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Sittingbourne and Sheppey (UK Parliament constituency)

Sittingbourne and Sheppey is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons since 2010 by Gordon Henderson, a Conservative.[n 2]

Sittingbourne and Sheppey
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Sittingbourne and Sheppey in Kent.
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Location of Kent within England.
CountyKent
Electorate74,796 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created1997
Member of ParliamentGordon Henderson (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromFaversham
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencySouth East England

Contents

BoundariesEdit

1997–2010: The Borough of Swale wards of Borden, Eastern, Grove, Hartlip and Upchurch, Iwade and Lower Halstow, Kemsley, Milton Regis, Minster Cliffs, Murston, Newington, Queenborough and Halfway, Roman, Sheerness East, Sheerness West, Sheppey Central, West Downs, and Woodstock.

2010–2015: The Borough of Swale wards of Borden, Chalkwell, Grove, Hartlip, Newington and Upchurch, Iwade and Lower Halstow, Kemsley, Leysdown and Warden, Milton Regis, Minster Cliffs, Murston, Queenborough and Halfway, Roman, St Michael's, Sheerness East, Sheerness West, Sheppey Central, Teynham and Lynsted, West Downs, and Woodstock.

2015–present: The Borough of Swale wards of Bobbing, Iwade and Lower Halstow, Borden and Grove Park, Chalkwell, Hartlip, Newington and Upchurch, Homewood, Kemsley, Milton Regis, Minster Cliffs, Murston, Queenborough and Halfway, Roman, Sheerness, Sheppey Central, Sheppey East, Teynham and Lynsted, The Meads, West Downs, and Woodstock.

The constituency was created in 1997, mostly from the former seat of Faversham. It covers some of the district of Swale, including Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey.[2] (On Sheppey is Queenborough which was a borough constituency until abolition as a rotten borough in 1832.)

Constituency profileEdit

The constituency has been a bellwether of the national result since its 1997 creation. The seat came extremely close to losing this status in the 2005 general election, when Labour held the seat by just 79 votes after a recount, despite the fact that the sitting MP, Derek Wyatt, was expecting to lose.[3]

Boundary changes which came into effect for the 2010 general election suggest that the Conservatives would have actually won the seat in 2005, though the notional Conservative majority from this estimation is extremely small, meaning it could've gone either way.

Unemployment claimant levels in November 2012 were close to the national average (3.8%) at 4.5%, in line with Cleethorpes, Thurrock, Hammersmith and Meriden.[4]

Members of ParliamentEdit

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 2010sEdit

General election 2017: Sittingbourne and Sheppey[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gordon Henderson 30,911 60.2 +10.7
Labour Mike Rolfe 15,700 30.6 +11.0
Independent Mike Baldock 2,133 4.2 +4.2
Liberal Democrat Keith Nevols 1,392 2.7 -0.5
Green Mark Lindop 558 1.1 -1.3
Monster Raving Loony Mad Mike Young 403 0.8 +0.2
Independent Lee McCall 292 0.6 +0.6
Majority 15,211 29.6 +5.0
Turnout 51,389 62.7 -2.1
General election 2015: Sittingbourne and Sheppey[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gordon Henderson 24,425 49.5 -0.6
UKIP Richard Palmer[8] 12,257 24.8 +19.4
Labour Guy Nicholson 9,673 19.6 -5.0
Liberal Democrat Keith Nevols 1,563 3.2 -13.2
Green Gary Miller 1,185 2.4 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Mad Mike Young 275 0.6 -0.1
Majority 12,168 24.6 -0.9
Turnout 49,378 65.0 +0.5
Conservative hold Swing -10.1
General election 2010: Sittingbourne and Sheppey[9][n 3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gordon Henderson 24,313 50.0 +8.3
Labour Angela Harrison 11,930 24.6 -17.1
Liberal Democrat Keith Nevols 7,943 16.4 +3.6
UKIP Ian Davison 2,610 5.4 +3.1
BNP Lawrence Tames 1,305 2.7 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Mad Mike Young 319 0.7 N/A
Independent David Cassidy 158 0.3 N/A
Majority 12,383 25.5
Turnout 48,578 64.5 +10.8
Conservative hold Swing +12.7

Elections in the 2000sEdit

General election 2005: Sittingbourne and Sheppey, revised boundaries (Notional)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative 18,013 41.76 N/A
Labour 17,957 41.63 N/A
Liberal Democrat 5,565 12.90 N/A
Majority 56 0.13 N/A
General election 2005: Sittingbourne and Sheppey[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Derek Wyatt 17,051 41.8 -4.0
Conservative Gordon Henderson 16,972 41.6 +5.1
Liberal Democrat Jane Nelson 5,183 12.7 -1.4
UKIP Stephen Dean 926 2.3 +0.6
Rock 'n' Roll Loony Mad Mike Young 479 1.2 -0.6
Veritas David Cassidy 192 0.5 +0.5
Majority 79 0.2
Turnout 40,803 53.7 -3.8
Labour hold Swing -4.6
General election 2001: Sittingbourne and Sheppey[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Derek Wyatt 17,340 45.8 +5.2
Conservative Adrian Lee 13,831 36.5 +0.2
Liberal Democrat Elvina Lowe 5,353 14.1 -4.2
Rock 'n' Roll Loony Mad Mike Young 673 1.8 N/A
UKIP Robert Oakley 661 1.7 +0.7
Majority 3,509 9.3
Turnout 37,858 57.5 -14.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990sEdit

General election 1997: Sittingbourne and Sheppey[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Derek Wyatt 18,723 40.6
Conservative Roger Moate 16,794 36.4
Liberal Democrat Roger Truelove 8,447 18.3
Referendum Peter Moull 1,082 2.3
Monster Raving Loony Chris "Screwy" Driver 644 1.4
UKIP Nico Risi 472 1.0
Majority 1,929 4.2
Turnout 46,162 72.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing {{{swing}}}

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

Notes
  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.
  3. ^ Although the constituency was won by Labour in 2005, boundary changes had made it a notionally Conservative seat, so it was thus listed as a Conservative hold by the media.
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. ^ 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
  3. ^ https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2010-06-02c.455.2&s=speaker%3A24828#g534.0
  4. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 3)
  6. ^ "Loony Party Candidates". Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  8. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/2015guide/sittingbourneandsheppey/
  9. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  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.

Coordinates: 51°21′N 0°47′E / 51.350°N 0.783°E / 51.350; 0.783