Milton Keynes South West (UK Parliament constituency)

Milton Keynes South West (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 52°00′32″N 0°43′16″W / 52.009°N 0.721°W / 52.009; -0.721

Milton Keynes South West
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Milton Keynes South West in Buckinghamshire for the 2005 general election.
Outline map
Location of Buckinghamshire within England.
County Buckinghamshire
1992 (1992)2010 (2010)
Number of members One
Replaced by Milton Keynes North, Milton Keynes South

Milton Keynes South West was a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1992 to 2010. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.



The constituency was one of two covering the Borough of Milton Keynes. It included the more urban parts of the borough: Bletchley, Fenny Stratford, Loughton, the Shenlies, Stony Stratford and more modern districts in between.

Boundary review

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Buckinghamshire, the Boundary Commission for England created two new seats for Milton Keynes, effectively replacing the current South West/North East division with a North and South division from the 2010 general election.


Construction of Milton Keynes began in 1967, as a new town. Until 1983, it was part of the Buckingham constituency. As its population grew, Milton Keynes then gained its own constituency, which was taken by William Benyon of the Conservative Party.

The continuing expansion in the population of Milton Keynes led to this constituency being divided for the 1992 general election into two parts (Milton Keynes South West and North East Milton Keynes). The new South West constituency was taken by Barry Legg of the Conservatives, who lost the seat to Labour's Phyllis Starkey in the 1997 election.The Milton Keynes south west seat was abolished, and replaced with the Milton Keynes South seat for the 2010 general election. Phyllis Starkey ran for the Milton Keynes South seat, but lost to the conservative candidate Iain Stewart.

Members of Parliament

Election Member [1] Party
1992 Barry Legg Conservative
1997 Phyllis Starkey Labour
2010 Constituency abolished: see Milton Keynes North and Milton Keynes South


Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2005: Milton Keynes South West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Phyllis Starkey 20,862 42.4 −7.1
Conservative Iain Stewart 16,852 34.2 0.0
Liberal Democrat Neil Stuart 7,909 16.1 +5.5
UKIP George Harlock 1,750 3.6 +1.7
Green Alan Francis 1,336 2.7 +0.6
Majority 4,010 8.1 −7.2
Turnout 49,209 59.8 −2.5
Labour hold Swing −3.6
General Election 2001: Milton Keynes South West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Phyllis Starkey 22,484 49.5 −4.2
Conservative Iain Stewart 15,506 34.2 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Nazar Mohammed 4,828 10.6 −1.3
Green Alan Francis 957 2.1 N/A
UKIP Clive Davies 848 1.9 N/A
Legalise Cannabis Patman Denning 500 1.1 N/A
Socialist Alliance Dave Bradbury 261 0.6 N/A
Majority 6,978 15.3
Turnout 45,384 62.3 −9.1
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1997: Milton Keynes South West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Phyllis Starkey 27,298 53.8 +16.4
Conservative Barry Legg 17,006 33.5 −13.1
Liberal Democrat Peter Jones 6,065 12.0 −2.5
Natural Law H. Kelly 389 0.8 +0.4
Majority 10,092 20.3 +11.1
Turnout 50,758 71.4 −5.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +14.6
General Election 1992: Milton Keynes South West[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Barry Legg 23,840 46.6
Labour Kevin Wilson 19,153 37.4
Liberal Democrat Chris Pym 7,429 14.5
Green Dr. Caroline Field 525 1.0
Natural Law H. Kelly 202 0.4
Majority 4,687 9.2
Turnout 51,149 77.0
Conservative win (new seat)

See also

Notes and references

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