2015 Result:
Conservative: 23745 (50.1%)
Labour: 6102 (12.9%)
Lib Dem: 5572 (11.8%)
Green: 2198 (4.6%)
UKIP: 7956 (16.8%)
Independent: 54 (0.1%)
Others: 1766 (3.7%)
MAJORITY: 15789 (33.3%)

Category: Very safe Conservative seat

Geography: South West, Dorset. Part of the Poole council area.

Main population centres: Poole.

Profile: An affluent town on the south coast, just west of Bournemouth. Poole has an extremely diverse economy - it is an important cargo and ferry port, a tourist destination in its own right, a manufacturing centre (including Lush, Ryvita and Siemens), and a service and commercial centre (companies based here include Merlin Entertainments, the owners of Madame Tussards, Chessington, Thorpe Park and Alton Towers). The Sandbanks peninsula to the south of the town has some of the most expensive housing on the planet, rivaled only by parts of Tokyo, New York and Eaton Square in London.

Politics: A solid Conservative seat, held by the party since its recreation in 1950.

Current MP
ROBERT SYMS (Conservative) Born 1956, Chippenham. Educated at Colstons School, Bristol. Former Company director. North Wiltshire councillor 1984-1987, Wiltshire county councillor 1985-1993. Contested Walsall North 1992. First elected as MP for Poole in 1997. Opposition whip 2003-2005, shadow local government minister 2003-2007.
Past Results
Con: 22532 (47%)
Lab: 6041 (13%)
LDem: 14991 (32%)
UKIP: 2507 (5%)
Oth: 1365 (3%)
MAJ: 7541 (16%)
Con: 17571 (43%)
Lab: 9376 (23%)
LDem: 11583 (29%)
UKIP: 1436 (4%)
Oth: 547 (1%)
MAJ: 5988 (15%)
Con: 17710 (45%)
Lab: 10544 (27%)
LDem: 10011 (26%)
UKIP: 968 (2%)
MAJ: 7166 (18%)
Con: 19726 (42%)
Lab: 10100 (22%)
LDem: 14428 (31%)
Oth: 624 (1%)
MAJ: 5298 (11%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
ROBERT SYMS (Conservative) See above.
PHILIP EADES (Liberal Democrat) Former publican. Poole councillor since 2003. Contested Poole 2010.
ADRIAN OLIVER (No description)
MARK HOWELL (Poole People) Solicitor. Poole councillor since 2010.
Comments - 8 Responses on “Poole”
  1. I will be standing in Poole for Poole People – Poole’s independent party. You can see our policies and download a picture from our website – http://www.poolepeople.org.uk

  2. Conservative Hold. 12,000 maj.

  3. Cllr Marion Pope has defected from the Conservatives to Ind here.

  4. Between 1832 and 1885 Dorset was an undivided three-seat county constituency. In 1885 the county was divided between Dorset East, Dorset North, Dorset South and Dorset West (no borough constituencies were created in Dorset in the 1885 redistribution). Each of these constituencies comprised roughly a quarter of the area of the county and returned one MP.

    In the 1918 redistribution, the four Dorset constituencies were retained, but their boundaries were redrawn. Dorset East constituency was reduced in area to about half its former size, with the northern part of the pre-1918 seat being transferred to Dorset North and the southern part to Dorset South.

    In the 1950 redistribution, this constituency disappeared. A new borough constituency of Poole was created. Wimborne Minster Urban District and the part of Wimborne and Cranborne Rural District previously in the abolished seat were transferred to Dorset North.

    Dorset East boundaries:
    1885-1918: The Municipal Borough of the Town and County of Poole, the Sessional Division of Wimborne, and part of the Sessional Division of Wareham.

    1918-1950: The Municipal Borough of Poole, the Urban District of Wimborne Minster, the Rural District of Poole, and in the Rural District of Wimborne and Cranborne the civil parishes of Aimer, Chalbury, Colehill, Corfe Mullen, Hampreston, Hinton Martell, Hinton Parva, Holt, More Critchel, Pamphill, Shapwick, Sturminster Marshall, West Parley, and Witchampton.

  5. I would have been tempted to go for “Poole Party” rather than “Poole People”, but either works really.

  6. Well if someone else wants to start another independent party here they’ll have to join the Poole queue.

  7. Poole People is a great name.

    Although it could be a Ch5 docu-soap.

  8. Lds candidate used the c word in a church hustings last night

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