Wokingham

2015 Result:
Conservative: 32325 (57.7%)
Labour: 8132 (14.5%)
Lib Dem: 7572 (13.5%)
Green: 2092 (3.7%)
UKIP: 5516 (9.9%)
Independent: 358 (0.6%)
MAJORITY: 24193 (43.2%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: South East, Berkshire. Parts of West Berkshire and Wokingham council areas.

Main population centres: Wokingham, Earley, Winnersh, Burghfield Common, Shinfield, Riseley, Spencers Wood.

Profile: The seat curves around the south of Reading, from the town of Wokingham itself in the East, the town of Earley, which grew rapidly through private developement in the 1970s and 80s and then curling through Reading`s rural hinterland to the west. Like other Thames Valley seats along the M4 this is affluent, middle class seat and home to company headquarters and high-tech industry. The seat contains the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Burghfield, the Thames Valley Police Training College at Sulhamstead and part of the University of Reading, which straddles the constituency border.

Politics: A safe Conservative seat, represented by the Conservatives since its creation in 1950.


Current MP
JOHN REDWOOD (Conservative) Born 1951, Dover. Educated at Kent College and Oxford University. Former banker. Oxfordshire county councillor 1973-1977. Contested Peckham by-election 1982. First elected as MP for Wokingham in 1987. Junior minister at the DTI 1989-1992, minister for local government 1992-1993, Secretary of State for Wales 1993-1995. Shadow trade secretary then shadow environment secretary 1997-2000. Shadow deregulation secretary 2004-2005. Redwood resigned from the cabinet in 1995 to contest the Conservative leadership after John Major resigned to provoke a contest, he gained 89 votes. Contested 1997 Conservative leadership election, coming third and backing Ken Clarke in the final round.
Past Results
2010
Con: 28754 (53%)
Lab: 5516 (10%)
LDem: 15262 (28%)
UKIP: 1664 (3%)
Oth: 3332 (6%)
MAJ: 13492 (25%)
2005*
Con: 22174 (48%)
Lab: 6991 (15%)
LDem: 14934 (32%)
UKIP: 994 (2%)
Oth: 979 (2%)
MAJ: 7240 (16%)
2001
Con: 20216 (46%)
Lab: 7633 (17%)
LDem: 14222 (32%)
UKIP: 897 (2%)
Oth: 880 (2%)
MAJ: 5994 (14%)
1997
Con: 25086 (50%)
Lab: 8424 (17%)
LDem: 15721 (31%)
Oth: 877 (2%)
MAJ: 9365 (19%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
JOHN REDWOOD (Conservative) See above.
ANDY CROY (Labour) Accountant and former teacher.
CLIVE JONES (Liberal Democrat) Born Kent. Businessman.
PHIL CUNNINGHAM (UKIP)
ADRIAN WINDISCH (Green) Educated at JFS Comprehensive and Westminster and Southampton universities. Engineer. Contested Reading West 2005, 2010.
KAZ LOKUCIEWSKI (Independent)
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Comments - 107 Responses on “Wokingham”
  1. Oh no don’t get me wrong 200 votes is a big deal it’s the difference of about 5%

  2. Oh dear, I see my former MP is having trouble with reality again:

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/apr/21/john-redwood-mocked-for-telling-people-to-buy-non-existent-british-cars

    P.S. Peppermintea , how many threads have you posted stuff about St Albans on? They seem to be all over the place.

  3. John Redwood has been made Sir John Redwood.

  4. Urgh.

  5. “Urgh.”

    Much as I personally dislike Redwood, I can’t deny he’s been one of the defining Conservative political figures for the last 30 years with a lot of strings to his bow, and therefore IMO much more deserving of a knighthood than a faceless obscure backbencher like Gary Streeter or John Hayes.

    – He was head of Thatcher’s policy unit in the 1980s (I think)

    – Cabinet minister early 1990s

    – Had the balls to challenge Major for the leadership, alone amongst the backstabbing right, and did relatively well in the circumstances

    – Leadership challenger in 1997 also, and member of Hague’s shadow cabinet.

    He’s anti-Deal and probably voted against May in the VONC so it makes her look magnanimous.

  6. I’m not doubting his talent or intellect, and you’re quite right that far less deserving people have also been knighted/ honoured. Still creepy af though.

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