Clacton (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Clacton in Essex for the 2010 general election.
Location of Essex within England.
|Electorate||67,447 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Clacton, Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze|
|Member of Parliament||Douglas Carswell (UKIP)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
Clacton is a constituency[n 1] created for the 2010 general election. It is represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Douglas Carswell. Carswell defected to the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) on 28 August 2014 from the Conservative Party. He resigned to force a by-election, held on 9 October 2014, in which he stood as the UKIP candidate and was re-elected. [n 2]
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Essex, the Boundary Commission created this as a new seat, consisting of essentially the former Harwich constituency, minus the town of Harwich itself and a few nearby villages, plus St. Osyth and Weeley, moved from the old North Essex constituency. Apart from the North Sea it is surrounded by the Harwich and North Essex constituency on all other sides.
The electoral wards used to form the Clacton constituency are entirely within the district of Tendring
- Alton Park, Beaumont and Thorpe, Bockings Elm, Burrsville, Frinton, Golf Green, Hamford, Haven, Holland and Kirby, Homelands, Little Clacton and Weeley, Peter Bruff, Pier, Rush Green, St Bartholomews, St James, St Johns, St Marys, St Osyth and Point Clear, St Pauls and Walton.
The stark exception is the village of Jaywick, which suffers from extremely high levels of deprivation.
In the Indices of deprivation 2010 an area of Jaywick was identified as the single most deprived LSOA in all of England, out of around 32,000, with unemployment estimated at almost 50%. Many homes are essentially beach huts and lack basic amenities. In the 2007 Index, this area was the third most deprived in the country.
Members of Parliament
On 28 August 2014 Carswell announced his defection to UKIP. Although not required to seek re-election following a change of allegiance, on 29 August, Carswell was appointed Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead, thus vacating his seat and triggering a by-election on 9 October 2014 in which he was elected, standing as the UKIP candidate.
|General Election 2015: Clacton|
|By-election 2014: Clacton|
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew Graham||483||1.3||−11.6|
|Monster Raving Loony||Alan "Howling Laud" Hope||127||0.4||N/A|
|UKIP gain from Conservative||Swing||+44.1|
|General Election 2010: Clacton|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael Green||5,577||12.9||−0.6|
|Tendring First||Terry Allen||1,078||2.5||N/A|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to UKIP and forces by-election, BBC News 28 August 2014, Accessed 28 August 2014
- Lodge, Will (16 September 2014). "Clacton: Carswell strolls to victory for UKIP at Clacton by-election". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 12 Oct 2014.
- Poll: Is Clacton a town that’s going nowhere?
- "Clacton environmentalist Chris Southall is Green Party's by-election candidate". Clacton and Frinton Gazette. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- Alan Hope Official Monster Raving Party Candidate, accessed 6 September 2014
- "Clacton". BBC News. 7 May 2010.
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