East Worthing and Shoreham (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°49′19″N 0°19′34″W / 50.822°N 0.326°W / 50.822; -0.326

East Worthing and Shoreham
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of East Worthing and Shoreham in West Sussex for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of West Sussex within England.
County West Sussex
Electorate 72,996 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Shoreham-by-Sea
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Tim Loughton (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Worthing and Shoreham
European Parliament constituency South East England

East Worthing and Shoreham is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Tim Loughton of the Conservative Party.[n 2]


The District of Adur, and the Borough of Worthing wards of Broadwater, Gaisford, Offington, and Selden.

The constituency covers an eastern portion of Worthing, the town of Shoreham-by-Sea and just three nearby inland villages that are also in West Sussex.


Under the Boundary Commission's fourth review, enacted in time for the 1997 election, the larger Shoreham portion of this constituency was taken from the disbanded Shoreham seat and the minor East Worthing portion had been in the disbanded Worthing seat.

Before 1974, the Shoreham seat had been a part of the Arundel and Shoreham seat.

Between 1945 and 1950, the whole area was in the Worthing seat and between 1918 and 1945 (on which the Boundary Commission was formed and carried out its first periodic review), in the Horsham and Worthing seat.

Political history

Apart from the 1997 general election result with the Conservative Party candidate's majority as 9.9% of the vote, more recent greater majorities together with the most recent result, a 22.9% majority, suggest the seat is safer than most other constituencies currently held by the Conservative Party. In terms of second place, this was retaken by the Liberal Democrat candidate in 2010, ousting the Labour Party from that position, having achieved second place at general elections here since 2001.


The competitive hustings in September 2007 of the local Labour Party selected Emily Benn, granddaughter of Tony Benn and niece of Hilary Benn, former ministers of state, then aged 17, to contest the 2010 general election, making her the youngest ever Labour parliamentary candidate: had she been elected, she would have been the youngest MP since the Reform Act 1832.[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

Shoreham can be viewed with Worthing as less of an economic force than the neighbouring local government district, the City of Brighton and Hove, with a majority of houses with larger gardens, fewer listed buildings but Shoreham's large boat harbour facility an amenity for visitors, residents, - mooring and maintenance for people living close enough to the county, rival harbours being as far away as Chichester and Newhaven.[3] Much work is in the service sector, including a major presence of sharedealing and banking service and processing facilities in the borough (see Lancing, West Sussex) and a slightly greater proportion of people are retired compared to the national average (2.11% of the population greater, at 15.8%).[4]

Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.6% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[5]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1997 Tim Loughton Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: East Worthing and Shoreham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sophie Cook
UKIP Mike Glennon
Green Leslie Williams
Conservative Tim Loughton
Liberal Democrat Oli Henman
Independent Andy Lutwyche N/A
National Health Action Carl Walker
General Election 2015: East Worthing and Shoreham[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Loughton 24,686 49.5 +1.0
Labour Tim Macpherson 9,737 19.5 +2.8
UKIP Mike Glennon 8,267 16.6 +10.4
Liberal Democrat Bob Smytherman 3,360 6.7 −18.8
Green James Doyle 2,605 5.2 +2.9
National Health Action Carl Walker 1,243 2.5 N/A
Majority 14,949 30.0 +7.1
Turnout 49,898 67.2 +1.8
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2010: East Worthing and Shoreham[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Loughton 23,458 48.5 +4.6
Liberal Democrat James Doyle 12,353 25.5 +1.2
Labour Emily Benn 8,087 16.7 −8.8
UKIP Mike Glennon 2,984 6.2 +1.4
Green Susan Board 1,126 2.3 N/A
English Democrat Clive Maltby 389 0.8 N/A
Majority 11,105 22.9
Turnout 48,397 65.4 +3.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: East Worthing and Shoreham[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Loughton 19,548 43.9 +0.7
Labour Daniel Yates 11,365 25.5 −3.5
Liberal Democrat James Doyle 10,844 24.3 +1.4
UKIP Richard Jelf 2,109 4.7 +1.9
Legalise Cannabis Christopher Baldwin 677 1.5 −0.6
Majority 8,183 18.4
Turnout 44,543 61.6 1.7
Conservative hold Swing +2.1
General Election 2001: East Worthing and Shoreham[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Loughton 18,608 43.2 +2.7
Labour Daniel Yates 12,469 29.0 +5.0
Liberal Democrat Paul Elgood 9,876 22.9 −7.6
UKIP James McCulloch 1,195 2.8 +1.0
Legalise Cannabis Christopher Baldwin 920 2.1 N/A
Majority 6,139 14.2
Turnout 43,068 59.7 −13.1
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: East Worthing and Shoreham[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Loughton 20,864 40.5 N/A
Liberal Democrat Martin King 15,766 30.6 N/A
Labour Mark Williams 12,335 23.9 N/A
Referendum James McCulloch 1,683 3.3 N/A
UKIP Rosemary Jarvis 921 1.8 N/A
Majority 5,098 9.9 N/A
Turnout 51,569 72.9 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ 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.
  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "Benn's granddaughter runs for MP". BBC News Online. 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 
  3. ^ OS Map with Listed Buildings and Parks marked Archived April 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ 2011 Census "Economically Inactive - see subcategories"
  5. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Worthing East & Shoreham". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  10. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.