Castle Point (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Castle Point in Essex.
Location of Essex within England.
|Electorate||64,562 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Rebecca Harris (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||South East Essex|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
This seat was created in 1983, primarily from the former seat of South East Essex. Covering the area of Canvey Island, Hadleigh, South Benfleet, and Thundersley and in all but one election has been won by a Conservative candidate, passing to Labour once, in the 1997 landslide election. Bob Spink regained the seat in 2001, but subsequently resigned from the Conservative Party on 22 April 2008. Spink briefly joined the United Kingdom Independence Party but resigned the whip shortly afterwards and sat as an Independent MP. In the 2010 election, Spink lost in Castle Point to Rebecca Harris.
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Essex, the Boundary Commission for England has created a Castle Point constituency based entirely within the boundaries of the district council of the same name.
The seat is coterminous with the Castle Point local authority, taking its name from Hadleigh Castle and Canvey Point, and covering the Canvey Island at the seaside end of the Thames Estuary plus a segment of the adjoining mainland.
Castle Point is characterised by skilled manual workers, commuters and the self-employed. Levels of home and car ownership in Hadleigh and Canvey are very high, social deprivation is relatively low.
The constituency has traditionally been Conservative but was tightly contested in both the 1997 and 2001 general elections.
The seat is one of only a very few to undergo 1990s and 2000s boundary reviews without any changes at all, having seen population growth in line with the average seat (which is slightly larger), including development in the designated development plans of the Thames Gateway.
Members of Parliament
|1983||Sir Bernard Braine||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Castle Point|
|Independent Save Our Green Belt||Bob Spink||12,174||27.0||+27.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Brendan D'Cruz||4,232||9.4||-0.9|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Castle Point|
|Liberal Democrat||James Sandbach||4,719||10.3||+2.5|
|General Election 2001: Castle Point|
|Liberal Democrat||Billy Boulton||3,116||7.8||-1.4|
|Truth Party||Nik Searle||223||0.6||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Castle Point|
|Liberal Democrat||M. Baker||4,477||9.2||-9.9|
|Referendum Party||H. Maulkin||2,700||5.6|
|Independent||L. D. Kendall||1,301||2.7|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|General Election 1992: Castle Point|
|Liberal Democrat||ARK Petchey||10,208||19.2||−1.9|
|Green||Mrs IL Willis||643||1.2||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Castle Point|
|Social Democrat||A. Bastow||10,433||21.1|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Ex-Tory MP Spink defects to UKIP". BBC News. 22 April 2008.
- 2001 Census
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Castle Point". BBC News.
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
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|Constituency represented by the Father of the House
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