Colchester North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Colchester North
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Colchester North in Essex
County Essex
Number of members One
Replaced by Colchester and North Essex[1]
Created from Colchester and Harwich[1]

Colchester North was a borough constituency in Essex, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1983 until 1997. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. It was a safe Conservative seat throughout its existence.


The Borough of Colchester wards of Boxted and Langham, Castle, Copford and Eight Ash Green, Dedham, Fordham, Great and Little Horkesley, Great Tey, Lexden, Marks Tay, Mile End, St Andrew's, St Anne's, St John's, St Mary's, Stanway, West Bergholt, and Wivenhoe, and the District of Tendring wards of Alresford Thorrington and Frating, Ardleigh, Brightlingsea East, Brightlingsea West, Elmstead, Great Bentley, Great Bromley Little Bromley and Little Bentley, Lawford and Manningtree, and Mistley.

The seat was created in 1983 by dividing the Colchester constituency. It took in the northern parts of Colchester, including the town centre, plus the rural areas to the north of Colchester, and south of either the Stour estuary or the Suffolk border. The seat was succeeded in 1997 by Colchester and North Essex, a seat surrounding Colchester. The present Colchester seat most closely resembles this seat's boundaries.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1983 Sir Antony Buck Conservative
1992 Bernard Jenkin Conservative
1997 constituency abolished: see Colchester & North Essex


Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: Colchester North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Antony Buck 29,921 53.0 +0.1
Liberal Ronald Montgomerie 14,873 26.3 +12.2
Labour Raymond Allen 10,397 18.4 −14.9
Independent Conservative Derek Wilkinson 784 1.4 N/A
Independent Roger Davies 510 0.9 N/A
Majority 15,048 26.6
Turnout 56,485 73.1 −3.5
Conservative win (new seat)

Changes in vote share for 1983 is based on change from 1979 result of Colchester.

General Election 1987: Colchester North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Antony Buck 32,747 52.3 −0.7
Social Democratic Alan Hayman 19,124 30.5 +4.3
Labour Roderic Green 10,768 17.2 −0.5
Majority 13,623 21.8 −4.8
Turnout 62,639 76.0 +2.9
Conservative hold Swing −2.5

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Colchester North[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bernard Jenkin 35,123 51.5 −0.8
Liberal Democrat James Raven 18,721 27.4 −3.1
Labour David Lee 13,870 20.3 +2.4
Green Muhammed Shabeer 372 0.5 N/A
Natural Law Michael Mears 238 0.4 N/A
Majority 16,402 24.1 +2.3
Turnout 68,324 79.1 +3.1
Conservative hold Swing +1.2

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'Colchester North', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.