Witham (UK Parliament constituency)

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Witham
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Witham in Essex.
Outline map
Location of Essex within England.
County Essex
Electorate 67,451 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of Parliament Priti Patel (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Braintree, Colchester
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East of England

Witham is a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

On 20 November 2006, Priti Patel was selected as the Conservative Party candidate for the seat at the 2010 election. She won the seat with a majority of 15,196; an increase against the notional Conservative majority of 7,241 votes (17.29%), (according to Media Guide To The New Parliamentary Constituencies, Rallings & Thrasher).

Boundaries[edit]

Following a review of parliamentary representation in Essex, the Boundary Commission for England made radical alterations to existing constituencies to allow for an extra seat to be created due to increased population. As a consequence, electoral wards from the districts of Braintree, Colchester and Maldon were used to create a new constituency of Witham.

From Braintree
  • Black Notley and Terling, Bradwell, Silver End and Rivenhall, Coggeshall and North Feering, Hatfield Peverel, Kelvedon, Witham Chipping Hill and Central, Witham North, Witham South, and Witham West
From Maldon
From Colchester
  • Birch and Winstree, Copford and West Stanway, Marks Tey, Stanway and Tiptree

Constituency profile[edit]

One of the safest Conservative seats in the county, and by extension one of the safest in the United Kingdom, Essex's newest seat seems likely to return only Conservative members, though paradoxically, the town of Witham is the only area of real Labour strength in the region.

Witham itself is an industrial town, on the Great Eastern main line railway from London to Norwich, with some heavy industry and London commuter belt residential areas - the strength of the Labour vote here was just enough to turn the former Braintree seat red in 1997 on the previous boundaries.

However, the town is small, and the Witham seat extends to cover a huge part of rural central Essex where affluent commuter villages and farming communities sit side by side, united in almost universal support for the Conservatives.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
2010 Priti Patel Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Witham[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green James Abbott[4]
Conservative Priti Patel
Labour John Clarke
General Election 2010: Witham[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Priti Patel 24,448 52.2 +2.5
Liberal Democrat Margaret Phelps 9,252 19.8 +4.6
Labour John Spademan 8,656 18.5 -13.9
UKIP David Hodges 3,060 6.5 +3.8
Green James Abbott 1,419 3.0 +3.0
Majority 15,196 32.4
Turnout 46,835 70.2 +6.6
Conservative hold Swing +1.1

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Notes and references[edit]

Coordinates: 51°48′N 0°39′E / 51.80°N 0.65°E / 51.80; 0.65