. It continued to elect two members until 1832 when its representation was reduced to one member by the Great Reform Act.
In 1868 the constituency was disenfranchised for corruption, but was revived in 1885 by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 when the East Surrey constituency was abolished. Since 1918 the seat has been held by a candidate in the Conservative Party with the exception of four months during which the anti-EU MP in 1997 before the election of that year joined the Referendum Party (UK). The Liberal Democrats including their two predecessor parties amassed their largest share of the vote in 2010. The largest opposition party changed from Labour to the Liberal Democrats in 2005 and 2010, then UKIP in 2015 and back to Labour in the 2017 general election.
In 1974, the seat saw major boundary changes which removed some of Eastern Surrey which was in the seat into the radically redesigned East Surrey seat and added the Banstead area to the seat.
|Parliament||First member||Second member|
|1386||John Aubyn||Richard atte Mere|
|1388 (February)||John Chaunce I||Thomas Ballard|
|1388 (September)||John Aubyn||William Bone|
|1390 (January)||John Aubyn||William Bone|
|1391||Roger Chaunce I||William Bone|
|1393||John Aubyn||John Bavell|
|1395||John Skinner||John Bavell|
|1397 (January)||John Skinner||John Bavell|
|1397 (September)||John Skinner||Richard atte Mere|
|1399||John Skinner||Roger Chaunce I|
|1402||Richard Turner||Thomas Barber|
|1406||John Chaunce II||John Taylor|
|1407||John Chaunce II||Thomas Barber|
|1414 (November)||John Skinner||Roger Chaunce II|
|1415||John Skinner||Walter Wrigge|
|1417||John Knight||John Chaunce II|
|1419||John Pope||John Chaunce II|
|1420||John Pope||John Skinner|
|1421 (May)||John Pope||Walter Urry|
|1421 (December)||Robert Wanford||Roger Chaunce II|
|1510–1523||No names known|
|1529||John Skinner I||Thomas Michell|
|1542||James Skinner||John Skinner II|
|1547||Robert Richers||William More|
|1553 (March)||Robert Robotham||Henry Fisher|
|1553 (October)||Sir Thomas Saunders||Thomas Ingler|
|1554 (April)||Henry White||Robert Richers|
|1554 (November)||Robert Richers||James Skinner|
|1555||Thomas Windsor||Walter Haddon|
|1558||George Elsden||Thomas Banester|
|1559||William Howard||John Skinner|
|1562/63||Sir George Howard||William Howard|
|1571||William Howard||John Agmondesham I|
|1572||William Howard||John Skinner|
|1584||William Howard||Edmund Sanders|
|1586||William Howard||Edmund Sanders|
|1588||Julius Caesar||Thomas Lyfield|
|1593||William Howard||John Trevor|
|1597||Sir William Howard||Edward Howard|
|1601||Edward Howard||John Trevor|
|1604||Sir Edward Howard||Herbert Pelham|
|1614||Sir Edward Howard||John Suckling|
|1621||Thomas Glemham||Robert Lewis|
|1624||Sir Thomas Bludder||Robert Lewis|
|1625||Sir Thomas Bludder||Sir Roger James|
|1626||Sir Thomas Bludder||Sir William Monson|
|1628||Charles Cockayne||Sir Thomas Bludder|
|1629–1640||No Parliaments summoned|
|1640 (April)||Edward Thurland||Sir Thomas Bludder|
|1640 (November)||William Lord Monson||George Evelyn|
|1653||Reigate not represented in Barebones Parliament|
|1654||Edward Bysshe||(one seat only)|
|1656||?John Goodwin||(one seat only)|
|1659||John Hele||Edward Thurland|
|Year||1st Member||1st Party||2nd Member||2nd Party|
|1660||John Hele||Edward Thurland|
|1673||Sir John Werden|
|February 1679||Deane Goodwin|
|October 1679||Ralph Freeman|
|1685||Sir John Werden||Sir John Parsons|
|January 1689||Roger James|
|March 1689||Thomas Vincent|
|1690||Sir John Parsons||John Parsons|
|1698||Stephen Hervey||Edward Thurland|
|1701||Sir John Parsons|
|1722||Sir Joseph Jekyll||Whig|
|June 1747||Charles Cocks|
|December 1747||Charles Yorke||Whig|
|1784||William Bellingham||Edward Leeds|
|1789||The Lord Hood|
|1790||John Somers Cocks||Joseph Sydney Yorke||Tory|
|February 1806||Philip James Cocks|
|November 1806||Edward Charles Cocks||Viscount Royston|
|1818||Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke||Tory||James Somers Cocks|
|April 1831||Joseph Yorke|
|July 1831||Charles Yorke||Tory|
|1841 by-election||Charles Somers-Cocks||Conservative|
|1857||William Hackblock||Independent Liberal|
|February 1858 by-election||Henry Rawlinson||Conservative|
|October 1858 by-election||William Monson||Whig|
|1863 by-election||Granville William Gresham Leveson-Gower||Liberal|
|1868||Constituency disenfranchised for corruption|
|1885||Sir Trevor Lawrence||Conservative|
|1918||Sir George Cockerill||Unionist|
|1931||Sir Gordon Touche||Conservative|
|1974||Sir George Gardiner||Conservative|
|Liberal Democrats||John Vincent||10,320||19.4||+8.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Anna Tarrant||5,889||10.9||+0.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Anna Tarrant||5,369||10.5||−15.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Jane Kulka||13,097||26.2||+3.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Jane Kulka||9,896||23.2||+2.1|
|English Democrat||Harold Green||600||1.4||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Jane Kulka||8,330||21.1||+1.1|
|Reform UK||Harold Green||357||0.9||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Peter Samuel||9,615||20.0||−4.1|
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. George Gardiner changed party from the Conservative Party to the Referendum following his deselection by the local Conservative association.
