Medway (UK Parliament constituency)
|Former County constituency|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Medway in Kent for the 2005 general election.
Location of Kent within England.
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Rochester and Strood|
|Number of members||One|
The Mid or Medway Division of Kent was created by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. It comprised a rural area consisting of the petty sessional divisions of Bearstead, Rochester and part of Malling PSD, but did not include the Medway Towns which were comprised in the parliamentary boroughs of Chatham and Rochester. It also surrounded, but did not include the town of Maidstone. The following parishes were included in the constituency:
The Rochester constituency is an old one, going back to the 16th century, but it saw many changes in the 20th century. In 1918 it was split between Chatham, Gillingham and the "old", rural, Medway constituency. The Chatham seat became Rochester and Chatham in 1950, and then Medway in 1983.
The constituency was revived in 1983 by Parliament's acceptance of a Boundary Commission national review, and was defined as comprising thirteen wards of the then City of Rochester upon Medway: All Saints, Cuxton and Halling, Earl, Frindsbury, Frindsbury Extra, Hoo St. Werburgh, Rede Court, St. Margarets and Borstal, Temple Farm, Thames Side, Town, Troy Town and Warren Wood.
Boundaries were not changed at the next redistribution that followed the Fourth Review for the 1997 election.
Conveniently but somewhat confusingly 1998 Rochester upon Medway merged with the neighbouring Borough of Gillingham to form the larger unitary Borough of Medway. The Medway constituency covered only part of the unitary authority: some towns in the borough of Medway, such as Gillingham (Gillingham) or Chatham see (Chatham and Aylesford) had and retain their own constituency. Because of this, the name of the seat caused much confusion leading to its renaming in 2010.
Following their boundary review of parliamentary representation in Kent, the Boundary Commission for England have renamed the Medway seat to Rochester and Strood. This is because the Commission agreed that the term "Medway" is now primarily used for the larger unitary authority.
The constituency will consist of ten wards of the Borough of Medway: Cuxton and Halling, Peninsula, River, Rochester East, Rochester South and Horsted, Rochester West, Strood North, Strood Rural and Strood South.
Members of Parliament
|1885||John Stewart Gathorne-Hardy||Conservative|
|1983||Dame Peggy Fenner||Conservative|
|2010||Constituency abolished: see Rochester and Strood|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Medway|
|Liberal Democrat||Geoffrey Juby||5,152||12.5||+3.2|
|General Election 2001: Medway|
|Liberal Democrat||Geoffrey Juby||3,604||9.3||-0.8|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Medway|
|Conservative||Dame Peggy Fenner||16,504||36.9||-15.4|
|Liberal Democrat||R Roberts||4,555||10.2||+0.6|
|Referendum Party||J Main||1,420||3.2|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||14.9|
|General Election 1992: Medway|
|Conservative||Dame Peggy Fenner||25,924||52.3||+1.3|
|Liberal Democrat||CL Trice||4,751||9.6||−8.5|
|Natural Law||PA Kember||234||0.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Medway|
|Conservative||Dame Peggy Fenner||23,889||51.0||+2.2|
|SDP–Liberal Alliance||J Horne-Roberts||8,450||18.1||-2.0|
|Green||J V Rosser||504||1.1|
|General Election 1983: Medway|
|Conservative||Dame Peggy Fenner||22,507||48.9|
|SDP–Liberal Alliance||F Winckless||9,658||20.1|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Boundary Commissioners' Map of Divisions of Kent". London Ancrestor. 1885. Retrieved 12 April 2009.
- Youngs, Frederic A, Jr. (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. p. 739. ISBN 0-901050-67-9.
- Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983 (S.I. 1983/417)
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995 (S.I. 1995/1626)". Office of Public Sector Information. 1995. Retrieved 12 April 2009.
- "The Kent (Borough of Gillingham and City of Rochester upon Medway) (Structural Change) Order 1996". Office of Public Sector Information. 1996. Retrieved 12 January 2009.
- Fifth Periodical Report, Volume I: Report, Cm 7032-i. London: The Stationery Office. 2007. p. 347. ISBN 978-0-10-170322-2. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- Fifth Periodical Report, Volume 2: Appendices, Cm 7032-ii. London: The Stationery Office. 2007. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-10-170322-2. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "UK General Election results May 2005". Political Science Resources. University of Keele. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- "Medway". Political Science Resources. University of Keele. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- "UK General Election results June 1987". Political Science Resources. University of Keele. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- "UK General Election results June 1983". Political Science Resources. University of Keele. Retrieved 13 April 2009.