Chatham and Aylesford (UK Parliament constituency)
|Chatham and Aylesford|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Chatham and Aylesford in Kent.
Location of Kent within England.
|Electorate||68,437 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Chatham, Ditton, Larkfield, Snodland|
|Member of Parliament||Tracey Crouch (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Mid Kent and Tonbridge & Malling|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
Labour candidates have to date received pluralities in most Chatham wards, whereas the Conservatives' strongest performances have been in semi-rural towns and villages in the constituency. Based on results since creation which have produced marginal majorities, the seat is a marginal seat having given marginal majorities to Labour and Conservative candidates, with the largest third party performance being only 15% of the vote in 1997.
The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the seats of Mid Kent and Tonbridge and Malling. As its name suggests, it stretches from the historic town of Chatham which sprang from Chatham Royal Dockyard to the historic village of Aylesford in Kent.
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Kent, the Boundary Commission for England has made major changes to the constituency, as a consequence of national population change, to have electoral wards:
- Chatham Central, Lordswood and Capstone, Luton[n 3] and Wayfield, Princes Park, and Walderslade from the borough of Medway
- From Tonbridge and Malling – Aylesford, Blue Bell Hill and Walderslade, Burham, Eccles[n 4] and Wouldham, Ditton, Larkfield North, Larkfield South, Snodland East and Snodland West from the borough of Tonbridge and Malling
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Chatham and Aylesford|
|Liberal Democrat||John McClintock||5,832||13.3||-0.2|
|English Democrats||Sean Varnham||400||0.9||-0.8|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+11.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Chatham and Aylesford|
|Liberal Democrat||Debbie Enever||5,744||13.7||+1.9|
|English Democrats||Michael Russell||668||1.6||+1.6|
|General Election 2001: Chatham and Aylesford|
|Liberal Democrat||David Lettington||4,705||11.8||-3.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Chatham and Aylesford|
|Liberal Democrat||Robin Murray||7,389||15.0|
|Referendum Party||K. Riddle||1,538||3.1|
|Natural Law||T. Martell||149||0.3|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- The electoral ward of Luton is distinct from the English town, Luton in Bedfordshire
- The electoral ward of Eccles is distinct from the English town, Eccles in the City of Salford
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Dartford, UKPollingReport
- Sean Varnham Sean Varnham, English Democrats