|Liberal Democrats||B Newsome||14,566||25.8||+1.4|
|Social Democratic||Elizabeth Pamplin||12,752||24.4||−2.5|
|Social Democratic||Elizabeth Pamplin||13,625||26.9|
|Labour||Bryan A. Symons||6,114||12.1|
|Ecology||David R. Newell||1,029||2.0|
|People Power||Mervyn Taggart||266||0.49|
|Independent Democrat||Mervyn Taggart||254||0.42|
|Labour||Michael P Farley||15,433||29.20|
|Labour||John Edward Anthony Samuels||16,649||32.64|
|Liberal||Anthony A Stowell||10,197||19.99|
|Liberal||Anthony A Stowell||11,058||21.93|
|Liberal||Agnes H Scott||8,205||16.53|
|Labour Co-op||Charles Garnsworthy||16,903||38.32|
|Labour Co-op||Charles Garnsworthy||14,287||33.10|
|Liberal||Allan Stanley Batham||4,740||10.98|
|Labour Co-op||Charles Garnsworthy||13,931||32.46|
|Liberal||Allan Stanley Batham||5,953||13.87|
|Unionist||George K. Cockerill||20,851||54.3||−22.3|
|Liberal||Harold James Hamblen||9,532||24.8||N/A|
|Unionist||George K. Cockerill||19,877||76.6||N/A|
|Unionist||George K. Cockerill||Unopposed|
|Unionist||George K. Cockerill||Unopposed|
|C||Unionist||George K. Cockerill||Unopposed|
|Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
|Liberal||Francis Edward Barnes||3,097||39.3||N/A|
|Liberal||Harry Cunningham Brodie||6,067||50.9||N/A|
|Conservative||Richard Hamilton Rawson||5,848||49.1||N/A|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||N/A|
|Conservative||Richard Hamilton Rawson||8,339||59.3||+10.2|
|Liberal||Harry Cunningham Brodie||5,715||40.7||−10.2|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+10.2|
|Conservative||Richard Hamilton Rawson||7,710||59.7||+0.4|
|Liberal||Herbert Walter Goldberg||5,194||40.3||−0.4|
General Election 1914/15:
Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;
Somers-Cocks succeeded to the peerage, becoming 2nd Earl Somers and causing a by-election.
|Whig||Hillebrant Meredith Parratt||76||43.2||N/A|
|Independent Liberal||William Hackblock||228||64.2||N/A|
|Independent Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||N/A|
Hackblock's death caused a by-election.
|Conservative gain from Independent Liberal||Swing||N/A|
Rawlinson was appointed a member of the Council of India, requiring a by-election
|Radical||William Arthur Wilkinson||210||48.3||N/A|
|Whig gain from Independent Liberal||Swing||N/A|
|Liberal||William Arthur Wilkinson||161||38.2||N/A|
|Liberal gain from Independent Liberal||Swing||N/A|
Monson succeeded to the peerage, becoming Lord Monson and causing a by-election.
|Liberal||Granville William Gresham Leveson-Gower||346||51.0||N/A|
|Liberal||William Arthur Wilkinson||333||49.0||+10.8|
|Liberal||Granville William Gresham Leveson-Gower||473||62.2||N/A|
|Conservative||George Gibson Richardson||11||1.4||N/A|
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