Folkestone and Hythe (UK Parliament constituency)

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Folkestone and Hythe
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Folkestone and Hythe in Kent.
Outline map
Location of Kent within England.
County Kent
Electorate 84,156 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Folkestone and Hythe
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of Parliament Damian Collins (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Folkestone and Hythe /ˈfkstən.əndˈhð/ is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament.[n 2] Its MP is Damian Collins, a Conservative.

Boundaries and profile[edit]

1983-2010: The District of Shepway.

2010-present: The District of Shepway; and the Borough of Ashford ward of Saxon Shore.

Folkestone and Hythe consists of a hilly swathe of East Kent including the coastal towns of Folkestone and Hythe, in the south east of England. Its boundaries are the same as that of Shepway District. An urban area exists in and small suburban area around Folkestone and Hythe whereas rural communities of New Romney, Lydd, Dymchurch, Lyminge and Elham contain significant farming communities, commuters to towns and business parks, including a small percentage to London and a large retired population.[2]

The Liberal Democrats or the Liberal Party have come second since February 1974, the Labour vote underwent a greater collapse here than on average at the 1983 general election and in 2010 broke through the 10% figure, about one third of the Lib Dem vote. Through its history of just over half a century the constituency has been a Conservative safe seat.

Members of Parliament[edit]

The current Member of Parliament for the constituency is Damian Collins of the Conservative Party who was elected at the 2010 general election. Collins's predecessor for the seat was Michael Howard (served 1983—2010). Howard held a number of political posts during his career in Parliament, most prominently as Home Secretary from 1993 to 1997 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 2003 to 2005.

Election Member[3] Party
1950 Harry Mackeson Conservative
1959 Sir Albert Costain Conservative
1983 Michael Howard Conservative
2010 Damian Collins Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Since the 2010 election there have been opinion polls conducted within the constituency, ahead of the next election.

General Election 2010: Folkestone and Hythe[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Damian Collins 26,109 49.4 -4.5
Liberal Democrat Lynne Beaumont 15,987 30.3 +0.7
Labour Donald Worsley 5,719 10.8 -1.8
UKIP Frank McKenna 2,439 4.6 +3.3
BNP Harry Williams 1,662 3.1 N/A
Green Penny Kemp 637 1.2 -0.3
Independent David Plumstead 247 0.5 +0.5
Majority 10,122 19.2
Turnout 52,800 67.7 -1.0
Conservative hold Swing +2.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Folkestone and Hythe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Howard 26,161 53.9 +8.9
Liberal Democrat Peter Carroll 14,481 29.9 -2.2
Labour Maureen Tomison 6,053 12.5 -7.7
Green Hazel Dawe 688 1.4 +1.4
UKIP Petrina Holdsworth 619 1.3 -1.3
Monster Raving Loony Lord Toby Jug 175 0.4 +0.4
Get Britain Back Rodney Hylton-Potts 153 0.3 +0.3
Senior Citizens Party Grahame Leon-Smith 151 0.3 +0.3
Peace and Progress Sylvia Dunn 22 0.0 0.0
Majority 11,680 24.1
Turnout 48,503 68.4 4.3
Conservative hold Swing +5.6
General Election 2001: Folkestone and Hythe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Howard 20,645 45.0 +6.0
Liberal Democrat Peter Carroll 14,738 32.1 +5.2
Labour Albert Catterall 9,260 20.2 -4.7
UKIP John Baker 1,212 2.6 +1.9
Majority 5,907 12.9
Turnout 45,855 64.1 -8.7
Conservative hold Swing -0.4

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Folkestone and Hythe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Howard 20,313 39.0 -13.3
Liberal Democrat David Laws 13,981 26.9 -8.4
Labour Peter Doherty 12,939 24.9 +12.8
Referendum Party John Aspinall 4,188 8.0 N/A
UKIP John Baker 378 0.7 N/A
Socialist Alliance Eric Segal 182 0.4 N/A
Country Field and Shooting Sports Raymond Saint 69 0.1 N/A
Majority 6,332 12.2 -4.8
Turnout 52,050 72.7 -6.9
Conservative hold Swing -2.5
General Election 1992: Folkestone and Hythe[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Howard 27,437 52.3 −3.0
Liberal Democrat Mrs Linda W. Cufley 18,527 35.3 −1.9
Labour Peter Doherty 6,347 12.1 +4.7
Natural Law AR Hobbs 123 0.2 N/A
Majority 8,910 17.0 −1.1
Turnout 52,434 79.6 +1.3
Conservative hold Swing −0.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Folkestone and Hythe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Howard 27,915 55.36
Liberal JR MacDonald 18,789 37.26
Labour VS Anand 3,720 7.38
Majority 9,126 18.10
Turnout 78.29
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Folkestone and Hythe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Howard 27,261 56.95
Liberal JR MacDonald 15,591 32.57
Labour L Lawrie 4,700 9.82
Independent PA Todd 318 0.66
Majority 11,670 24.38
Turnout 69.58
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Folkestone and Hythe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Albert Costain 26,837 55.74
Liberal B Budd 10,817 22.47
Labour GJ Priestman 10,015 20.80
National Front M Lavine 478 0.99
Majority 16,020 33.27
Turnout 72.62
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Folkestone and Hythe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Albert Costain 20,930 46.18
Liberal B Budd 12,488 27.55
Labour MJS Butler 11,639 25.68
Independent H Button 265 0.58
Majority 8,442 18.63
Turnout 70.03
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Folkestone and Hythe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Albert Costain 23,400 47.08
Liberal B Budd 14,890 29.96
Labour MJS Butler 11,412 22.96
Majority 8,510 17.12
Turnout 77.31
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Folkestone and Hythe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Albert Costain 27,031 64.33
Labour NA Hyman 13,772 32.77
Independent HW Button 1,219 2.90
Majority 13,259 31.55
Turnout 68.81
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Folkestone and Hythe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Albert Costain 22,964 59.51
Labour JR Horam 15,562 40.39
Majority 7,402 19.21
Turnout 70.60
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Folkestone and Hythe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Albert Costain 23,587 62.23
Labour MJ Stewart 14,314 37.77
Majority 9,273 24.47
Turnout 70.99
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Folkestone and Hythe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Albert Costain 21,726 56.54
Labour WE Simpkins 9,346 24.32
Liberal RD Emerson 7,351 19.13
Majority 12,380 32.22
Turnout 76.41
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Folkestone and Hythe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harry Mackeson 23,851 64.99
Labour LL Reeves 12,849 35.01
Majority 11,002 29.98
Turnout 72.83
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Folkestone and Hythe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harry Mackeson 25,792 64.87
Labour IR Jones 13,968 35.13
Majority 11,824 29.74
Turnout 78.95
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Folkestone and Hythe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harry Mackeson 23,767 58.22
Labour M Murray 13,885 34.02
Liberal Mrs RW Bateson 3,168 7.76
Majority 9,882 24.21
Turnout 83.24
Conservative hold Swing

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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 2001 Census: travel distance statistics and economic sectors
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F" [self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ Election result, 2010 (UKPollingReport)
  5. ^ Election result, 2010 (BBC)
  6. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

Sources[edit]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Chingford and Woodford Green
Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Witney


Coordinates: 51°6′N 1°5′E / 51.100°N 1.083°E / 51.100; 1.083