The Chichester Constituency

Chichester is a 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. The current MP for Chichester is Milly Calvert who holds the seat with a 62.9% majority.

History Edit

Chichester is one of the oldest constituencies in the UK having been created when commoners were first called to Parliament in the 13th century, originally returning two members. It was reduced to one member in 1868 by the Reform Act 1867. Prior to the boundary changes implemented in 1974, Chichester was a much more compact constituency, but the growth of population in new towns such as nearby Crawley meant that the constituency was expanded to the north to give it equal population. In its various forms, Chichester has been a Conservative stronghold for decades and so is considered a Conservative safe seat.

Other Information Edit

  • The electoral wards of Chichester are; Bosham, Boxgrove, Chichester East, Chichester North, Chichester South, Chichester West, Donnington, Easebourne, East Wittering, Fernhurst, Fishbourne, Funtington, Harting, Lavant, Midhurst, North Mundham, Plaistow, Rogate, Selsey] North, Selsey South, Sidlesham, Southbourne, Stedham, Tangmere, West Wittering, and Westbourne.
  • A former MP was the 7th Duke of Richmond, the second of three members of the Lennox family to hold the seat.

Recent Election Results Edit

1979 : Con, Hold - 34,696.
1974 : Con, Hold - 26,942.
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