South East European Region

2014 Election
2014 Results
1. Nigel Farage (UKIP) 751439 32.1% (+13.3%)
2. Dan Hannan (Conservative) 723571 30.9% (-3.8%)
3. Janice Atkinson (UKIP) (375720)
4. Nirj Deva (Conservative) (361786)
5. Anneliese Dodds (Labour) 342775 14.7% (+6.4%)
6. Diane James (UKIP) (250480)
7. Richard Ashworth (Conservative) (241190)
8. Keith Taylor (Green) 211706 9.1% (-2.6%)
9. Catherine Bearder (Liberal Democrat) 187876 8% (-6.1%)
10. Ray Finch (UKIP) (187860)
. (Independence from Europe) 45199 1.9% (n/a)
. (English Democrats) 17771 0.8% (-1.5%)
. (BNP) 16909 0.7% (-3.6%)
. (Christian Peoples Alliance) 14893 0.6% (-0.9%)
. (Peace) 10130 0.4% (0%)
. (Socialist Party of GB) 5454 0.2% (n/a)
. (Roman Party Ave!) 2997 0.1% (-0.1%)
. (YOURvoice) 2932 0.1% (n/a)
. (Liberty GB) 2494 0.1% (n/a)
. (Harmony) 1904 0.1% (n/a)
Current sitting MEPs
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Nigel Farage (UKIP) born 1964, Farnborough. Educated at Dulwich College. Former commodity broker. A former Conservative he was a founder member of UKIP in 1993. Contested Itchen, Test and Avon in 1994 European election. Member of the European Parliament for South-East England since 1999. Contested Eastleigh by-election 1994, Salisbury 1997, Bexhill and Battle 2001, South Thanet 2005, Bromley and Chistlehurst 2006 by-election, Buckingham 2010. Leader of UKIP 2006-2009 and since 2010.
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Dan Hannan (Conservative) Born 1971, Peru. Educated at Marlborough College and Oxford University. Journalist and former speechwriter. MEP for South East England since 1999. 
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Janice Atkinson (UKIP) Press advisor. Contested Batley and Spen 2010 for the Conservatives (as Janice Small). MEP for South East since 2014
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Nirj Deva (Conservative) Born 1948, Sri Lanka. Educated at Loughborough University. MP for Brentford and Isleworth 1992-1997. MEP for South East England since 1999. Appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Greater London in 1985.
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Anneliese Dodds (Labour) Born 1978, Scotland. Educated at Oxford University. University lecturer. Contested Billericay 2005, Reading East 2010. MEP for South East since 2014
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Diane James (UKIP) Healthcare consultant. Waverley councillor since 2006, originally elected as an independent. Contested Eastleigh by-election 2012. MEP for South East since 2014
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Richard Ashworth (Conservative) Born 1947, Folkestone. Educated at Kings School Canterbury and Searle-Hayne College. Dairy farmer. Contested North Devon 1997. MEP for South East England since 1999. Leader of the Conservative group in the European Parliament.
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Keith Taylor (Green) Born 1953, Southend. Brighton and Hove councillor 1999-2010. Contested Brighton Pavilion 2001, 2005. MEP since 2010, succeeding upon Caroline Lucas`s election to Parliament.
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Catherine Bearder (Liberal Democrat) Born 1949. Educated at St Christophers, Letchworth. Former Cherwell councillor. Former Oxfordshire county councillor. Contested Banbury 1997, Henley 2001. Contested South-East region 1999, 2004. MEP for South East England since 2009.
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Ray Finch (UKIP) Engineer. Hampshire councillor. Contested Eastleigh 2010. MEP for South East since 2014

Full candidates for the 2014 European election are here.

