for the House of Commons
|Electorate||77,536 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Crowborough, Uckfield|
|Member of Parliament||Nus Ghani (Conservative)|
|Created from||East Grinstead, Lewes and Rye|
Wealden is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Nus Ghani, a Conservative. Ghani was the first Muslim woman to be elected as a Conservative member of Parliament.
This seat was created in the third periodic review of constituencies in 1983, from a mixture of the previous Mid and Northern divisions of the county (also known as Lewes and East Grinstead).
The seat's history is that of a safe Conservative seat. Before the 2015 election, the Liberal Democrats, including their two predecessor parties, were represented by the main opposition candidate, but they then fell to fourth place. The best result for the Labour Party was in 2017, though it was 39% below the winning vote share.
Locally born Charles Hendry served as a Minister of State in the Department of Energy and Climate Change from 2010 to 2012 following two years in the shadow role in opposition.
1983–1997: The District of Wealden wards of Buxted, Chiddingly and East Hoathly, Crowborough East, Crowborough North, Crowborough West, Danehill, Fletching, Forest Row, Framfield, Frant, Hailsham Central and North, Hailsham East, Hailsham South and West, Hartfield, Heathfield, Hellingly, Horam, Maresfield, Mayfield, Rotherfield, Uckfield, Wadhurst, Waldron, and Withyam.
1997–2010: The District of Wealden wards of Buxted, Chiddingly and East Hoathly, Crowborough East, Crowborough North, Crowborough St John's, Crowborough West, Danehill, Fletching, Forest Row, Framfield, Frant, Hailsham Central and North, Hailsham East, Hailsham South and West, Hartfield, Heathfield, Hellingly, Horam, Maresfield, Mayfield, Rotherfield, Uckfield, Wadhurst, Waldron, and Withyam.
2010–present: The District of Wealden wards of Buxted and Maresfield, Chiddingly and East Hoathly, Crowborough East, Crowborough Jarvis Brook, Crowborough North, Crowborough St John's, Crowborough West, Danehill/Fletching/Nutley, Forest Row, Framfield, Frant/Withyham, Hailsham Central and North, Hailsham East, Hailsham South and West, Hartfield, Hellingly, Horam, Mayfield, Rotherfield, Uckfield Central, Uckfield New Town, Uckfield North, Uckfield Ridgewood, and Wadhurst.
The constituency covers much of the Wealden district of East Sussex. However, some of the district in the south falls into the constituencies of Lewes, Bexhill and Battle and Eastbourne.
Approximately half of the population in the constituency lives in the area's three main towns: Crowborough, Hailsham and Uckfield. The rest of the seat is predominantly rural and has many small towns, villages and hamlets. The Wealden landscape is varied, ranging from the Ashdown Forest in the north to the South Downs and the coastal part is included in seats to the south.
A considerable portion of the population is retired or work in London, Brighton or other regional employment bases at a managerial or advanced professional level. Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 1.5% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
|1983||Sir Geoffrey Johnson-Smith||Conservative|
|Liberal Democrats||Chris Bowers||11,388||18.7||+8.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Chris Bowers||6,281||10.4||+1.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Giles Goodall||5,180||9.1||−15.8|
|Green||Mark Smith ||3,623||6.4||+3.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Chris Bowers||13,911||25.3||+0.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Christopher Wigley||13,054||23.5||−0.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Steve Murphy||12,507||23.7||−2.0|
|Pensioner Coalition||Cyril Thornton||453||0.9||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Skinner||15,213||25.7||−1.3|
|Natural Law||Paul Cragg||188||0.3||0.0|
This constituency underwent boundary changes between the 1992 and 1997 general elections and thus change in share of vote is based on a notional calculation.
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Skinner||16,332||27.1||−0.4|
|Natural Law||Roger Graham||182||0.3||New|
|Conservative win (new seat)|