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Romford (UK Parliament constituency)

Romford is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by Andrew Rosindell, a Conservative.[n 2] It was created in 1885.

Romford
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Romford in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 71,978 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of parliament Andrew Rosindell (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from South Essex
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Contents

BoundariesEdit

1885-1918: The Liberty of Havering-atte-Bower, and part of the Sessional Division of Becontree.

1918-1945: The Urban Districts of Barking and Romford, and the Rural District of Romford.

1945-1950: The Municipal Borough of Romford.

1950-1955: The Municipal Borough of Romford, and the Urban District of Brentwood.

1955-1974: The Municipal Borough of Romford.

1974-1983: The London Borough of Havering wards of Bedfords, Central, Collier Row, Gidea Park, Heath Park, Mawney, and Oldchurch.

1983-1997: The London Borough of Havering wards of Brooklands, Chase Cross, Collier Row, Gidea Park, Heath Park, Mawney, Oldchurch, Rise Park, and St Edward's.

1997-2010: The London Borough of Havering wards of Ardleigh Green, Brooklands, Chase Cross, Collier Row, Gidea Park, Heath Park, Mawney, Oldchurch, Rise Park, and St Edward's.

2010–present: The London Borough of Havering wards of Brooklands, Havering Park, Hylands, Mawneys, Pettits, Romford Town, and Squirrel's Heath.

Changes at the 2010 boundary review

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies, which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election: Hylands ward and part of Romford Town ward (following a review of ward boundaries) was transferred into the area from the former constituency of Hornchurch, and the shared part of Emerson Park was transferred from Romford to help form the new Hornchurch and Upminster constituency.

Constituency profileEdit

The constituency covers Romford, Gidea Park and Collier Row in the London Borough of Havering, east London. Although the constituency includes the middle-income Romford Garden Suburb area,[2] ex-council housing forms a substantial part of the constituency, largely bought under the Right to Buy and the borough has a high level of households with vehicle ownership.[3]

HistoryEdit

This seat was created in the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885.

Although Romford has been highly marginal in terms of majorities obtained through much of the 20th century, its boundaries have changed, and it has largely been a Conservative seat in recent years; although taken by Labour in the 1997 landslide, it was one of the few Conservative gains in 2001. The 2015 result made the seat the 157th safest of the Conservative Party's 331 seats by percentage of majority.[4]

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election resultsEdit

Elections in the 2010sEdit

General Election 2017: Romford[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Rosindell 29,671 59.4 +8.4
Labour Angelina Leatherbarrow 15,893 31.8 +10.9
UKIP Andrew Beadle 2,350 4.7 -18.1
Liberal Democrat Ian Sanderson 1,215 2.4 -0.4
Green David Hughes 815 1.6 -0.9
Majority 13,778 27.6 -0.6
Turnout 49,944 68.0 +0.3
Registered electors 73,493
Conservative hold Swing -1.4
General Election 2015: Romford[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Rosindell 25,067 51.0 −5.0
UKIP Gerard Batten 11,208 22.8 +18.4
Labour Sam Gould 10,268 20.9 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Ian Sanderson[9] 1,413 2.9 −9.1
Green Lorna Tooley[10] 1,222 2.5 +1.5
Majority 13,859 28.2 −8.3
Turnout 49,178 67.7 +2.4
Registered electors 72,594
Conservative hold Swing −11.7
General Election 2010: Romford[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Rosindell 26,031 56.0 −1.7
Labour Rachel Voller 9,077 19.5 −9.5
Liberal Democrat Helen Duffett 5,572 12.0 +3.6
BNP Robert Bailey 2,438 5.2 +2.2
UKIP Gerard Batten 2,050 4.4 +2.2
English Democrat Peter Thorogood 603 1.3 N/A
Green Gerry Haines 447 1.0 N/A
Independent Philip Hyde 151 0.3 N/A
Independent David Sturman 112 0.2 N/A
Majority 16,954 36.5 +4.7
Turnout 46,481 65.3 +3.3
Registered electors 71,306
Conservative hold Swing +3.94

