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List of Parliamentary constituencies in Kent

The ceremonial county of Kent, (which includes the unitary authority of Medway), is divided into 17 Parliamentary constituencies - one borough constituency and 16 county constituencies.

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ConstituenciesEdit

The results for the 2017 election were as follows:   † Conservative   ‡ Labour


Constituency[nb 1] Electorate Majority[nb 2] Member of Parliament Nearest opposition Map
Ashford CC 87,387 17,478   Damian Green   Sally Gathern‡
Canterbury CC 78,182 187   Rosie Duffield   Julian Brazier
Chatham and Aylesford CC 70,419 10,458   Tracey Crouch   Vince Maple‡
Dartford CC 78,506 13,186   Gareth Johnson   Bachchu Kailash Kaini‡
Dover CC 74,564 6,437   Charlie Elphicke   Stacey Blair‡
Faversham and Mid Kent CC 66,425 17,413   Helen Whately   Michael Desmond‡
Folkestone and Hythe CC 86,272 15,411   Damian Collins   Laura Davison‡
Gillingham and Rainham 72,903 9,430   Rehman Chishti   Andy Stamp‡
Gravesham 72,954 9,347   Adam Holloway   Mandy Garford‡
Maidstone and The Weald CC 75,334 17,704   Helen Grant   Allen Simpson‡
North Thanet CC 72,651 10,738   Roger Gale   Frances Rehal‡
Rochester and Strood CC 82,702 9,850   Kelly Tolhurst   Teresa Murray‡
Sevenoaks CC 71,565 21,917   Michael Fallon   Chris Clark‡
Sittingbourne and Sheppey CC 81,717 15,211   Gordon Henderson   Mike Rolfe
South Thanet CC 72,334 6,387   Craig Mackinlay   Raushan Ara‡
Tonbridge and Malling CC 77,417 23,508   Tom Tugendhat   Dylan Jones‡
Tunbridge Wells CC 74,782 16,465   Greg Clark   Charles Woodgate‡

Boundary changesEdit

Name Boundaries prior to 2010
  1. Ashford CC
  2. Canterbury CC
  3. Chatham and Aylesford CC
  4. Dartford CC
  5. Dover CC
  6. Faversham and Mid Kent CC
  7. Folkestone and Hythe CC
  8. Gillingham BC
  9. Gravesham CC
  10. Maidstone and The Weald CC
  11. Medway CC
  12. North Thanet CC
  13. Sevenoaks CC
  14. Sittingbourne and Sheppey CC
  15. South Thanet CC
  16. Tonbridge and Malling CC
  17. Tunbridge Wells CC

The Boundary Commission for England retained these 17 constituencies[when?], with changes to realign constituency boundaries with the boundaries of current local government wards, and to reduce the electoral disparity between constituencies.

They recommended two name changes: Gillingham to Gillingham and Rainham to reflect the similar stature of the two towns, and Medway to Rochester and Strood to avoid confusion with the larger Medway unitary authority. These changes were implemented at the United Kingdom general election, 2010.

Proposed name Current boundaries
  1. Ashford CC
  2. Canterbury CC
  3. Chatham and Aylesford CC
  4. Dartford CC
  5. Dover CC
  6. Faversham and Mid Kent CC
  7. Folkestone and Hythe CC
  8. Gillingham and Rainham BC
  9. Gravesham CC
  10. Maidstone and The Weald CC
  11. North Thanet CC
  12. Rochester and Strood CC
  13. Sevenoaks CC
  14. Sittingbourne and Sheppey CC
  15. South Thanet CC
  16. Tonbridge and Malling CC
  17. Tunbridge Wells CC

Changes proposed for 2022Edit

Historic representation by partyEdit

A cell marked → (with a different colour background to the preceding cell) indicates that the previous MP continued to sit under a new party name.

1885 to 1918Edit

  Conservative   Independent Conservative   Independent Liberal   Labour   Liberal   Liberal Unionist   National Party

