Faversham and Mid Kent (UK Parliament constituency)

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Faversham and Mid Kent
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Faversham and Mid Kent in Kent for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of Kent within England.
County Kent
Electorate 68,521 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Faversham and Shepway, Maidstone
Current constituency
Created 1997 (1997)
Member of Parliament Hugh Robertson (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Faversham and Mid Kent is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. Since 2001, its MP has been Hugh Robertson, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

Faversham and Mid Kent covers sections of the Swale and Maidstone boroughs. The constituency includes the easternmost outlying residents of the county town, Maidstone. This caused minor confusion among a large minority of residents of the Maidstone electoral wards when the boundaries were first changed in 1997 as the constituency named Maidstone and The Weald was retained but polling cards and the MP and result to consider changed.[2]

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Kent, the Boundary Commission for England has made major changes to the existing constituency boundaries as a consequence of population changes across the county.

For the most part in Faversham and Mid Kent, the changes simply re-align the constituency boundary to match electoral ward boundaries. The electoral wards used in the formation of the modified constituency are:

History[edit]

In 1997 this constituency was formed when the previous Faversham seat was abolished and split into Sittingbourne and Sheppey and the town of Faversham which was then merged with Mid Kent to form this constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1997 Andrew Rowe Conservative
2001 Hugh Robertson Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Faversham and Mid Kent[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Peter Edwards-Daem
Conservative Hugh Robertson
General Election 2010: Faversham and Mid Kent[5][6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hugh Robertson 26,250 56.2 +6.1
Liberal Democrat Dave Naghi 9,162 19.6 +2.9
Labour Ashok Rehal 7,748 16.6 -12.5
UKIP Sarah Larkins 1,722 3.7 +1.0
Green Tim Valentine 890 1.9 N/A
National Front Graham Kemp[8] 542 1.2 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Hairy Knorm Davidson 398 0.9 -0.6
Majority 17,088 36.6 +16.6
Turnout 46,712 67.8 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing +1.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Faversham and Mid Kent
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hugh Robertson 21,690 49.7 +4.1
Labour Andrew Bradstock 12,970 29.7 -5.8
Liberal Democrat David Naghi 7,204 16.5 +3.0
UKIP Robert Thompson 1,152 2.6 +0.6
Monster Raving Loony Norman Davidson 610 1.4 +1.4
Majority 8,720 20.0 9.9
Turnout 43,626 65.7 +5.3
Conservative hold Swing +4.9
General Election 2001: Faversham and Mid Kent
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hugh Robertson 18,739 45.6 +1.3
Labour Grahame Birchall 14,556 35.5 -0.5
Liberal Democrat Mike Sole 5,529 13.5 +1.1
UKIP Jim Gascoyne 828 2.0 +1.1
Green Penny Kemp 799 1.9 +1.2
Rock 'n' Roll Loony Norman Davidson 600 1.5 N/A
Majority 4,183 10.1 +1.7
Turnout 41,051 60.4 -13.5
Conservative hold Swing +0.9

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Faversham and Mid Kent
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Rowe 22,016 44.4 N/A
Labour Alan Stewart 17,843 36.0 N/A
Liberal Democrat Bruce Parmenter 6,138 12.4 N/A
Referendum Party Robin Birley 2,073 4.2 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Norman Davidson 511 1.0 N/A
UKIP Michael Cunningham 431 0.9 N/A
Green David Currer 380 0.8 N/A
Green Referendum Lawless Naturally Street Party Caroline Morgan 115 0.2 N/A
Natural Law Nigel Pollard 99 0.2 N/A
Majority 4,173 8.4 N/A
Turnout 49,606 73.5 N/A

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.
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Coordinates: 51°15′N 0°48′E / 51.250°N 0.800°E / 51.250; 0.800