East Worthing and Shoreham (UK Parliament constituency)
|East Worthing and Shoreham|
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||72,996 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Tim Loughton (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Worthing and Shoreham|
The District of Adur, and the Borough of Worthing wards of Broadwater, Gaisford, Offington, and Selden.
Under the Boundary Commission's fourth review, enacted in time for the 1997 election, the larger Shoreham portion of this constituency was taken from the disbanded Shoreham seat and the minor East Worthing portion had been in the disbanded Worthing seat.
Before 1974, the Shoreham seat had been a part of the Arundel and Shoreham seat.
Between 1945 and 1950, the whole area was in the Worthing seat and between 1918 and 1945 (on which the Boundary Commission was formed and carried out its first periodic review), in the Horsham and Worthing seat.
- Political history
Although from 2001 to 2015 this was an unquestionably safe seat for the Conservative Party, its safety has significantly declined since then, especially in 2017 when Labour reduced the Conservative percentage majority to single figures. It has now succeeded Crawley as Labour's principal target seat in the county of West Sussex, though still requiring a substantial swing.
- Notable candidates
The competitive hustings in September 2007 of the local Labour Party selected Emily Benn, granddaughter of Tony Benn and niece of Hilary Benn, former Secretaries of State, then aged 17, to contest the 2010 general election, making her the youngest ever Labour parliamentary candidate: had she been elected, she would have been the youngest MP since the Reform Act 1832. Her father Stephen Benn is Viscount Stansgate, succeeding his father.
Labour selected Latest TV newsreader Sophie Cook to be their candidate in the 2017 general election. Had she been elected, she would have been the United Kingdom's first transgender MP. Although she failed to win the seat, she achieved the best ever result of any non-Conservative Party candidate in any Worthing-based constituency, receiving 20,882 votes to the Conservatives' 25,988.
Shoreham can be viewed with Worthing as less of an economic force than the neighbouring local government district, the City of Brighton and Hove, with a majority of houses with larger gardens, fewer listed buildings but Shoreham's large boat harbour facility an amenity for visitors, residents, - mooring and maintenance for people living close enough to the county, rival harbours being as far away as Chichester and Newhaven. Much work is in the service sector, including a major presence of sharedealing and banking service and processing facilities in the borough (see Lancing, West Sussex) and a slightly greater proportion of people are retired compared to the national average (2.11% of the population greater, at 15.8%).
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Ashley Ridley||4,127||7.8||+3.0|
Sophie Cook withdrew from the 2019 election, but she remained on the ballot paper as this decision was made after the statement of persons nominated was released.
|Liberal Democrats||Oli Henman||2,523||4.7||-2.0|
|National Health Action||Carl Walker||575||1.1||-1.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Bob Smytherman||3,360||6.7||−18.8|
|National Health Action||Carl Walker||1,243||2.5||New|
|Liberal Democrats||James Doyle||12,353||25.5||+1.2|
|English Democrat||Clive Maltby||389||0.8||New|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||James Doyle||10,844||24.3||+1.4|
|Legalise Cannabis||Christopher Baldwin||677||1.5||−0.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Elgood||9,876||22.9||−7.7|
|Legalise Cannabis||Christopher Baldwin||920||2.1||New|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Martin King||15,766||30.6|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "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.
- "Benn's granddaughter runs for MP". BBC News Online. 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
- "Sophie Cook first transgender newscaster on UK's Latest TV". The Latest. 9 June 2016.
- "Labour candidate hopes to become first openly transgender MP". The Independent. 1 May 2017.
- Duffy, Nick (2017-06-09). "The UK got closer than ever before to electing a transgender MP". PinkNews. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
- OS Map with Listed Buildings and Parks marked Archived April 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- 2011 Census "Economically Inactive - see subcategories"
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)
- "Sophie Cook stepping down". Worthing Herald. ISABELLA CIPIRSKA. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
- "Election Data BBC 2017". BBC. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Worthing East & Shoreham". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
- "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.