2009 Election
2009 Results
1. Dan Hannan (Conservative) 812288 34.8% (-0.4%)
2. Nigel Farage (UKIP) 440002 18.8% (-0.7%)
3. Richard Ashworth (Conservative) (406144)
4. Sharon Bowles (Liberal Democrat) 330340 14.1% (-1.2%)
5. Caroline Lucas (Green) 271506 11.6% (+3.8%)
6. Nirj Deva (Conservative) (270763)
7. Marta Andreasen (UKIP) (220001)
8. James Elles (Conservative) (203072)
9. Peter Skinner (Labour) 192592 8.2% (-5.4%)
10. Catherine Bearder (Liberal Democrat) (165170)
. (BNP) 101769 4.4% (+1.4%)
. (English Democrats) 52526 2.2% (+0.9%)
. (Christian) 35712 1.5% (n/a)
. (No2EU) 21455 0.9% (n/a)
. (Libertas) 16767 0.7% (n/a)
. (Socialist Labour) 15484 0.7% (n/a)
. (UK First) 15261 0.7% (n/a)
. (Jury Team) 14172 0.6% (n/a)
. (Peace) 9534 0.4% (-0.2%)
. (Roman Party Ave!) 5450 0.2% (n/a)
Current sitting MEPs
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Dan Hannan (Conservative)Born 1971, Peru. Educated at Marlborough College and Oxford University. Journalist and former speechwriter. MEP for South East England since 1999. 
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Nigel Farage (UKIP)born 1964, Farnborough. Educated at Dulwich College. Former commodity broker. A former Conservative he was a founder member of UKIP in 1993. Contested Itchen, Test and Avon in 1994 European election. Member of the European Parliament for South-East England since 1999. Contested Eastleigh by-election 1994, Salisbury 1997, Bexhill and Battle 2001, South Thanet 2005, Bromley and Chistlehurst 2006 by-election, Buckingham 2010. Leader of UKIP 2006-2009 and since 2010.
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Richard Ashworth (Conservative) Born 1947, Folkestone. Educated at Kings School Canterbury and Searle-Hayne College. Dairy farmer. Contested North Devon 1997. MEP for South East England since 1999. Leader of the Conservative group in the European Parliament.
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Sharon Bowles (Liberal Democrat) Born 1953, Oxford. Educated at Reading University. Patent attorney. Contested Aylesbury 1992, 1997. MEP for South East England since 2005.
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Keith Taylor (Green) Born 1953, Rochford. Brighton and Hove councillor 1999-2010. Contested Brighton Pavilion 2001, 2005. Principal speaker for the Green party 2004-2006. MEP for South East England since 2010, replacing Caroline Lucas upon her election to Parliament.
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Nirj Deva (Conservative) Born 1948, Sri Lanka. Educated at Loughborough University. MP for Brentford and Isleworth 1992-1997. MEP for South East England since 1999. Appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Greater London in 1985.
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Marta Andreasen (Conservative) Born 1954, Argentina. Former EU chief accountant, fired in 2005 for criticising the EU’s accounting policies. MEP for South East England since 2009. Defected to the Conservatives in February 2013 after falling out with Nigel Farage.
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James Elles (Conservative)Born 1949, London. Educated at Edinburgh University. MEP for Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire 1984-1989, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire East 1994-1999, South East England since 1999.
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Peter Skinner (Labour)Born 1959, Oxford. Educated at St Josephs Secondary Modern, Orpington, and Bradford University. Former business and economics lecturer. MEP for West Kent 1994-1999. MEP for the South East since 1999.
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Catherine Bearder (Liberal Democrat)Born 1949. Educated at St Christophers, Letchworth. Former Cherwell councillor. Former Oxfordshire county councillor. Contested Banbury 1997, Henley 2001. Contested South-East region 1999, 2004. MEP for South East England since 2009.


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Comments - 1,547 Responses on “Europe South East”
  1. Still not wholly convinced.

  2. Honestly, it is. I didn’t actually know anyone socially who was voting ‘Leave’. I had acquaintances of whom I suspected/ heard subsequently that they did indeed vote to Leave. So my point is that I probably should expand my social circle beyond beyond people from their mid twenties to late thirties who are predominantly professional people.

  3. Deepthroat – “When will we hear from the pollsters” – I doubt we will anytime soon.

    Kellner must be in a darkened room listening to Ode to Joy.

  4. Tristan – that’s interesting and certainly true on both sides.

    Hence the vox pops showing almost everyone had voted Leave on estates in Stoke, N Wales, N Manchester, Essex and so on.

  5. LANCS..yes poor KELLNER MUST be a bit depressed this weekend.

    TRISTAN..OK I’ll take your word for it. Maybe it has something to do with the reality that I am very working class but I move in circles from the underclass to the upper middle class; non-politicos & those who are in politics. I also listen to a lot of talk radio which can give you an inkling of public mood. The Internet of course is also very useful for gaining a wide range of opinions / facts.