Constituency 1885 1886 88 89 1892 93 1895 98 99 1900 01 03 04 1906 Jan 1910 Dec 1910 11 12 13 15 17 18
Ashford Pomfret Hardy
Canterbury Heaton Bennett-Goldney Anderson
Chatham Gorst Loyd Davies Jenkins Hohler
Dartford Dyke Rowlands Mitchell Rowlands
Dover Dickson Wyndham Ponsonby
Faversham Knatchbull-Hugessen Barnes Howard Napier Wheler
Gravesend White Palmer Ryder Parker Richardson
Hythe Watkin Edwards E. Sassoon P. Sassoon
Isle of Thanet King-Harman Lowther Marks Craig
Maidstone Ross Cornwallis Hunt Cornwallis Barker Evans Vane-Tempest-Stewart Bellairs
Medway Gathorne-Hardy Warde
Rochester Hughes-Hallett Knatchbull-Hugessen Davies Gascoyne-Cecil Tuff Lamb Ridley Lamb
St Augustine's Akers-Douglas McNeill
Sevenoaks Mills Forster
Tunbridge Norton Griffith-Boscawen Hedges Spender-Clay

1918 to 1950Edit

  Coalition Liberal (1918-22) / National Liberal (1922-23)   Conservative   Constitutionalist   Independent   Labour   Liberal   National Labour

Constituency 1918 19 20 21 1922 23 1923 1924 27 28 1929 30 31 1931 33 35 1935 37 38 39 43 1945 45 46 47
Bexley Adamson Bramall
Orpington Smithers
Ashford Steel Kedward Knatchbull Spens Smith
Bromley Forster James Campbell Macmillan
Canterbury McNeill Wayland White
Chatham Moore-Brabazon Markham Goff Plugge Bottomley
Chislehurst A. Smithers Nesbitt W. Smithers Wallace
Dartford Rowlands Mills Jarrett Mills McDonnell Mills Clarke Adamson Dodds
Dover Ponsonby Polson Astor Thomas
Faversham Wheler Maitland Wells
Gillingham Hohler Gower Binns
Gravesend Richardson Isaacs Albery Allighan Acland
Hythe P. Sassoon Brabner Mackeson
Isle of Thanet Craig Harmsworth Balfour Carson
Maidstone Bellairs Bossom
Sevenoaks Bennett Williams Styles Young Ponsonby
Tonbridge Spender-Clay Baillie Williams

1950 to 1974Edit

  Conservative   Labour   Liberal

Constituency 1950 1951 53 55 1955 56 57 1959 62 64 1964 1966 1970
Ashford Deedes
Beckenham Buchan-Hepburn Goodhart Transferred to Greater London
Bexley Heath Transferred to Greater London
Bromley Macmillan Hunt Transferred to Greater London
Canterbury White Thomas Crouch
Chislehurst Hornsby-Smith Macdonald Hornsby-Smith Transferred to Greater London
Dartford Dodds Irving Trew
Dover Arbuthnot Ennals Rees
Erith and Crayford Dodds Transferred to Greater London
Faversham Wells Boston Moate
Folkestone and Hythe Mackeson Costain
Gillingham Burden
Gravesend Acland Kirk Murray White
Isle of Thanet Carson Rees-Davies
Maidstone Bossom Wells
Orpington Smithers Sumner Lubbock Stanbrook Transferred to Greater London
Rochester and Chatham Bottomley Critchley Kerr Fenner
Sevenoaks Rodgers
Tonbridge Williams Hornby

1974 to presentEdit

  Conservative   Independent   Labour   UKIP

Constituency Feb 1974 Oct 1974 1979 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010 14 2015 2017 17 18
Ashford Deedes Speed Green
Canterbury Crouch Brazier Duffield
Dartford Irving Dunn Stoate Johnson
Dover & Deal / Dover (1983-) Rees Shaw Prosser Elphicke
Faversham / Sittingbourne and Sheppey (1997) Moate Wyatt Henderson
Folkestone and Hythe Costain Howard Collins
Gillingham / & Rainham (2010) Burden Couchman Clark Chishti
Gravesend / Gravesham Ovenden Brinton Arnold Pond Holloway
Maidstone / & The Weald (1997) Wells Widdecombe Grant
Rochester & Chatham / Medway (1983) / Rochester & Strood (2010) Fenner Bean Fenner Marshall-Andrews Reckless Tolhurst
Sevenoaks Rodgers Wolfson Fallon
Thanet W / North Thanet (1983) Rees-Davies Gale
Tonbridge & Malling Hornby Stanley Tugendhat
Thanet East / South Thanet (1983) Aitken Ladyman Sandys Mackinlay
Tunbridge Wells Mayhew Norman Clark
Mid Kent / Faversham & Mid Kent (1997) Rowe Robertson Whately
Chatham and Aylesford Shaw Crouch

ResultsEdit

Historic List of Constituencies in KentEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
  2. ^ The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Final Recommendations - Volume 1" (PDF). Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 23 September 2018.