North Essex (UK Parliament constituency)

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North Essex
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of North Essex in Essex for the 2005 general election.
Outline map
Location of Essex within England.
County Essex
Number of members One
Replaced by Harwich and North Essex
Created from Colchester North
Replaced by East Essex, West Essex
Created from Essex

North Essex was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom between 1997 and 2010. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

A previous constituency called Essex Northern, electing two members, existed from 1832 until 1868, when it was divided into two new constituencies: East Essex and West Essex.

The new Harwich and North Essex constituency[edit]

Following boundary changes by the Boundary Commission for England, parts of the two former constituencies of Harwich and Essex North were combined to create the new constituency of Harwich and North Essex.


The North Essex constituency was created in 1997 mostly replacing the former seat of Colchester North.


Boundaries 1997-2010[edit]

The Borough of Colchester wards of Birch Messing and Copford, Boxted and Langham, Dedham, East Donyland, Fordham, Great and Little Horkesley, Great Tey, Marks Tey, Pyefleet, Tiptree, West Bergholt and Eight Ash Green, West Mersea, Winstree, and Wivenhoe, and the District of Tendring wards of Alresford, Thorrington and Frating, Ardleigh, Bradfield, Wrabness and Wix, Brightlingsea East, Brightlingsea West, Elmstead, Great Bentley, Great Bromley, Little Bromley and Little Bentley, Lawford and Manningtree, Mistley, St Osyth, and Tendring and Weeley.

Boundaries 1832-1868[edit]

Areas covered:

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1832–1868[edit]

Election 1st Member [1] 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1832 Sir John Tyssen Tyrell, Bt Tory Alexander Baring Tory
1834 Conservative Conservative
1835 by-election John Payne Elwes Conservative
1837 Charles Gray Round Conservative
1847 William Beresford Conservative
1857 Charles Du Cane Conservative
1865 Sir Thomas Burch Western Liberal
1868 Reform Act 1867: constituency abolished

MPs 1997-2010[edit]

Election Member [1] Party
1997 Bernard Jenkin Conservative
2010 Constituency abolished: see Harwich and North Essex


General Election 2005: North Essex[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bernard Jenkin 22,811 47.6 +0.2
Labour Elizabeth Hughes 11,908 24.8 -6.7
Liberal Democrat James Raven 9,831 20.5 +3.0
Green Chris Fox 1,718 3.6 +3.6
UKIP George Curtis 1,691 3.5 -0.1
Majority 10,903 22.7
Turnout 47,959 65.7 +2.9
Conservative hold Swing 3.4
General Election 2001: North Essex[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bernard Jenkin 21,325 47.4 +3.5
Labour Philip Hawkins 14,139 31.5 -1.7
Liberal Democrat Trevor Ellis 7,867 17.5 -2.1
UKIP George Curtis 1,613 3.6 +1.2
Majority 7,186 15.9
Turnout 44,944 62.8 -12.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1997: North Essex[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bernard Jenkin 22,480 43.9 −13.8
Labour Timothy Young 17,004 33.2 +14.1
Liberal Democrat Andrew Phillips 10,028 20.0 −2.2
UKIP Roger Lord 1,202 2.3 +2.3
Green Susan Ransome 495 1.0 +0.5
Majority 5,476 10.7
Turnout 51,209 75.3 −5.0
Conservative win (new seat)
Notional result for the General Election 1992: North Essex
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bernard Jenkin 36,381 53.1
Liberal Democrat 17,224 25.1
Labour 14,014 20.4
Green 700 1.0
Natural Law 238 0.3
Majority 19,157 27.9
Turnout 68,557 79.3
Conservative hold Swing

Boundary changes[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
UK Parliament constituency
Succeeded by
Essex Eastern
UK Parliament constituency
Succeeded by
Essex Western
Preceded by
Colchester North
UK Parliament constituency
Succeeded by
Harwich and North Essex
Preceded by
Colchester South and Maldon
UK Parliament constituency