Harwich and North Essex (UK Parliament constituency)

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Harwich and North Essex
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Harwich and North Essex in Essex.
Outline map
Location of Essex within England.
County Essex
Electorate 71,087 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Bernard Jenkin (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Harwich, North Essex
European Parliament constituency East of England

Harwich and North Essex /hærɪ ənd nɔːrθ ɛsks/ is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its creation in 2010 by Bernard Jenkin of the Conservative Party.[n 2]


The District of Tendring wards of Alresford, Ardleigh and Little Bromley, Bradfield, Wrabness and Wix, Brightlingsea, Great and Little Oakley, Great Bentley, Harwich East, Harwick East Central, Harwich West, Harwich West Central, Lawford, Manningtree, Mistley, Little Bentley and Tendring, Ramsey and Parkeston, and Thorrington, Frating, Elmstead and Great Bromley, and the Borough of Colchester wards of Dedham and Langham, East Donyland, Fordham and Stour, Great Tey, Pyefleet, West Bergholt and Eight Ash Green, West Mersea, Wivenhoe Cross, and Wivenhoe Quay.

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency maintains a strong maritime connection, containing the eponymous port and town of Harwich which offers regular ferry services to the Hook of Holland (Hoek van Holland) as well as having one of the largest container ports in Britain. Deprivation in terms of low income and unemployment exists in the Dovercourt, Parkeston and station neighbourhoods of Harwich itself and south of Brightlingsea whereas the other villages and towns (down to localised Output Areas of a few hundred homes) fall above the national average on the same measures.[2]

Following the Boundary Commission for England's review of parliamentary representation in Essex prior to the 2010 election, much of the existing North Essex constituency was combined with part of the existing Harwich constituency, with the remainder of the Harwich seat renamed as the new Clacton.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
2010 Bernard Jenkin Conservative


For results prior to the boundary review, see Harwich and North Essex

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Harwich and North Essex[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bernard Jenkin 24,722 51.0 +4.1
Labour Edward Browne[5] 9,548 19.7 -0.2
UKIP Mark Hughes[5] 8,464 17.5 +12.3
Liberal Democrat Dominic Graham[5] 3,576 7.4 -16.2
Green Christopher Flossman 2,122 4.4 +2.5
Majority 15,174 31.3 +7.9
Turnout 48,432 69.9 +0.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2010: Harwich and North Essex[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bernard Jenkin* 23,001 46.9 +4.3
Liberal Democrat James Raven 11,554 23.6 +4.3
Labour Darren Barrenger 9,774 19.9 -10.9
UKIP Simon Anselmi 2,572 5.2 +1.5
BNP Stephen Robey 1,065 2.2 +2.2
Green Chris Fox 909 1.9 -1.8
Independent Peter Bates 170 0.3 +0.3
Majority 11,447 23.4
Turnout 49,000 69.3
Conservative hold Swing +0.0
* Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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 every five years.
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 2001 Census
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "UKIP chooses candidate for Harwich seat". Harwich and Manningtree Standard. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Harwich & Essex North". BBC News. 

Coordinates: 51°55′N 1°01′E / 51.92°N 1.02°E / 51.92; 1.02