The constituency of Southampton Itchen was created in 1950 when the then single seat covering Southampton was split into two. Reflecting the two main rivers that flow through Southampton; the area mostly to the west of Southampton seat was called Southampton Test and the mainly east of the City, including the City Centre seat was called Southampton Itchen.
There have been boundary changes in the past, but the constituency has reflected the current Council wards since 1997. There were 72,298 people registered to vote in Southampton Itchen at the 2019 general election.
Southampton is a medium-sized city with a population of around 245,000 people.It is a port city, and it has been so since Roman times, when the first port was located in the ancient town of Clausentum, which is now called Bitterne Manor.
The Pilgrim Fathers sailed from Southampton to the new world, and Henry V sailed from Southampton to defeat the French at Agincourt. It was a major embarkation port during the first and second world wars, and it was the port from which the Titanic set sail on its fateful maiden voyage.
The world-famous Spitfire was manufactured in Southampton. A masterpiece of aerodynamic engineering, it was designed and built in Woolston by R. J. Mitchell and first flew from what is now Southampton Airport in 1936
Southampton is an ambitious city that knows where it wants to be. It already punches above its weight, but it can, and should, be so much more.