Gillingham (UK Parliament constituency)

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Gillingham
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Gillingham in Kent for the 2005 general election.
Outline map
Location of Kent within England.
County Kent
19182010
Replaced by Gillingham and Rainham

Gillingham was a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was based around the towns of Gillingham and Rainham, which at that time were in Kent.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Kent, the Boundary Commission for England abolished Gillingham, replacing it with the renamed constituency of Gillingham and Rainham.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1918 Sir Gerald Fitzroy Hohler Conservative
1929 Sir Robert Vaughan Gower Conservative
1945 Joseph Binns Labour
1950 Sir Frederick Burden Conservative
1983 James Couchman Conservative
1997 Paul Clark Labour
2010 Constituency abolished: see extended constituency of Gillingham and Rainham.

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Gillingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Clark 18,621 41.2 -3.3
Conservative Tim Butcher 18,367 40.7 +1.6
Liberal Democrat Andrew Stamp 6,734 14.9 +1.3
UKIP Craig Mackinlay 1,191 2.6 +0.4
Independent Gordon Bryan 254 0.6 +0.6
Majority 254 0.6
Turnout 45,167 62.5 +3.0
Labour hold Swing −2.4
General Election 2001: Gillingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Clark 18,782 44.5 +4.7
Conservative Tim Butcher 16,510 39.1 +3.2
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Hunt 5,755 13.6 -5.4
UKIP Tony Scholefield 933 2.2 +1.0
Socialist Alliance Wynford Thomas 232 0.5 N/A
Majority 2,272 5.4
Turnout 42,212 59.5 -12.5
Labour hold Swing +0.7

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Gillingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Clark 20,187 39.8 N/A
Conservative James Couchman 18,207 35.9 N/A
Liberal Democrat Robert Sayer 9,649 19.0 N/A
Referendum Party Geoffrey Cann 1,492 2.9 N/A
UKIP Craig Mackinlay 590 1.2 N/A
Monster Raving Loony David Robinson 305 0.6 N/A
BNP Christopher Jury 194 0.4 N/A
Natural Law Gabriel Duguay 58 0.1 N/A
Majority 1980 3.0 N/A
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +16
General Election 1992: Gillingham[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Couchman 30,201 52.3 -0.7
Labour Paul Clark 13,563 23.5 +6.4
Liberal Democrat Mark Wallabank 13,509 23.4 -6.5
Independent Craig Mackinlay 248 0.4 +0.4
Natural Law Daniel Jolicoeur 190 0.3 +0.3
Majority 16,638 28.8 +5.6
Turnout 57,711 80.3 +4.9
Conservative hold Swing -3.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Gillingham[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Couchman 28,711 53.07
SDP–Liberal Alliance Leighton Andrews 16,162 29.87
Labour DJ Bishop 9,230 17.06
Majority 12,549 23.19
Turnout 54,100 75.3
General Election 1983: Gillingham[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Couchman 26,381 51.72
SDP–Liberal Alliance C Lewcock 15,538 30.46
Labour AS West 9,084 17.81
Majority 10,843 21.26
Turnout 51,000 73.64

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Gillingham[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederick Burden 26,791 53.13
Labour S Love 16,292 32.31
Liberal D Sidebottom 6,219 12.33
National Front S Campbell 528 1.05
Ecology S Fry 501 0.99
Workers Revolutionary T Beckwith 92 0.18
Majority 10,499 20.82
Turnout 50,425 78.85
General Election October 1974: Gillingham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederick Burden 19,042 40.39
Labour HGN Clothier 15,046 31.92
Liberal T Jones 12,131 25.73
National Front S Campbell 922 1.96
Majority 3,996 8.48
Turnout 47,139 75.91
General Election February 1974: Gillingham[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederick Burden 20,934 41.18
Liberal R Sayer 15,052 29.61
Labour HGN Clother 14,850 29.21
Majority 5,882 11.57
Turnout 50,834 82.66
General Election 1970: Gillingham[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederick Burden 25,813 58.84
Labour R Bean 18,057 41.16
Majority 7,756 17.68
Turnout 43,869 73.36

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Coordinates: 51°23′N 0°33′E / 51.383°N 0.550°E / 51.383; 0.550