Thurrock (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Thurrock in Essex.
Location of Essex within England.
|Electorate||77,667 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Grays, Tilbury, South Ockendon and Chafford|
|Member of parliament||Jackie Doyle-Price (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 History
- 3 Constituency profile
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
1945-1983: The Urban District of Thurrock.
1983-2010: The Borough of Thurrock wards of Aveley, Belhus, Chadwell St Mary, East Tilbury, Grays Thurrock North, Grays Thurrock Town, Little Thurrock, Ockendon, Stifford, Tilbury, and West Thurrock.
2010-present: The Borough of Thurrock wards of Aveley and Uplands, Belhus, Chadwell St Mary, Chafford and North Stifford, Grays Riverside, Grays Thurrock, Little Thurrock Blackshots, Little Thurrock Rectory, Ockendon, South Chafford, Stifford Clays, Tilbury Riverside and Thurrock Park, Tilbury St Chads, West Thurrock, and South Stifford.
- Political history
Thurrock was for 38 years from 1945 a safe Labour seat, at which time it saw a relatively marginal majority of fewer than 2000 votes, and four years later a Conservative gained it in 1987 with a slim majority and held it for one Parliament before it was regained by Labour, namely Andrew MacKinlay, who was during his tenure as MP criticised for his questioning technique used of weapons expert Dr. David Kelly.
In the 2010 general election, a Conservative gained the seat, with Jackie Doyle-Price being elected as the MP with a majority of only 92 votes, the third most marginal in that election behind the lowest majority of 4 votes in Fermanagh and South Tyrone and the majority of 54 won by her party colleague Dan Byles. The seat has bellwether outcome status since 1997.
- Prominent frontbenchers
Dr Oonagh McDonald was Opposition Spokesman on Defence from 1981–1983, and then Opposition Spokesman on Treasury and Economic Affairs from 1983–1987.
The seat has seen considerable settlement growth since 1989 when housing projects marking the start of a phase of development, dovetailing with the Thames Gateway initiative, began – see Chafford Hundred in the seat, for example. Retail and distribution are major areas of West Thurrock which contains Lakeside Shopping Centre.
Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 4.8% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian. The regional average for the Eastern England region was considerably lower, at 3.2% of the population.
Members of Parliament
|1949||Labour Independent Group|
|1976 by-election||Dr Oonagh McDonald||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
Thurrock is a unique 3-way ultra-marginal seat, the Conservatives will need to defend against UKIP and Labour to hold it. It is number 1 on UKIP's 2020 target list, the party only needs a 0.98% swing to win the seat from third place. The constituency is also at number 7 on Labour's target list, with a 0.54% swing needed for their candidate to gain.
At the 2015 general election the already-marginal seat became a 3-way contest, less than 1,000 votes separated the top three candidates. The fourth-placed Liberal Democrats returned less than 1,000 votes and lost their deposit.
|General Election 2015: Thurrock|
|Liberal Democrat||Rhodri Jamieson-Ball||644||1.3||−9.4|
|All People's Party||Aba Kristilolu||31||0.1||N/A|
|General Election 2010: Thurrock|
|Liberal Democrat||Carys Davis||4,901||10.7||−0.4|
|Christian Peoples||Arinola Araba||267||0.6||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+6.6|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Thurrock|
|Conservative||Garry Paul Hague||14,261||32.6||+2.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Earnshaw Desmond Palmer||4,770||10.9||+0.6|
|General Election 2001: Thurrock|
|Liberal Democrat||John Lathan||3,846||10.3||+2.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Thurrock|
|Liberal Democrat||Joe White||3,843||8.1||-1.4|
|General Election 1992: Thurrock|
|Liberal Democrat||Alan J. Banton||5,145||9.5||−7.0|
|Pensioners' Party||Charles Rogers||391||0.7||N/A|
|Anti-Federalist League||Peter Compobassi||117||0.2||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+1.8|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Thurrock|
|Social Democratic||Donald S. Benson||7,970||16.5|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
|General Election 1983: Thurrock|
|SDP–Liberal Alliance||D Benson||9,761||21.74|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Thurrock|
|National Front||E Burdett||1,358||1.97|
|Workers Revolutionary||M Daly||242||0.35|
|1976 by-election: Thurrock|
|National Front||John Roberts||3,255||6.64||N/A|
|English National||Frank Hansford-Miller||187||0.38||N/A|
|World Grid Sunshine Room Party||Peter Bishop||72||0.15||N/A|
|General Election October 1974: Thurrock|
|Labour||Hugh James Delargy||34,066||55.57|
|General Election February 1974: Thurrock|
|Labour||Hugh James Delargy||36,217||52.15|
|Conservative||Graham Frank James Bright||17,699||25.48|
|Liberal||Miss Kaye Fleetwood||15,534||22.37|
|General Election 1970: Thurrock
|Labour||Hugh James Delargy||30,874||55.75|
|Conservative||Graham Frank James Bright||19,486||35.18|
|Liberal||Miss Kaye Fleetwood||5,024||9.07|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: Thurrock
|Labour||Hugh James Delargy||31,998||60.67|
|Conservative||Cedric J Hodgson||14,094||26.72|
|Liberal||James C Moran||6,648||12.61|
|General Election 1964: Thurrock
|Labour||Hugh James Delargy||30,372||57.22|
|Conservative||Robert Arthur McCrindle||14,615||27.53|
|Liberal||A Noel H Blackburn||8,094||15.25|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: Thurrock
|Labour||Hugh James Delargy||32,270||61.52|
|Conservative||William E McNamara||20,188||38.48|
|General Election 1955: Thurrock
|Labour||Hugh James Delargy||31,375||66.16|
|Conservative||Gerald A Petty||16,046||33.84|
|General Election 1951: Thurrock
|Labour||Hugh James Delargy||28,851||65.55|
|Conservative||Godfrey William Lagden||15,166||34.45|
|General Election 1950: Thurrock
|Labour||Hugh James Delargy||22,893||52.68|
|Independent Labour||Leslie Solley||4,250||9.78|
|Liberal||William Harold Henry Siddons||3,010||6.93|
Election in the 1940s
|General Election 1945: Thurrock|
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