Rochford and Southend East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Rochford and Southend East
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Rochford and Southend East in Essex.
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Location of Essex within England.
County Essex
Electorate 71,131 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament James Duddridge (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Southend East, Rochford
European Parliament constituency East of England

Rochford and Southend East is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by James Duddridge, a Conservative.[n 2]


1997-2010: The Borough of Southend-on-Sea wards of Milton, St Luke's, Shoebury, Southchurch, Thorpe, and Victoria; and the District of Rochford wards of Barling and Sutton, Foulness and Great Wakering East, Great Wakering Central, Great Wakering West, Rochford Eastwood, Rochford Roche, and Rochford St Andrews.

2010-present: The Borough of Southend-on-Sea wards of Kursaal, Milton, St Luke’s, Shoeburyness, Southchurch, Thorpe, Victoria, and West Shoebury; and the District of Rochford wards of Barling and Sutton, Foulness and Great Wakering, and Rochford.

The constituency covers the town of Rochford and the town centre, main seafront and Eastern part of Southend, such as Thorpe Bay and Shoeburyness.

Constituency profile[edit]

Rochford and Southend East had a relatively marginal Conservative majority on its 1997 creation, as it had some of Labour's stronger wards in Southend, such as Kursaal and Victoria, with the party nearly gaining its predecessor seat Southend East in a by-election[2] in 1980, though in the elections since a much larger majority suggests a Conservative safe seat. Dependency on social housing[3] and unemployment benefit in the constituency is low[4] and in the Rochford local council only 14.5% of households do not have a car (band 5 of 5 in the 2011 census) whereas 27% of households in the Southend part lack a car (band 2 of 5).[5]

Local government

Currently the 31 Council seats held in Rochford and Southend East are 7 Conservative (from Rochford), 10 Independent, 7 Labour, 5 Conservative and 2 UKIP (from Southend).

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1997 Teddy Taylor Conservative
2005 James Duddridge Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Rochford and Southend East[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Floyd Waterworth[8]
Green Simon Cross[9]
Conservative James Duddridge
Labour Ian Gilbert
Liberal Democrat Peter Gwizdala
General Election 2010: Rochford and Southend East[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Duddridge 19,509 46.9 +1.5
Labour Kevin Bonavia[11] 8,459 20.3 -11.3
Liberal Democrat Graham Longley[12] 8,084 19.4 +4.7
UKIP James Moyies[13] 2,405 5.8 +0.9
BNP Geoff Strobridge[14] 1,856 4.5 N/A
Green Andrew Vaughan[15] 707 1.7 -1.8
Independent Anthony Brian Chytry 611 1.5 N/A
Majority 11,050 26.6
Turnout 41,631 58.5
Conservative hold Swing +6.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Rochford and Southend East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Duddridge 17,874 45.3 -8.3
Labour Fred Grindrod 12,384 31.4 -3.4
Liberal Democrat Graham Longley 5,967 15.1 +7.7
UKIP John Croft 1,913 4.8
Green Andrew Vaughan 1,328 3.4 +0.8
Majority 5,490 13.9
Turnout 39,466 55.4 +2.7
Conservative hold Swing -2.4
General Election 2001: Rochford and Southend East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Teddy Taylor 20,058 53.6 +4.8
Labour Chris Dandridge 13,024 34.8 -4.9
Liberal Democrat Stephen Newton 2,780 7.4 -2.0
Green Adrian Hedges 990 2.6 N/A
Liberal Brian Lynch 600 1.6 -0.6
Majority 7,034 18.8
Turnout 37,452 52.7 -10.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Rochford and Southend East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Teddy Taylor 22,683 48.7
Labour Nigel Smith 18,458 39.7
Liberal Democrat Paula Smith 4,387 9.4
Liberal Brian Lynch 1,007 2.2
Majority 4,225 9.1
Turnout 46,535 63.7
Conservative hold Swing

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.

Coordinates: 51°33′N 0°49′E / 51.55°N 0.81°E / 51.55; 0.81