2015 Result:
Conservative: 29112 (60.6%)
Labour: 5690 (11.8%)
Lib Dem: 2157 (4.5%)
Green: 1504 (3.1%)
UKIP: 7042 (14.7%)
Independent: 2424 (5%)
Others: 116 (0.2%)
MAJORITY: 22070 (45.9%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: South East, Essex. Part of the Maldon council area and part of the Chelmsford council area.

Main population centres: Maldon, Burnham-on-Crouch, South Woodham Ferrers.

Profile: A rural seat in the east of Essex, made up mostly of small villages. It mostly consists of the marshy Dengie peninsula between the rivers Crouch and Blackwater, with the yachting town of Burnham-on-Crouch in the south and the ancient town of Maldon itself to the north. The seat then stretches out to the west, taking in the rural areas between Chelmsford and Billericay, including South Woodham Ferrers and East and West Hanningfield. Bradwell on the Dengie peninsual is the site of a now decommissioned nuclear power station and expected to be the site of a new nuclear power facility in the future.

Politics: The town of Maldon has a long history of Parliamentary representation, having been the name of a constituency in one form or another since the fourteenth century. Since 1955 (before which it was rather incongruously represented by the flamboyant Labour MP Tom Driberg) it has been a history of solid Conservative representation.

Current MP
JOHN WHITTINGDALE (Conservative) Born 1959, Sherborne, Dorset. Educated at Winchester and University College London. Former correspondence secretary to Margaret Thatcher as leader of the oppostion, then CRD researcher, special advisor and finally political secretary to Thatcher from 1989-1992. First elected as MP for Colchester South and Maldon in 1992. PPS to Eric Forth 1994-1996, opposition whip 1997-1998, treasury spokesman 1998-1999, PPS to William Hague 1999-2001, shadow trade and industry spokesman 2001-2002, shadow culture media and sport 2002-2003, agriculture spokesman 2003-2005. Secretary of State for Culture since 2015. Awarded the OBE in Mrs Thatcher`s resignation honours.
Past Results
Con: 28661 (60%)
Lab: 6070 (13%)
LDem: 9254 (19%)
UKIP: 2446 (5%)
Oth: 1464 (3%)
MAJ: 19407 (41%)
Con: 23732 (51%)
Lab: 11159 (24%)
LDem: 9270 (20%)
UKIP: 1930 (4%)
MAJ: 12573 (27%)
Con: 21719 (49%)
Lab: 13257 (30%)
LDem: 7002 (16%)
UKIP: 1135 (3%)
Oth: 987 (2%)
MAJ: 8462 (19%)
Con: 24524 (49%)
Lab: 14485 (29%)
LDem: 9758 (19%)
Oth: 1620 (3%)
MAJ: 10039 (20%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005, name changed from Maldon & East Chelmsford

2015 Candidates
JOHN WHITTINGDALE (Conservative) See above.
ZOE O`CONNELL (Liberal Democrat)
JOHN MARETT (Sustainable Population)
KEN MARTIN (Independent)
Comments - 55 Responses on “Maldon”
  1. Maybe this was May’s way of diffusing the tension caused by all the BBC charter stuff.

  2. Quite possibly especially with Damian Green being rumoured to replace him.

  3. A lecherous fan of lapdancing clubs and dominatrixes was hardly going to be in favour with vicar’s daughter May

  4. Maldon West byelection result

    Independent: 279 (38.1 %, + 38.1)
    Conservative: 172 (23.5 %, – 6.4)
    UKIP: 114 (15.6 %, + 15.6)
    Green: 69 (9.4 %, – 10.0)
    Fighting Unsustainable Housing Because We Care: 51 (7.0 %, + 7.0)
    Labour: 47 (6.4 %, + 6.4)

    Independent gain from Con on turnout of 24.04 %

    Fighting Unsustainable Housing Because We Care is BNP under a different label

  5. John Whittingdale expected to return as Culture secretary tommrow.

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