Gillingham and Rainham (UK Parliament constituency)
|Gillingham and Rainham|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Gillingham and Rainham in Kent for the 2010 general election
Location of Kent within England
|Electorate||71,109 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Gillingham, Rainham, Hempstead, Twydall|
|Member of Parliament||Rehman Chishti (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
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 constituency is centred on the large town of Gillingham, historically a small port, which is convenient for access to the City of London, within the London Commuter Belt. Local retail, industry, business parks, trades and professions provide constituents with a high level of employment, mostly on moderate to middle incomes; 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.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Alan Bullion||2,503||5.4||+2.6|
|UKIP||Rob McCulloch Martin||837||1.8||-2.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Chaplin||1,372||2.8||-0.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Chaplin||1,707||3.6||-14.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Andrew Stamp||8,484||18.1||+2.8|
|English Democrat||Dean Lacey||464||1.0||N/A|
|Medway Independent Party||George Meegan||109||0.2||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+9.3|
Paul Clark was the incumbent MP for Gillingham.
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.
- "Local statistics - Office for National Statistics". www.ons.gov.uk.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 1)
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "MORE TUSC CANDIDATES IN PLACE AS ELECTION CHALLENGE GROWS". www.tusc.org.uk.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.