Harlow (UK Parliament constituency)

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Harlow
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Harlow in Essex.
Outline map
Location of Essex within England.
County Essex
Electorate 67,700 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of Parliament Robert Halfon (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Epping
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East of England

Harlow is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Robert Halfon, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

Harlow's seat encompasses the 'new town' of Harlow along with the northern wards from Epping Forest district of:

  • Hastingwood, Matching and Sheering Village; and Lower Sheering.[2]

History[edit]

This seat was created in 1974 from the former seat of Epping and until changes introduced in time for the 2010 election included part of the electoral ward of Broadley Common, Epping Upland and Nazeing.[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

The seat has been a bellwether since the result in 1983. Included are above county-average levels of social housing,[3] underemployment and unemployment as at the 2001 census and the associated 2000 Index of Multiple Deprivation[4] however the new town has brought growth sustained in part by more commuting with an increasingly-used and separate Mill station in the London Commuter Belt and has seen a 9.2% increase in the number of apartments to 2011 which brings the proportion of the housing market made up by flats and apartments to 23.8%.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
February 1974 Stan Newens Labour Co-op
1983 Jerry Hayes Conservative
1997 Bill Rammell Labour
2010 Robert Halfon Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Harlow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Suzy Stride [6]
General Election 2010: Harlow[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Halfon 19,691 44.9 +4.1
Labour Bill Rammell 14,766 33.7 −7.7
Liberal Democrat David White 5,990 13.7 +0.7
BNP Eddy Butler 1,739 4.0 N/A
UKIP John Croft 1,591 3.6 +1.1
Christian Oluyemi Adeeko 101 0.2 +0.2
Majority 4,925 11.2
Turnout 43,878 65.1 +2.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +5.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Harlow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bill Rammell 16,453 41.4 −6.4
Conservative Robert Halfon 16,356 41.2 +6.4
Liberal Democrat Lorna Spenceley 5,002 12.6 −0.8
UKIP John Felgate 981 2.5 −0.5
Veritas Anthony Bennett 941 2.4 N/A
Majority 97 0.2
Turnout 39,733 62.6 +2.9
Labour hold Swing −6.4
General Election 2001: Harlow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bill Rammell 19,169 47.8 −6.3
Conservative Robert Halfon 13,941 34.8 +2.7
Liberal Democrat Lorna Spenceley 5,381 13.4 +4.0
UKIP Tony Bennett 1,223 3.0 +2.3
Socialist Alliance John Hobbs 401 1.0 N/A
Majority 5,228 13.0
Turnout 40,115 59.7 −14.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Harlow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bill Rammell 25,861 54.1 +12.3
Conservative Jerry Hayes 15,347 32.1 −14.9
Liberal Democrat Lorna Spenceley 4,523 9.5 −1.8
Referendum Party Mark Wells 1,422 3.0 N/A
UKIP Gerard Batten 340 0.7 N/A
BNP John Bowles 319 0.7 N/A
Majority 10,514 22.0
Turnout 47,812
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Harlow[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jerry Hayes 26,608 47.0 −0.2
Labour Bill Rammell 23,668 41.8 +5.2
Liberal Democrat Lorna Spenceley 6,375 11.3 −4.9
Majority 2,940 5.2
Turnout 56,651 82.6
Conservative hold Swing −2.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Harlow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jerry Hayes 26,017 47.2 +6.1
Labour Stanley Newens 20,140 36.6 +2.3
Social Democrat M.C. Eden-Green 8,915 16.2 −8.0
Majority 5,877 10.7
Turnout 55,072 74.1 −2.4
Conservative hold Swing +1.9
General Election 1983: Harlow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jerry Hayes 21,924 41.1 +1.0
Labour Stanley Newens 18,250 34.2 −8.5
Liberal John Bastick 12,891 24.2 +8.6
Independent J. Ward 256 0.5 N/A
Majority 3,674 6.9
Turnout 53,321 76.5 −2.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +4.8

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Harlow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stanley Newens 22,698 42.7 −10.0
Conservative John Powley 21,306 40.1 +15.8
Liberal R. Browne 8,289 15.7 −7.4
Majority 1,392 2.6
Turnout 53,133 78.7 +3.5
Labour hold Swing −12.9
General Election October 1974: Harlow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stanley Newens 24,961 52.7 +3.2
Conservative J.E. Smith 11,510 24.3 −0.7
Liberal Basil Goldstone 10,869 23.0 −2.5
Majority 13,451 28.4
Turnout 47,340 75.2 −8.7
Labour hold Swing +2.0
General Election February 1974: Harlow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stanley Newens 25,814 49.5 −11.4
Liberal Basil Goldstone 13,280 25.5 +25.5
Conservative J.E. Smith 13,016 25.0 −14.1
Majority 12,534 24.1
Turnout 52,110 83.9 +10.0
Labour win (new seat)
General Election 1970 (Notional): Harlow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 29,453 60.9
Conservative 18,880 39.1
Majority 10,573 21.8
Turnout 48,333 72.9
Labour hold Swing
Preceded by
Epping
UK Parliament constituency
1974–
Succeeded by
Current Incumbent

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°46′N 0°05′E / 51.77°N 0.09°E / 51.77; 0.09