Romford (UK Parliament constituency)

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Romford
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Romford in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 71,978 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of Parliament Andrew Rosindell (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from South Essex
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Romford is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by Andrew Rosindell, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1950: The rural district of Romford, and the urban districts of Barking Town and Romford.

1945-1950: The municipal borough of Romford.

1950-1955: The municipal borough of Romford and the urban district of Brentwood.

1955-1974: The municipal borough of Romford.

1974-1983: The London Borough of Havering wards of Bedfords, Central, Collier Row, Gidea Park, Heath Park, Mawney, and Oldchurch.

1983-1997: The London Borough of Havering wards of Brooklands, Chase Cross, Collier Row, Gidea Park, Heath Park, Mawney, Oldchurch, Rise Park, and St Edward's.

1997-2010: The London Borough of Havering wards of Ardleigh Green, Brooklands, Chase Cross, Collier Row, Gidea Park, Heath Park, Mawney, Oldchurch, Rise Park, and St Edward's.

2010-present: The London Borough of Havering wards of Brooklands, Havering Park, Hylands, Mawneys, Pettits, Romford Town, and Squirrel’s Heath.

Changes at the 2010 boundary review

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies, which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election: Hylands ward and part of Romford Town ward (following a review of ward boundaries) was transferred into the area from the former constituency of Hornchurch, and that the shared part of Emerson Park was transferred from Romford to help form the new Hornchurch and Upminster constituency.

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency covers Romford, Gidea Park and Collier Row in the London Borough of Havering, east London. Although the constituency includes the middle-income Romford Garden Suburb area,[2] large ex-council housing forms a substantial part of the constituency, largely bought under the Right to Buy and the borough has a high level of households with vehicle ownership.[3]

History[edit]

This seat was created in the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885.

Although Romford has been highly marginal in terms of majorities obtained through much of the 20th century, its boundaries have changed, and it has largely been a Conservative seat in recent years; although taken by Labour in the 1997 landslide, it was one of the few Conservative gains in 2001.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Sir John Bethell
Election Member Party
1885 John Westlake Liberal
1886 James Theobald Conservative
1894 by-election Alfred Money Wigram Conservative
1897 by-election Louis Sinclair Conservative
1906 John Bethell Liberal
1918 Albert Edward Martin Coalition Liberal
1922 National Liberal
1923 Charles Rhys Conservative
1929 H. T. Muggeridge Labour
1931 W. G. Hutchison Conservative
1935 John Parker Labour
1945 Thomas Macpherson Labour
1950 John Lockwood Conservative
1955 Ron Ledger Labour Co-operative
1970 Dick Leonard Labour
Feb 1974 Michael Neubert Conservative
1997 Eileen Gordon Labour
2001 Andrew Rosindell Conservative

Election results[edit]

Elections in 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Romford[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Lorna Tooley[5]
Conservative Andrew Rosindell
Labour Sam Gould
UKIP Gerard Batten
General Election 2010: Romford[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Rosindell 26,031 56.0 -1.7
Labour Rachel Voller 9,077 19.5 -9.5
Liberal Democrat Helen Duffett 5,572 12.0 +3.6
BNP Robert Bailey 2,438 5.2 +2.2
UKIP Gerard Batten 2,050 4.4 +2.2
English Democrats Peter Thorogood 603 1.3 N/A
Green Gerry Haines 447 1.0 N/A
Independent Philip Hyde 151 0.3 N/A
Independent David Sturman 112 0.2 N/A
Majority 16,954 36.5
Turnout 46,481 65.3 +3.3
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Rosindell 21,560 59.1 +6.1
Labour Margaret Mullane 9,971 27.3 −9.0
Liberal Democrat Geoff Seeff 3,066 8.4 +0.4
BNP John McCaffrey 1,088 3.0 +1.4
UKIP Terry Murray 797 2.2 +0.7
Majority 11,589 31.8
Turnout 36,482 62.3 +2.7
Conservative hold Swing +7.5
General Election 2001: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Rosindell 18,931 53.0 +11.4
Labour Eileen Gordon 12,954 36.3 -6.9
Liberal Democrat Nigel Meyer 2,869 8.0 +0.1
UKIP Stephen Patrick Ward 533 1.5 N/A
BNP Frank McAllister 414 1.6 +0.4
Majority 5,977 16.7
Turnout 35,701 59.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +9.2