  6. BBC Parliament are showing all of the Results again now.

    So the people of Islington can have their 2nd Ref and look up on a map where the 70% of places are who voted Leave ha

  7. Deepthroat – that’s my background and circles I move in too.

    I was amazed to hear a young graduate in London say, “how many English nurses, cleaners or builders do you know? We need EU immigrants.”

    I happen to know all 3 and I suspect many do outside London.

  8. My group of close buddies include an ex drug addict, who works 55-60 hrs a week on the minimum wage and an old friend who earns very nearly 7 figures in an industry which I think is grotesque.

    I sispect not enough Labour MPS actually have friends or acquaintances who are poor, w/c, unemployed.

    Peter Oborne on BBCR4 today told Caroline Flint that Labour MPS like her “hate ” their voters.

  9. I don’t think Flint hates those people, but she probably couldn’t give a toss about them either. Society conditions people to not like the underclass and working class. Do well at school, go to university, get a well paid or ‘worthy’ job. These are seen as the main markers of success in our society.

  10. I wonder if their will be a political alignment because of this or fracturing of the main two parties. For example I imagine Tory voters in Chelsea and Fulham are less than impressed with their party same goes for Labour voters in places like Doncaster. I’m not saying that Chelsea will vote Labour or Doncaster Tory but I wonder existing political loyalties will begin to crack as politics fragments.

  11. It’s telling that Labour In avoided some of their safe seats on the day. Their website shows that their HQs and Hubs were all in middle class wards to GOTV.

    Labour are used to not having to GOTV in ‘their’ wards in GEs.

    It’s in part due to falling Party membership since WWII (so they had to concentrate what foot soldiers they had – mainly students in city centres), but also even they recognised that this time, it wasn’t worth them searching for Remainers on council estates.

    The TV coverage of the ‘look’ of the BSE people at Counts was stark. The ‘workers’ weren’t the Labour In door knockers.

  12. Lancs Observer
    Re your post directed at me up thread
    I think your right about Norris Green, I just always considered that whole area to be Norris Green but maybe it is technically two different estates, indeed on the bus to uni every day there are plenty of signs along Muirhead avenue advertising the redevelopment of the area, they seem to be rebranding the place as the “Evergreen” estates.

    Hadn’t considered the Liberals much either to be fair but I did quite a bit of canvassing in the Tuebrook ward and it really did seem to split 50-50 and with some clear inter ward divides, the Stoneycroft part of the ward in the South and around Newsham Park seemed good for Remain but we struggled in the terraces of Tuebrook unless it wasa BME family. Also interesting is that nobody once mentioned the Liberals (though that’s not a huge surprise)

    As fort the GOTV operation truth be told I didn’t end up doing that much. ended up knocking on the known occupied student houses along Smithdown, very positive response, some had already voted, others assured me they would, even managed to talk a few into actually going to vote as soon as they were done talking to me (actually saw several walking to the polling station) but I doubt it made a huge difference. I have a friend who lives there and I ended up talking to him for way too long and also it was SUPER sunny and I got sick of walking around so I only door knocked for about two hours all in all. Do you know if Liverpool is releasing turnout figures per ward? If Greenbank has a below average turnout I’ll feel super guilty.

  13. Rivers10 – thanks for the update.

    No, it is within NG, it’s just the bit that you mentioned which was demolished and rebuilt only makes up around 15% of the area. NG is everything from Lowerhouse Lane, the East Lancs Rd, Loopline/Broadway, Utting Avenue East etc (but I realise you probably thought of it as the Norris Green Park side, with living in L12). NG is an area I covered for a couple of years when I was a trainee journo over a decade ago (that’s how I recall all of the tinned up, derelict housing over the side you meant). Glad to see it’s almost all now been resolved. I think Norris Green village is the name of the development I saw in the Your Move mag (but that might just be confined to 200-300 houses opposite St Teresa’s). Evergreen does ring a bell though: it may be one of the recent Help To Buy estates.

    I think in Tuebrook, it’s almost the Steve Radford Party (as opposed to the Liberals), so that might explain that. Yes, it was a bit too warm & sunny to be GOTV all day.

    Some NW councils have now released actual results by ward (eg Wigan), as well as Turnout. I think all will get around to releasing turnout by ward, but l I haven’t emailed to ask yet. I think Steve Barker and his team deserve a few days rest for the time being.

  14. SkyData reckons only 36% of 18-24 year olds voted.

    Compared with 83% of those over 65.

