Bexhill and Battle (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°53′10″N 0°28′12″E / 50.886°N 0.470°E / 50.886; 0.470

Bexhill and Battle
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bexhill and Battle in East Sussex.
Outline map
Location of East Sussex within England.
County East Sussex
Population 100,727 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate 78,602 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Huw Merriman (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Eastbourne and Rye[3]
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Bexhill and Battle /ˈbɛks.hɪl ænd ˈbætəl/ is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Huw Merriman of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1983–2010: The District of Rother wards of Ashburnham, Battle, Beckley and Peasmarsh, Bodiam and Ewhurst, Brede and Udimore, Burwash, Catsfield and Crowhurst, Central, Collington, Etchingham and Hurst Green, Northiam, Old Town, Sackville, St Mark's, St Michael's, St Stephen's, Salehurst, Sedlescombe and Whatlington, Sidley, Ticehurst, and Westfield, and the District of Wealden wards of Herstmonceux, Ninfield, and Pevensey and Westham.

2010–present: The District of Rother wards of Battle Town, Central, Collington, Crowhurst, Darwell, Ewhurst and Sedlescombe, Kewhurst, Old Town, Rother Levels, Sackville, St Mark's, St Michael's, St Stephen's, Salehurst, Sidley, and Ticehurst and Etchingham, and the District of Wealden wards of Cross In Hand/Five Ashes, Heathfield East, Heathfield North and Central, Herstmonceux, Ninfield and Hooe with Wartling, and Pevensey and Westham.

The constituency is based around the district of Rother in East Sussex.

Constituency profile[edit]

The main towns in the constituency, from which it takes its name, are the seaside resort of Bexhill-on-Sea and the historic town of Battle, location of the 1066 Battle of Hastings.

History[edit]

The seat's first MP, Charles Wardle, served as a junior Home Office minister in the government of John Major; Wardle had the Conservative whip removed shortly before the 2001 election. The seat was held by Gregory Barker from 2001 until 2015; Barker was a junior minister at the Department for Energy and Climate Change between the formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition after the 2010 general election and the major government reshuffle of July 2014, when he resigned and announced his intention to retire from Parliament at the next general election.[4] In the 2015 election, the most recent MP, Huw Merriman was elected.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
1983 Charles Wardle Conservative
2001 Independent
2001 Gregory Barker Conservative
2015 Huw Merriman Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Bexhill & Battle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Huw Merriman 36,854 62.0 +7.2
Labour Christine Bayliss 14,689 24.7 +10.6
Liberal Democrat Joel Kemp 4,485 7.5 -0.1
UKIP Geoffrey Bastin 2,006 3.4 -15.0
Green Jonathan Kent 1,438 2.4 -2.7
Majority 22,165 37.3 +0.9
Turnout 59,472 73.3 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing -1.7
General Election 2015: Bexhill and Battle[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Huw Merriman [7] 30,245 54.8 +3.2
UKIP Geoffrey Bastin [8] 10,170 18.4 N/A
Labour Michelle Thew [8] 7,797 14.1 +2.1
Liberal Democrat Rachel Sadler [8] 4,199 7.6 −20.4
Green Jonathan Kent 2,807 5.1 N/A
Majority 20,075 36.4 +12.8
Turnout 55,218 70.1 +1.1
Conservative hold Swing N/A
General Election 2010: Bexhill and Battle[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gregory Barker 28,147 51.6 −2.6
Liberal Democrat Mary Varrall 15,267 28.0 +5.3
Labour James Royston 6,524 12.0 −5.9
Trust Stuart Wheeler 2,699 4.9 N/A
BNP Neil Jackson 1,950 3.6 N/A
Majority 12,880 23.6 −7.9
Turnout 54,587 68.9 +2.1
Conservative hold Swing −4.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Bexhill and Battle[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gregory Barker 24,629 52.6 +4.5
Liberal Democrat Mary Varrall 11,180 23.9 −0.8
Labour Michael Jones 8,457 18.1 −1.3
UKIP Anthony Smith 2,568 5.5 -2.3
Majority 13,449 28.7
Turnout 46,834 67.2 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing +2.7
General Election 2001: Bexhill and Battle[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gregory Barker 21,555 48.1 0.0
Liberal Democrat Stephen Hardy 11,052 24.7 −0.8
Labour Anne Moore-Williams 8,702 19.4 +1.3
UKIP Nigel Farage 3,474 7.8 +6.2
Majority 10,503 23.4
Turnout 44,783 64.9 −9.6
Conservative hold Swing +0.4

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Bexhill and Battle[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Wardle 23,570 48.1 −12.2
Liberal Democrat Kathryn M. Field 12,470 25.5 −3.4
Labour Robert D. Beckwith 8,866 18.1 +8.7
Referendum Vanessa Thompson 3,302 6.7 N/A
UKIP John Pankhurst 786 1.6 N/A
Majority 11,100 22.6
Turnout 48,994 74.5
Conservative hold Swing −4.4

This constituency underwent boundary changes between the 1992 and 1997 general elections and thus change in share of vote is based on a notional calculation.

General Election 1992: Bexhill and Battle[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Wardle 31,380 60.3 −6.2
Liberal Democrat Susan M. Prochak 15,023 28.9 +3.0
Labour Frank W. Taylor 4,883 9.4 +1.7
Green Jonathan L. Prus 594 1.1 N/A
Independent Mary F. Smith 190 0.4 N/A
Majority 16,357 31.4 −9.2
Turnout 52,070 79.1 +1.7
Conservative hold Swing −4.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Bexhill and Battle[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Wardle 33,570 66.5 −0.8
Social Democratic Robert Kiernan 13,051 25.8 +2.3
Labour Derek Watts 3,903 7.7 −0.3
Majority 20,519 40.7
Turnout 50,524 77.4 +4.5
Conservative hold Swing −1.6
General Election 1983: Bexhill and Battle[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Wardle 30,329 67.3 N/A
Liberal Paul Smith 10,583 23.5 N/A
Labour Ian Pearson 3,587 8.0 N/A
Ecology Anne Rix 538 1.2 N/A
Majority 19,746 43.8 N/A
Turnout 45,037 72.9 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

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
  1. ^ "Bexhill and Battle: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 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. ^ "'Bexhill and Battle', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "As it happened: PM reshuffles cabinet". 14 July 2014 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 3)
  6. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.conservativehome.com/parliament/2014/11/cllr-huw-merriman-is-selected-for-bexhill-and-battle.htmll[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ a b c "BEXHILL & BATTLE 2015". electionresults.blogspot.co.uk. 
  9. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "BBC News - Election 2010 - Constituency - Bexhill & Battle". news.bbc.co.uk. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 
  16. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

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