Thurrock (UK Parliament constituency)

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Thurrock
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Thurrock in Essex.
Outline map
Location of Essex within England.
County Essex
Electorate 77,667 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Grays, Tilbury, Aveley and Chafford
Current constituency
Created 1945
Member of Parliament Jackie Doyle-Price (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East of England

Thurrock is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Jackie Doyle-Price, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

Thurrock in Essex, showing boundaries used from 1945 to 1950.

1974-1983: The urban district of Thurrock.

1983-1997:

1997-2010: The Borough of Thurrock wards of Aveley, Belhus, Chadwell St Mary, East Tilbury, Grays Thurrock North, Grays Thurrock Town, Little Thurrock, Ockendon, Stifford, Tilbury, and West Thurrock.

2010–present: The Borough of Thurrock wards of Aveley and Uplands, Belhus, Chadwell St Mary, Chafford and North Stifford, Grays Riverside, Grays Thurrock, Little Thurrock Blackshots, Little Thurrock Rectory, Ockendon, South Chafford, Stifford Clays, Tilbury Riverside and Thurrock Park, Tilbury St Chads, West Thurrock, and South Stifford.

History[edit]

Political history

Thurrock was for 38 years from 1945 a safe Labour seat, at which time it saw a relatively marginal majority of fewer than 2000 votes, and four years later a Conservative gained it in 1987 with a slim majority and held it for one Parliament before it was regained by Labour, namely Andrew MacKinlay, who was during his tenure as MP criticised for his questioning technique used of weapons expert Dr. David Kelly.

In the 2010 general election, a Conservative gained the seat, with Jackie Doyle-Price being elected as the MP with a majority of only 92 votes, the third most marginal in that election behind the lowest majority of 4 votes in Fermanagh and South Tyrone and the majority of 54 won by her party colleague Dan Byles. The seat has bellwether outcome status since 1997.

Prominent frontbenchers

Dr Oonagh McDonald was Opposition Spokesman on Defence from 1981–1983, and then Opposition Spokesman on Treasury and Economic Affairs from 1983–1987.

Constituency profile[edit]

The seat has seen considerable settlement growth since 1989 when housing projects marking the start of a phase of development, dovetailing with the Thames Gateway initiative, began – see Chafford Hundred in the seat, for example. Retail and distribution are major areas of West Thurrock which contains Lakeside Shopping Centre.

Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 4.8% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian. The regional average for the Eastern England region was considerably lower, at 3.2% of the population.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1945 Leslie Solley Labour
1949 Labour Independent Group
1950 Hugh Delargy Labour
1976 by-election Dr Oonagh McDonald Labour
1987 Tim Janman Conservative
1992 Andrew MacKinlay Labour
2010 Jackie Doyle-Price Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Thurrock
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Tim Aker[4]
Labour Polly Billington[5]
General Election 2010: Thurrock[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jackie Doyle-Price 16,869 36.8 +3.6
Labour Carl Morris 16,777 36.6 −9.6
Liberal Democrat Carys Davis 4,901 10.7 −0.4
BNP Emma Colgate 3,618 7.9 +2.1
UKIP Clive Broad 3,390 7.4 +4.0
Christian Peoples Arinola Araba 267 0.6 N/A
Majority 92 0.2
Turnout 45,822 59.1 +4.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +6.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Thurrock
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew MacKinlay 20,636 47.2 -9.3
Conservative Garry Hague 14,261 32.6 +2.8
Liberal Democrat Earnshaw Palmer 4,770 10.9 +0.6
BNP Nick Geri 2,526 5.8 N/A
UKIP Carol Jackson 1,499 3.4 0.0
Majority 6,375 14.6
Turnout 43,692 54.9 5.9
Labour hold Swing -6.1
General Election 2001: Thurrock
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew MacKinlay 21,121 56.5 -6.8
Conservative Mike Penning 11,124 29.8 +3.0
Liberal Democrat John Lathan 3,846 10.3 +2.2
UKIP Christopher Sheppard 1,271 3.4 +1.6
Majority 9,997 26.7
Turnout 37,362 49.0 -16.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Thurrock
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew MacKinlay 29,896 63.32
Conservative Andrew Rosindell 12,640 26.77
Liberal Democrat Joe White 3,843 8.14
UKIP Peter Compobassi 833 1.76
Majority 17,256 36.55
Turnout 47,212 65.79
Labour hold Swing +17.20
General Election 1992: Thurrock[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew MacKinlay 24,791 45.9 +4.8
Conservative Tim Janman 23,619 43.7 +1.2
Liberal Democrat Alan J. Banton 5,145 9.5 −7.0
Pensioners' Party Charles Rogers 391 0.7 N/A
Anti-Federalist League Peter Compobassi 117 0.2 N/A
Majority 1,172 2.2 +0.7
Turnout 54,063 78.1 +6.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +1.8

