Bexhill and Battle (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°53′10″N 0°28′12″E / 50.886°N 0.470°E / 50.886; 0.470

Bexhill and Battle
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bexhill and Battle in East Sussex.
Outline map
Location of East Sussex within England.
County East Sussex
Electorate 78,602 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1983 (1983)
Member of Parliament Gregory Barker (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Bexhill and Battle /ˈbɛx.hɪl ænd ˈbætəl/ is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by Greg Barker of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency is based around the district of Rother in East Sussex.

Constituency profile[edit]

The main towns in the constituency, from which it takes its name, are the seaside resort of Bexhill-on-Sea and the historic town of Battle.

History[edit]

The seat's first MP, Charles Wardle, served as a junior Home Office minister in the government of John Major; Wardle had the Conservative whip removed shortly before the 2001 election. The seat has been held by Gregory Barker since 2001; Barker has been a junior minister at the Department for Energy and Climate Change since the formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government following the 2010 general election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1983 Charles Wardle Conservative
2001 Independent
2001 Gregory Barker Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Bexhill and Battle[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gregory Barker 28,147 51.6 −2.6
Liberal Democrat Mary Varrall 15,267 28.0 +5.3
Labour James Royston 6,524 12.0 −5.9
Trust Stuart Wheeler 2,699 4.9 N/A
BNP Neil Jackson 1,950 3.6 N/A
Majority 12,880 23.6 −7.9
Turnout 54,587 68.9 +2.1
Conservative hold Swing −4.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Bexhill and Battle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gregory Barker 24,629 52.6 +4.5
Liberal Democrat Mary Varrall 11,180 23.9 -0.8
Labour Michael Jones 8,457 18.1 -1.3
UKIP Anthony Smith 2,568 5.5 -2.3
Majority 13,449 28.7
Turnout 46,834 67.2 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing +2.7
General Election 2001: Bexhill and Battle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gregory Barker 21,555 48.1 0.0
Liberal Democrat Stephen P. Hardy 11,052 24.7 -0.8
Labour Mrs. Anne E. Moore-Williams 8,702 19.4 +1.3
UKIP Nigel Farage 3,474 7.8 +6.2
Majority 10,503 23.4
Turnout 44,783 64.9 -9.6
Conservative hold Swing +0.4

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Bexhill and Battle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Wardle 23,570 48.1 -12.2
Liberal Democrat Mrs. Kathryn M. Field 12,470 25.5 -3.4
Labour Robert D. Beckwith 8,866 18.1 +8.7
Referendum Party Mrs. Vanessa Thompson 3,302 6.7 N/A
UKIP J.D. Pankhurst 786 1.6 N/A
Majority 11,100 22.6
Turnout 48,994 74.5
Conservative hold Swing -4.4

This constituency underwent boundary changes between the 1992 and 1997 general elections and thus change in share of vote is based on a notional calculation.

General Election 1992:Bexhill and Battle[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Wardle 31,380 60.3 -6.2
Liberal Democrat Ms. Susan M. Prochak 15,023 28.9 +3.0
Labour Frank W. Taylor 4,883 9.4 +1.7
Green Jonathan L. Prus 594 1.1 N/A
Independent Mrs Mary F. Smith 190 0.4 N/A
Majority 16,357 31.4 -9.2
Turnout 52,070 79.1 +1.7
Conservative hold Swing -4.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Bexhill and Battle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Wardle 33,570 66.5 -0.8
Social Democrat R. Kiernan 13,051 25.8 +2.3
Labour D.K. Watts 3,903 7.7 -0.3
Majority 20,519 40.7
Turnout 50,524 77.4 +4.5
Conservative hold Swing -1.6
General Election 1983: Bexhill and Battle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Wardle 30,329 67.3 N/A
Liberal P.R. Smith 10,583 23.5 N/A
Labour Ian Pearson 3,587 8.0 N/A
Ecology Miss A. Rix 538 1.2 N/A
Majority 19,746 43.8 N/A
Turnout 45,037 72.9 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ BBC - Election 2010 - Bexhill & Battle
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 

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