Medway (UK Parliament constituency)
|Former County constituency|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Medway in Kent for the 2005 general election
Location of Kent within England
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Rochester and Strood|
|Created from||Rochester & Chatham and Gravesend|
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Gravesend, Sevenoaks, Maidstone and Chatham|
|Created from||West Kent|
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 Members of Parliament
- 3 Election results 1885-1918
- 4 Elections 1983-2005
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes and references
The Mid or Medway Division of Kent was created by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. It comprised a rural area consisting of the petty sessional divisions of Bearstead, Rochester and part of Malling PSD, but did not include the Medway Towns which were comprised in the parliamentary boroughs of Chatham and Rochester. It also surrounded, but did not include the town of Maidstone. It comprised these parishes:
The Rochester seat is an old one, going back to the 16th century, but it saw many changes in the 20th century. In 1918 it was split between Chatham and Gillingham. The Chatham seat became Rochester and Chatham in 1950, and then Medway in 1983.
The constituency was revived in 1983 by Parliament's acceptance of a Boundary Commission national review, and was defined as comprising thirteen wards of the then City of Rochester upon Medway: All Saints, Cuxton and Halling, Earl, Frindsbury, Frindsbury Extra, Hoo St. Werburgh, Rede Court, St. Margarets and Borstal, Temple Farm, Thames Side, Town, Troy Town and Warren Wood.
Boundaries were not changed at the next redistribution that followed the Fourth Review for the 1997 election.
Conveniently but somewhat confusingly 1998 Rochester upon Medway merged with the neighbouring Borough of Gillingham to form the larger unitary Borough of Medway. The Medway constituency covered only part of the unitary authority: some towns in the borough of Medway, such as Gillingham (Gillingham) or Chatham see (Chatham and Aylesford) had and retain their own constituency. Because of this, the name of the seat caused much confusion leading to its renaming in 2010.
Following the boundary review of parliamentary representation in Kent between 2000 and 2008, the Boundary Commission for England renamed the Medway seat to Rochester and Strood. This is because the Commission agreed that the term "Medway" is now primarily used for the larger unitary authority.
The constituency consists of ten wards of the Borough of Medway: Cuxton and Halling, Peninsula, River, Rochester East, Rochester South and Horsted, Rochester West, Strood North, Strood Rural and Strood South.
Members of ParliamentEdit
|1983||Dame Peggy Fenner||Conservative|
|2010||Constituency abolished: see Rochester and Strood|
Election results 1885-1918Edit
Elections in the 1880sEdit
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Elections in the 1890sEdit
|Lib-Lab||W. C. Steadman||4,391||40.9||N/A|
Elections in the 1900sEdit
Elections in the 1910sEdit
General Election 1914/15:
Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;
- Unionist: Charles Warde
Elections in the 2000sEdit
|Liberal Democrats||Geoffrey Juby||5,152||12.5||+3.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Geoffrey Juby||3,604||9.3||−0.8|
Elections in the 1990sEdit
|Liberal Democrats||Roger D.C. Roberts||4,555||10.2||+0.6|
|UKIP||Susan P. Radlett||405||0.9||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+14.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Cyril L. Trice||4,751||9.6||−8.5|
|Natural Law||Paul A. Kember||234||0.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1980sEdit
|Social Democratic||Jennifer Horne-Roberts||8,450||18.1||−2.0|
|Social Democratic||F.C. Winckless||9,658||20.1||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and referencesEdit
- "'Medway', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
- "Boundary Commissioners' Map of Divisions of Kent". London Ancrestor. 1885. Retrieved 12 April 2009.
- Youngs, Frederic A, Jr. (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. p. 739. ISBN 0-901050-67-9.
- Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983 (S.I. 1983/417)
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995 (S.I. 1995/1626)". Office of Public Sector Information. 1995. Retrieved 12 April 2009.
- "The Kent (Borough of Gillingham and City of Rochester upon Medway) (Structural Change) Order 1996". Office of Public Sector Information. 1996. Retrieved 12 January 2009.
- Fifth Periodical Report, Volume I: Report, Cm 7032-i (PDF). London: The Stationery Office. 2007. p. 347. ISBN 978-0-10-170322-2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- Fifth Periodical Report, Volume 2: Appendices, Cm 7032-ii (PDF). London: The Stationery Office. 2007. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-10-170322-2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 2)
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
- The Liberal Year Book, 1907
- Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1886
- Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
- Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "UK General Election results May 2005". Political Science Resources. University of Keele. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Medway". Political Science Resources. University of Keele. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "UK General Election results June 1987". Political Science Resources. University of Keele. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "UK General Election results June 1983". Political Science Resources. University of Keele. Retrieved 13 April 2009.