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Thurrock
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Janman 20,527 42.5
Labour Oonagh McDonald 19,837 41.0
Social Democrat Donald S. Benson 7,970 16.5
Majority 690 1.43
Turnout 48,334 71.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1983: Thurrock[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Oonagh McDonald 17,600 39.21
Conservative T Jallon 15,878 35.37
SDP–Liberal Alliance D Benson 9,761 21.74
Independent M Bibby 1,200 2.67
BNP R Sinclair 252 0.6
Communist J Paul 199 0.4
Majority 1,722 3.8
Turnout 44,891 67.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Thurrock[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Oonagh McDonald 33,449 48.55
Conservative Anthony Baldry 27,030 39.24
Liberal M Crowson 6,445 9.36
National Front E Burdett 1,358 1.97
Independent B Chattaway 365 0.53
Workers Revolutionary M Daly 242 0.35
Majority 6,419 9.32
Turnout 68,884 75.11
Labour hold Swing
1976 by-election: Thurrock
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Oonagh McDonald 22,191 45.27 -10.30
Conservative Percy Lomax 17,352 35.39 +10.95
Liberal Anthony Charlton 5,977 12.19 -7.80
National Front John Roberts 3,255 6.64 N/A
English National Frank Hansford-Miller 187 0.38 N/A
World Grid Sunshine Room Party Peter Bishop 72 0.15 N/A
Majority 4,839 9.88
Turnout 49,034
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Thurrock
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh James Delargy 34,066 55.57
Conservative P Lomax 14,986 24.44
Liberal A Charlton 12,255 19.99
Majority 19,080 31.12
Turnout 68.54
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Thurrock
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh James Delargy 36,217 52.15
Conservative Graham Frank James Bright 17,699 25.48
Liberal Miss Kaye Fleetwood 15,534 22.37
Majority 18,518 26.66
Turnout 78.41
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Thurrock

Electorate 84,337

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh James Delargy 30,874 55.75
Conservative Graham Frank James Bright 19,486 35.18
Liberal Miss Kaye Fleetwood 5,024 9.07
Majority 11,388 20.56
Turnout 55,384 65.67
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Thurrock

Electorate 72,502

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh James Delargy 31,998 60.67
Conservative Cedric J Hodgson 14,094 26.72
Liberal James C Moran 6,648 12.61
Majority 17,904 33.95
Turnout 72.74
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Thurrock

Electorate 71,519

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh James Delargy 30,372 57.22
Conservative Robert Arthur McCrindle 14,615 27.53
Liberal A Noel H Blackburn 8,094 15.25
Majority 15,757 29.68
Turnout 53,081 74.22
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Thurrock

Electorate 67,054

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh James Delargy 32,270 61.52
Conservative William E McNamara 20,188 38.48
Majority 12,082 23.03
Turnout 52,458 78.23
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Thurrock

Electorate 63,030

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh James Delargy 31,375 66.16
Conservative Gerald A Petty 16,046 33.84
Majority 15,329 32.33
Turnout 75.24
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Thurrock

Electorate 53,157

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh James Delargy 28,851 65.55
Conservative Godfrey William Lagden 15,166 34.45
Majority 13,685 31.09
Turnout 82.81
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Thurrock

Electorate 50,962

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh James Delargy 22,893 52.68
Conservative Airey Neave 13,306 30.62
Ind. Labour Party Leslie Solley 4,250 9.78
Liberal WHN Siddons 3,010 6.93
Majority 9,587 22.06
Turnout 85.28
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Thurrock
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Leslie Solley 23,171 70.05
Conservative T Adam 9,909 29.95
Majority 13,262 40.09
Turnout 76.89
Labour hold Swing

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°29′N 0°19′E / 51.48°N 0.32°E / 51.48; 0.32