Basildon and Billericay (UK Parliament constituency)

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Basildon and Billericay
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Basildon and Billericay in Essex
Outline map
Location of Essex within England
CountyEssex
Population89,687 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate65,373 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Created2010
Member of Parliamentvacant
Number of membersOne
Created fromBasildon, Billericay
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyEast of England

Basildon and Billericay (/ˈbæzɪldən ...ˈbɪlərɪki/) is a constituency[n 1] in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament.[n 2]

History[edit]

The seat was created for the 2010 general election following a review of the Parliamentary representation of Essex by the Boundary Commission for England. It combined parts of the separate, now abolished, Basildon and Billericay constituencies.

The election has been won by the Conservative Party by large majorities.

Boundaries[edit]

The Borough of Basildon wards of Billericay East, Billericay West, Burstead, Crouch, Fryerns, Laindon Park, Lee Chapel North and St Martin's.[3]

The seat merged about half of the previous constituency of Billericay with smaller parts of the former Basildon constituency – mostly around the centre of Basildon.

The Billericay constituency lost Wickford to the new Rayleigh and Wickford constituency, and Pitsea to the South Basildon and East Thurrock seat, which also included the remainder of the Basildon seat.

Changes proposed by the Boundary Commission[edit]

The Boundary Commission for England submitted their final proposals in respect of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies (the 2018 review) in September 2018 which would reduce the total number of MPs from 650 to 600. Although the proposals were immediately laid before Parliament they were not brought forward by the Government for approval. Accordingly, they will not come into effect for the 2019 election due to take place on 12 December 2019, which will be contested using the constituency boundaries in place since 2010.

The Commission has recommended that wards around the centre of Basildon (Fryerns, Lee Chapel North and St Martin's) be transferred to South Basildon and East Thurrock (to be renamed Basildon and East Thurrock), while remaining wards be included in a re-established Billericay constituency, which would be extended northwards to include City of Chelmsford wards to the south of Chelmsford, including South Woodham Ferrers.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

The current MP is the Conservative John Baron.

Election Member[5] Party
2010 John Baron Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Candidates listed in alphabetical order of surname.

General election 2019: Basildon and Billericay[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Andrew Gordon
Green Stewart Goshawk[7]
Liberal Democrat Edward Sainsbury
SDP Simon Breedon
Conservative John Baron
General election 2017: Basildon and Billericay[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Baron 27,381 61.0 Increase 8.3
Labour Kayte Block 13,981 31.1 Increase 7.5
UKIP Tina Hughes 2,008 4.5 Decrease 15.4
Liberal Democrat Antonia Harrison 1,548 3.4 Decrease 0.4
Majority 13,400 29.8 Increase 0.8
Turnout 44,918 65.0 Increase 2.1
Conservative hold Swing Increase 0.4
General election 2015: Basildon and Billericay[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Baron 22,668 52.7 Decrease 0.1
Labour Gavin Callaghan 10,186 23.7 Increase 0.6
UKIP George Konstantinidis 8,538 19.8 Increase 16.0
Liberal Democrat Martin Thompson 1,636 3.8 Decrease 11.9
Majority 12,482 29.0 Decrease 0.8
Turnout 43,028 62.9 Decrease 0.7
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 0.4
General election 2010: Basildon and Billericay[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Baron* 21,982 52.8 Increase 6.8
Labour Allan Davies 9,584 23.0 Decrease 11.8
Liberal Democrat Mike Hibbs 6,538 15.7 Increase 2.5
BNP Irene Bateman 1,934 4.6 Increase 1.1
UKIP Alan Broad 1,591 3.8 Increase 1.4
Majority 12,398 29.8 Increase 18.6
Turnout 41,629 63.6 Increase 1.3
Conservative hold Swing Increase 9.3
* Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament

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. ^ "Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  3. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  4. ^ Boundary Commission for England, 2018 Review (September 2018). "Final recommendations report" (PDF).
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)
  6. ^ "Candidates for Basildon and Billericay in the UK Parliament elections". Democracy Club Candidates. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  7. ^ "Prospective General Election Candidates". Green Party. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Basildon & Billericay parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Basildon & Billericay parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.com.
  11. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  12. ^ "BBC News - Election 2010 - Constituency - Basildon & Billericay". news.bbc.co.uk.

Coordinates: 51°36′N 0°26′E / 51.60°N 0.44°E / 51.60; 0.44