Billericay (UK Parliament constituency)

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Billericay
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Billericay in Essex in 2005.
Outline map
Location of Essex within England.
County Essex
19832010
Number of members One
Replaced by Basildon and Billericay
Created from Basildon
1950–February 1974
Replaced by Basildon
Created from South East Essex
European Parliament constituency East of England

Billericay was a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

It returned Conservative MPs at every election except 1966.

Boundaries[edit]

For the 2010 general election, the seat of Billericay was effectively merged with Basildon to form a new seat of Basildon and Billericay. Billericay has a history of electing somewhat colourful characters to Westminster, namely Harvey Proctor, the rightwing MP who resigned after homosexual sex charges, and Mrs Teresa Gorman, Maastricht rebel who stood down after accusing the Commons Standards and Privileges committee of sexism over questions surrounding her registered business dealings.

From 1983 to 1997, the wards of the constituency were Billericay East, Billericay West, Burstead, Laindon, Wickford North, and Wickford South from the district of Basildon, and Corringham and Fobbing, Orsett, Stanford-le-Hope, and The Homesteads from the borough of Thurrock.

From 1997 to 2010, the wards of the constituency were Billericay East, Billericay West, Burstead, Crouch, Laindon Park, Pitsea North West, Pitsea South East, Vange, Wickford Castledon, Wickford North, and Wickford Park.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1950–1974[edit]

Election Member [2] Party
1950 Bernard Braine Conservative
1955 Richard Body Conservative
1959 Edward Gardner Conservative
1966 Eric Moonman Labour
1970 Robert McCrindle Conservative
February 1974 constituency abolished. see Basildon

MPs 1983–2010[edit]

Election Member [2] Party
1983 Harvey Proctor Conservative
1987 Teresa Gorman Conservative
2001 John Baron Conservative
2010 Constituency abolished: see Basildon & Billericay

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Billericay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bernard Richard Braine 23,803 50.52
Labour Albert Edward Oram 19,437 41.26
Liberal Sidney Hayden 3,872 8.22
Majority 4,366 9.27
Turnout 79.57
General Election 1951: Billericay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bernard Richard Braine 26,936 56.65
Labour Brian Ralph Clapham 20,613 43.35
Majority 6,323 13.30
Turnout 77.12
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Billericay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Bernard Frank Stewart Body 24,327 54.73
Labour Brian Ralph Clapham 20,121 45.27
Majority 4,206 9.46
Turnout 75.50
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1959: Billericay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Edward Lucas Gardner 29,224 46.41
Labour Rita A. Smythe 24,402 38.75
Liberal Peter MT Sheldon-Williams 9,347 14.84
Majority 4,822 7.66
Turnout 80.40
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Billericay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Edward Lucas Gardner 35,347 44.29
Labour Rita A. Smythe 33,755 42.30
Liberal Peter MT Sheldon-Williams 10,706 13.41
Majority 1,592 1.99
Turnout 82.48
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1966: Billericay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Moonman 40,013 46.54
Conservative Edward Lucas Gardner 38,371 44.63
Liberal Lionel Wernick 7,587 8.83
Majority 1,642 1.91
Turnout 84.12
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Billericay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Arthur McCrindle 47,719 52.19
Labour Eric Moonman 43,765 47.84
Majority 3,954 4.32
Turnout 74.20
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: Billericay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Harvey Proctor 29,635 53.70
Liberal E Bonner 15,020 27.22
Labour C Sewell 10,528 19.08
Majority 14,615 26.48
Turnout 73.79
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1987: Billericay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Teresa Ellen Gorman 33,741 54.92
Social Democratic M Birch 15,755 25.64
Labour R Howitt 11,942 19.44
Majority 17,986 29.28
Turnout 77.25
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Billericay[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Teresa Ellen Gorman 37,406 56.5 +1.6
Liberal Democrat Frank Bellard 14,912 22.5 -3.1
Labour Ms. Alison F. Miller 13,880 21.0 +1.5
Majority 22,494 34.0 +4.6
Turnout 66,198 82.5 +5.2
Conservative hold Swing +2.3
General Election 1997: Billericay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Teresa Ellen Gorman 22,033 39.8
Labour Paul Richards 20,677 37.3
Liberal Democrat Geoff Williams 8,763 15.8
Loyal Conservative Brian Hughes 3,377 6.1 N/A
ProLife Alliance John Buchanan 570 1.0 N/A
Majority 1,356 2.4
Turnout 55,420 72.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2001: Billericay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Charles Baron 21,608 47.4 +7.6
Labour Amanda Campbell 16,595 36.4 -0.9
Liberal Democrat Frank Bellard 6,323 13.9 -1.9
UKIP Nick Yeomans 1,072 2.4 N/A
Majority 5,013 11.0
Turnout 45,598 58.1 -14.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2005: Billericay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Charles Baron 25,487 52.2 +4.8
Labour Anneliese Dodds 14,281 29.2 -7.2
Liberal Democrat Mike Hibbs 6,471 13.2 -0.7
BNP Bryn Robinson 1,435 2.9 +2.9
UKIP Seantino Callaghan 1,184 2.4 0.0
Majority 11,206 22.9
Turnout 48,858 61.4 +3.3
Conservative hold Swing 6.0

See also[edit]

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