Gillingham & Rainham

2015 Result:
Conservative: 22590 (48.1%)
Labour: 12060 (25.7%)
Lib Dem: 1707 (3.6%)
Green: 1133 (2.4%)
UKIP: 9199 (19.6%)
TUSC: 273 (0.6%)
Independent: 44 (0.1%)
MAJORITY: 10530 (22.4%)

Category: Safe Conservative seat

Geography: South East, Kent.

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Profile:

Politics:


Current MP
REHMAN CHISHTI (Conservative) Born 1978, Pakistan. Educated at Aberystwyth University. Former barrister and adviser to Francis Maude. Medway councillor since 2003. Contested Horsham 2005 for Labour before defecting to the Conservative party in March 2006. First elected as MP for Gillingham & Rainham in 2010.
Past Results
2010
Con: 21624 (46%)
Lab: 12944 (28%)
LDem: 8484 (18%)
UKIP: 1515 (3%)
Oth: 2219 (5%)
MAJ: 8680 (19%)
2005*
Con: 18367 (41%)
Lab: 18621 (41%)
LDem: 6734 (15%)
UKIP: 1191 (3%)
Oth: 254 (1%)
MAJ: 254 (1%)
2001
Con: 16510 (39%)
Lab: 18782 (44%)
LDem: 5755 (14%)
UKIP: 933 (2%)
Oth: 232 (1%)
MAJ: 2272 (5%)
1997
Con: 18207 (36%)
Lab: 20187 (40%)
LDem: 9649 (19%)
Oth: 1148 (2%)
MAJ: 1980 (4%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005, name changed from Gillingham

Demographics
2015 Candidates
REHMAN CHISHTI (Conservative) See above.
PAUL CLARK (Labour) Born 1957, Gillingham. Educated at Gillingham Grammar School and Keele University. Political strategist and former trade union officer. Gillingham councillor 1982-1990. Contested Gillingham 1992. MP for Gillingham 1997-2010. Government whip 2003-2005, PPS to John Prescott 2005-2007, PPS to Ed Balls 2007-2008, Under-Secretary for Transport 2008-2010.
PAUL CHAPLIN (Liberal Democrat) Auditor.
MARK HANSON (UKIP) Born 1951, Isle of Man. Obstetrician.
NEIL WILLIAMS (Green)
MIKE WALTERS (No description) Born 1955, Buckinghamshire. Educated at Witney Grammar School and Preston Polytechnic. Bus driver. Contested Dover 2010, Eastleigh 2013 by-election for the English Democrats.
ROGER PEACOCK (No description)
JACQUI BERRY (TUSC) Nurse.
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Comments - 105 Responses on “Gillingham & Rainham”
  1. I don’t really go along with all this tosh that MPs are forced to go along with what their local party (or constituency) majority view is.
    They are intelligent people, elected, and capable of defending themselves.
    We all have a vote in the referendum, and MPs are entitled to their view – they are not delegates.
    Anyone sensible – on either side – knows that.

  2. I agree with Joe that constituency party pressure is overstated. Deselections over the issue are very unlikely (they very rarely happen over ideology, when they do happen like with Anne McIntosh in the last parliament it is usually more about personalities and internal matters – they replaced her with another pro-European in Thirsk and Malton). Plus, they have a couple of years to patch things up with their parties before selection happens anyway. Having said that I expect some of the newer MPs who have been late declarers/not declared yet are torn between selection meeting commitments that they don’t support EU membership without substantial change to the terms and their instincts to support Remain.

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