Thanet West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Thanet West
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Kent
Major settlements Margate
February 19741983
Number of members One
Replaced by Thanet North and Thanet South[1]
Created from Isle of Thanet

Thanet West was a British parliamentary constituency in the Isle of Thanet, in Kent.

It was created for the February 1974 general election, when the former constituency of Isle of Thanet was split in two, and returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was abolished for the 1983 general election, when Thanet West and the neighbouring Thanet East constituency were replaced by new North Thanet and South Thanet constituencies.


The Municipal Borough of Margate, and in the Rural District of Eastry the civil parishes of Acol, Minster, Monkton, St Nicholas at Wade, and Sarre.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
Feb 1974 William Rees-Davies Conservative
1983 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

General Election 1979: Thanet West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Rees-Davies 18,122 55.39
Labour JF Little 8,576 26.21
Liberal D Payne 6,017 18.39
Majority 9,546 29.18
Turnout 71.60
General Election October 1974: Thanet West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Rees-Davies 13,763 45.34
Labour CJ Smith 8,655 28.51
Liberal IG Tiltman 7,935 26.14
Majority 5,108 16.83
Turnout 69.14
General Election February 1974: Thanet West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Rees-Davies 16,880 49.55
Labour IG Tiltman 9,220 27.06
Liberal D Ramage 7,969 23.39
Majority 7,660 22.48
Turnout 78.09


  1. ^ "'Thanet West', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 

Coordinates: 51°22′N 1°22′E / 51.367°N 1.367°E / 51.367; 1.367