Faversham and Mid Kent (UK Parliament constituency)

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Faversham and Mid Kent
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Faversham and Mid Kent in Kent for the 2010 general election
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Location of Kent within England
CountyKent
Electorate68,521 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsFaversham and Shepway, Maidstone
Current constituency
Created1997
Member of ParliamentHelen Whately (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromFaversham and Mid Kent
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencySouth East England

Faversham and Mid Kent is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. Since 2015, the seat has been represented by Helen Whately of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1997-2010: The Borough of Swale wards of Abbey, Boughton & Courtenay, Davington Priory, East Downs, St Ann's, Teynham and Lynsted, and Watling, and the Borough of Maidstone wards of Bearsted, Boxley, Detling, Harrietsham and Lenham, Headcorn, Hollingbourne, Langley, Leeds, Park Wood, Shepway East, Shepway West, Sutton Valence, and Thurnham.

2010–present: The Borough of Swale wards of Abbey, Boughton and Courtenay, Davington Priory, East Downs, St Ann’s, and Watling, and the Borough of Maidstone wards of Bearsted, Boughton Monchelsea and Chart Sutton, Boxley, Detling and Thurnham, Downswood and Otham, Harrietsham and Lenham, Headcorn, Leeds, North Downs, Park Wood, Shepway North, Shepway South, and Sutton Valence and Langley.

Faversham and Mid Kent covers sections of the Swale and Maidstone boroughs. The constituency includes the easternmost outlying residents of the county town, Maidstone. This caused minor confusion among a large minority of residents of the Maidstone electoral wards when the boundaries were first changed in 1997 as a constituency named Maidstone and The Weald was also created at the same time (largely replacing the former Maidstone constituency), but residents in the Shepway and Park Wood areas of the town found themselves in Faversham and Mid Kent instead.[2]

History[edit]

In 1997, the Faversham and Mid Kent constituency was formed when the previous Faversham seat was abolished and split into Sittingbourne and Sheppey and the town of Faversham which was then merged with Mid Kent to form this constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1997 Andrew Rowe Conservative
2001 Sir Hugh Robertson Conservative
2015 Helen Whately Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Faversham and Mid Kent
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Hannah Perkin[4]
Labour Jenny Reeves[5]
Green Hannah Temple[6]
Conservative Helen Whately[7]
Brexit Party Graeme Jenkins
General election 2017: Faversham and Mid Kent
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Helen Whately 30,390 61.1 +6.7
Labour Michael Desmond 12,977 26.1 +9.9
Liberal Democrat David S. Naghi 3,249 6.5 -0.1
UKIP Mark McGiffin 1,702 3.4 -14.6
Green Alastair Gould 1,431 2.9 -1.0
Majority 17,413 35.0 -1.4
Turnout 49,749 65.5 -0.4
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 1.6
General election 2015: Faversham and Mid Kent[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Helen Whately[10] 24,895 54.4 −1.8
UKIP Peter Edwards-Daem 8,243 18.0 +14.3
Labour Michael Desmond 7,403 16.2 −0.4
Liberal Democrat David S. Naghi 3,039 6.6 −13.1
Green Tim Valentine 1,768 3.9 +2.0
Monster Raving Loony Hairy Knorm Davidson[11] 297 0.6 −0.2
English Democrat Gary Butler[citation needed] 158 0.3
Majority 16,652 36.4 −0.2
Turnout 45,803 65.9 −1.9
Conservative hold Swing -8.1
General election 2010: Faversham and Mid Kent[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hugh Robertson 26,250 56.2 +6.1
Liberal Democrat David S. Naghi 9,162 19.6 +2.9
Labour Ashok Rehal 7,748 16.6 −12.5
UKIP Sarah Larkins 1,722 3.7 +1.0
Green Tim Valentine 890 1.9 N/A
National Front Graham Kemp[13] 542 1.2 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Hairy Knorm Davidson 398 0.9 −0.6
Majority 17,088 36.6 +16.6
Turnout 46,712 67.8 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing +1.6


Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Faversham and Mid Kent[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hugh Robertson 21,690 49.7 +4.1
Labour Andrew W. Bradstock 12,970 29.7 −5.8
Liberal Democrat David S. Naghi 7,204 16.5 +3.0
UKIP Robert P. Thompson 1,152 2.6 +0.6
Monster Raving Loony Norman W. Davidson 610 1.4 +1.4
Majority 8,720 20.0 9.9
Turnout 43,626 65.7 +5.3
Conservative hold Swing +4.9
General election 2001: Faversham and Mid Kent[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hugh Robertson 18,739 45.6 +1.3
Labour Grahame Birchall 14,556 35.5 −0.5
Liberal Democrat Michael Sole 5,529 13.5 +1.1
UKIP James Gascoyne 828 2.0 +1.1
Green Penelope Kemp 799 1.9 +1.2
Rock 'n' Roll Loony Norman W. Davidson 600 1.5 N/A
Majority 4,183 10.1 +1.7
Turnout 41,051 60.4 -13.5
Conservative hold Swing +0.9

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Faversham and Mid Kent[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Rowe 22,016 44.4 N/A
Labour Alan Stewart 17,843 36.0 N/A
Liberal Democrat Bruce E. Parmenter 6,138 12.4 N/A
Referendum Robin M. Birley 2,073 4.2 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Norman W. Davidson 511 1.0 N/A
UKIP Michael J. Cunningham 431 0.9 N/A
Green David J. Currer 380 0.8 N/A
Green Referendum Lawless Naturally Street Party Caroline Morgan 115 0.2 N/A
Natural Law Nigel P.J. Pollard 99 0.2 N/A
Majority 4,173 8.4 N/A
Turnout 49,606 73.5 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on November 6, 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Maidstone News & Sport, latest news from the Kent Messenger". Kent Online.
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F"
  4. ^ "Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidates". Mark Pack. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Jenny Reeves will be Labour Party Candidate for Faversham and Mid Kent". Labour Party. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Prospective General Election Candidates". Green Party. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  7. ^ https://twitter.com/Helen_Whately/status/1190740468096741376
  8. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ "UKIP in Faversham and Mid-Kent elect candidate for 2015". Canterbury Times. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-15. Retrieved 2015-02-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Official Monster Raving Loony Party leaflet". ElectionLeaflets.org.
  12. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  13. ^ National Front
  14. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 51°15′N 0°48′E / 51.250°N 0.800°E / 51.250; 0.800