Politics of Colchester

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Main article: Colchester

Colchester Politics: Colchester is a historic town located in Essex, England. It served as the first capital of Roman Britain and makes a claim to be the oldest town in Britain.

Local Political Parties[edit]

The three main national parties (Tory, Labour, and Lib Dems are represented locally by constituency parties/associations. All of the main parties have representation on the Colchester Borough Council. In addition, there are a 3 "independents" on the 60-member council. The last two borough council elections have seen every seat contested by the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party.

Colchester Borough Council[edit]

Colchester Borough Council is the local authority. Control of the borough council has passed between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in recent years. The political composition of the council is (as of the 2014 election) is:-[1]

Leaders Of The Council[edit]

  • 2008- Anne Turrell (Liberal Democrat)
  • 2006-2008 Robert Davidson (Conservative)
  • 2004-2006 John Jowers (Conservative)
  • 2002-2004 Colin Sykes (Liberal Democrat)
  • 2000-2002 Bill Frame (Liberal Democrat)

Mayor of Colchester[edit]

Main article: Mayor of Colchester

The current Mayor of Colchester is Councillor Colin Sykes (Liberal Democrat) from Stanway ward.

Parliamentary Politics[edit]

The current Member of Parliament for the Colchester (UK Parliament constituency) is Bob Russell (LibDem).

Previous Colchester MP's have included Laming Worthington-Evans (Conservative, 1910–1929), Oswald Lewis (Conservative, 1929–1945), Charles Smith (Labour, 1945–1950), Cub Alport (Conservative, 1950–1964), and Antony Buck (Conservative 1964-1992).

2010 General Election[edit]

  • Bob Russell (LibDem) 22,151 (48.01%)
  • Will Quince (Con) 15,169 (32.88%)
  • Jordan Newell (Lab) 5,680 (12.31%)
  • John Pitts (UKIP) 1,350 (2.93%)
  • Sidney Chaney (BNP) 705 (1.53%)
  • Peter Lynn (Green) 694 (1.50%)
  • Eddie Bone (Eng Dem) 335 (0.73%)
  • Garryck Noble (PP Essex) 35 (0.08%)
  • Paul Shaw (Ind) 20 (0.04%)
  • Liberal Democrat Hold
  • Source University of Keele

2005 General Election[edit]

Election date May 5, 2005.

  • RE Russell (LibDem) - 21,145 (47.09%)
  • KP Bentley (Conservative) - 14,868 (33.11%)
  • LJF Bruni (Labour) - 8,886 (19.79%)
  • Electorate 77,365
  • Turnout 58.04%
  • Majority 6,277 (13.98%)
  • LibDem hold
  • Source University of Keele

2001 General Election[edit]

Election date June 7, 2001.

  • RE Russell (LibDem) - 18,627 (42.6%)
  • KP Bentley (Conservative) - 13,074 (29.9%)
  • C Fegan (Labour) - 10,925 (25.0%)
  • R Lord (UKIP) - 631 (1.4%)
  • L Overy-Owen (Grey Party) - 479 (1.1%)
  • Electorate 77,958
  • Turnout 56.1%
  • Majority 5,553 (12.7%)
  • Lib Dem hold (4.8% swing from LibDem to Con)
  • Source: University of Keele

1997 General Election[edit]

Election date May 1, 1997. Colchester returned to being one constituency.

  • RE Russell (LibDem) - 17,886 (34.37%)
  • S Shakespeare (Conservative) - 16,335 (31.39%)
  • R Green(Labour) - 15,891 (30.54%)
  • Electorate 74,743
  • Turnout 69.20%
  • Majority 1,551 (2.98%)
  • LibDem gain (6.2% swing from Con to LibDem)
  • Source University of Keele

1992 General Election[edit]

Election date April 9, 1992. Colchester split into two Parliamentary constituencies.

Colchester North

  • B. C. Jenkin (Conservative) - 35,213 (51.47%)
  • JR Raven (Liberal Democrat) - 18,721 (27.36%)
  • DJ Lee (Labour) - 13,870 (20.27%)
  • M Tariq Shabeer (Green) - 372 (0.54%)
  • M Mears (Natural Law) - 238 (0.35%)
  • Electorate 86,479
  • Turnout 79.11%
  • Majority 16,492 (24.11%)
  • Conservative hold
  • Source University of Keele

Colchester South & Maldon

  • JFL Whittingdale (Conservative) - 37,548 (54.85%)
  • IL Thorn (Liberal Democrat) - 15,727 (22.97%)
  • CA Pearson (Labour) - 14,178 (20.68%)
  • M Patterson (Green) - 1,028 (1.50%)
  • Electorate 86,410
  • Turnout 79.23%
  • Majority 21,821 (31.87%)
  • Conservative hold
  • Source University of Keele

1987 General Election[edit]

Election date June 11, 1987. Colchester split into two Parliamentary constituencies.

