Maidstone & The Weald

2015 Result:
Conservative: 22745 (45.5%)
Labour: 5268 (10.5%)
Lib Dem: 12036 (24.1%)
Green: 1396 (2.8%)
UKIP: 7930 (15.9%)
NHA: 583 (1.2%)
Independent: 52 (0.1%)
MAJORITY: 10709 (21.4%)

Category: Very safe Conservative seat

Geography: South East, Kent. Part of Maidstone council area and part of Tunbridge Wells council area.

Main population centres: Maidstone, Cranbrook, Staplehurst, Yalding.

Profile: Covers most of the county town of Maidstone before snaking south-eastwards to cover a chunk of Kentish countryside, including the small town of Cranbrook. The seat contains only a small portion of the Weald, a name which refers to a much larger area of historically wooded countryside between the North and South Downs in Sussex and Kent. Maidstone used to have an industrial base of papermaking, brewing and (more recently) confectionary, but more recently the economy has been dominated by retail, administration and London commuters. The seat also includes Maidstone Prison.

Politics: Maidstone has been held by the Conservative party since 1906, most famously by the former prisons minister turned celebrity Ann Widdecombe, who represented the seat until 2010. The Conservative majority has often been bolstered by the opposition being evenly split been Labour and the Liberal Democrats, though in 2010 a large swing from Labour to the Liberal Democrats cut the Tory majority to under ten thousand.


Current MP
HELEN GRANT (Conservative) Born 1961, London. Educated at Hull University. Former Solicitor and owner of a Croydon legal practice. First elected as MP for Maidstone and the Weald in 2010. Sports minister 2013-2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 23491 (48%)
Lab: 4769 (10%)
LDem: 17602 (36%)
UKIP: 1637 (3%)
Oth: 1429 (3%)
MAJ: 5889 (12%)
2005*
Con: 25670 (53%)
Lab: 10814 (22%)
LDem: 10808 (22%)
UKIP: 1463 (3%)
MAJ: 14856 (30%)
2001
Con: 22621 (50%)
Lab: 12303 (27%)
LDem: 9064 (20%)
UKIP: 978 (2%)
Oth: 611 (1%)
MAJ: 10318 (23%)
1997
Con: 23657 (44%)
Lab: 14054 (26%)
LDem: 11986 (22%)
Oth: 1913 (4%)
MAJ: 9603 (18%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
HELEN GRANT (Conservative) See above.
ALLEN SIMPSON (Labour) Educated at Maidstone Grammar and York University. Bank executive.
JASPER GERARD (Liberal Democrat) Born 1968, Tenterden. Educated at Durham University. Former journalist and columnist.
EDDIE POWELL (UKIP) Maidstone councillor since 2013.
HANNAH PATTON (Green) Youth worker.
PAUL HOBDAY (NHA) Retired GP.
ROBIN KINRADE (Independent) Accountant.
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  1. In the past, I have observed that Nigel Farage is not part of the establishment but he desperately wants to be.

    Now I have a better way of putting it – he wants to be Alan B’stard but he’s ended up being Delboy Trotter.

  2. ‘I can’t work out what he sees in a tax-dodging cash-in-hand con-merchant protagonist hiding his criminality behind a veil of blokish charm’

    Del Trotter is arguably the most likeable character of any British sitcom and whilst Farage might have some degree of charm he would could never attract the devotion of millions as Trotter did (I’ve seen the one where they win the £6.2 million ;Time On Our Hands’ well over 10 times and cry every single time!)

  3. Of course Farrage claims to like the most popular comedy and also two of most un PC ones.
    I couldn’t imagine him watching ITV back in the 1970’s when I believe ITV was looked down on by the middle and upper classes.

  4. HH – Nuttall was disastrous for the Party as Leader, but as a candidate and/or agent he in fact increased the vote and % on every occasion. Either when he stood himself in one of the safest Labour wards in the Country and achieved 38% for UKIP and really worried Labour in Bootle, to all of the 8 or so By-elections in the North of England during the Cameroon years and beyond. Not sure why he ran the campaigns incidentally, but Farage was happy for him to everywhere from Oldham in the snow to Middlesbrough.

    Even in Stoke, the UKIP % increased yet again.

    I’d use the word not very charitable rather than Christian, because as I pointed out being a Christian in the UK isn’t by doing good works. Indeed that’s what Roman Catholics believe and why the Glorious Revolution happened. People are Christians merely by repenting and believing.

  5. Brexit remake of Love Thy Neighbour….Anna Soubry moves in next to Kate Hoey. Fully PC compliant with no racism and female lead characters.

  6. Helen Grant as resigned as a Tory Vice Chair so she can campaign for Dominic Raab to be the next prime minister (and she did it an hour before May resigned).

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