Hastings and Rye (UK Parliament constituency)
|Hastings and Rye|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Hastings and Rye in East Sussex.
Location of East Sussex within England.
|Electorate||76,422 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Amber Rudd (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Hastings and Rye|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
Hastings and Rye is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Amber Rudd, a Conservative.[n 2] Rudd has been Home Secretary in the Theresa May Cabinet since 2016.
1983-2010: The Borough of Hastings, and the District of Rother wards of Camber, Fairlight, Guestling and Pett, Rye, and Winchelsea.
2010-present: The Borough of Hastings, and the District of Rother wards of Brede Valley, Eastern Rother, Marsham, and Rye.
As its name suggests, the main settlements in the constituency are the seaside resort of Hastings and smaller nearby tourist town of Rye. The constituency also includes the Cinque Port of Winchelsea and the villages of Fairlight, Winchelsea Beach, Three Oaks, Guestling, Icklesham, Playden, Iden, Rye Harbour, East Guldeford, Camber, and Pett.
The constituency is set in a relatively isolated part of the southeast from the railways perspective and so does not enjoy some of the more general affluence of this part of the country. In the 2000 index of multiple deprivation a majority of wards fell within the bottom half of rankings so it can arguably be considered a deprived area. Hastings has some light industry, while Rye has a small port, which includes hire and repair activities for leisure vessels and fishing.
The constituency was created in 1983 by combining most of Hastings with a small part of Rye. The Conservative MP for Hastings since 1970, Kenneth Warren, won the new seat.[n 3]. Warren held Hastings and Rye until he chose to retire in 1992; during this period its large majorities suggest it was a Conservative safe seat, with the Liberal Party (now the Liberal Democrats) regularly coming second. Jacqui Lait won the seat on Warren's retirement, but in 1997 the Labour candidate Michael Foster narrowly defeated Lait, becoming the second-least expected (on swing) Labour MP in the landslide of that year and since 2001 setting a pattern that suggests the seat is a two-way Labour-Conservative marginal.[n 4] Foster held the seat, again with slim majorities over Conservatives, in 2001 and 2005, but lost it to Conservative Amber Rudd in 2010 with Rudd increasing her majority in 2015
Members of Parliament
|1983||Kenneth Robert Warren||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Perry||1,614||3.2||−12.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Perry||7,825||15.7||+0.6|
|English Democrats||Rod Bridger||339||0.7||+0.7|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+3.3|
Elections in the 2000s
|Conservative||Mark Steven Coote||16,081||37.4||+0.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Stevens||6,479||15.1||+4.8|
|Green||Miss Sally Phillips||1,032||2.4||+0.7|
|Monster Raving Loony||Viscount Clarkey of Rochdale Canal Ord-Clarke||207||0.5||0.0|
|Conservative||Mark Steven Coote||15,094||36.6||+7.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Graem Peters||4,266||10.3||−17.6|
|UKIP||Alan Roy Coomber||911||2.2||+1.2|
|Green||Miss Sally Phillips||721||1.7||N/A|
|Independent||Mrs. Gillian Edith Bargery||486||1.2||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||John Ord-Clarke||198||0.5||+0.2|
|Rock 'n' Roll Loony||Brett Reginald McLean||140||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Monroe Edward Palmer||13,717||28.0||−7.3|
|Referendum||Christopher J.M. McGovern||2,511||5.1||N/A|
|Liberal||Miss Jane M.E. Amstad||1,046||2.1||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||Derek Tiverton||149||0.3||0.0|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+18.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Monroe Edward Palmer||18,939||35.2||−0.8|
|Labour||Richard D. Stevens||8,458||15.7||+2.6|
|Green||Miss Sally Philips||640||1.2||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||Lord of Howell Derek Tiverton||168||0.3||−0.1|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative||Kenneth Robert Warren||26,163||50.1||−3.2|
|Liberal||David John Amies||18,816||36.0||+5.5|
|Labour||Mrs. Joy Hurcombe||6,825||13.1||−2.1|
|Monster Raving Loony||Lord of Howell Derek Tiverton||242||0.4||N/A|
|Independent||Stanley Peter Davies||194||0.4||N/A|
|Conservative||Kenneth Robert Warren||25,626||53.3||N/A|
|Liberal||David John Amies||14,646||30.5||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- A county 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.
- The Conservative MP for the abolished seat of Rye (since 1955) Bryant Godman Irvine retired
- Since 2001 Liberal Democrat candidates' greatest share of the vote has been 15.7%. In other words in the latest three elections they have achieved a relatively distant third place.
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2001 Census
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "08 May 2015 Parliamentary Election - Results". council web site. Hastings Borough Council. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- , Official announcements from Hastings council
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.