Southampton, Test

2015 Result:
Conservative: 14207 (32.5%)
Labour: 18017 (41.3%)
Lib Dem: 2121 (4.9%)
Green: 2568 (5.9%)
UKIP: 5566 (12.8%)
TUSC: 403 (0.9%)
Independent: 770 (1.8%)
MAJORITY: 3810 (8.7%)

Category: Semi-marginal Labour seat

Geography: South East, Hampshire. Part of Southampton council area.

Main population centres: Southampton.

Profile: Southampton is a large container and cruise port on the south coast. This is the western of the two Southampton seats, covering the western and more affluent northern suburbs of Southampton. The seat is named after the river Test, which runs through Southampton and forms part of the western boundary of the seat.

Politics: Both the Southampton seats have traditionally been marginals, but Test was seen as the more Conservative of the two, having been won by the Tories at all but 2 elections between 1955 and 1992. By 2010 election, however, had become the more marginal seat and in 2015 Itchen fell to the Tories while Test stayed Labour.

Current MP
ALAN WHITEHEAD (Labour) Born 1950, Isleworth. Educated at Isleworth Grammar school and Southampton University. Former Professor at Southampton Institute. Southampton councillor 1980-1992, Leader of Southampton council 1994-1992. Contested Southampton Test 1983, 1987, 1992. First elected as MP for Southampton Test in 1997. PPS to Baroness Blackstone 1999-2001. Under-secretary of State for local government 2001-2002.
Past Results
Con: 14588 (33%)
Lab: 17001 (38%)
LDem: 9865 (22%)
UKIP: 1726 (4%)
Oth: 1007 (2%)
MAJ: 2413 (5%)
Con: 10827 (26%)
Lab: 17845 (43%)
LDem: 10368 (25%)
GRN: 1482 (4%)
Oth: 1261 (3%)
MAJ: 7018 (17%)
Con: 10617 (26%)
Lab: 21824 (52%)
LDem: 7522 (18%)
UKIP: 792 (2%)
Oth: 820 (2%)
MAJ: 11207 (27%)
Con: 14712 (28%)
Lab: 28396 (54%)
LDem: 7171 (14%)
Oth: 765 (1%)
MAJ: 13684 (26%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
JEREMY MOULTON (Conservative) Educated at Exeter University. Pensions manager. Southampton councillor since 2002. Contested Southampton Test 2010.
ALAN WHITEHEAD (Labour) See above.
ADRIAN FORD (Liberal Democrat) Businessman.
ANGELA MAWLE (Green) Chief Executive of UKPHA and former nurse. Former Southampton councillor for the Labour party. Contested Romsey and Waterside 1992 for Labour.
CHRIS DAVIS (Independent) Born Southampton. Educated at Glen Eyre school. Awarded the MBE in 2009 for services to charity.
Comments - 112 Responses on “Southampton Test”
  1. I would be surprised if Jeremy Moulton did not stand here again.

  2. What is the Southhampton Test? Is it something you can pass?

  3. It’s the river Test – which is passable…

  4. Conservative Home said that the Conservative selection for this seat was on the 2nd of May but there is then no further news? Has a candidate been selected?

  5. Labour held this with Increasesed Majority.

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