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 by a rearrangement of the former Thanet West and Thanet East constituencies in 1983, which in turn had been created in 1974 by the splitting of the single Isle of Thanet seat.
Tourism forms an important economic activity with entertainment and beaches, particularly at Broadstairs as well as from Sandwich the Stour Valley Walk connecting picturesque villages with oast houses and public houses to Canterbury. The coastal communities provide a small amount of fishing and trade relative to the 19th century or major ports of North East and Scotland, include a higher proportion of retired people than the national average and incomes tend to be clustered towards the national mean. Economic developments have included close-by the Thanet Offshore Wind Project as well as commercial, recreational and tourism activity at Manston Airport. Farming, trades, pharmaceuticals (Pfizer) and Ramsgate harbour provide much of the employment. In unemployment terms the claimant count was highest of the South East's 84 constituencies at the end of 2010 and greater than the national average of 3.8%, at 5.4%.[n 3] Since 1983 the seat has been a bellwether.
South Thanet consists of the southern part of Thanet district (the towns of Ramsgate and Broadstairs & St Peters, plus the villages of Cliffsend, Manston, Minster and Monkton) together with the northern part of Dover district, comprising the ancient Cinque Port of Sandwich and surrounding villages.
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election since which it has electoral wards:
- 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.
Members of Parliament
Laura Sandys standing down
On Monday 25 November 2013, Laura Sandys announced on Twitter that she was standing down from parliament in 2015.
Elections in the 2010s
|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)|
An opinion poll of the constituency was carried out by Survation (funded by UKIP donor Alan Bown) during 19-25 November 2013 with 515 respondents. They found on support as follows: Labour 35%, UKIP 30%, Conservative 28%, Liberal Democrat 5% and other parties 3%.
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
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2011 census interactive maps
- 2001 Census
- Open Street Map
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- UKPollingReport: Thanet South
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.