West Chelmsford (UK Parliament constituency)

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West Chelmsford
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of West Chelmsford in Essex for the 2005 general election.
Outline map
Location of Essex within England.
County Essex
Major settlements Chelmsford
Number of members One
Replaced by Chelmsford
Created from Chelmsford
European Parliament constituency East of England

West Chelmsford was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.


The constituency was created in 1997 and abolished in 2010. It always returned a Conservative MP.


Chelmsford West constituency took in a majority of the Borough of Chelmsford, and by far the majority of the town itself, including the town centre and Cathedral. It also included rural areas extending as far north as Great Leighs, the Walthams and Good Easter.

The seat consisted of the following electoral wards of the Borough of Chelmsford: All Saints, Boreham, Broomfield, Pleshey and Great Waltham, Cathedral, Chignall, Good Easter, Mashbury, Highwood and Roxwell, Goat Hall, Great and Little Leighs and Little Waltham, Margaretting and Stock, Moulsham Lodge, Old Moulsham, Patching Hall, St. Andrews, Springfield North, Springfield South, The Lawns, Waterhouse Farm and Writtle.

At the 2010 General Election, a newly re-created Chelmsford constituency succeeded this seat. Rural wards from this constituency mainly joined the Saffron Walden constituency, with a small area around Margaretting becoming part of the Maldon constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1997 Simon Burns Conservative
2010 Constituency abolished: see Chelmsford and Saffron Walden


Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: West Chelmsford[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Simon Burns 23,781 40.6 N/A
Liberal Democrat Martin Bracken 17,090 29.2 N/A
Labour Roy Chad 15,463 26.4 N/A
Referendum Terence Smith 1,536 2.6 N/A
Green George Rumens 411 0.7 N/A
UKIP Martin Levin 323 0.6 N/A
Majority 6,691 11.4 N/A
Turnout 58,577 76.8 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2001: West Chelmsford[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Simon Burns 20,446 42.5 +1.9
Labour Adrian Longden 14,185 29.5 +3.1
Liberal Democrat Stephen Robinson 11,197 23.3 −5.9
Green Ms. Eleanor Burgess 837 1.7 +1.0
UKIP Ken Wedon 693 1.4 +1.0
Legalise Cannabis Herb Philbin 442 0.9 N/A
Majority 6,261 13.0
Turnout 48,143 61.5 −15.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2005: West Chelmsford[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Simon Burns 22,946 44.9 +2.4
Liberal Democrat Stephen Robinson 13,326 26.1 +2.8
Labour Russell Kennedy 13,236 25.9 −3.6
UKIP Ken Wedon 1,544 3.0 +1.4
Majority 9,620 18.8
Turnout 51,052 61.9 +0.2
Conservative hold Swing −0.2

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 3)
  2. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

Coordinates: 51°46′N 0°26′E / 51.76°N 0.44°E / 51.76; 0.44