The Epsom And Ewell Parliamentary Constituency

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The parliamentary constituency of Epsom was created by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 and became Epsom and Ewell in 1974. From 1868 to 1885 the area was part of the Mid Surrey division, which returned two MPs. The 1885 Act split Mid Surrey into six separate constituencies, which were Chertsey, Epsom, Guildford, Kingston, Reigate and Wimbledon.

Ashtead became part of the Epsom and Ewell division in 1998 and at the same time Banstead was 'moved' to Reigate. The current Epsom and Ewell constituency comprises Epsom, Ewell, Ashtead, Nork and Tattenhams. MPs for Epsom (Epsom and Ewell since 1974), all of whom have belonged to the Conservative Party, are shown below.

Date elected Name Later title, if any Reason for vacating seat
30 November 1885 George Cubitt** Baron Ashcombe of Dorking Elevated to peerage
1892 Thomas Townsend Bucknill Knighted Knighted and raised to the Bench
1899* William Keswick   Announced retirement and then died
1912* Henry Keswick   Did not stand at 1918 General Election
1918 George Rowland Blades Knighted; subsequently Baron Ebbisham Elevated to peerage
1928* Archibald Richard James Southby Knighted Resigned for health reasons
1947* Malcolm Stewart McCorquodale Baron McCorquodale of Newton-le-Willows Retired
1955 Peter Anthony Grayson Rawlinson Knighted; subsequently Baron Rawlinson of Ewell Elevated to peerage
1978* Archibald Gavin Hamilton Knighted; subsequently Baron Hamilton of Epsom Did not stand at 2001 General Election
2001 to present Christopher Stephen Grayling    
*denotes by-election
**previously the Member for West Surrey since 1860



Linda Jackson
February 2013


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