  15. Not a huge surprise LANCS.

    COMRES have admitted they coked up on national picture :

    24/6/16
    “…our early thinking is that the shifting UK political landscape may require a new approach to predictive political polling, in order to take greater account of the regional demographic and new political landscapes.

    Regional and demographic differences also played a powerful role, and it was clear in the final days that a large proportion of voters were still moving between dramatically different binary choices with considerable fluidity.happened,

    …the whole industry finds it harder than ever to forecast accurately aggregated national vote shares.”

    ADAM BOULTON and MICHAEL PORTILLO both touched on difficulties getting a sample which I reported on this thread.
    BOULTON deserves a special mention.

  16. Now that is one area I will agree with you. Adam Boulton has been excellent. I take it all back, Adam.

  17. So much for “75% of 18-24’s voting remain”. When you take turnout into account, it’s only 27%, compared to 35% of the whole electorate.

    Viewed through that prism, complaints that millennials have had their future stolen from them look even more churlish.

  18. Yes these claims are pretty pathetic. A few Tarquins and Georginas presuming to speak for their whole age group – 2/3 of which apparently couldn’t care less.

  19. It is notable that turnout was generally up on the GE, but amongst demographics that skewed to remain – particularly young people & Scots – turnout was markedly down.

  20. Not really. Turnout was up just about everywhere on the GE except Scotland (election fatigue and lack of campaigning up there, I expect). But it was up the most the working class areas.

  21. Why not ? I’ve been telling you precisely that since February.

  22. The Shadow Cabinet meeting tomorrow has been cancelled.

    Apparently Corbyn can’t replace them all. More are expected to go tomorrow as well as shadow junior ministers.

  23. He probably get enough to fill the shadow cabinet but not the Junior minsters. This coup is doomed to failure through. Enough Labour MP’s are backing Corbyn to nominate him on to a ballot if its needed and he easily win the member vote. What will then happen will be interesting.

  24. Really? I can only count 25-35 who would nominate him.

    Doesn’t he need 50 MPs?

  25. Exactly 46. But he doesn’t need them – he is automatically on the ballot. But will he stand if he’s got less than 20% of MPs?

  26. Someone in the moderates needs to commission a poll. This would probably reveal that CORBYNs support is no longer overwhelming and hasten Jexit.

  27. In the membership.

  28. But if Corbyn does go on and the vast majority of the PLP are no longer playing nice but openly airing their views from the back benches this would be utter chaos, Corbyn’s formally rather shaky authority would be reduced to absolutely nothing. A few months of this and I don’t know how he could physically go on regardless of what the membership thinks.

  29. Iain McNicoll, the general secretary of the Labour Party, has confirmed that Jeremy would not in fact be automatically on the ballot.

  30. Source please!

    This could end up in the High Court.

  31. I can only assume that Jez is both Sado madochistic and totally, helplessly deluded and arrogant. Why on earth would anyone want to carry on as leader in these circumstances?

  32. We might get to the stage where he doesn’t have enough people to fill the Shadow posts.

  33. MATT SINGH of Number Cruncher politics is another pollster with his tail between his legs. Today he writes:

    “I’m not going to pretend to be happy with a central forecast as far from the result as it was. Considering the three steps of the forecast – aggregating the polls, estimating true support for each side and projecting the evolution of support between polling and voting – the source of the error is already fairly clear.

    It has been claimed that swingback to the status quo – often seen in referendums and factored in to the model – was illusory, didn’t happen this time, or even happened in reverse. In fact (it did).

    “…to have called Brexit as the likeliest outcome based on the data available would have been significantly harder than getting last year right, and unfortunately I didn’t manage to do so this time

    But let me congratulate Opinium, Stephen Bush, Rob Hayward, Deepthroat and everyone else that called it.”

  34. I have been offline since the 23rd (things come in twos!) so apologies if this has been done on other threads but fascinated by the areas in the south which voted remain. You can get to Glos (Cheltenham, Cotswolds, Stroud) from London without going through any Leave areas and also to Brighton with a detour through Mole Valley because Reigate was v narrowly Leave.
    I noticed several Home Counties districts were very close.

  35. Just a gentle reminder of one reason people voted LEAVE – being ruled by angry unelected drunk not appealing –

    ‘Mr Juncker hit back at criticism of him in some parts of the British press, claiming he is not a “faceless bureaucrat” and “would like to be respected”.

