South Thanet (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of South Thanet in Kent.
Location of Kent within England.
|Electorate||67,970 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Sandwich|
|Member of parliament||Laura Sandys (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Thanet West, Thanet East|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
South Thanet and North Thanet were created in 1983 by a rearrangement of the former Thanet West and Thanet East constituencies, which in turn had been created in 1974 by the splitting of the single Isle of Thanet seat.
Tourism is an important economic activity with entertainment and beaches, particularly at Broadstairs. The constituency also includes part of the Stour Valley Walk, which passes through Sandwich on its way to Canterbury and beyond. There are picturesque villages with oast houses. The amount of fishing and coastal trade is much reduced relative to the 19th century, and is small compared to many other British ports. The seat has a higher proportion of retired people than the national average and incomes tend to be clustered around the national mean. Economic developments have included the nearby Thanet Offshore Wind Project as well as commercial, recreational and tourism activities. Farming, trades, and Ramsgate harbour provide much of the employment. Pharmaceuticals received a blow when Pfizer withdrew from the area. The unemployed claimant count, at 5.4%, was the highest of the South East's 84 constituencies at the end of 2010, and greater than the national average of 3.8%.[n 3] Since 1983 the seat has been a bellwether.
South Thanet consists of the southern and eastern part of Thanet district (the towns of Ramsgate and Broadstairs, the Cliftonville area of Margate and the village of Cliffsend) together with the northern part of Dover district, comprising the ancient Cinque Port of Sandwich and surrounding villages.
- Little Stour and Ashstone, and Sandwich from the district of Dover
- Beacon Road, Bradstowe, Central Harbour, Cliffsend and Pegwell, Cliftonville East, Cliftonville West, Eastcliff, Kingsgate, Nethercourt, Newington, Northwood, St Peters, Sir Moses Montefiore and Viking from the district of Thanet.
Until 2010, South Thanet included the area around Minster and Monkton, now part of North Thanet. Cliftonville was gained in return for this area in 2010. There were also some minor changes to the boundary of the southern end of the constituency in the Dover district.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: South Thanet|
|Al-Zebabist Nation of Ooog||Zebadiah Abu-Obadiah|
|We are the Reality Party||Nigel Askew|
|Manston Airport Independent Party||Ruth Bailey|
|Party for a United Thanet||Grahame Birchall|
|No description||Al Murray|
|Liberal Democrat||Russ Timpson|
|General Election 2010: South Thanet|
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Bucklitsch||6,935||15.1||+2.9|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+7.4|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: South Thanet|
|Liberal Democrat||Guy Voizey||5,431||13.2||+3.8|
|General Election 2001: South Thanet|
|Liberal Democrat||Guy Voizey||3,706||9.4||−2.3|
|National Front||Bernard Franklin||242||0.6||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: South Thanet|
|Liberal Democrat||Barbara Hewitt-Silk||5,263||11.7|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|General Election 1992: South Thanet|
|Labour||Mark S. James||13,740||28.1||+7.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Bill Pitt||8,948||18.3||−6.4|
|Green||Ms. Sue Peckham||871||1.8||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: South Thanet|
|General Election 1983: South Thanet|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- Third and second were North Thanet and Hastings and Rye
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- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
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- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Statement of the persons nominated for election as a Member of Parliament for South Thanet Constituency". Thanet District Council.
- "UKPollingReport Election Guide 2010 » Thanet South". Ukpollingreport.co.uk. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.