for the House of Commons
Boundary of Wycombe in Buckinghamshire
Location of Buckinghamshire within England
|Major settlements||High Wycombe|
|Member of Parliament||Steve Baker (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Number of members||Two until 1868,|
|Type of constituency||County constituency|
The constituency shares similar borders with Wycombe local government district, although it covers a slightly smaller area. The main town within the constituency, High Wycombe contains many working/middle class voters and a sizeable ethnic minority population that totals around one quarter of the town's population, with some census output areas of town home to over 50% ethnic minorities, and a number of wards harbouring a considerable Labour vote. The surrounding villages, which account for just under half of the electorate, are some of the most wealthy areas in the country, with extremely low unemployment, high incomes and favour the Conservatives. Workless claimants totalled 3.0% of the population in November 2012, lower than the national average of 3.8%.
The Parliamentary Borough of Chipping Wycombe had continuously returned two MPs to the House of Commons since the Model Parliament of 1295. This was reduced to 1 MP by the Representation of the People Act 1867 and the Borough was abolished altogether by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. It was transformed into a large county division, formally named the Southern or Wycombe Division of Buckinghamshire. It was one of three divisions formed from the undivided three-member Parliamentary County of Buckinghamshire, the other two being the Mid or Aylesbury Division and the Northern or Buckingham Division. As well as the abolished Borough, it absorbed the abolished Parliamentary Borough of Great Marlow and included the towns of Beaconsfield and Slough.
Boundaries and boundary changes
1885–1918: The Municipal Borough of Chepping Wycombe, the Sessional Divisions of Burnham and Stoke, and parts of the first and second Sessional Divisions of Desborough.
1918–1945: The Municipal Borough of Chepping Wycombe, the Urban Districts of Eton, Marlow, and Slough, the Rural Districts of Eton and Hambleden, and part of the Rural District of Wycombe.
Beaconsfield was transferred to Aylesbury. Gained Eton which had been part of the abolished Parliamentary Borough of New Windsor in Berkshire.
1945–1950: The Municipal Borough of Chepping Wycombe, the Urban District of Marlow, and the Rural District of Wycombe.
The House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Act 1944 set up Boundaries Commissions to carry out periodic reviews of the distribution of parliamentary constituencies. It also authorised an initial review to subdivide abnormally large constituencies in time for the 1945 election. This was implemented by the Redistribution of Seats Order 1945 under which Buckinghamshire was allocated an additional seat. As a consequence, the new County Constituency of Eton and Slough was formed from the Wycombe constituency, comprising the Municipal Borough of Slough and the Urban and Rural Districts of Eton. In compensation, the parts of the (revised) Rural District of Wycombe in the Aylesbury Division, including Hughenden and Princes Risborough, were transferred to Wycombe.
1950–1974: The Municipal Borough of High Wycombe, the Urban District of Marlow, and the Rural District of Wycombe.
No changes to boundaries.
1974–1983: The Municipal Borough of High Wycombe, the Urban District of Marlow, and in the Rural District of Wycombe the parishes of Chepping Wycombe, Fawley, Fingest and Lane End, Great Marlow, Hambleden, Hughenden, Little Marlow, Medmenham, Turville, and West Wycombe Rural.
Northern parts of the Rural District of Wycombe, including Princes Risborough, but excluding Hughenden, transferred back to Aylesbury. Wooburn included in the new County Constituency of Beaconsfield.
1983–1997: The District of Wycombe wards of Booker and Castlefield, Bowerdean and Daws Hill, Cressex and Frogmoor, Downley, Great Marlow, Green Hill and Totteridge, Hambleden Valley, Hughenden Valley, Keep Hill and Hicks Farm, Kingshill, Lane End and Piddington, Little Marlow, Marlow Bottom, Marlow North, Marlow South, Marsh and Micklefield, Oakridge and Tinkers Wood, and West Wycombe and Sands.
Areas to the east of High Wycombe (former parish of Chepping Wycombe) transferred to Beaconsfield. Hazlemere transferred to Chesham and Amersham.
1997–2010: The District of Wycombe wards of Booker and Castlefield, Bowerdean and Daws Hill, Cressex and Frogmoor, Downley, Great Marlow, Green Hill and Totteridge, Hambleden Valley, Hughenden Valley, Keep Hill and Hicks Farm, Kingshill, Lane End and Piddington, Marlow Bottom, Marlow North, Marlow South, Marsh and Micklefield, Oakridge and Tinkers Wood, and West Wycombe and Sands.
2010–present: The District of Wycombe wards of Abbey, Booker and Cressex, Bowerdean, Chiltern Rise, Disraeli, Downley and Plomer Hill, Greater Marlow, Hambleden Valley, Hazlemere North, Hazlemere South, Micklefield, Oakridge and Castlefield, Ryemead, Sands, Terriers and Amersham Hill, Totteridge, and Tylers Green and Loudwater.
