Hornchurch (UK Parliament constituency)
|Former Borough constituency|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Hornchurch in Greater London for the 2005 general election.
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Hornchurch and Upminster, Dagenham and Rainham|
Hornchurch was a borough 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. At the 2010 general election parts formed the new seats of Hornchurch and Upminster; and Dagenham and Rainham.
The seat encompassed Hornchurch, Rainham, Elm Park and the village of Wennington. It bordered on the other London constituencies of Romford and Upminster and like them, was part of the London Borough of Havering.
The south of the constituency has been seen as a site for building large entertainment centres on Rainham's large marshland area, and was viewed as a potential site for the European Disneyland project, although it was considered much less suitable than the current position near Paris. There have been plans to build a casino but permission is yet to be granted.
Hornchurch is a predominantly suburban and Conservative-voting area, but the seat is seen as a swing seat due to Rainham and Elm Park's working class voters and because the wealthiest Emerson Park area of Hornchurch does not form part of the constituency, instead forming part of Upminster constituency.
The constituency was abolished for the 2010 election. The areas of the constituency covered by the Elm Park, South Hornchurch, and Rainham and Wennington wards in the London Borough of Havering were merged with Dagenham to form a cross-borough Dagenham and Rainham constituency. Hacton and St Andrews wards in Hornchurch merged with Upminster to form Hornchurch and Upminster. Hylands ward in Hornchurch merged with Romford. Prior to the change in boundaries the new seats were predicted to be marginal Labour and safe Conservative respectively if they followed the voting patterns of the previous Dagenham, Upminster and Romford constituencies.
Members of Parliament
|1966||Alan Lee Williams||Labour|
|Feb 1974||Alan Lee Williams||Labour|
|2010||constituency abolished: see Hornchurch and Upminster, Dagenham and Rainham & Romford|
|This section requires expansion. (December 2010)|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Hornchurch|
|Liberal Democrat||Nat Green||2,894||7.6||–0.6|
|Third Way||Graham Williamson||304||0.8||+0.3|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+2.6|
|General Election 2001: Hornchurch|
|Liberal Democrat||Sarah Lea||2,928||8.2||+0.4|
|Third Way||David Durant||190||0.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1992: Hornchurch|
|Labour||Miss LARG Cooper||16,652||34.5||+6.1|
|Liberal Democrat||BJ Oddy||5,366||11.1||−9.3|
|Independent Ind SD||TF Matthews||453||0.9||+0.9|
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.