Tonbridge and Malling (UK Parliament constituency)

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Tonbridge and Malling
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Tonbridge and Malling in Kent.
Outline map
Location of Kent within England.
County Kent
Electorate 71,989 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Tonbridge, Edenbridge and West Malling
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of Parliament John Stanley (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Sevenoaks, Tonbridge
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Tonbridge and Malling is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1974 by Sir John Stanley, a Conservative.[n 2]

History[edit]

The seat was created in 1974 from parts of the seats of Sevenoaks and Tonbridge.

Boundaries[edit]

It is in the west of the county of Kent in south eastern England and includes all of the Borough of Tonbridge and Malling and parts of Sevenoaks District which were added in 1997.

Parliament did not alter any wards here at all, when approving the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies for the 2010 general election, so the seat has electoral wards:

Constituency profile[edit]

This safe Conservative seat is characterised by a large commuter population although significant light engineering, farming and local service industry sectors are represented alongside the public sector, skilled trades and some construction.[3] It has good road and rail links with London. Visitor attractions in the constituency include the River Medway, the Eden Valley Walk which covers Edenbridge and Penshurst, including Hever Castle, Chiddingstone Castle, Penshurst Place and Tonbridge Castle. In this seat are numerous oast houses and remaining Wealden woodlands.

Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.0% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
Feb 1974 Sir John Stanley Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Tonbridge and Malling [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Thomas Tugendhat[7]
Labour Claire Leigh[8]
Green Howard Porter


General Election 2010: Tonbridge and Malling[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Stanley 29,723 57.9 +5.1
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Simpson 11,545 22.5 +3.0
Labour Daniel Griffiths 6,476 12.6 -11.2
UKIP David Waller 1,911 3.7 -0.2
Green Steve Dawe 764 1.5 -
National Front Mike Easter 505 1.0 -
English Democrats Lisa Rogers 390 0.8 -
Majority 18,178 35.4
Turnout 51,314 71.5 +3.1
Conservative hold Swing +1.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Tonbridge and Malling
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Stanley 24,357 52.9 +3.5
Labour Victoria Hayman 11,005 23.9 -6.0
Liberal Democrat John Barstow 8,980 19.5 +1.6
UKIP Dave Waller 1,721 3.7 +0.9
Majority 13,352 29.0
Turnout 46,063 67.3 +3.00
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2001: Tonbridge and Malling
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Stanley 20,956 49.4 +1.4
Labour Victoria Hayman 12,706 29.9 +2.7
Liberal Democrat Merilyn Canet 7,605 17.9 -1.3
UKIP Lynne Croucher 1,169 2.8 +1.7
Majority 8,250 19.5
Turnout 42,436 64.3 -11.4
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Tonbridge and Malling
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Stanley 23,640 48.0 -9.2
Labour Barbara Withstandley 13,410 27.2 +9.1
Liberal Democrat Keith Brown 9,467 19.2 -4.3
Referendum Party John Scrivenor 2,005 4.1 N/A
UKIP B Bullen 502 1.0 N/A
Natural Law Gerard Valente 205 0.4 -
Majority 10,230 20.8
Turnout 49,229 75.8
Conservative hold Swing -9.2
General Election 1992: Tonbridge and Malling[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Stanley 36,542 57.2 +0.3
Liberal Democrat Paul D. Roberts 14,984 23.5 −6.0
Labour Mrs Margaret A. O'Neill 11,533 18.1 +5.0
Green Jim Tidy 612 1.0 N/A
Natural Law Mrs Janet I.R. Horvath 221 0.3 N/A
Majority 21,558 33.7 +6.2
Turnout 63,892 82.7 +4.9
Conservative hold Swing +3.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987:Tonbridge and Malling[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Stanley 33,990 56.91
SDP–Liberal Alliance MJ Ward 17,561 29.4
Labour DG Still 7,803 13.07
BNP Michael Easter 369 0.62
Majority 16,429 27.51
Turnout 59,725 77.77
General Election 1983:Tonbridge and Malling[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Stanley 30,417 56.1
SDP–Liberal Alliance F Freeman 16,897 31.2
Labour DJ Bishop 6,896 12.7
Majority 13,520 24.9
Turnout 74.7

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979:Tonbridge and Malling[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Stanley 29,534 54.5
Labour R Ackerley 13,282 24.5
Liberal G Knopp 10,904 20.1
National Front G Burnett 429 0.8
Majority 16,252 30.0
Turnout 79.5
General Election October 1974:Tonbridge and Malling[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Stanley 23,188 46.8
Labour P Knight 14,579 29.4
Liberal M Vann 11,767 23.8
Majority 8,609 17.4
Turnout 75.5
General Election February 1974:Tonbridge and Malling[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Stanley 24,809 45.8
Liberal M Vann 14,701 27.1
Labour Jack Straw 14,683 27.1
Majority 10,108 18.7
Turnout 83.4

Future restaurants and shops[edit]

Other shops and restaurants in High Street, Tonbridge

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°14′N 0°20′E / 51.233°N 0.333°E / 51.233; 0.333