Hazlemere transferred back from Chesham and Amersham. Marlow transferred to Beaconsfield and Hughenden to Aylesbury.
Members of Parliament
- Constituency created (1295)
- Reduced to one member (1868)
|1868||Hon. William Carrington||Liberal|
|January 1910||Sir Charles Cripps||Conservative|
|1914||William Baring du Pré||Conservative|
|1924||Sir Alfred Knox||Unionist|
|1952||Sir John Hall||Conservative|
|1978||Sir Ray Whitney||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Toni Brodelle||6,543||11.9||+4.2|
|Wycombe Independents||Julia Wassell||926||1.7||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Steve Guy||4,147||7.8||−1.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Steve Guy||4,546||8.8||−20.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Steve Guy||13,863||28.8|
- This constituency underwent boundary changes between the 2005 and 2010 general elections and thus calculation of change in vote share is not meaningful.
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||James Oates||8,780||19.8||+2.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Dee Tomlin||7,658||17.0||−1.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Bensilum||9,678||18.5||−3.1|
|Natural Law||Mark Heath||121||0.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Tim Andrews||13,005||22.97||−5.5|
|Natural Law||T. Anton||168||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Multiracial Political Party||M. Amin||327||0.65|
- This constituency underwent boundary changes between the 1979 and 1983 general elections and thus calculation of change in vote share is not meaningful.
Elections in the 1970s
|National Front||Sylvia Jones||833||1.25||−2.25|
|National Front||Sylvia Jones||2,040||4.12||+0.62|
|Labour||W. F. Back||18,052||30.82|
|Liberal||M. T. James||11,333||19.35|
|National Front||D. H. Smith||2,049||3.50|
|Labour||W. F. Back||18,822||29.48|
|Liberal||M. T. James||15,512||24.29|
- This constituency underwent boundary changes between the 1970 and February 1974 general elections and thus calculation of change in vote share is not meaningful.
|Labour||Bryan S. Jones||23,341||32.51|
|Liberal||Ernest Henry Palfrey||8,297||11.56|
Elections in the 1960s
|Liberal||Arthur Donald Dennis||9,330||15.11|
Elections in the 1950s
|Liberal||Arthur Donald Dennis||7,068||12.24|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
|Liberal||Brian Armstrong Law||8,354||16.36|
Election in the 1940s
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
A general election was expected 1939/40 and by 1939 the following had been adopted as candidates;
- Conservative: Alfred Knox
- Labour: Ernest Whitfield
- Liberal: Vaughan Watkins
In 1938, the local Labour and Liberal parties had set up a formal organisation, 'The South Bucks Unity Committee' in support of a Popular Front and may well have agreed to support a joint candidate against the sitting Conservative.
Election in the 1930s
Election in the 1920s
|Liberal||Leonard John Humphrey||16,929||34.5||+1.5|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing|
|Unionist||William Baring du Pré||13,228||41.7||−8.4|
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing||+9.8|
|Unionist||William Baring du Pré||15,627||50.1|
Elections in the 1910s
|C||Unionist||William Baring du Pré||Unopposed|
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
|Unionist||William Baring du Pré||9,044||57.4|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+13.5|
Elections in the 1900s
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+17.9|
Elections in the 1890s
- Caused by Curzon's appointment as Treasurer of the Household.
Elections in the 1880s
|Conservative gain from Liberal|
|Conservative||James Simpson Carson||557||33.5|
- Caused by Carington's appointment as a Groom in Waiting.
Elections in the 1870s
Elections in the 1860s
|Liberal||John Remington Mills||500||41.6|
Elections in the 1860s
- Caused by Carrington's succession to the peerage, becoming Lord Carrington.
|Liberal||John Remington Mills||Unopposed|
|Liberal||John Remington Mills||220||58.2|
- Caused by Dashwood's death.
Elections in the 1850s
|Liberal||Martin Tucker Smith||Unopposed|
|Whig||Martin Tucker Smith||Unopposed|
|Whig||Martin Tucker Smith||208||35.5|
|Turnout||293 (est)||84.7 (est)|
Elections in the 1840s
|Whig||Martin Tucker Smith||Unopposed|
|Whig gain from Radical|
|Conservative||James William Freshfield||130||23.0|
|Radical gain from Whig|
Elections in the 1830s
|Whig||George Robert Smith||Unopposed|
- Caused by Smith's succession to the peerage, becoming 2nd Baron Carrington
|Turnout||c. 282||c. 91.3||c. +2.7|
- Caused by Baring's resignation
|Whig gain from Non Partisan|
|Non Partisan||John Dashwood-King||Unopposed|
|Non Partisan hold|
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