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.
Of all the constituencies of the UK, it has one of the lowest levels of graduates. 
Members of Parliament
|1983||Sir Bernard Braine||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|UKIP||Jamie Huntman ||14,178||31.2||+31.2|
|Labour||Joe Cooke ||6,283||13.8||−0.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Sereena Davey ||801||1.8||−7.6|
|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
|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|
|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
|Liberal Democrat||Michael David Baker||4,477||9.2||−9.9|
|Referendum||Hugh Alexander Maulkin||2,700||5.6||N/A|
|Independent||Miss Linda Diana Margaret Kendall||1,301||2.7||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Labour||David Frederick Leonard Flack||12,799||24.0||+5.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Allan Raymond Kenneth Petchey||10,208||19.2||−1.9|
|Green||Mrs Irene Lilian Willis||643||1.2||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||Miss Anne Penelope Bastow||10,433||21.1||−3.7|
|Labour||William Albert Deal||9,422||19.0||+2.3|
|Social Democratic||Miss Anne Penelope Bastow||11,313||24.8||N/A|
|Labour||Miss Lynne 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]
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Cllr Jamie Huntman". UKIP Essex. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
- "Candidates". Eastern Green Party. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
- "List of selected candidates". Liberal Democrats. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Castle Point". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- nomis Constituency Profile for Castle Point — presenting data from the ONS annual population survey and other official statistics.
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