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
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]

1997-2010: The Borough of Swale wards of Abbey, Boughton, Courtenay, Davington Priory, East Downs, St. Ann's, Teynham and Lynsted, and Watling; and the Borough of Maidstone wards of Bearsted, Boxley, Detling, Harrietsham and Lenham, Headcorn, Hollingbourne, Langley, Leeds, Park Wood, Shepway East, Shepway West, Sutton Valence, and Thurnham.

2010-present: The Borough of Swale wards of Abbey, Boughton and Courtenay, Davington Priory, East Downs, St Ann’s, and Watling; and the Borough of Maidstone wards of Bearsted, Boughton, Monchelsea and Chart Sutton, Boxley, Detling and Thurnham, Downswood and Otham, Harrietsham and Lenham, Headcorn, Leeds, North Downs, Park Wood, Shepway North, Shepway South, and Sutton Valence and Langley.

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 a constituency named Maidstone and The Weald was also created at the same time (largely replacing the former Maidstone constituency), but residents in the Shepway and Park Wood areas of the town found themselves in Faversham and Mid Kent instead.[2]

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. In 2012 the Boundary Commission proposed the complete abolition of the constituency, with the town of Faversham and surrounding villages being included in a redrawn Canterbury constituency, and the remainder absorbed into neighbouring constituencies. Owing to disagreements with their Coalition partners over unrelated issues, the Liberal Democrats refused to support any Boundary Commission proposals and the May 2015 General Election will be held with no changes to the 2010 boundaries.

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 % ±%
Labour Michael Desmond
UKIP Peter Edwards-Daem[5]
Conservative Hugh Robertson
Green Tim Valentine
General Election 2010: Faversham and Mid Kent[6][7][8]
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[9] 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