The Arundel & South Downs constituency is one of the most beautiful in England, much of it falling within the South Downs National Park. The constituency runs along the South Downs from Duncton in the west to the East Sussex border. It is predominantly rural, mostly consisting of villages - in spite of its name, no single town dominates it.
The "land of wild nature and wild prospects" (Hudson) and the unique landscape of the "whale backed" downs (Kipling) have provided inspiration to artists and writers from Turner to Blake.
Agriculture and horticulture, leisure and tourism are important to the local economy. Local historic attractions include Arundel Castle, Petworth House and Parham House.
The constituency was created in 1997, although Arundel seats in different forms have existed since 1332. At 30 miles wide, it can take an hour to drive from one side to the other. It grew further when boundary changes added the villages and towns of Petworth, Graffham, Fittleworth, Wisborough Green and Cowfold at the election in 2010.
Please use the links below to learn more about the individual towns and villages, local authorities and General Election results.
To see Andrew’s maiden speech where he discusses the constituency, please click here.
The map above shows the constituency boundary as it has been since the 2010 election. To see the constituency on an Ordnance Survey map click here.
The Arundel & South Downs constituency is covered by West Sussex County Council, which is based in Chichester and serves over 750,000 people. The County Council is responsible for strategic services and functions, such as education and social services.
Four district councils have responsibility for some portion of the Arundel & South Downs constituency: Arun District Council, Chichester District Council, Horsham District Council, and Mid Sussex District Council. District Councils are responsible for more local services, such as bin collection, housing and planning applications.
You can write to your local Councillor about a wide range of issues by clicking here.
Police and Crime Commissioner
The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner is Katy Bourne. The Commissioner is responsible for making the police force accountable for their performance, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.