Reigate

2015 Result:
Conservative: 29151 (56.8%)
Labour: 6578 (12.8%)
Lib Dem: 5369 (10.5%)
Green: 3434 (6.7%)
UKIP: 6817 (13.3%)
MAJORITY: 22334 (43.5%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: South East, Surrey. Part of Reigate and Banstead council area.

Main population centres: Reigate, Redhill, Banstead, Tadworth, Kingswood.

Profile: An affluent commuter seat, straddling the M25 to the south of London. Several insurance and financial companies have their headquarters here but the towns and villages here mostly serve as dormitories for London workers.

Politics: A very safe Conservative seat, held by the party since 1910. There is little real competition to the Conservatives at a Parliamentary level, and at a local level the main alternative to the Tories are the candidates of local residents associations. Previous MPs for the seat include Geoffrey Howe, who briefly represented the seat between 1970 and 1974 before moving to the East Surrey seat after boundary changes, and George Gardiner, the right-wing Conservative MP who was deselected in 1997 over his criticisms of John Major and briefly became the Referendum party`s only MP.


Current MP
CRISPIN BLUNT (Conservative) Born 1960, Germany. Educated at Wellington College and Sandhurst. Former army officer and special advisor to Malcolm Rifkind. Contested West Bromwich East 1992. First elected as MP for Reigate in 1997. Parliamentary under-secretary for prisons 2010-2012. Blunt famously resigned from the Conservative frontbench after the close of polls on local election day in 2003 to call for a vote of no confidence in Iain Duncan Smith, but the call fell flat after the Conservatives made greater than expected gains. In the event Iain Duncan Smith would be removed six months later.
Past Results
2010
Con: 26688 (53%)
Lab: 5672 (11%)
LDem: 13097 (26%)
UKIP: 2089 (4%)
Oth: 2432 (5%)
MAJ: 13591 (27%)
2005*
Con: 20884 (49%)
Lab: 8896 (21%)
LDem: 9896 (23%)
UKIP: 1921 (5%)
Oth: 1008 (2%)
MAJ: 10988 (26%)
2001
Con: 18875 (48%)
Lab: 10850 (27%)
LDem: 8330 (21%)
UKIP: 1062 (3%)
Oth: 357 (1%)
MAJ: 8025 (20%)
1997
Con: 21123 (44%)
Lab: 13382 (28%)
LDem: 9615 (20%)
Oth: 702 (1%)
MAJ: 7741 (16%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
CRISPIN BLUNT (Conservative) See above.
ALI AKLAKUL (Labour)
ANNA TARRANT (Liberal Democrat)
JOE FOX (UKIP) Contested Reigate 2010.
JONATHAN ESSEX (Green) Chartered civil engineer. Reigate and Banstead councillor since 2010, Surrey councillor since 2013. Contested Reigate 2010.
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