Colchester North

  • Antony Buck (Conservative) - 32,747 (52.28%)
  • A Hayman (Liberal-SDP Alliance) - 19,124 (30.53%)
  • RA Green (Labour) - 10,768 (17.19%)
  • Electorate 82,240
  • Turnout 76.00%
  • Majority 13,623 (21.75%)
  • Conservative hold
  • Source University of Keele

Colchester South & Maldon

  • J Wakeham (Conservative) - 34,894 (54.92%)
  • JW Stevens (Liberal-SDP Alliance) - 19,411 (30.55%)
  • S Bigwood (Labour) - 9,229 (14.53%)
  • Electorate 84,392
  • Turnout 75.28%
  • Majority 15,483 (24.37%)
  • Conservative hold
  • Source University of Keele

1983 General Election[edit]

Election date June 9, 1983. Colchester split into two Parliamentary constituencies.

Colchester North

  • A Buck (Conservative) – 29,921 (52.97%)
  • R Montgomerie (Liberal-SDP Alliance) – 14,873 (26.33%)
  • RC Allen (Labour) – 10,397 (18.41%)
  • D Wilkinson (Independent Conservative) – 784 (1.39%)
  • R Davies (Independent) – 510 (0.90%)
  • Electorate 77,292
  • Turnout 73.08%
  • Majority 15,048 (26.64%)
  • Source University of Keele

Colchester South & Maldon

  • J Wakeham (Conservative) – 31,296 (53.63%)
  • J Stevens (Liberal-SDP Alliance) – 19,131 (32.78%)
  • HJ Barnard (Labour) – 7,932 (13.59%)
  • Electorate 79,582
  • Turnout 73.33%
  • Majority 12,165 (20.85%)
  • Source University of Keele

1979 General Election[edit]

Election date May 28, 1979.

  • A Buck (Conservative) – 36,740 (52.93%)
  • RE Russell (Labour) – 22,877 (32.96%)
  • M Gage (Liberal) – 9,704 (14.11%)
  • Electorate 90,589
  • Turnout 76.62%
  • Majority 13,863 (19.97%)
  • Conservative hold
  • Source University of Keele

1974 General Election (October)[edit]

Election date October 10, 1974

  • A Buck (Conservative) – 27,693 (44.45%)
  • D Whytock (Labour) – 22,193 (35.62%)
  • D Christian (Liberal) – 12,421 (19.94%)
  • Electorate 81,836
  • Turnout 76.14%
  • Majority 5,550
  • Conservative hold
  • Source University of Keele

1974 General Election (February)[edit]

Election date February 28, 1974.

  • A Buck (Conservative) – 29,072 (43.38%)
  • D Whytock (Labour) – 22,210 (33.14%)
  • DW Thomas (Liberal) – 15,737 (23.48%)
  • Electorate 81,134
  • Turnout 82.60%
  • Majority 6,862 (10.24%)
  • Conservative hold
  • Source University of Keele

1970 General Election[edit]

Election date June 18, 1970.

  • A Buck (Conservative) – 30,562 (52.57%)
  • JG Bartlett (Labour) – 20,325 (34.96%)
  • PS Watts (Liberal) – 7,248 (12.47%)
  • Electorate: 74,946
  • Turnout 77.57%
  • Majority 10,237 (17.61%)
  • Conservative hold
  • Source University of Keele

1966 General Election[edit]

Election date March 31, 1966.

  • A Buck (Conservative) – 24,320 (45.60%)
  • MH Meacher (Labour) – 23,305 (43.69%)
  • PS Watts (Liberal) – 5,714 (10.71%)
  • Electorate 64,843
  • Turnout 82.26%
  • Majority 1,015 (1.90%)
  • Conservative hold
  • Source University of Keele

1964 General Election[edit]

Election date October 15, 1964.

  • A Buck (Conservative) – 23,319 (46.03%)
  • CCP Williams (Labour) – 19,780 (39.04%)
  • EW Rodnigt (Liberal) – 7,566 (14.93%)
  • Electorate 61,742
  • Turnout 82.06%
  • Majority 3,539
  • Conservative hold
  • Source University of Keele

1959 General Election[edit]

Election date October 8, 1959.

  • CJM Alport (Conservative) – 24,592 (51.63%)
  • JI Edmonson (Labour) – 17,096 (35.89%)
  • PM Linfoot (Liberal) – 5,942 (12.48%)
  • Electorate 57,5776
  • Turnout 82.44%
  • Majority 7,496 (15.74%)
  • Conservative hold
  • Source University of Keele

1955 General Election[edit]

Election date May 26, 1955.

  • CJM Alport (Conservative) – 24,796 (55.48%)
  • NR Thomas (Labour) – 19,898 (44.52%)
  • Electorate 55,527
  • Turnout 80.49%
  • Majority 4,898 (10.96%)
  • Conservative hold
  • Source University of Keele

1951 General Election[edit]

Election date October 25, 1951.

  • CJM Alport (Conservative) – 25,063 (54.16%)
  • XN Field (Labour) – 21,217 (45.84%)
  • Electorate 54,551
  • Turnout 84.84%
  • Majority 3,846 (8.31%)
  • Conservative hold
  • Source University of Keele

1950 General Election[edit]

Election date February 23, 1950.

  • CJM Alport (Conservative) - 21,403 (46.50%)
  • C Smith (Labour) - 20,472 (44.47%)
  • D Goldblat (Liberal) - 4,157 (9.03%)
  • Electorate 53,048
  • Turnout 86.77%
  • Majority 931 (2.02%)
  • Conservative gain
  • Source University of Keele

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colchester". BBC News Online. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 

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