London South and Surrey East was a constituency electing a single Member of the European Parliament (MEP). The constituency was created in 1984 and existed until 1999, when it was replaced by the multi-member constituency of London with the Surrey portions forming part of South East England constituency.
The constituency was formed from the existing London South European constituency with the addition of areas from the neighbouring Surrey constituency. European constituencies were formed by the grouping of UK Parliament constituencies and the boundary change reflected both the redrawing of Westminster constituencies in 1983 and changes in population .
When it was created London South and Surrey East consisted of the Westminster constituencies of Carshalton and Wallington, Croydon Central, Croydon North East, Croydon North West, Croydon South, East Surrey, Reigate and Sutton and Cheam. In boundary changes which took effect at the 1994 European Election, it lost the Reigate constituency but gained Epsom and Ewell.
The seat was held James Moorhouse throughout its existence. Moorhouse had also been MEP for London South from 1979. Moorhouse was elected as a Conservative Party MEP in 1984, 1989 and 1994. In October 1998 he defected to the Liberal Democrats.
- ↑ David Boothroyd's United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved on 2008-01-20.
- ↑ "MEPs quit 'euro-sceptic' Tory party". BBC News. January 19, 1999. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/258575.stm. Retrieved 2009-11-15.