Maidenhead

2015 Result:
Conservative: 35453 (65.8%)
Labour: 6394 (11.9%)
Lib Dem: 5337 (9.9%)
Green: 1915 (3.6%)
UKIP: 4539 (8.4%)
Independent: 162 (0.3%)
Others: 55 (0.1%)
MAJORITY: 29059 (54%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: South East, Berkshire. The western part of the Windsor and Maidenhead council area and part of the Wokingham council area to the east of Reading.

Main population centres: Maidenhead, TWyford, Bray, Wargrave, Cookham.

Profile: The constituency consists of the town of Maidenhead itself, an affluent town on the Thames with strong high-tech and pharmaceutical industries, but also stretches south-west to include a swathe of countryside right up to the suburbs of Reading. The seat includes the villages of Cookham, Wargrave, Twyford and Bray - now best known as the location of Heston Blumenthal`s restaurant The Fat Duck, named as the best restaurant in the world in 2005.

Politics: Affluent and middle class, politically Maidenhead has been Conservative since it was split off from the equally Conservative Windsor and Maidenhead seat in 1997. In 2001 the majority fell to just over 3,000 and the seat was supposedly one of those where the Liberal Democrats attempted to "decapitate" leading Conservative politicians. In the event the Conservative majority doubled and with beneficial boundaries charges for the Tories in 2005 it is increasingly safe.


Current MP
THERESA MAY (Conservative) Born 1956, Eastbourne. Educated at Holton Park Girls Grammar and Oxford University. Former financial consultant. Merton councillor 1986-1994. Contested North West Durham 1992, Barking 1994 by-election. First elected as MP for Maidenhead in 1997. Shadow education secretary 1999-2001, shadow transport secretary 2001-2002, Chairman of the Conservative party 2002-2004, shadow family secretary 2004-2005, shadow culture secretary 2005, shadow leader of the Commons 2005-2009, shadow work and pensions secretary 2009-2010. Home Secretary since 2010.
Past Results
2010
Con: 31937 (59%)
Lab: 3795 (7%)
LDem: 15168 (28%)
UKIP: 1243 (2%)
Oth: 1577 (3%)
MAJ: 16769 (31%)
2005*
Con: 23312 (51%)
Lab: 4144 (9%)
LDem: 17081 (37%)
BNP: 704 (2%)
Oth: 609 (1%)
MAJ: 6231 (14%)
2001
Con: 19506 (45%)
Lab: 6577 (15%)
LDem: 16222 (37%)
UKIP: 741 (2%)
Oth: 272 (1%)
MAJ: 3284 (8%)
1997
Con: 25344 (50%)
Lab: 9205 (18%)
LDem: 13363 (26%)
Oth: 1339 (3%)
MAJ: 11981 (24%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
THERESA MAY (Conservative) See above.
CHARLES SMITH (Labour) Educated at Warwick University. Solicitor.
ANTHONY HILL (Liberal Democrat) Former headteacher. Contested Maidenhead 2010.
HERBIE CROSSMAN (UKIP) Security consultant. Harrow councillor 1994-1998 for the Liberal Democrats. Contested Harrow West 1997 for the Referendum party, Haltemprice and Howden 2008 by-election as Independent, Harrow West 2010 for UKIP.
EMILY BLYTH (Green) Musician.
JOE WILCOX (Class War)
IAN TAPLIN (Independent)
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Comments - 2,713 Responses on “Maidenhead”
  1. Prehaps she has been offered one of the top 3 jobs by someone.

    Also being reported that some candidates will do a Leadsom and withdraw if they make the final two and it’s against Boris. Through I am not sure if Boris’s many critics among Tory mp’s will stand for that except if the final two is Raab or Mcvey.

  2. Theresa May is no longer Tory leader.

  3. May has confirmed she’ll remain as an MP, after she ceases to be PM in August.

  4. I have read previously that May enjoys being a constituency MP so she may stick around for quite a while. Good for her, irrespective of my feelings on her Premiership.

  5. Probably- and Philip is younger than her so is a few years off reaching Retirement age from his city job.

  6. Guess the money will come in handy as well. I attended a mining conference in Africa which Tony Blair was paid a million USD to give the keynote address at. I somewhat doubt May will be commanding those kind of fees, she’ll be lucky to get 50 quid for the after dinner speech at Maidenhead WI.

  7. Well, quite. Leaving aside my personal feelings on the two politicians, May is no Blair when it comes to public speaking (to put it mildly)’

  8. Would be a “Good leader” according to Conservative Party members:

    Net scores

    Boris +58
    Raab +47
    Javid +31
    Hunt +19
    Gove +5
    Rory S -19

    YouGov June 11-14, 892 Cons members.

  9. 46% of Tory Members would be happy to Nigel Farage as Tory leader and the majority put Brexit ahead of the Union and serious damage to the Economy.

  10. CCHQ has confirmed that postal ballots will go out to members on 4th July.

  11. The latest ConHome poll of members has Raab beating Hunt, Gove and Javid in a postal ballot, with Stewart finishing last.

    Contrary to the twitterati’s love of Rory.

    Boris v Raab in a postal ballot would be a proper choice of Leavers.

  12. The tory membership shows we are heading for a culture war in the UK just like the USA is (But without moral issues like Abortion being prominent).

  13. May confirms that she is standing again at the next GE. Good on yer Theresa for sticking around….the first ex-PM to do so since Jim Callaghan.

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