Sittingbourne and Sheppey (UK Parliament constituency)
|Sittingbourne and Sheppey|
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||74,796 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Sheerness, Sittingbourne|
|Member of Parliament||Gordon Henderson (Conservative Party (UK))|
Sittingbourne and Sheppey is a constituency[n 1] in Kent represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Gordon Henderson, a Conservative.[n 2]
1997–2010: The Borough of Swale wards of Borden, Eastern, Grove, Hartlip and Upchurch, Iwade and Lower Halstow, Kemsley, Milton Regis, Minster Cliffs, Murston, Newington, Queenborough and Halfway, Roman, Sheerness East, Sheerness West, Sheppey Central, West Downs, Woodstock.
2010–2015: The Borough of Swale wards of Borden, Chalkwell, Grove, Hartlip, Newington and Upchurch, Iwade and Lower Halstow, Kemsley, Leysdown and Warden, Milton Regis, Minster Cliffs, Murston, Queenborough and Halfway, Roman, St Michael's, Sheerness East, Sheerness West, Sheppey Central, Teynham and Lynsted, West Downs, Woodstock.
2015–present: The Borough of Swale wards of Bobbing, Iwade and Lower Halstow, Borden and Grove Park, Chalkwell, Hartlip, Newington and Upchurch, Homewood, Kemsley, Milton Regis, Minster Cliffs, Murston, Queenborough and Halfway, Roman, Sheerness, Sheppey Central, Sheppey East, Teynham and Lynsted, The Meads, West Downs, Woodstock.
The constituency was created in 1997, mostly from the former seat of Faversham. It covers some of the district of Swale, including Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey.
The seat includes the industrial town of Sittingbourne, the port of Sheerness, as well as significant areas of natural conservation. Some of the traditional fruit-growing sector remains in this part of North Kent. Residents voted strongly for Leave in the 2016 EU referendum, and are slightly poorer and less healthy than the UK average.
The constituency has been a bellwether of the national result since its creation in 1997. The seat came extremely close to losing this status in the 2005 general election, when Labour held the seat by just 79 votes after a recount, even though the sitting MP, Derek Wyatt, was expecting to lose.
Boundary changes which came into effect for the 2010 general election suggest that the Conservatives would have won the seat in 2005 on the new boundaries, though the estimated notional Conservative majority is extremely small, so that it could have gone either way.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Ben J Martin||3,213||6.3||+3.6|
|Monster Raving Loony||Mad Mike Young||404||0.8||0.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Keith Nevols||1,392||2.7||–0.5|
|Monster Raving Loony||Mad Mike Young||403||0.8||+0.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Keith Nevols||1,563||3.2||–13.2|
|Monster Raving Loony||Mad Mike Young||275||0.6||–0.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Keith Nevols||7,943||16.4||+3.5|
|Monster Raving Loony||Mad Mike Young||319||0.7||New|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+12.7|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Jane Nelson||5,183||12.7||–1.4|
|Rock 'n' Roll Loony||Mad Mike Young||479||1.2||–0.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Elvina Lowe||5,353||14.1||–4.2|
|Rock 'n' Roll Loony||Mad Mike Young||673||1.8||New|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Roger Truelove||8,447||18.3|
|Monster Raving Loony||Chris "Screwy" Driver||644||1.4|
|Labour gain from Conservative|
- ^ 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.
- ^ Although the constituency was won by Labour in 2005, boundary changes had made it a notionally Conservative seat, so it was thus listed as a Conservative hold by the media.
- ^ "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.
- ^ 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- ^ Orchards http://www.englandinparticular.info/orchards/o-kent.html
- ^ Electoral Calculus https://www.electoralcalculus.co.uk/fcgi-bin/seatdetails.py?seat=Sittingbourne+and+Sheppey
- ^ "Education and Health: 2 Jun 2010: House of Commons debates". TheyWorkForYou.
- ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 3)
- ^ "Sittingbourne & Sheppey Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
- ^ "Loony Party Candidates". Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- ^ "UK Polling Report".
- ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- ^ "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.