    He also wagged his finger at MEPs from the UK Independence party, including Nigel Farage, who were attending the session:

    You were fighting for the exit. The British people voted in favour of the exit. Why are you here?’

    https://next.ft.com/content/d79a19d7-01c7-3bfc-a7b1-7bb9679499cd

  36. He might be an arrogant drunk but his question is a very pertinent one. I notice you haven’t answered it.

  37. I would have thought the answer is obvious. The UK is currently still an EU member, and that will be the case until we officially leave. Until then we’re entitled to the same representation in EU institutions that we had this time last week.

    But then his question was more a display of petulance than a proper enquiry.

    Add Juncker to the growing list of people throwing their toys out of the pram because 17m people didn’t vote the way they think they should.

  38. I assume Juncker’s comment at least partly referred to the fact that, having conned the country into voting to Leave, UKIP and the victorious side of the Conservative party are refusing to begin the process of so doing. It is a perfectly valid question, being asked across the whole continent. The answer of course is that they can see the stupidity of what they have done and nobody wants to go down in history as the gimp who pressed the nuclear button.

  39. Well UKIP don’t have the power to invoke A50 so not sure why Juncker would expect them to?

  40. “You’re not laughing now, are you?” Farage to MEPs.

    Yes, MP-R – we’ve been told by NW MEPs that they hope to see out their current 5 year term, but obviously it could be cut short by upto 9 months if we Leave in eg Sep 2018.

    2 are looking around for other jobs now, so it wouldn’t surprise me if a few go early, given that it doesn’t cause by-elections.

  41. That happened when the GLC was on its way out….perhaps in the other metropolitan county councils too.

  42. Farage really isn’t good at either winning or losing with dignity.

  43. ‘Farage really isn’t good at either winning or losing with dignity.’

    Bottom line, he;s just a nasty piece of work and one day even people with limited intelligence will wake up to that indisputable fact

    He’s a huge embarsssment to the UK

  44. I think even his most swivel eyed supporters would concede that class and graciousness don’t rank highly in his list of personal attributes.

  45. HH – yes, that’s true.

    There’s been talk of them all losing 10% of their pensions. No idea where it’s come from – were they final salary, annuity or do they just mean contributions-based, as they all expected to be MPs for another decade or more?

  46. Heard Nigel Farage taunting MEPs in European Parliament never having proper jobs, etc. Must’ve felt a great moment for him (from his perspective) to gloat so much after the Brexit vote. Quite perplexing really.

  47. BSE has now accepted the Referendum result (in an email to supporters) and Will Straw has given notice that he’s stepping down as Executive Director.

  48. How gracious of BSE

  49. Sorry for the long post but here is my attempt at the South East’s seats. There isn’t a great deal of change and there is only one cross county seat between East Sussex and Kent which is necessary. Let me know what you think :-).

