Uxbridge & Ruislip South

2015 Result:
Conservative: 22511 (50.4%)
Labour: 11816 (26.4%)
Lib Dem: 2215 (5%)
Green: 1414 (3.2%)
UKIP: 6346 (14.2%)
TUSC: 180 (0.4%)
Loony: 72 (0.2%)
Independent: 14 (0%)
Others: 120 (0.3%)
MAJORITY: 10695 (23.9%)

Category: Very safe Conservative seat

Geography: Greater London. Part of Hillingdon council area.

Main population centres: Uxbridge, Hillingdon, Cowley, Yiewsley, South Ruislip.

Profile: A suburban seat on the fringe of west London, this covers Uxbridge, Hillingdon, Cowley and Yiewsley and then, north of Northolt Aerodrome which runs down the middle of the seat, South Ruislip.This is middle-of-the-road suburbia, hidden away at the end at the far end of the Metropolitan line.

Politics: A relatively safe Conservative seat, it has seen held by the Conservatives since 1970 but not always by large majorities. In 1997 this became the first by-election hold for the Conservatives for 18 years when John Randall was returned following the death of Michael Shersby, the first time the Tories had held a seat at a by-election since William Hague held Richmond in 1989. Since 2015 it has been the new seat of Boris Johnson, elected MP while still serving as London Mayor.


Current MP
BORIS JOHNSON (Conservative) Born 1964, New York, son of former MEP Stanley Johnson. Educated at Eton and Oxford University. Former journalist, author and editor of the Spectator. MP for Henley 2001-2008, Mayor of London since 2008. First elected as MP for Uxbridge & Ruislip South in 2015. Shadow higher education minister 2005-2007. Instantly recognisable by his dishevelled appearance, blond thatch of hair and bumbling public-schoolboy mannerisms, Boris Johnson has become a media celebrity through appearances on Have I Got News For You and a tendency to make gaffes. His first period as an MP saw a brief shadow ministerial career cut short by denials of an affair that turned out to be true and he resigned from Parliament to become Mayor of London. In 2014 he announced he would seek to return to Parliament with the barely disguised ambition to stand as the next party leader.
Past Results
2010
Con: 21758 (48%)
Lab: 10542 (23%)
LDem: 8995 (20%)
BNP: 1396 (3%)
Oth: 2385 (5%)
MAJ: 11216 (25%)
2005*
Con: 16840 (49%)
Lab: 10669 (31%)
LDem: 4544 (13%)
BNP: 763 (2%)
Oth: 1562 (5%)
MAJ: 6171 (18%)
2001
Con: 15751 (47%)
Lab: 13653 (41%)
LDem: 3426 (10%)
UKIP: 588 (2%)
MAJ: 2098 (6%)
1997
Con: 18095 (44%)
Lab: 17371 (42%)
LDem: 4528 (11%)
Oth: 398 (1%)
MAJ: 724 (2%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005, name changed from Uxbridge

Demographics
2015 Candidates
BORIS JOHNSON (Conservative) Born 1964, New York, son of former MEP Stanley Johnson. Educated at Eton and Oxford University. Journalist and author, former editor of the Spectator. MP for Henley 2001-2008, Mayor of London since 2008. Shadow higher education minister 2005-2007. Instantly recognisable by his dishevelled appearance, blond thatch of hair and bumbling public-schoolboy mannerisms, Boris Johnson has become a media celebrity through appearances on Have I Got News For You and a tendency to make gaffes. His first period as an MP saw a brief shadow ministerial career cut short by denials of an affair that turned out to be true and he resigned from Parliament to become Mayor of London. In 2014 he announced he would seek to return to Parliament with the barely disguised ambition to stand as the next party leader.
CHRIS SUMMERS (Labour) BBC journalist. Ealing councillor since 2010.
MICHAEL COX (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Salesian Missionary College and Brunel University. Chartered accountant. Hillingdon councillor 2002-2010. Contested Ruislip Northwood 2001, 2005, Uxbridge and South Ruislip 2010.
JACK DUFFIN (UKIP) Educated at Stratton Upper School and Brunel University. student.
GRAHAM LEE (Green)
SABRINA MOOSUN (Communities United)
JENNY THOMPSON (Independent)
MICHAEL DOHERTY (Independent)
LORD TOBY JUG (Eccentric Party of GB) Musician. Contested West Ham 1992, 1997, Folkstone and Hythe 2005, Huntingdon 2010.
JANE LAWRENCE (Realists)
JAMES JACKSON (No description) Retired auditor.
GARY HARBORD (TUSC)
HOWLING LAUD HOPE (Loony) Born 1942, Mytchett, real name Alan Hope. Publican. Contested Teignbridge 1983, 1987, 1992, Aldershot 1997, Eddisbury 1999, Kensington and Chelsea 1999, Brent East 2003, Hartlepool 2004, Aldershot 2005, Blaenau Gwent 2006, Sedgefield 2007, Norwich North 2009, Witney 2010, Barnsley Central 2011, Bradford West 2012, Manchester Central 2012, Eastleigh 2013, South Shields 2013, Clacton 2014.
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Comments - 1,057 Responses on “Uxbridge & Ruislip South”
  1. Very few people in these sort of positions are as neutral as they should be, though. Take public service broadcasters:

    Nick Robinson is a former head of the Oxford University Conservative Association.

    Andrew Neill is chairman of The Spectator (and he constantly retweets Speccie pieces).

    On the other side:

    Jon Snow goes to Glastonbury and yells “F*ck the Tories”.

    Robert Peston publishes WTF, a 300-page manifesto calling for serious expansion of the power and scope of the state.

    One has to give credit to James O’Brien and (begrudgingly) Paul Mason, who did the decent thing and left the BBC for outlets where they had the freedom to air their own opinions.

  2. Personally I don’t have such a problem with broadcasters. Their biases are fairly well known. The body which runs and adjudicates elections is a different matter.

  3. ‘Personally I don’t have such a problem with broadcasters. Their biases are fairly well known. ‘

    I agree

    I remember when of the few times The Times embarrassed themselves by making a big deal of the BBC appointing Andrew Marr as their Head of Politics given he used be in the Labour Party – not that you’d know it

    Likewise, Neil’s always been well known as a right-winger. He was Murdoch’s first editor of the Sunday Times – which of course is much more right wing that its sister paper The Times

    But again he’s as hostile to those on the Right as those on the Left, as was Paxman – another who revealed his conservative leanings prior to retirement

    In fact it would be downright odd for somebody to be into politics at any level if they didn’t have any political views

  4. Just catching up on Boris’s resignation speech yesterday.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a speech where it is so obvious that the speaker doesn’t believe what he is saying.

  5. I got the impression of somebody who perhaps has finally realised he’s nowhere near as popular as he once assumed – neither with his party nor his country, hence his somewhat downbeat performance

  6. Yes, it was low energy and downbeat. Gave me flashbacks to the look of sheer terror on his face on the morning after the referendum result. He’ll never be PM and he knows it.

  7. ‘Gave me flashbacks to the look of sheer terror on his face on the morning after the referendum result’

    Like most Remainers, Johnson has clearly thought that ‘Leave would lose which would make the littany of lies that he told during the campaign irrelevant as he’d never be in a position to put them to the test

    It’s no coincidence or surprise that he’s gone from being one of the most popular Tories to one of the least since the referendum

    He ain’t see nothing yet – five years from now he will be universally despised in the UK – although it will be little bother to him as he;ll be one of the fist out the door once the hard Brexit he advocates comes into effect

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