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 (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
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.
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.
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
Elections in the 2010s
|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.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Clacton". BBC News. 7 May 2010.
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