Gillingham (UK Parliament constituency)

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Gillingham
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Gillingham in Kent for the 2005 general election.
Outline map
Location of Kent within England.
County Kent
19182010
Replaced by Gillingham and Rainham

Gillingham was a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was based around the towns of Gillingham and Rainham, which at that time were in Kent.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Kent, the Boundary Commission for England abolished Gillingham, replacing it with the renamed constituency of Gillingham and Rainham.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1918 Sir Gerald Fitzroy Hohler Conservative
1929 Sir Robert Vaughan Gower Conservative
1945 Joseph Binns Labour
1950 Sir Frederick Burden Conservative
1983 James Couchman Conservative
1997 Paul Clark Labour
2010 Constituency abolished: see extended constituency of Gillingham and Rainham.

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Gillingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Clark 18,621 41.2 -3.3
Conservative Tim Butcher 18,367 40.7 +1.6
Liberal Democrat Andrew Stamp 6,734 14.9 +1.3
UKIP Craig Mackinlay 1,191 2.6 +0.4
Independent Gordon Bryan 254 0.6 +0.6
Majority 254 0.6
Turnout 45,167 62.5 +3.0
Labour hold Swing −2.4
General Election 2001: Gillingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Clark 18,782 44.5 +4.7
Conservative Tim Butcher 16,510 39.1 +3.2
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Hunt 5,755 13.6 -5.4
UKIP Tony Scholefield 933 2.2 +1.0
Socialist Alliance Wynford Thomas 232 0.5 N/A
Majority 2,272 5.4
Turnout 42,212 59.5 -12.5
Labour hold Swing +0.7

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Gillingham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Clark 20,187 39.8 N/A
Conservative James Couchman 18,207 35.9 N/A
Liberal Democrat Robert Sayer 9,649 19.0 N/A
Referendum Geoffrey Cann 1,492 2.9 N/A
UKIP Craig Mackinlay 590 1.2 N/A
Monster Raving Loony David Robinson 305 0.6 N/A
BNP Christopher Jury 194 0.4 N/A
Natural Law Gabriel Duguay 58 0.1 N/A
Majority 1,980 3.0 N/A
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +16
General Election 1992: Gillingham[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Couchman 30,201 52.3 -0.7
Labour Paul Clark 13,563 23.5 +6.4
Liberal Democrat Mark Wallabank 13,509 23.4 -6.5
Independent Craig Mackinlay 248 0.4 +0.4
Natural Law Daniel Jolicoeur 190 0.3 +0.3
Majority 16,638 28.8 +5.6
Turnout 57,711 80.3 +4.9
Conservative hold Swing -3.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Gillingham[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Couchman 28,711 53.07 +1.35
SDP–Liberal Alliance Leighton Russell Andrews 16,162 29.87 -0.59
Labour David John Bishop 9,230 17.06 -0.75
Majority 12,549 23.19 +1.93
Turnout 54,100 75.3 +1.66
Registered electors 71,847
Conservative hold Swing +0.97
General Election 1983: Gillingham[3][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Couchman 26,381 51.72 -1.41
SDP–Liberal Alliance Christopher Peter Lewcock 15,538 30.46 +18.13
Labour Antony Stanley West 9,084 17.81 -14.85
Majority 10,843 21.26 +0.44
Turnout 51,000 73.64 -5.21
Registered electors 69,256
Conservative hold Swing -9.77

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Gillingham[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Frank Arthur Burden 26,791 53.13 +12.74
Labour Stephen Sidney Earnest William Love 16,292 32.31 +0.39
Liberal David Philip Sidebottom 6,219 12.33 - 13.40
National Front Sidney George Campbell 528 1.05 -0.91
Ecology Colin Richard Fry 501 0.99 N/A
Workers Revolutionary Terence Frederick Beckwith 92 0.18 N/A
Majority 10,499 20.82 +12.34
Turnout 50,425 78.85 +2.94
Registered electors 63,951
Conservative hold Swing +6.18
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General Election October 1974: Gillingham[6][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Frank Arthur Burden 19,042 40.39 -0.79
Labour Henry Gordon Nansen Clother 15,046 31.92 +2.31
Liberal Owen Trevor Jones 12,131 25.73 -3.88
National Front Sidney George Campbell 922 1.96 N/A
Majority 3,996 8.48 -3.09
Turnout 47,139 75.91 -6.75
Registered electors 62,099
Conservative hold Swing -1.55
General Election February 1974: Gillingham[6][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Frank Arthur Burden 20,934 41.18 -16.66
Liberal Robert John Sayer 15,052 29.61 N/A
Labour Henry Gordon Nansen Clother 14,850 29.21 -11.95
Majority 5,882 11.57 -6.11
Turnout 50,834 82.66 +9.30
Registered electors 61,498
Conservative hold Swing -23.14
General Election 1970: Gillingham[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Frank Arthur Burden 14,003 58.84 +9.34
Labour Robert E Bean 18,057 41.16 -0.63
Majority 7,756 17.68 +9.97
Turnout 43,869 73.36 -5.14
Registered electors 59,800
Conservative hold Swing +4.99

