Gillingham and Rainham (UK Parliament constituency)
|Gillingham and Rainham|
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||71,109 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Gillingham, Rainham, Hempstead, Twydall|
|Member of Parliament||Rehman Chishti (Conservative Party (UK))|
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 Medway wards of Gillingham North, Gillingham South, Hempstead and Wigmore, Rainham Central, Rainham North, Rainham South, Twydall and Watling.
The constituency is generally suburban and centred on Gillingham, historically a small port, which is 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.
Residents' wealth is around average for the UK, but below average for the South East region. The predecessor constituency of Gillingham was a Labour-Conservative marginal seat, but the current constituency can be considered a safe Conservative seat.
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||New|
|Medway Independent Party||George Meegan||109||0.2||New|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+9.3|
Paul Clark was the incumbent MP for Gillingham.
- ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- ^ 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.
- ^ "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
- ^ Electoral Calculus https://www.electoralcalculus.co.uk/fcgi-bin/seatdetails.py?seat=Gillingham+and+Rainham
- ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 1)
- ^ "General Election 2019 candidates". www.medway.gov.uk.
- ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- ^ "General Election Candidates". Liberal Democrats. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
- ^ "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.