Castle Point (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Castle Point in Essex.
Location of Essex within England.
|Population||88,011 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||64,562 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Rebecca Harris (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||South East Essex|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
This seat was created in 1983, primarily from the former seat of South East Essex. Covering the area of Canvey Island, Hadleigh, South Benfleet, and Thundersley and in all but one election has been won by a Conservative candidate, passing to Labour once, in the 1997 election. The former MP defeated in 1997, Bob Spink, regained the seat in 2001. He was re-elected in 2005 but subsequently resigned from the Conservative Party on 22 April 2008. Spink briefly joined the United Kingdom Independence Party but resigned the whip shortly afterwards and sat as an Independent MP. In the 2010 election, Spink lost in Castle Point to the Conservative candidate, Rebecca Harris.
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Essex, the Boundary Commission for England has created a Castle Point constituency based entirely within the boundaries of the district council of the same name. The seat is one of only a very few to undergo 1990s and 2000s boundary reviews without any changes at all, having seen population growth in line with the average seat (which is slightly larger), including development in the designated development plans of the Thames Gateway.
The seat is coterminous with the Castle Point local authority, taking its name from Hadleigh Castle and Canvey Point, and covering the Canvey Island at the seaside end of the Thames Estuary plus a segment of the adjoining mainland.
In 2001, Castle Point was characterised by skilled manual workers, commuters and the self-employed. Levels of home and car ownership in Hadleigh and Canvey were very high while social deprivation was relatively low.
Members of Parliament
|1983||Sir Bernard Braine||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Castle Point|
|Labour||Joe Cooke |
|UKIP||Jamie Huntman |
|Liberal Democrat||Sereena Davey |
|General Election 2010: Castle Point|
|Independent Save Our Green Belt||Bob Spink||12,174||27.0||N/A|
|Labour||Julian G.S. Ware-Lane||6,609||14.7||−15.7|
|Liberal Democrat||Brendan T. D'Cruz||4,232||9.4||−0.9|
|BNP||Philip D. Howell||2,205||4.9||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Castle Point|
|Liberal Democrat||James P.C. Sandbach||4,719||10.3||+2.5|
|UKIP||Neil D. Hamper||3,431||7.5||+4.3|
|Green||Mrs Irene L. Willis||1,617||3.5||N/A|
|General Election 2001: Castle Point|
|Liberal Democrat||Billy Boulton||3,116||7.8||−1.4|
|Independent||Douglas Charles Roberts||663||1.7||−1.0|
|Truth Party||Nik Searle||223||0.6||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Castle Point|
|Liberal Democrat||David Baker||4,477||9.2||−9.9|
|Referendum Party||Hugh A. Maulkin||2,700||5.6||N/A|
|Independent||Miss Linda D.M. Kendall||1,301||2.7||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|General Election 1992: Castle Point|
|Labour||David F.L. Flack||12,799||24.0||+5.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Allan R.K. Petchey||10,208||19.2||−1.9|
|Green||Mrs Irene L. Willis||643||1.2||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Castle Point|
|Social Democratic||Miss Anne Penelope Bastow||10,433||21.1||−3.7|
|Labour||William Albert Deal||9,422||19.0||+2.3|
|General Election 1983: Castle Point|
|Social Democratic||Miss Anne Penelope Bastow||11,313||24.8||N/A|
|Labour||Miss L. Cunningham||7,621||16.7||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Castle Point: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Ex-Tory MP Spink defects to UKIP". BBC News. 22 April 2008.
- 2001 Census
- "Castle Point 1983-". Hansard 1803-2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Candidates". Eastern Green Party. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
- "Cllr Jamie Huntman". UKIP Essex. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
- "List of selected candidates". Liberal Democrats. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
- "Candidates". English Democrats. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
- "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Castle Point". BBC News.
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- nomis Constituency Profile for Castle Point — presenting data from the ONS annual population survey and other official statistics.
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