List of Parliamentary Constituencies in Dorset
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List of Parliamentary Constituencies in Dorset

The ceremonial county of Dorset (which includes the unitary authorities of Bournemouth and Poole) is divided into 8 Parliamentary constituencies - 3 Borough constituencies and 5 County constituencies.


  + Conservative   ? Labour   ¤ Liberal Democrat

Constituency[nb 1] Electorate Majority[nb 2] Member of Parliament Nearest opposition Map
Bournemouth East BC 74,591 8,806   Tobias Ellwood   Corrie Drew
Bournemouth West BC 73,195 10,150   Conor Burns   David Stokes
Christchurch CC 70,309 24,617   Christopher Chope   Mike Cox
Mid Dorset and North Poole CC 65,050 14,898   Michael Tomlinson   Vikki Slade
North Dorset CC 76,324 24,301   Simon Hoare   David Chadwick
Poole BC 73,796 19,116   Robert Syms   Sue Aitkenhead
South Dorset CC 72,323 17,153   Richard Drax   Carralyn Parkes
West Dorset CC 82,277 14,106   Chris Loder   Edward Morello

Boundary changes

The Boundary Commission for England decided to retain Dorset's constituencies for the 2010 election, making minor changes to realign constituency boundaries with the boundaries of current local government wards, and to reduce the electoral disparity between constituencies.

Changes proposed for 2024

As part of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies in 2018 the Boundary Commission for England recommended the following constituencies covering Dorset.[1]


Historical representation by party

A cell marked -> (with a different colour background to the preceding cell) indicates that the previous MP continued to sit under a new party name.

1885 to 1950

  Coalition Liberal (1918-22) / National Liberal (1922-23)   Conservative   Independent Conservative   Liberal

1original candidate, F. Guest (Lib), disqualified; fresh by-election held June 1910

1950 to 1983

  Conservative   Labour

Constituency 1950 1951 1955 57 1959 62 1964 1966 1970 Feb 1974 Oct 1974 1979
Dorset North Crouch Glyn James Baker
Dorset South Montagu Barnett King Gascoyne-Cecil
Dorset West Digby Spicer
Poole Wheatley Pilkington Murton Ward

1983 to present (7, then 8 MPs)

  Conservative   Independent   Labour   Liberal Democrats

See also


  1. ^ BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
  2. ^ The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.


  1. ^ 2018 Review - Volume 1: Report Boundary Commission for England

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