Gillingham and Rainham (UK Parliament constituency)

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Gillingham and Rainham
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Gillingham and Rainham in Kent for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of Kent within England.
County Kent
Electorate 71,109 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Gillingham, Rainham, Hempstead, Twydall
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Rehman Chishti (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Gillingham
European Parliament constituency South East England

Gillingham and Rainham is a constituency[n 1] in Kent represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Rehman Chishti, a Conservative.[n 2] It replaced the previous constituency of Gillingham.


The seat has electoral wards:

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency is centred on the large town, historically a small port, convenient for access to the City of London, within the London Commuter Belt and adjoining the touristic town of Rochester which has a Cathedral and Castle. Local retail, industry, business parks, trades and professions provide constituents with a high level of employment mostly on moderate to middle incomes,[2] however the area is not wholly resilient to unemployment. Registered claimants who were registered jobseekers were marginally lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 3.5% of the population according to a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
2010 Rehman Chishti Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Gillingham and Rainham[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rehman Chishti 22,590 48.0 +1.8
Labour Paul Clark 12,060 25.6 -2.0
UKIP Mark Hanson 9,199 19.5 +16.3
Liberal Democrat Paul Chaplin[6] 1,707 3.6 -14.5
Green Neil Williams 1,133 2.4 +1.6
TUSC Jacqui Berry[7] 273 0.6 N/A
Independent Roger Peacock 72 0.1 N/A
Independent Mike Walters 44 0.1 N/A
Majority 10,530 22.4 +3.8
Turnout 47,078 64.8 -1.2
Conservative hold Swing +1.9
General Election 2010: Gillingham and Rainham[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rehman Chishti 21,624 46.2 +5.5
Labour Paul Clark[9] 12,944 27.7 -13.1
Liberal Democrat Andrew Stamp 8,484 18.1 +2.8
UKIP Robert Oakley 1,515 3.2 +0.6
BNP Brian Ravenscroft 1,149 2.5 N/A
English Democrats Dean Lacey 464 1.0 N/A
Green Trish Marchant 356 0.8 N/A
Independent Gordon Bryan 141 0.3 N/A
Medway Independent Party George Meegan 109 0.2 N/A
Majority 8,680 18.6
Turnout 46,786 66.0 +2.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +9.3

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ A borough 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.

Coordinates: 51°22′N 0°34′E / 51.367°N 0.567°E / 51.367; 0.567