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
Labour David Hough

General Election 2010: Rayleigh and Wickford[8]
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]

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