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Gillingham [12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Frank Arthur Burden 20,158 49.50 -1.85
Labour Joseph Binns 17,018 41.79 +4.77
Liberal Godfrey A Payne 3,546 8.71 -1.58
Majority 3,140 7.71 -6.62
Turnout 40,722 78.50 +0.45
Registered electors 51,874
Conservative hold Swing -3.31
General Election 1964: Gillingham [14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Frank Arthur Burden 20,228 51.35 -7.98
Labour John Ryman 14,584 37.02 -3.65
Liberal Godfrey A Payne 4,052 10.29 N/A
Independent Frederick Cotter 527 1.34 N/A
Majority 5,644 14.33 -4.33
Turnout 39,391 78.05 -2.56
Registered electors 50,471
Conservative hold Swing -2.17

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Gillingham [16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Frank Arthur Burden 23,142 59.33 +3.85
Labour Gerald Bernard Kaufman 15,863 40.67 -3.85
Majority 7,279 18.66 +7.70
Turnout 39,005 80.61 +1.08
Registered electors 48,390
Conservative hold Swing +3.85
General Election 1955: Gillingham [18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Frank Arthur Burden 20,984 55.48 +1.77
Labour Lt.-Cmdr. Joseph Huddart 16,839 44.52 -1.77
Majority 4,145 10.96 +3.54
Turnout 37,823 79.53 -5.94
Registered electors 47,561
Conservative hold Swing +1.77
General Election 1951: Gillingham [20][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Frank Arthur Burden 21,453 53.71 +1.04
Labour Edward Charles Redhead 18,489 46.29 -1.04
Majority 2,964 7.42 +2.08
Turnout 39,942 85.47 +0.60
Registered electors 46,731
Conservative hold Swing +1.04
General Election 1950: Gillingham [22][23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Frank Arthur Burden 20,504 52.67 +5.94
Labour Joseph Binns 18,424 47.33 -5.94
Majority 2,080 5.34 N/A
Turnout 38,928 84.87 +13.54
Registered electors 45,866
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +5.94

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Gillingham [24][25][26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joseph Binns 15,110 53.27 +18.39
Conservative Major John Bigelow Dodge 13,254 46.73 -18.39
Majority 1,856 6.54 N/A
Turnout 28,364 71.33 -0.08
Registered electors 39,765
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +18.39

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Gillingham [24][25][27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Robert Vaughan Gower 18,726 65.12 -3.90
Labour Evan Frank Mottram Durbin 10,032 34.88 +3.90
Majority 8,694 30.23 -7.70
Turnout 28,758 71.41 -2.66
Registered electors 40,271
Conservative hold Swing -3.90
General Election 1931: Gillingham [24][25][28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Robert Vaughan Gower 20,277 69.02 +21.05
Labour Mrs CM Wadham 9,103 30.98 -8.52
Majority 11,174 38.03 +29.56
Turnout 29,380 74.07 +0.05
Registered electors 39,664
Conservative hold Swing +14.79

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Gillingham [29][24][25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Robert Vaughan Gower 13,612 47.97 -4.72
Labour George Pearce Blizard 11,207 39.50 +4.24
Liberal R Ronald Tyrer 3,556 12.53 -4.90
Majority 2,405 8.47 -3.97
Turnout 28,375 74.02 -3.98
Registered electors 38,336
Conservative hold Swing -4.48
General Election 1924: Gillingham[24][25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gerald Fitzroy Hohler 12,418 52.69 +5.55
Labour Maurice Spencer 8,309 35.26 +0.56
Liberal George Herbert Bryans 2,839 17.43 +5.38
Majority 4,109 12.44 -3.84
Turnout 23,566 78.00 +4.08
Registered electors 30,212
Conservative hold Swing +2.50
General Election 1923: Gillingham [29][24][25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gerald Fitzroy Hohler 10,426 47.14 -11.00
Labour Maurice Spencer 7,674 34.70 -7.16
Liberal George Herbert Bryans 4,015 18.16 N/A
Majority 2,752 12.44 -3.84
Turnout 22,115 73.92 +1.63
Registered electors 29,919
Conservative hold Swing -1.92
General Election 1922: Gillingham[24][25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gerald Fitzroy Hohler 12,425 58.14 -10.44
Labour 8,944 41.86 +15.95
Majority 3,481 16.28 -26.39
Turnout 21,369 72.29 +7.19
Registered electors 29,560
Conservative hold Swing -13.20

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Gillingham[24][25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gerald Fitzroy Hohler 12,455 68.58 N/A
Labour 4,705 25.91 N/A
Other 1,001 5.51 N/A
Majority 7,750 42.67 N/A
Turnout 18,161 65.10 N/A
Registered electors 27,899
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "'Gillingham', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1987". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1983". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "'Gillingham', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1979". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results October 1974". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  9. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results February 1974". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  10. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1970". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
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  12. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1966". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
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  14. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1964". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
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  16. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1959". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
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  18. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1955". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
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  20. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1951". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
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  22. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1950". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
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  24. ^ a b c d e f g h "Rochester Gillingham PBDivCon through time - Political Life Statistics - Groupings of Political Parties". A Vision of Britain through Time. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  25. ^ a b c d e f g h "Rochester Gillingham PBDivCon through time - Political Life Statistics - Total Electorate". A Vision of Britain through Time. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  26. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1945". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  27. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1935". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  28. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1931". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  29. ^ a b British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig

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