Elections in the 2000sEdit

General Election 2005: Romford[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Rosindell 21,560 59.1 +6.1
Labour Margaret Mullane 9,971 27.3 −9.0
Liberal Democrat Geoff M. Seeff 3,066 8.4 +0.4
BNP John McCaffrey 1,088 3.0 +1.4
UKIP Terry P. Murray 797 2.2 +0.7
Majority 11,589 31.8 +15.1
Turnout 36,482 62.3 +2.7
Registered electors 58,540
Conservative hold Swing +7.5
General Election 2001: Romford[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Rosindell 18,931 53.0 +11.4
Labour Eileen Gordon 12,954 36.3 −6.9
Liberal Democrat Nigel Meyer 2,869 8.0 +0.1
UKIP Steven Ward 533 1.5 N/A
BNP Frank McAllister 414 1.6 +0.4
Majority 5,977 16.7 N/A
Turnout 35,701 59.6 -11.5
Registered electors 59,893
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +9.2

Elections in the 1990sEdit

General Election 1997: Romford[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eileen Gordon 18,187 43.2 +13.7
Conservative Michael Neubert 17,538 41.6 −15.0
Liberal Democrat Nigel Meyer 3,341 7.9 −4.8
Referendum Steven Ward 1,431 3.4 N/A
Liberal Terry E. Hurlstone 1,100 2.6 N/A
BNP Michael J. Carey 522 1.2 N/A
Majority 649 1.6 N/A
Turnout 42,119 71.1 −6.9
Registered electors 59,276
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -15.6
General Election 1992: Romford[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Neubert 23,834 56.6 +0.6
Labour Eileen Gordon 12,414 29.5 +6.7
Liberal Democrat Pat A. Atherton 5,329 12.7 −7.5
Green Frederick Gibson 546 1.3 +0.3
Majority 11,420 27.1 =6.1
Turnout 42,123 78.0 +5.1
Registered electors 54,001
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1980sEdit

General Election 1987: Romford[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Neubert 22,745 56.0 +2.6
Labour Nigel Smith 9,274 22.8 +3.5
Liberal John Bates 8,195 20.2 −6.0
Green Frederick Gibson 385 1.0 N/A
Majority 13,471 33.2 +6.0
Turnout 40,599 72.9 +3.1
Registered electors 55,668
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Romford[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Neubert 20,771 53.4 −0.4
Liberal John Bates 10,197 26.2 +14.8
Labour Jack Hoepelman 7,494 19.3 −13.6
National Front Madelaine P. Caine 432 1.1 −0.8
Majority 10,574 27.2 +6.25
Turnout 38,894 69.8 -6.81
Registered electors 55,758
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970sEdit

General Election 1979: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Neubert 22,714 53.8 +10.39
Labour S.M. Bartlett 13,902 32.9 -3.80
Liberal John Hayward Bates 4,818 11.4 -7.98
National Front Madelaine P. Caine 820 1.9 N/A
Majority 8,812 20.85 +14.15
Turnout 42,254 76.61 +5.16
Registered electors 55,154
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Neubert 17,164 43.41 +4.25
Labour D.R. O'Flynn 14,513 36.70 +4.57
Liberal Terry E. Hurlstone 7,663 19.38 -8.48
PEOPLE L. C. H. Sampson 200 0.51 N/A
Majority 2,651 6.70 -0.32
Turnout 39,540 71.45 -8.42
Registered electors 55,337
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Neubert 17,134 39.16 -8.24
Labour D.R. O'Flynn 14,061 32.13 -20.47
Liberal Terry E. Hurlstone 12,190 27.86 N/A
Independent E. Bates 374 0.85 N/A
Majority 3,073 7.02 N/A
Turnout 43,759 79.87 +13.11
Registered electors 54,790
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1970: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Leonard 27,899 52.60 -4.81
Conservative Michael Neubert 25,139 47.40 +4.81
Majority 2,760 5.20 -9.62
Turnout 53,038 66.76 -8.68
Registered electors 79,448
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960sEdit

General Election 1966: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Ron Ledger 31,221 57.41 +9.90
Conservative Brian James Higgs 23,160 42.59 +5.75
Majority 8,061 14.82 +4.15
Turnout 54,381 75.44 -2.32
Registered electors 72,089
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1964: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Ron Ledger 27,143 47.51 +4.00
Conservative Antony T.R. Fletcher 21,046 36.84 -5.64
Liberal Douglas Geary 8,133 14.24 +0.23
Ratepayer Edgar Bates 811 1.42 N/A
Majority 6,097 10.67 +9.64
Turnout 56,322 77.76 -2.61
Registered electors 73,473
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Elections in the 1950sEdit

