Rochford and Southend East (UK Parliament constituency)
|Rochford and Southend East|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Rochford and Southend East in Essex.
Location of Essex within England.
|Electorate||71,131 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||James Duddridge (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Southend East, Rochford|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
1997-2010: The Borough of Southend-on-Sea wards of Milton, St Luke's, Shoebury, Southchurch, Thorpe, and Victoria, and the District of Rochford wards of Barling and Sutton, Foulness and Great Wakering East, Great Wakering Central, Great Wakering West, Rochford Eastwood, Rochford Roche, and Rochford St Andrews.
2010-present: The Borough of Southend-on-Sea wards of Kursaal, Milton, St Luke’s, Shoeburyness, Southchurch, Thorpe, Victoria, and West Shoebury, and the District of Rochford wards of Barling and Sutton, Foulness and Great Wakering, and Rochford.
Rochford and Southend East had a relatively marginal Conservative majority on its 1997 creation, as it had some of Labour's stronger wards in Southend, such as Kursaal, Milton and Victoria, with the party nearly gaining its predecessor seat Southend East in a by-election in 1980, though in the elections since a much larger majority suggests a Conservative safe seat. Dependency on social housing and unemployment benefit in the constituency is low and in the Rochford local council only 14.5% of households do not have a car (band 5 of 5 in the 2011 census) whereas 27% of households in the Southend part lack a car (band 2 of 5).
The 2017 election saw a 5% swing to Labour, cutting Dudderidge's majority by 3,928 votes. This swing makes Rochford and Southend East currently the second-most marginal seat in Essex by raw votes, second only to the 345 vote margin in Thurrock. The Conservative majority in the seat has not been this low since the 1997 election, and even then, Labour weren't particularly close to winning this seat, despite winning other Essex constituencies such as Braintree and Castle Point at that election, both of which would be much harder for them to win nowadays, given the majorities in these seats are more than 18,000.
Currently the 31 Council seats held in Rochford and Southend East are 7 Conservative (from Rochford), 10 Independent, 7 Labour, 5 Conservative and 2 UKIP (from Southend).
Members of Parliament
|1997||Sir Teddy Taylor||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Gwizdala||1,265||2.7||0.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Gwizdala||1,459||3.3||-16.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Graham Longley||8,084||19.4||+4.7|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Graham Longley||5,967||15.1||+7.7|
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Newton||2,780||7.4||-2.0|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Paula Smith||4,387||9.4|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
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