Clacton (UK Parliament constituency)

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County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Clacton in Essex for the 2010 general election.
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Location of Essex within England.
County Essex
Electorate 67,447 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Clacton, Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of Parliament Douglas Carswell (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Harwich
European Parliament constituency East of England

Clacton is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Douglas Carswell of the Conservative Party.[n 2]


Following their review of parliamentary representation in Essex, the Boundary Commission created this as a new Essex seat with 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 is surrounded by the Harwich and North Essex on all other sides.

This new seat contains the towns of Clacton, Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze, as well as surrounding villages.

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.

Constituency profile[edit]

The new seat is almost completely coastal, comprising seaside resorts along the Tendring peninsula. It shares an inland border with just one constituency - Harwich and North Essex.

Like some other coastal seats, such as Christchurch in Dorset, the electorate is one of the oldest in the country, with a high proportion of retirees, and low numbers of non-white residents. Sleepy places like Walton and Frinton are comfortable, if unexciting retirement havens.

The stark exception is the town of Jaywick, an area that 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.

But overall, Clacton is a typical Conservative seaside seat.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
2010 Douglas Carswell Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Clacton[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Douglas Carswell 22,867 53.0 +8.6
Labour Ivan Henderson 10,799 25.0 −10.9
Liberal Democrat Michael Green 5,577 12.9 −0.6
BNP Jim Taylor 1,975 4.6 N/A
Tendring First Terry Allen 1,078 2.5 N/A
Green Chris Southall 535 1.2 N/A
Independent Chris Humphrey 292 0.7 N/A
Majority 12,068 28.0
Turnout 43,123 64.2 +1.6
Conservative hold Swing +9.7

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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.

Coordinates: 51°50′N 1°09′E / 51.83°N 1.15°E / 51.83; 1.15