General Election 1959: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Ron Ledger 25,558 43.51 -9.01
Conservative Richard Jon Stanley Harvey 24,951 42.48 -5.00
Liberal Douglas Geary 8,228 14.01 N/A
Majority 607 1.03 -4.02
Turnout 58,737 80.37 +5.91
Registered electors 73,082
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1955: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Ron Ledger 27,326 52.52 +3.52
Conservative Richard Jon Stanley Harvey 24,701 47.48 -3.52
Majority 2,625 5.05 N/A
Turnout 52,027 75.46 -8.35
Registered electors 68,942
Labour Co-op gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1951: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Lockwood 33,120 51.00 +4.90
Labour Arthur Creech Jones 31,822 49.00 +5.10
Majority 1,298 2.00 -0.20
Turnout 64,942 83.81 -1.89
Registered electors 77,483
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Romford[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Lockwood 27,656 46.1 +11.26
Labour Thomas Macpherson 26,387 43.9 -8.93
Liberal Norman Clarke 6,014 10.0 -2.31
Majority 1,269 2.2 N/A
Turnout 60,057 85.7 +11.08
Registered electors 70,204
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1940sEdit

General Election 1945: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Macpherson 16,979 52.83 -1.20
Conservative Montague Lavander Berryman 11,202 34.86 -11.11
Liberal Henry John G Hare 3,957 12.31 N/A
Majority 5,777 17.98 +9.93
Turnout 32,138 74.62 +13.21
Registered electors 43,070
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930sEdit

General Election 1935: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Parker 55,723 54.03 +15.49
Conservative William Hutchison 47,416 45.97 -15.49
Majority 8,307 8.05 N/A
Turnout 103,139 61.41 -3.90
Registered electors 167,939
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1931: Romford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Hutchison 50,097 61.46 +16.56
Labour H. T. Muggeridge 31,410 38.54 -6.36
Majority 18,687 22.93 N/A
Turnout 81,507 65.31 -4.79
Registered electors 124,795
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920sEdit

General Election 1929: Romford [20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour H. T. Muggeridge 31,045 44.9 +6.6
Unionist Charles Rhys 22,525 32.6 -12.0
Liberal Arthur F Wood 15,527 22.5 +5.4
Majority 8,520 12.3 N/A
Turnout 69,097 70.1 -4.4
Registered electors 98,577
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +9.3
General Election 1924: Romford [20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Charles Rhys 15,520 44.6 +8.8
Labour Albert Emil Davies 13,312 38.3 +4.4
Liberal David Marshall Mason 5,957 17.1 -13.2
Majority 2,208 6.3 +4.4
Turnout 34,789 74.5 +13.1
Registered electors 46,708
Unionist hold Swing +2.2
General Election 1923: Romford [20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Charles Rhys 9,585 35.8 N/A
Labour Albert Emil Davies 9,109 33.9 -7.6
Liberal David Marshall Mason 8,144 30.3 -28.2
Majority 476 1.9 N/A
Turnout 26,838 61.4 +2.2
Registered electors 43,715
Unionist gain from National Liberal Swing N/A
General Election 1922: Romford [20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Liberal Albert Edward Martin 14,070 58.5 +1.0
Labour Albert Emil Davies 9,967 41.5 +13.4
Majority 4,103 17.0 -12.4
Turnout 24,037 59.2 +10.8
Registered electors 40,597
National Liberal gain from Liberal Swing N/A

Elections in the 1910sEdit

General Election 1918: Romford [20][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Liberal Albert Edward Martin 10,300 57.5 +3.5
Labour Walter H. Letts 5,044 28.1 N/A
National Socialist Party Arthur Whiting 2,580 14.4 N/A
Majority 5,256 29.4 +21.4
Turnout 17,924 48.4 -28.9
Registered electors 37,055
Liberal hold Swing N/A
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.
General Election December 1910: Romford [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Bethell 22,119 54.0 +1.8
Conservative William Peter Griggs 18,850 46.0 -1.8
Majority 3,269 8.0 +3.6
Turnout 40,969 77.3 -6.5
Registered electors 53,002
Liberal hold Swing +1.8
General Election January 1910: Romford [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Bethell 23,181 52.2 -10.7
Conservative G.H. Williamson 21,224 47.8 +10.7
Majority 1,957 4.4 -21.4
Turnout 44,405 83.8 +8.7
Registered electors 53,002
Liberal hold Swing -10.7