    1.Banbury (Prentis)
    2.Witney (Vaizey probably as Cameron will retire and his seat is torn up)
    3.Abingdon and Wantage (Blackwood)
    4.Henley and Didcot (Howell)
    5.Bicester (New Tory MP)
    6.Oxford (Smith)
    7.Milton Keynes North East (Lancaster. Majority ~10,500)
    8.Milton Keynes South West (Stewart. Notional majority ~8,000)
    9.Buckingham (New Tory MP as Bercow will step down)
    10.Aylesbury (Liddington)
    11.Chesham and Amersham (Gillan)
    12.Wycombe (Baker)
    13.Beaconsfield (Grieve)
    14.Newbury (Benyon)
    15.Reading West (Sharma. Majority rises to over 7,000)
    16.Reading East (Wilson. Majority rises to ~9,000)
    17.Wokingham (Redwood)
    18.Maidenhead (May)
    19.Slough (Mactaggart)
    20.Windsor (Afriyie)
    21.Bracknell (Lee)
    22.Aldershot (Howarth)
    23.North East Hampshire (or Fleet and Alton. Jayawardena)
    24.Basingstoke (Miller)
    25.North West Hampshire (or Andover. Malthouse)
    26.Romsey (Nokes)
    27.Winchester (Brine)
    28.New Forest West (Swayne)
    29.New Forest East (Lewis)
    30.Southampton Test (or West. Whitehead. Majority cut to ~2,000)
    31.Southampton Itchen (or East. Smith. Majority rises to ~2,800)
    32.Eastleigh (Davies)
    33.Fareham (Fernandes)
    34.Gosport (Dinenage)
    35.Portsmouth North (Mordaunt)
    36.Portsmouth South (Drummond)
    37.Havant (Mak)
    38.East Hampshire (Hinds)
    39.South West Surrey (Hunt)
    40.Woking (Lord)
    41.Guildford (Milton)
    42.Surrey Heath (Gove)
    43.Mole Valley (Beresford)
    44.Chertsey and Staines (or Runnymede and Staines. Hammond)
    45.Sunbury and Walton (Kwarteng)
    46.Esher and Weybridge (Raab)
    47.Epsom and Ewell (Grayling)
    48.Reigate (Blunt)
    49.East Surrey (Gyimah)
    50.Bognor Regis and Littlehampton (Gibb)
    51.Chichester (Tyrie)
    52.Worthing West (Bottomley)
    53.Worthing East and Shoreham (Loughton)
    54.Arundel and South Downs (Herbert)
    55.Horsham (Quin)
    56.Crawley (Smith. Majority increases to over 8,000)
    57.Mid Sussex (Soames)
    58.Brighton North and Hove Park (Notionally Tory by ~2,300, Greens ~9,000 behind the Tories. Probably easier than it seems for Weatherley to win though as it contains the Northern half of Lucas’s seat though he may opt for the next seat.)
    59.Brighton and Hove Central (Lucas would have her work cut out to win this as it’s notionally Labour over Green by ~6,600, the Tories are a close third about 1,100 behind the Greens)
    60.Brighton East and Seahaven (Kirby. Majority ~7,500)
    61.Lewes and Uckfield (Caulfield. Essentially unwinnable for the Lib Dems)
    62.Eastbourne (Ansell)
    63.Bexhill and Battle (Merriman)
    64.Hastings and Rye (Rudd)
    65.High Weald (or Crowborough and the High Weald. East Sussex-Kent cross county seat. Ghani)
    66.Tunbridge Wells (Clark)
    67.Sevenoaks (Fallon)
    68.Tonbridge and Mid Kent (the left over bits seat, takes from Tonbridge and Malling, Maidstone and the Weald and Ashford but the most comes from the former. Tugendhat.)
    69.Dartford (Johnson. A bit better for Lab as it loses the Sevenoaks ward, not that that means a lot in this seat nowadays)
    70.Gravesham (Holloway. Tory majority rises to over 11,000)
    71.Rochester and Strood (Tollhurst)
    72.Gillingham and Rainham (Christi. Majority of over 12,000)
    73.Chatham and Aylesford (Crouch. Majority of ~12,500)
    74.Maidstone (Crouch. Whately could try to get the nomination as it contains a chunk of her old seat and Grant is pretty poorly regarded)
    75.Sittingbourne and Sheppey (Henderson)
    76.Canterbury and Faversham (Brazier. Tory majority of just under 13,000)
    77.Thanet West and Herne (Gale)
    78.Thanet East (Mackinlay. A bit more friendly seat to Labour whether they can ever take advantage of it depends on if they can get their act together in these parts which is far from certain. It picks up two of their better Thanet wards, Margate Central and Dane Valley)
    79.Dover (Elphicke)
    80.Folkestone and Hythe (Collins)
    81.Ashford (Green)

    The two MPs whose seats disappear are Hollingbery and Whatley though there should be enough retirements in this Tory dominated region for them to be able to find safe seats should they want them.

  50. OK my thoughts, obviously for the bulk of the plan there appears to be limited to no change and I’ll assume everything was in good faith since there is little to no partisan benefit to be had in most of the seats.

    Consequently I’ll focus on some of the more marginal areas, hard to make a complete judgment without knowing the wards involved so I’ll ask in each instance what wards you used to make the seats.

    1) Milton Keynes=This was discussed on another thread but I’m wary of how you managed to increase the majority in NE and basically maintain it in SW. Most sensible amalgamations reduce the majority in SW sort of in proportion to the increased majority in NE.

    2) Brighton=Your boundaries for B and H seem very unorthodox, will reserve judgment until I know the exact wards but a repeat of what the BC proposed last time would be much simpler.

    3) Gravesham/Dartford=Again what wards are being used in Gravesham to knock the majority up so much? I would have though the simple thing to do would be to just add Swanscombe from Dartford to Gravesham then you could leave them both alone.

    4) Reading East=As always what wards have been used, short of sprawling off into the countryside I don’t see how you increased the notional majority by that much, the seat only needs one additional ward.

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