Surrey Heath

2015 Result:
Conservative: 32582 (59.9%)
Labour: 6100 (11.2%)
Lib Dem: 4937 (9.1%)
Green: 2400 (4.4%)
UKIP: 7778 (14.3%)
Christian: 361 (0.7%)
Independent: 273 (0.5%)
MAJORITY: 24804 (45.6%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: South East, Surrey. The whole of Surrey Heath council area and three wards from the Guildford council area.

Main population centres:

Profile: A strangely shaped seat on the north western edge of Surrey, with a long thin tail that stretches along the Hampshire-Surrey border. Most of the seat is made up of the merged towns and villages that make up the Surrey part of the Aldershot urban area - Camberley, Frimley, Mytchett and Ash, all affluent, expensive, middle-class commuter areas. The seat also includes Deepcut Barracks, the headquarters of the Royal Logistical Corps.

Politics: This is an extremely safe Conservative seat. It has been represented by the former journalist Michael Gove since 2005, when his predecessor Nick Hawkins was deselected by the local association.

Current MP
MICHAEL GOVE (Conservative) Born 1967, Edinburgh, adopted at the age of 4. Educated at Robert Gordon`s College and Oxford University. Former Times journalist. First elected as MP for Surrey Heath in 2005. Shadow secretary of state for children, schools and families 2007-2010. Secretary of State for Education 2010-2014, Chief Whip 2014-2015. Lord Chancellor since 2015. Former chairman of Policy Exchange. Gove is seen as one of the key modernisers within the Conservative party, socially Liberal but hawkish in international affairs. He was rapidly promoted to the shadow cabinet upon his election, becoming shadow secretary of state for children and schools in 2007, only two years after his entrance to the Commons.
Past Results
Con: 31326 (58%)
Lab: 5552 (10%)
LDem: 14037 (26%)
UKIP: 3432 (6%)
MAJ: 17289 (32%)
Con: 24642 (51%)
Lab: 7989 (17%)
LDem: 13797 (29%)
UKIP: 1430 (3%)
MAJ: 10845 (23%)
Con: 22401 (50%)
Lab: 9640 (21%)
LDem: 11582 (26%)
UKIP: 1479 (3%)
MAJ: 10819 (24%)
Con: 28231 (52%)
Lab: 11511 (21%)
LDem: 11944 (22%)
Oth: 653 (1%)
MAJ: 16287 (30%)

2015 Candidates
MICHAEL GOVE (Conservative) See above.
ANN-MARIE BARKER (Liberal Democrat)
JULIANA BRIMICOMBE (Christian) Retired nurse. Contested Aldershot 2010.
BOB SMITH (Independent)
Comments - 212 Responses on “Surrey Heath”
  1. Well what do you mean by it?

  2. Micheal Gove has announced the new Waste strategy
    From the views of my extended family the separate food bins could be a mini poll tax in terms of popularity – none of them who currently get given them use them and if forced (by reduced general collection), they will be a lot of underlying anger.

  3. Not sure it’s quite comparable to the poll tax…

  4. It’s funny what people get steamed up about.

    Where I live, we’ve been separating food waste for more than a decade. It seems such a simple thing to do, and I can’t help wondering why anyone would find it a burden.

  5. Well everyone in my family who has the option just refuses to do it. It’s something ripe to be exploited during local elections.

  6. Because even through it’s optional people will feel forced to or otherwise have food waste outside for weeks.

  7. I can’t help thinking that the effort needed to put food waste in a separate little box must be a lot less than that needed to lobby local politicians for the right to mix it in with landfill.

  8. Well maybe. But all the relatives I have in Essex who are offered it simply refuse to use them and consider a magnet for foxes.

  9. I have to agree with James E here…I don’t see what the problem is. i don’t have a problem with BM11 or Matt Wilson as posters, but I think they both are guilty sometimes of defending the indefensible in a rush to appear ‘inclusive’ rather than snobbish. Sometimes certain behaviour- like refusing to use a food recycling bin for Christs sake- is just lazy and pig ignorant.

  10. I am not defending it as such – i would use it- but that it is an issue which annoys people and could be something that causes problems electorally.

  11. The future challenges we all face on this are massive. I’m afraid separating out a bit of food waste will be the least of the problems. We are learning a lot of new things about what happens within landfill and all of it is pretty alarming. It’s not farfetched to expect landfill to be almost completely banned over the coming decades (we’re fast running out of space for it anyway).

    “Recycling” has too often hitherto involved shipping the plastic from our recycle bins to some poor unfortunate country in Asia where it is dumped and clogs up the seas. Again this will not be possible in the future (already China has banned import of most wastes). We will have to deal with all the waste plastic here and that includes the vast quantities that can’t be meaningfully recycled.

    Sadly a partial return to incineration may be inevitable even though the gases and by-products this produces can be very toxic.

    I have nothing but contempt for those who attempt to play politics with this….it is a challenge which should transcend politics. Remember Eric Pickles promising to restore weekly landfill bin collections for everybody in 2010? How’d that go?

  12. It’s a difficult issue. Weekly collections are popular but not the increase in council tax needed to pay for them in areas that don’t have them
    Where I am in London rubbish collection is weekly with recycling every two weeks. Just the two bins – obviously that will change but my mum and dad will never use a food waste bin unless virtually forced to do so.

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