Rayleigh and Wickford (UK Parliament constituency)

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Rayleigh and Wickford
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Rayleigh and Wickford in Essex.
Outline map
Location of Essex within England.
County Essex
Electorate 76,089 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Hawkwell, Hockley, Rayleigh and Wickford
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Mark Francois (Conservative Party)
Number of members One
Created from Rayleigh
European Parliament constituency East of England

Rayleigh and Wickford is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Mark Francois, a Conservative.[n 2]


Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which added to Essex an extra seat for the 2010 general election and the seat has electoral wards:[2]

  • Wickford Castledon, Wickford North, and Wickford Park in the Basildon District[n 3]
  • Ashingdon and Canewdon, Downhall and Rawreth, Grange, Hawkwell North, Hawkwell South, Hawkwell West, Hockley Central, Hockley North, Hockley West, Hullbridge, Rayleigh Central, Sweyne Park, Trinity, Wheatley and Whitehouse in the Rochford District[n 4]

The previous Rayleigh seat was abolished as a consequence of these changes.

Constituency profile[edit]

This small-town studded portion of rural Essex reaches out almost as far as the North Sea beside Rochford and has income levels on average slightly above the national average, low unemployment[3] and little reliance on social housing.[4][5]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
2010 Mark Francois Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Rayleigh and Wickford[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Francois
UKIP John Hayter[8]
Labour David Hough
Independent Linda Kendall[9]
Green Sarah Yapp[10]

General Election 2010: Rayleigh and Wickford[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Francois* 30,257 57.8 +3.9
Liberal Democrat Susan Gaszczak 7,919 15.1 -0.3
Labour Michael Le Surf 7,577 14.5 -12.0
English Democrats John Hayter 2,219 4.2 +4.2
UKIP Tino Callaghan 2,211 4.2 +0.1
BNP Tony Evennett 2,160 4.1 +4.1
Majority 22,338 42.7 +15.3
Turnout 50,132 65.9
Conservative hold Swing +8.0
* Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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.
  3. ^ from Billericay.[1]
  4. ^ from Rayleigh[2]
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Boundary Commission for England, accessed 9 May 2010
  3. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  4. ^ 2001 Census
  5. ^ 2011 census interactive maps
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  7. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/2015guide/Rayleighandwickford/
  8. ^ "Election Campaign". UKIP Rayleigh and Wickford. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Nizinskyj, Paul (10 March 2015). "Campaigner Linda wants to be an MP". Echo (Southend). 
  10. ^ "Candidates". Eastern Green Party. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  11. ^ 2010 election result, BBC News, 7 May 2010

Coordinates: 51°36′N 0°42′E / 51.6°N 0.7°E / 51.6; 0.7