Elections in the 1900sEdit

General Election 1906: Romford [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Bethell 21,534 62.9 +21.5
Conservative Louis Sinclair 12,679 37.1 -21.5
Majority 8,855 25.8 N/A
Turnout 34,213 75.1 +14.3
Registered electors 45,579
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +21.5
General Election 1900: Romford [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Louis Sinclair 10,450 58.6 +2.4
Liberal L. R. Holland 7,388 41.4 -2.4
Majority 3,062 17.2 +4.8
Turnout 17,838 60.8 -9.9
Registered electors 29,316
Conservative hold Swing +2.4

Elections in the 1890sEdit

Romford by-election, 1897: Romford [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Louis Sinclair 8,156 50.4 -5.8
Liberal Herbert Raphael 8,031 49.6 +5.8
Majority 125 0.8 -11.6
Turnout 16,187 69.0 -1.7
Registered electors 23,475
Conservative hold Swing -5.8
  • Caused by Wigram's resignation
General Election 1895: Romford [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alfred Wigram 8,257 56.2 +1.4
Liberal John Bethell 6,430 41.4 -1.4
Majority 1,827 12.4 +2.8
Turnout 14,687 70.7 -2.5
Registered electors 20,779
Conservative hold Swing +1.4
Romford by-election, 1894: Romford [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alfred Wigram 7,573 52.4 -2.4
Liberal John Bethell 6,890 47.6 +2.4
Majority 683 4.8 -4.8
Turnout 14,463 76.0 +2.8
Registered electors 19,040
Conservative hold Swing -2.4
  • Caused by Theobald's death
General Election 1892: Romford [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Theobald 6,724 54.8 -2.0
Liberal Herbert Raphael 5,542 45.2 +21.6
Majority 1,182 9.6 -23.6
Turnout 12,266 73.2 +14.1
Registered electors 16,750
Conservative hold Swing -11.8

Elections in the 1880sEdit

General Election 1886: Romford [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Theobald 4,233 56.8 +7.2
Liberal James Hume Webster[23] 1,755 23.6 -26.8
Liberal Unionist John Westlake 1,457 19.6 N/A
Majority 2,478 33.2 N/A
Turnout 7,445 59.1 -9.8
Registered electors 12,591
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +17.0
General Election 1885: Romford [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Westlake 4,370 50.4 N/A
Conservative James Theobald 4,306 49.6 N/A
Majority 64 0.8 N/A
Turnout 8,676 68.9 N/A
Registered electors 12,591
Liberal win (new seat)

Boundary changesEdit

Preceded by
South Essex
UK Parliament constituency
Barking

1885 – 1945
Succeeded by
Barking
UK Parliament constituency
Dagenham

1885 – 1945
Succeeded by
Dagenham
UK Parliament constituency
Hornchurch, Upminster

1885 – 1945
Succeeded by
Hornchurch
UK Parliament constituency
Romford

1885 – present
Succeeded by
Presently within boundary
UK Parliament constituency
Brentwood

1950 – 1955
Succeeded by
Brentwood and Ongar

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ A borough 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.
References
  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. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics. "2001 Census". Neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  3. ^ 2011 census interactive maps Archived January 29, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ List of Conservative MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
  5. ^ "Romford parliamentary constituency". BBC News. 
  6. ^ http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7979/CBP-7979.pdf
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  8. ^ https://www.havering.gov.uk/Pages/ServiceChild/Romford-2015-General-Election-results.aspx 3Aug15
  9. ^ List of selected candidates (2015-03-26). "List of selected candidates". Libdems.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-08. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  12. ^ BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/election2010/results/constituency/d74.stm.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  18. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  19. ^ British parliamentary election results 1950-1973, Craig, F.W.S.
  20. ^ a b c d e British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  21. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1922
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Craig, FWS, ed. (1974). British Parliamentary Election Results: 1885-1918. London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 9781349022984. 
  23. ^ "To the Electors of the Romford Division of the County of Essex". Chelmsford Chronicle. 25 June 1886. p. 1. Retrieved 10 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 

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