Southend West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Southend West
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Southend West in Essex.
Outline map
Location of Essex within England.
County Essex
Electorate 66,780 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of Parliament David Amess (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Southend
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East of England

Southend West is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by David Amess, a Conservative.[n 2]

History[edit]

Because four members of the Guinness family have held the seat (or its predecessor, Southend) it has been dubbed in political analyses in the media as "Guinness-on-Sea".[2]

It is currently represented by David Amess, previously MP for Basildon.

Boundaries[edit]

It comprises a small part of the West of Southend-on-Sea, and includes Leigh-on-Sea and Westcliff-on-Sea. It is bounded to the North and East by Rochford and Southend East, to the North by Rayleigh and Wickford, to the West by Castle Point, and to the South by the very end of the Thames estuary, by this it has an aquarium, amusement park and the longest pier in the world.

Southend West is made up of 9 wards:

  • Belfairs, Blenheim Park, Chalkwell, Eastwood Park, Leigh, Prittlewell, St Laurence, West Leigh and Westborough in the Borough of Southend on Sea
Local government

Currently the 27 Council seats held in Southend West are 14 Conservative, 5 Liberal Democrat, 3 UKIP, 3 Independent and 2 Labour.[3]

Constituency profile[edit]

Workless claimants (registered jobseekers) were in November 2012 close to the national average of 3.8%, at 3.5% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party Notes
1950 Sir Henry Channon Conservative Married heiress to the Guinness brewing business, Honor Guinness
1959 by-election Paul Henry Guinness Channon Conservative
1997 David Amess Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Southend West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Amess 20,086 46.1 -0.1
Liberal Democrat Peter Welch[7] 12,816 29.4 +5.4
Labour Thomas Flynn[8] 5,850 13.4 -9.2
UKIP Garry Cockrill[9] 1,714 3.9 +0.5
BNP Tony Gladwin 1,333 3.1 N/A
Green Barry Bolton[10] 644 1.5 N/A
Independent Dr Vel (Marimutu Velmurgan) 617 1.4 N/A
English Democrats Terry Phillips[11] 546 1.3 -0.5
Majority 7,270 16.7
Turnout 43,606 65.1 +4.0
Conservative hold Swing −2.8

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Southend West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Amess 18,408 46.2 -0.1
Liberal Democrat Peter Wexham 9,449 23.7 -1.2
Labour Jan Etienne 9,072 22.8 -2.3
UKIP Carole Sampson 1,349 3.4 -0.3
Independent Marimutu Velmurgan 745 1.9 N/A
English Democrats Jeremy Moss 701 1.8 N/A
Max Power Party Dan Anslow 106 0.3 N/A
Majority 8,959 22.5
Turnout 39,830 51.4 -6.6
Conservative hold Swing 0.5
General Election 2001: Southend West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Amess 17,313 46.3 +7.6
Labour Paul Fisher 9,372 25.1 +2.3
Liberal Democrat Richard de Ste Croix 9,319 24.9 -8.2
UKIP Brian Lee 1,371 3.7 +2.3
Majority 7,941 21.2
Turnout 37,375 58.0 -11.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Southend West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Amess 18,029 38.8 -15.9
Liberal Democrat Nina Stimson 15,414 33.1 +2.2
Labour Alan Harley 10,600 22.8 +10.5
Referendum Party Charles Webster 1,734 3.7 N/A
UKIP Brian Lee 636 1.4 N/A
Natural Law Peter Warburton 101 0.2 -0.1
Majority 2,615 5.6
Turnout 46,515 70.0 -7.8
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Southend West[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Channon 27,319 54.7 +0.3
Liberal Democrat Nina Stimson 15,417 30.9 -7.2
Labour Geoffrey Viney 6,139 12.3 +4.7
Liberal Alan Farmer 495 1.0 N/A
Green Chris Keene 451 0.9 N/A
Natural Law Peter Warburton 127 0.3 N/A
Majority 11,902 23.8 +7.5
Turnout 49,948 77.8 +2.5
Conservative hold Swing +3.8

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Southend West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Channon 28,003 54.37
Liberal G Grant 19,603 38.06
Labour A Smith 3,899 7.57
Majority 8,400 16.31
Turnout 75.28
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Southend West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Channon 26,360 54.51
Liberal G Grant 18,327 37.90
Labour J Nisbet 3,675 7.60
Majority 8,033 16.61
Turnout 71.66
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Southend West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Channon 29,449 57.68
Liberal D Evans 12,585 24.65
Labour J Nisbet 8,341 16.34
National Front LJ McKeon 680 1.33
Majority 16,864 33.03
Turnout 76.25
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Southend West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Channon 23,480 47.59
Liberal W Greaves 16,409 33.26
Labour AN Wright 9,451 19.15
Majority 7,071 14.33
Turnout 73.16
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Southend West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Channon 25,040 46.68
Liberal W Greaves 19,885 37.07
Labour AN Wright 14,160 23.85
Majority 12,913 21.75
Turnout 77.23
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Southend West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Channon 29,304 60.05
Labour M Burstin 12,419 25.45
Liberal JH Barnett 7,077 14.50
Majority 16,885 34.60
Turnout 70.70
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Southend West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Channon 25,713 50.89
Labour M Burstin 13,856 27.42
Liberal Gurth Hoyer-Millar 10,958 21.69
Majority 11,857 23.47
Turnout 78.35
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Southend West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Channon 25,555 50.58
Liberal Gurth Hoyer-Millar 14,548 28.79
Labour Rex Winsbury 10,423 20.63
Majority 11,007 21.78
Turnout 78.78
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Channon 27,612 58.2
Liberal Heather Harvey 10,577 22.3
Labour A Pearson-Clarke 9,219 19.4
Majority 17,035 35.9
Turnout 77.7
Conservative hold Swing
Southend West by-election, 1959
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Channon 14,493 55.6 -8.6
Liberal Heather Harvey 6,314 24.2 +9.2
Labour A Pearson-Clarke 5,280 20.2 -0.6
Majority 5,166
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Henry Channon 27,326 64.2
Labour VG Marchesi 8,866 20.8
Liberal Heather Harvey 6,375 15.0
Majority 18,460 43.4
Turnout 74.1
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Henry Channon 39,287 69.1
Labour HN Lyall 17,352 30.9
Majority 21,755 38.29
Turnout 79.0
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Henry Channon 34,100 57.4
Labour EC Hutchinson 15,345 25.9
Liberal JHM Scott 9,907 16.7
Majority 18,746 31.6
Turnout 83.1
Conservative hold Swing

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. ^ Roth, Andrew (31 January 2007). "Lord Kelvedon". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Councillors & Wards – From Southend Borough Council website.
  4. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ Tinlin, R. "Notice of Poll". Southend Council. Retrieved 24 April 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Rochford and Southend East & Southend West". Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Prospective Parliamentary Candidates". Labour Party. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Eastern Counties Region". UKIP. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Green Party Parliamentary Candidate". Green Party. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "General Election Candidates". English Democrats. Retrieved 1 February 2010. [dead link]
  12. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 

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