|Sutton and Cheam|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Sutton and Cheam in Greater London
|Electorate||66,147 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Paul Scully (Conservative)|
|Created from||Mid Surrey or more commonly 'Epsom' (as eastern offshoot seat)|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
- 1 Political history
- 2 Prominent members
- 3 Boundaries
- 4 Constituency profile
- 5 Members of Parliament
- 6 Elections
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes and references
- 9 External links
The area's voters produced a 32.6% swing to the Liberal Party in the 1972 by-election. In the nine prior elections it only returned Conservative MPs and the Liberal candidate polled third behind Labour six times and none stood three times.
The seat is a marginal seat which has since 1970 frequently flipped between electing Conservative and Liberal/Liberal Democrat candidates. During the Conservative Government 1979-1990, the seat was won by a sufficient majority to be branded a Conservative safe seat. It was regained by the Liberal Democrats in the 1997 general election. The Conservatives regained the seat at the 2015 general election. In June 2016, an estimated 51.28% of local adults voting in the EU membership referendum chose to leave the European Union instead of to remain. This was matched in two January 2018 votes in Parliament by its MP.
At the 2017 general election, the incumbent Conservative MP, Paul Scully, gained an 8.3% swing which moved the seat away from the typical "marginal" band of analysis: Scully won by a 24.4% majority. Due to the secret ballot only opinion polls can determine if this rise in popularity had more to do with the campaign of the Liberal Democrat candidate and/or the Conservatives picking up votes from the non-standing party UKIP, whose withdrawal was common in 2017 nationwide, following the vote to leave the EU. UKIP had 378 candidates across the UK, 346 fewer than in 2015. Also not standing, and having lost their deposits in 2015, were two left-wing minor candidates. An 11.6% extra vote share was on hand for four parties as the candidate list fell from seven to four.
The seat had ranked from 2015 to 2017 the 39th-slimmest margin of majority, specifically in share of the vote as opposed to number of votes, among the 331 Conservative seats. In third place, Labour's vote share almost doubled to 20.4%, their highest in Sutton and Cheam since 1970; a further swing of 3.4% of voters would have made Labour the closest challengers to the Conservatives, before the Liberal Democrats. The Conservatives finished in fourth place in the European Election 2019, trailing significantly behind the Liberal Democrats, the Brexit Party, and the Labour Party. 
1945–1950: The Municipal Borough of Sutton and Cheam.
1950–1964: as above (from 1965 becoming wards of the London Borough of Sutton but not described as such in boundary legislation itself for a time).
1964–1978: The London Borough of Sutton wards of Belmont, Cheam North, Cheam South, Cheam West, Sutton Central, Sutton East, Sutton North, Sutton North East, Sutton South, Sutton South East, Worcester Park North, and Worcester Park South.
1978–2002: The London Borough of Sutton wards of Belmont, Cheam South, Cheam West, North Cheam, Rosehill, Sutton Central, Sutton Common, Sutton East, Sutton South, Sutton West, Worcester Park North, and Worcester Park South.
2002–present: The London Borough of Sutton wards of Belmont, Cheam, Nonsuch, Stonecot, Sutton Central, Sutton North, Sutton South, Sutton West, and Worcester Park.
The area maintains separate schooling systems, with grammar schools and comprehensive schools, similar to Kingston upon Thames; it has more semi-detached, terraced and detached properties than the Greater London average. Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.1% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
Members of Parliament
|1945||Sir Sidney Marshall||Conservative||Resigned 1954|
|1954 by-election||Richard Sharples||Conservative||Resigned 1972|
|1972 by-election||Graham Tope||Liberal|
|Feb 1974||Sir Neil Macfarlane||Conservative|
|1992||Lady Olga Maitland||Conservative|
|1997||Paul Burstow||Liberal Democrats|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Hina Bokhari||16,884||33.4||+6.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Amna Ahmad||13,869||26.7||-7.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Burstow||16,811||33.7||-12.0|
|National Health Action||Dave Ash||345||0.7||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||+5.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Burstow||22,156||45.7||−1.2|
|English Democrat||John Dodds||106||0.2||N/A|
|Christian Peoples Alliance||Matthew Connolly||52||0.1||N/A|
|Independents Federation UK||Brian Hammond||19||0.0||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||−1.5|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Burstow||19,768||47.1||-1.7|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Rainbow George Weiss||288||0.7||+0.7|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||-2.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Burstow||19,382||48.8||+6.5|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+3.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Burstow||19,919||42.30||+8.54|
|Natural Law||Deborah Wright||96||0.20||-0.26|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative||Swing||-12.90|
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Burstow||16,954||33.76||+5.15|
|Labour||G. C. Martin||4,980||9.92||-0.72|
|Natural Law||A. Hatchard||133||0.26||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
Elections in the 1970s
|National Front||J. Hunt||465||0.9||N/A|
|Labour||James Kenneth Rhodes||7,118||15.3||+2.7|
|Women's Rights||Una Kroll||298||0.6||N/A|
|Labour||James Kenneth Rhodes||6,270||12.6||-14.7|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing|
|Anti-Common Market||Chris Frere-Smith||1,332||3.9||N/A|
|National Independence||Edgar Scruby||660||1.9||N/A|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+32.6|
|Liberal||Nicholas DM McGeorge||6,023||14.6||-4.01|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour||Frank J Ward||13,235||30.29||+3.16|
|Liberal||Nicholas DM McGeorge||8,134||18.61||-1.62|
Elections in the 1950s
|Labour||Ronald M Lewis||15,205||33.98||-3.25|
|Labour||N. T. Poulter||11,023||33.45||-3.78|
|Labour||Eric KI Hurst||18,202||37.23||+2.71|
|Labour||Helen O. Judd||17,706||34.52||-6.45|
|Liberal||H. J. Wheeler||4,389||8.56||-4.45|
Elections in the 1940s
|Labour||Helen O. Judd||17,293||40.97||N/A|
|Liberal||J. P. Hughes||5,483||12.99||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "BBC NEWS – UK – UK Politics – Memorable by-election results". bbc.co.uk.
- "Constituency Referendum Results". Retrieved 20 September 2019.
- Library, House of Commons (8 June 2017). "Who stood in the General Election 2017?".
- List of Conservative MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
- "Estimated 2019 European Parliament election results by constituency". Retrieved 20 September 2019.
- "2011 Census Interactive – ONS". ons.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 29 January 2016.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)
- Council, Sutton. "Statement of Persons Nominated & Notice of Poll - Sutton & Cheam 2019 | Sutton Council". www.sutton.gov.uk. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
- "Sutton & Cheam parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
- "Sutton & Cheam parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1970.
- The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1966.
- The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1964.
- The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1959.
- The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1955.
- The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1951.
- Politics Resources (Election results from 1922 onwards)
- Electoral Calculus (Election results from 1955 onwards)