Elections in 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eileen Gordon 18,187 43.2 +13.7
Conservative Michael Neubert 17,538 41.6 -15.0
Liberal Democrat Nigel Meyer 3,341 7.9 -4.8
Referendum Party Stephen Ward 1,431 3.4 N/A
Liberal Terry Hurlstone 1,100 2.6 N/A
BNP Michael Carey 522 1.2 N/A
Majority 649
Turnout 42,119 70.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Neubert 23,834 56.6 N/A
Labour Eileen Gordon 12,414 29.5 N/A
Liberal Democrat Pat Atherton 5,329 12.7 N/A
Green Fred Gibson 546 1.3 N/A
Majority 11,420
Turnout 78.0
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Neubert 22,745 56.02
Labour N.J.M. Smith 9,274 22.84
Liberal J.H. Bates 8,195 20.19
Green F.J. Gibson 385 0.95
Majority 13,471 33.18
Turnout 72.93
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Neubert 20,771 53.40
Liberal John H. Bates 10,197 26.22
Labour Jack Hoepelman 7,494 19.27
National Front Madelaine P. Caine 432 1.11
Majority 10,574 27.19
Turnout 69.76
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Neubert 22,714 53.76
Labour S.M. Bartlett 13,902 32.90
Liberal J.H. Bates 4,818 11.40
National Front Madelaine P. Caine 820 1.94
Majority 8,812 20.85
Turnout 76.61
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Neubert 17,164 43.41
Labour D.R. O'Flynn 14,513 36.70
Liberal T.E. Hurlstone 7,663 19.38
People and Agrarian L.C.H. Sampson 200 0.51
Majority 2,651 6.70
Turnout 71.45
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Neubert 17,134 39.16
Labour D.R. O'Flynn 14,061 32.13
Liberal T.E. Hurlstone 12,190 27.86
Independent E. Bates 374 0.85
Majority 3,073 7.02
Turnout 79.87
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1970: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dick Leonard 27,899 52.60
Conservative Michael Neubert 25,139 47.40
Majority 2,760 5.20
Turnout 66.76
Labour hold Swing

Elections in 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Ron Ledger 31,221 57.41
Conservative B.J. Higgs 23,160 42.59
Majority 8,061 14.82
Turnout 75.44
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1964: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Ron Ledger 27,143 47.51
Conservative A.T.R. Fletcher 21,046 36.84
Liberal D. Geary 8,133 14.24
Ratepayer E. Bates 811 1.42
Majority 6,097 10.67
Turnout 77.76
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Elections in 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Ron Ledger 25,558 43.51
Conservative R.J.S. Harvey 24,951 42.48
Liberal D. Geary 8,228 14.01
Majority 607 1.03
Turnout 80.37
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1955: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Ron Ledger 27,326 52.52
Conservative R.J.S. Harvey 24,701 47.48
Majority 2,625 5.05
Turnout 75.46
Labour Co-op gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1951: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Lockwood 33,120 51.00
Labour A. Jones 31,822 49.00
Majority 1,298 2.00
Turnout 83.81
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Romford[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Cutts Lockwood 27,656 46.1
Labour Thomas Macpherson 26,387 43.9
Liberal Norman Clarke 6,014 10.0
Majority 1,269 2.2
Turnout 85.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Election in 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Macpherson 16,979 52.83
Conservative Montague Lavander Berryman 11,202 34.86
Liberal Henry John G Hare 3,957 12.31
Majority 5,777 17.98
Turnout 74.62
Labour hold Swing

Elections in 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Parker 55,723 54.03
Conservative W. G. Hutchison 47,416 45.97
Majority 8,307 8.05
Turnout 61.41
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1931: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative W. G. Hutchison 50,097 61.46
Labour H. T. Muggeridge 31,410 38.54
Majority 18,687 22.93
Turnout 65.31
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Boundary changes[edit]

1974-1983: The London Borough of Havering wards of Bedfords, Central, Collier Row, Gidea Park, Heath Park, Mawney, and Oldchurch.

1983-1997:

1997-2010:

Preceded by
South Essex
UK Parliament constituency
Barking

1885 – 1945
Succeeded by
Barking
UK Parliament constituency
Dagenham

1885 – 1945
Succeeded by
Dagenham
UK Parliament constituency
Hornchurch, Upminster

1885 – 1945
Succeeded by
Hornchurch
UK Parliament constituency
Romford

1885 – present
Succeeded by
Presently within boundary
UK Parliament constituency
Brentwood

1950 – 1955
Succeeded by
Brentwood and Ongar

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough 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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 2001 Census
  3. ^ 2011 census interactive maps
  4. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/2015guide/romford/
  5. ^ http://london.greenparty.org.uk/elections/2015-general-election.html
  6. ^ BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/election2010/results/constituency/d74.stm |url= missing title (help). 
  7. ^ British parliamentary election results 1950-1973, Craig, F.W.S.

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 51°35′17″N 0°11′13″E / 51.588°N 0.187°E / 51.588; 0.187