South Thanet (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of South Thanet in Kent.
Location of Kent within England.
|Electorate||67,970 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Sandwich|
|Member of parliament||Craig Mackinlay (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Thanet West, Dover & Deal and Thanet East|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
Tourism is an important economic activity with entertainment and beaches, particularly at Broadstairs. The constituency also includes part of the Stour Valley Walk, which passes through Sandwich on its way to Canterbury and beyond. There are picturesque villages with oast houses. The amount of fishing and coastal trade is much reduced relative to the 19th century, and is small compared to many other British ports. The seat has a higher proportion of retired people than the national average and incomes tend to be clustered around the national mean. Economic developments have included the nearby Thanet Offshore Wind Project as well as commercial, recreational and tourism activities. Farming, trades, and Ramsgate harbour provide much of the employment. Pharmaceuticals received a blow when Pfizer withdrew from the area. The unemployed claimant count, at 5.4%, was the highest of the South East's 84 constituencies at the end of 2010, and greater than the national average of 3.8%.[n 3] Since its creation in 1983 the seat has been a bellwether.
Electoral spending criminal investigation following the 2015 General Election
Nigel Farage, then UKIP leader, stood as candidate for South Thanet at the 2015 General Election. The Conservatives put in a huge effort in response to the UKIP challenge. This resulted in a police investigation into claims that the Conservatives had exceeded spending limits, which amount to around £37,000 for the long campaign, and around £15,000 for the short campaign. The Conservatives provided hotels and transport of activists, which they booked as national (unrestricted) spending, however if included as local spending, they may have broken the limit by large margins.
1983-2010: The District of Thanet wards of Beacon Road, Bradstowe, Central Eastcliff, Central Westcliff, Kingsgate, Minster Parish, Newington, Northwood, Pierremont, St Lawrence, St Peter's, Sir Moses Montefiore, Southwood, and Upton, and the District of Dover wards of Ash, Little Stour, Sandwich, Woodnesborough with Staple, and Worth.
2010-present: The District of Thanet wards of Beacon Road, Bradstowe, Central Harbour, Cliffsend and Pegwell, Cliftonville East, Cliftonville West, Eastcliff, Kingsgate, Nethercourt, Newington, Northwood, St Peter's, Sir Moses Montefiore, and Viking, and the District of Dover wards of Little Stour and Ashstone, and Sandwich.
South Thanet consists of the southern and eastern part of Thanet district (the towns of Ramsgate and Broadstairs, the Cliftonville area of Margate and the village of Cliffsend) together with the northern part of Dover district, comprising the ancient Cinque Port of Sandwich and surrounding villages.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Russell Timpson||932||1.9||−13.2|
|No description1||Al Murray||318||0.6||N/A|
|Manston Airport Independent||Ruth Bailey||191||0.4||N/A|
|We Are The Reality Party||Nigel Askew||126||0.3||N/A|
|Party for a United Thanet||Grahame Birchall||63||0.1||N/A|
|Al-Zebabist Nation of Ooog||Robert George Zebadiah Abu-Obadiah||30||0.05||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Bucklitsch||6,935||15.1||+2.9|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+7.4|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Guy Voizey||5,431||13.2||+3.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Guy Voizey||3,706||9.4||−2.3|
|National Front||Bernard Franklin||242||0.6||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Barbara Hewitt-Silk||5,263||11.7||−6.6|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Labour||Mark Stephen James||13,740||28.1||+7.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Bill Pitt||8,948||18.3||−6.4|
|Green||Ms. Sue Peckham||871||1.8||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Liberal||Ian Richard Philip Josephs||10,461||24.1||N/A|
|Labour||Martin Andrew Clark||8,429||19.4||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.
- Third and second were North Thanet and Hastings and Rye
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