Chatham and Aylesford (UK Parliament constituency)

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Chatham and Aylesford
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Chatham and Aylesford in Kent.
Outline map
Location of Kent within England.
County Kent
Electorate 68,437 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Chatham, Ditton, Larkfield, Snodland
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament Tracey Crouch (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Mid Kent and Tonbridge & Malling
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Chatham and Aylesford is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Tracey Crouch, a Conservative.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

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.

Boundaries[edit]

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.

Boundary review[edit]

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:

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1997 Jonathan Shaw Labour
2010 Tracey Crouch Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Chatham and Aylesford[3][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tracey Crouch 20,230 46.2 +9.4
Labour Jonathan Shaw 14,161 32.3 -12.7
Liberal Democrat John McClintock 5,832 13.3 -0.2
BNP Colin McCarthy-Stewart 1,365 3.1
UKIP Steve Newton 1,314 3.0 +0.0
English Democrats Sean Varnham 400 0.9 -0.8
Green Dave Arthur 396 0.9
Christian Maureen Smith 109 0.2
Majority 6,069 13.9
Turnout 43,807 61.6 +1.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +11.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Chatham and Aylesford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jonathan Shaw 18,387 43.7 -4.6
Conservative Anne Jobson 16,055 38.2 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Debbie Enever 5,744 13.7 +1.9
UKIP Jeffrey King 1,226 2.9 +0.4
English Democrats Michael Russell 668 1.6 +1.6
Majority 2,332 5.5
Turnout 42,080 59.7 2.7
Labour hold Swing -2.7
General Election 2001: Chatham and Aylesford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jonathan Shaw 19,180 48.3 +5.2
Conservative Sean Holden 14,840 37.3 -0.1
Liberal Democrat David Lettington 4,705 11.8 -3.2
UKIP Gregory Knopp 1,010 2.5 +1.5
Majority 4,340 11.0
Turnout 39,735 57.0 -13.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Chatham and Aylesford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jonathan Shaw 21,191 43.1
Conservative Richard Knox-Johnston 18,401 37.4
Liberal Democrat Robin Murray 7,389 15.0
Referendum Party K. Riddle 1,538 3.1
UKIP A. Harding 493 1.0
Natural Law T. Martell 149 0.3
Majority 2,790
Turnout 71.1

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.
  3. ^ The electoral ward of Luton is distinct from the English town, Luton in Bedfordshire
  4. ^ The electoral ward of Eccles is distinct from the English town, Eccles in the City of Salford
References

Coordinates: 51°20′N 0°29′E / 51.333°N 0.483°E / 51.333; 0.483