The seat is mainly urban and suburban in character, and it is the home of many monied London commuters. It encompasses the communities of Camberley and Frimley and includes other smaller towns such as Bagshot and Windelsham.
The area is predominantly, white and middle class with more than half the households owning at least two cars. However, there is also a strong military presence as it is located near Chobham and Bisley.
Nick Hawkins, previously the MP for Blackpool South, was elected to represent Surrey Heath in 1997 with a majority of over 16,000 votes; the largest of Surrey’s eleven Tory seats and the second largest Conservative majority in the country - surpassed only by John Major in Huntingdon.
In 1997, it came as no surprise that Mr Hawkins was returned with a smaller majority, not only because of the national swing against the Conservatives, but also because of the 1995 boundary changes which reduced the electorate by approximately 12,000 members. Formerly called Surrey North West, this seat had among the largest electorates in the country prior to those boundary changes.