Sittingbourne and Sheppey (UK Parliament constituency)

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Sittingbourne and Sheppey
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Sittingbourne and Sheppey in Kent.
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Location of Kent within England.
County Kent
Electorate 74,796 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament Gordon Henderson (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Faversham
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Sittingbourne and Sheppey is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK parliament since 2010 by Gordon Henderson, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1997-2010: The Borough of Swale wards of Borden, Eastern, Grove, Hartlip and Upchurch, Iwade and Lower Halstow, Kemsley, Milton Regis, Minster Cliffs, Murston, Newington, Queenborough and Halfway, Roman, Sheerness East, Sheerness West, Sheppey Central, West Downs, and Woodstock.

2010-present: The Borough of Swale wards of Borden, Chalkwell, Grove, Hartlip, Newington and Upchurch, Iwade and Lower Halstow, Kemsley, Leysdown and Warden, Milton Regis, Minster Cliffs, Murston, Queenborough and Halfway, Roman, St Michaels, Sheerness East, Sheerness West, Sheppey Central, Teynham and Lynsted, West Downs, Woodstock.

The constituency was created in 1997, mostly from the former seat of Faversham. It covers some of the district of Swale, including Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey.[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency has been a bellwether of the national result since its 1997 creation. Unemployment claimant levels in November 2012 were close to the national average (3.8%) at 4.5%, in line with Cleethorpes, Thurrock, Hammersmith and Meriden.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1997 Derek Wyatt Labour
2010 Gordon Henderson Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Sittingbourne and Sheppey [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gordon Henderson
Labour Guy Nicholson
Liberal Democrat Keith Nevols
UKIP Richard Palmer
Green Gary Miller


General Election 2010: Sittingbourne and Sheppey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gordon Henderson 24,313 50.0 +8.3
Labour Angela Harrison 11,930 24.6 -17.1
Liberal Democrat Keith Nevols 7,943 16.4 +3.6
UKIP Ian Davison 2,610 5.4 +3.1
BNP Lawrence Tames 1,305 2.7 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Mad Mike Young 319 0.7 +0.7
Independent David Cassidy 158 0.3 +0.3
Majority 12,383 25.5
Turnout 48,578 64.5 +10.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +12.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Sittingbourne and Sheppey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Derek Wyatt 17,051 41.8 -4.0
Conservative Gordon Henderson 16,972 41.6 +5.1
Liberal Democrat Jane Nelson 5,183 12.7 -1.4
UKIP Stephen Dean 926 2.3 +0.6
Rock 'n' Roll Loony Mad Mike Young 479 1.2 -0.6
Veritas David Cassidy 192 0.5 +0.5
Majority 79 0.2
Turnout 40,803 53.7 -3.8
Labour hold Swing -4.6
General Election 2001: Sittingbourne and Sheppey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Derek Wyatt 17,340 45.8 +5.2
Conservative Adrian Lee 13,831 36.5 +0.2
Liberal Democrat Elvina Lowe 5,353 14.1 -4.2
Rock 'n' Roll Loony Mad Mike Young 673 1.8 N/A
UKIP Robert Oakley 661 1.7 +0.7
Majority 3,509 9.3
Turnout 37,858 57.5 -14.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Sittingbourne and Sheppey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Derek Wyatt 18,723 40.6
Conservative Roger Moate 16,794 36.4
Liberal Democrat Roger Truelove 8,447 18.3
Referendum Party P. Moull 1,082 2.3
Monster Raving Loony C. Driver 644 1.4
UKIP N. Risi 472 1.0
Majority 1,929
Turnout 72.3

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  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.
References

Coordinates: 51°21′N 0°47′E / 51.350°N 0.783°E / 51.350; 0.783