List of Parliamentary constituencies in Essex
The county of Essex (which includes the unitary authorities of Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock) is divided into 18 Parliamentary constituencies (sub-classified into six of borough type and twelve of county status affecting the level of expenses permitted and status of returning officer). The county in common with Surrey saw the vast bulk of its population and seats removed on the creation of the County of London in 1887 combined with its wider replacement the county of Greater London in 1965. Reflecting the present definition of the rump county, all of Essex's seats were won by Conservative MPs at the United Kingdom General Election, 2017. Conservatives have won a majority of the Essex seats since the removal of large, heavily populated parts of the county into Greater London in 1965.
|Constituency[nb 1]||Electorate||Majority[nb 2]||Majority
|Member of Parliament||Nearest opposition||Map|
|Basildon and Billericay BC||69,149||13,400||29.8%||John Baron†||Kayte Block‡|
|Braintree CC||75,316||18,422||35.2%||James Cleverly†||Malcolm Fincken‡|
|Brentwood and Ongar CC||75,067||24,002||45.4%||Alex Burghart†||Gareth Barrett‡|
|Castle Point BC||69,470||18,872||42.2%||Rebecca Harris†||Joe Cooke‡|
|Chelmsford BC||81,032||13,572||23.9%||Vicky Ford†||Chris Vince‡|
|Clacton CC||68,556||15,828||35.8%||Giles Watling†||Natasha Osben‡|
|Colchester BC||79,996||5,677||10.6%||Will Quince†||Tim Young‡|
|Epping Forest CC||74,737||18,243||36.0%||Eleanor Laing†||Liam Preston‡|
|Harlow CC||67,669||7,031||15.6%||Robert Halfon†||Phil Waite‡|
|Harwich and North Essex CC||71,294||14,356||28.1%||Bernard Jenkin†||Rosalind Scott‡|
|Maldon CC||71,470||29,430||46.7%||John Whittingdale†||Peter Edwards‡|
|Rayleigh and Wickford CC||78,556||23,450||42.4%||Mark Francois†||Mark Daniels‡|
|Rochford and Southend East CC||73,501||5,548||11.7%||James Duddridge†||Ashley Dalton‡|
|Saffron Walden CC||83,072||24,966||41.0%||Kemi Badenoch†||Jane Berney‡|
|South Basildon and East Thurrock CC||73,537||11,490||24.4%||Stephen Metcalfe†||Byron Taylor‡|
|Southend West BC||67,677||10,000||20.6%||David Amess†||Julian Ware-Lane‡|
|Thurrock BC||78,154||345||0.7%||Jackie Doyle-Price†||John Kent‡|
|Witham CC||69,137||18,646||37.9%||Priti Patel†||Phil Barlow‡|
Following the 2017 General Election, the Conservative Party made a net gain of one seat in Essex by gaining the seat of Clacton from UKIP. This also saw Thurrock become the most marginal seat in the county. 2017 was the first time since 1987 that Essex had returned a full slate of Conservative MPs.
Map of current constituencies
Changes proposed for 2022
As part of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies the Boundary Commission for England proposed the following constituencies for Essex at the Next UK general election.
- Basildon and East Thurrock
- Brentwood and Ongar
- Castle Point
- Epping Forest
- Harwich and Clacton
- North East Essex
- Rayleigh and Wickford
- Rochford and Southend East
- Saffron Walden
- Southend West and Hadleigh
- Witham and Maldon
Changes of substance are tabularised in summary of results below since the division of the two-member seat of Essex. One change of name has occurred during the currency of a seat's borders, that is, other than on boundary reviews — Woodford (almost all of which seat is no longer in the county) was renamed in 1964 to become Wanstead and Woodford and at least three such changes since 1965, see tables in the summary of results section below.
- Changes in county to Greater London
Historical representation by party
A cell marked → (with a different colour background to the preceding cell) indicates that the previous MP continued to sit under a new party name.
Key: bulk or all of areas marked † form part of present-day Greater London.
1885 to 1918
|Constituency||1885||1886||88||92||1892||93||94||95||1895||97||1900||01||1906||08||Jan 1910||Dec 1910||11||12||17|
|Essex South East||Makins||Rasch||Tufnell||Whitehead||Kirkwood||Guinness|
|West Ham North†||Cook||Fulton||Grove||Gray||Masterman||de Forest|
|West Ham South†||Leicester||Banes||Hardie||→||Banes||Thorne|
1918 to 1945
British Socialist (1919-20) / Communist (1920-22) Coalition Liberal (1918-22) / National Liberal (1922-23) Coalition National Democratic & Labour Common Wealth Conservative Constitutionalist Independent Labour Liberal National Liberal (1931-68) National Socialist
1945 to 1974
1974 to present
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in the East of England (region)
- Historical List of Parliamentary constituencies in Essex
- List of former parliamentary constituencies in Essex
- BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
- The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.
- "Final Recommendations Volume 1" (PDF). Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 22 September 2018.