North Thanet (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of North Thanet in Kent.
Location of Kent within England.
|Electorate||67,110 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||(Margate, Birchington-on-Sea, Herne Bay and Westgate-on-Sea|
|Member of Parliament||Sir Roger Gale (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Thanet West, Thanet East|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
North Thanet and South Thanet were created by a rearrangement of the former Thanet West and Thanet East constituencies in 1983, which in turn had been created in 1974 by the splitting of the single Isle of Thanet seat. Apart from 1997 when it was marginal, the seat has to date been a safe seat for the Conservative Party.
Tourism forms an important economic activity with sandy beaches, particularly at Margate among the main attractions, the seat has a small amount of fishing relative to the 19th century or major ports of North East and Scotland, with a slightly higher proportion of retired people than the national average and incomes tending to be clustered towards the national mean. Economic developments have included close-by the Thanet Offshore Wind Project as well as very limited commercial, recreational and tourism activity at the now closed, Manston Airport. Thanet District Council is at present (September 2014) looking in to the possibility of compulsory purchase of the airport from owner Ann Gloag. This would offer a commercial partner the opportunity to reopen the airport for freight, aircraft servicing and other commercial operations. In unemployment terms the claimant count was third highest of the South East's 84 constituencies at the end of 2010.[n 3]
North Thanet consists of the northern part of Thanet district (Margate, Westgate-on-Sea, Birchington-on-Sea, and the villages of Acol, St Nicholas-at-Wade and Sarre) plus the town of Herne Bay in the City of Canterbury.
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election. In particular, Cliftonville (East and West) were transferred to the South Thanet constituency.
These changes have resulted in North Thanet consisting of the electoral wards:
- Birchington North, Birchington South, Dane Valley, Garlinge, Margate Central, Salmestone, Thanet Villages, Westbrook, and Westgate-on-Sea in the district of Thanet;
- Greenhill and Eddington, Herne and Broomfield, Heron, Marshside, Reculver and West Bay in the City of Canterbury
Members of Parliament
|1983||Sir Roger Gale||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: North Thanet|
|Liberal Democrat||George Cunningham|
|General Election 2010: North Thanet|
|Liberal Democrat||Laura Murphy||8,400||19.4||+3.8|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: North Thanet|
|Liberal Democrat||Mark Barnard||6,279||14.4||+3.4|
|General Election 2001: North Thanet|
|Labour||James Stewart Laing||14,400||34.4||-4.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Seth Proctor||4,603||11.0||-0.4|
|National Front||Thomas Holmes||395||0.9||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: North Thanet|
|Liberal Democrat||Paul Kendrick||5,576||11.4||-6.3|
|Referendum Party||Marcus Chambers||2,535||5.2||N/A|
|UKIP||J. E. Haines||438||1.1||N/A|
|General Election 1992: North Thanet|
|Labour||Alan M. Bretman||12,657||23.5||+6.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Ms. Joanna L. Phillips||9,563||17.7||−5.6|
|Green||Mrs Hazel F. Dawe||873||1.6||−0.4|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: North Thanet|
|Social Democratic||N. R. M. Cranston||11,745||23.3|
|Labour||Alan M. Bretman||8,395||16.7|
|Green||D R Condor||996||2.0|
|General Election 1983: North Thanet|
|Social Democratic||W. MacMillan||12,256||26.7||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2011 census interactive maps
- 2001 Census
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Thanet North, Guardian
- Gale reselected for Thanet North, This is Kent
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.