Bexhill & Battle

2015 Result:
Conservative: 30245 (54.8%)
Labour: 7797 (14.1%)
Lib Dem: 4199 (7.6%)
Green: 2807 (5.1%)
UKIP: 10170 (18.4%)
MAJORITY: 20075 (36.4%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: South East, East Sussex. Most of the Rother council area and part of the Wealden council area.

Main population centres: Bexhill, Battle, Pevensey Bay, Westham, Hankham, Heathfield, Northiam.

Profile: Though it covers a large geographical area, by far the largest settlement here is the genteel seaside town of Bexhill, a popular retirement location with a large elderly population. Further along the coastal strip is the much smaller seaside resort of Pevensey Bay and Westham, an inland village that is expanding as part of the greater Eastbourne area. The rest of the seat is a large swathe of rural territory, the rolling hills and woodland of the High Weald, dotted with small villages. It includes the small market town of Heathfield and Battle, a town that grew up around the Abbey built to commemorate William the Conqueror`s victory here in 1066.

Politics: A very safe Conservative seat, called Rye until 1983 when Rye itself was moved into the Hastings constituency.


Current MP
HUW MERRIMAN (Conservative) Former lawyer. Wealden councillor since 2007. Contested North East Derbyshire 2010. First elected as MP for Bexhill & Battle in 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 28147 (52%)
Lab: 6524 (12%)
LDem: 15267 (28%)
BNP: 1950 (4%)
Oth: 2699 (5%)
MAJ: 12880 (24%)
2005*
Con: 24629 (53%)
Lab: 8457 (18%)
LDem: 11180 (24%)
UKIP: 2568 (5%)
MAJ: 13449 (29%)
2001
Con: 21555 (48%)
Lab: 8702 (19%)
LDem: 11052 (25%)
UKIP: 3474 (8%)
MAJ: 10503 (23%)
1997
Con: 23570 (48%)
Lab: 8866 (18%)
LDem: 12470 (25%)
Oth: 786 (2%)
MAJ: 11100 (23%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
HUW MERRIMAN (Conservative) Lawyer. Wealden councillor since 2007. Contested North East Derbyshire 2010.
MICHELLE THEW (Labour) CEO of Cruelty Free International.
RACHEL SADLER (Liberal Democrat)
GEOFFREY BASTIN (UKIP)
JONATHAN KENT (Green)
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Comments - 101 Responses on “Bexhill & Battle”
  1. Huw Merrimann, Philip Hammond’s PPS, has announced he supports the idea of a second referendum and predicts he might soon get sacked over it.

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