Rochford & Southend East

2015 Result:
Conservative: 20241 (46.4%)
Labour: 10765 (24.7%)
Lib Dem: 1459 (3.3%)
Green: 2195 (5%)
UKIP: 8948 (20.5%)
MAJORITY: 9476 (21.7%)

Category: Very safe Conservative seat

Geography: South East, Essex. The eastern part of the Southend-on-Sea council area and part of the Rochford council area.

Main population centres: Southend, Shoeburyness.

Profile: The seat mainly consists of the central and eastern part of the Georgian seaside resort of Southend, situated at the end As with most British seaside towns it has declined since its heyday, but tourism remains a major part of the economy. Other major employers include HMRC, with the main VAT office based in the town. The London, Tilbury and Southend railway line also finishes in the constituency putting it within the London commuter belt. As well as Southend the constituency includes the small town of Rochford, the site of London Southend Airport and the sparsely populated marshland of Potton Island and Foulness Island, which is mostly owned by the defence contrators Qinetiq as a site for munitions testing.

Politics: This is a safe Conservative seat, held by the Tories since its creation in 1997, originally by the arch-Eurosceptic and Maastricht rebel Sir Teddy Taylor and since 2005 by James Duddridge.


Current MP
JAMES DUDDRIDGE (Conservative) Born 1971, Bristol. Educated at The Blue School and Essex University. Former national sales manager for Barclays bank. Contested Rother Valley 2001. First elected as MP for Rochford and Southend East in 2005. opposition whip 2008-2010, government whip 2010-2012. Junior foreign office minister since 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 19509 (47%)
Lab: 8459 (20%)
LDem: 8084 (19%)
UKIP: 2405 (6%)
Oth: 3174 (8%)
MAJ: 11050 (27%)
2005*
Con: 17874 (45%)
Lab: 12380 (31%)
LDem: 5967 (15%)
UKIP: 1913 (5%)
Oth: 1328 (3%)
MAJ: 5494 (14%)
2001
Con: 20058 (54%)
Lab: 13024 (35%)
LDem: 2780 (7%)
GRN: 990 (3%)
Oth: 600 (2%)
MAJ: 7034 (19%)
1997
Con: 22683 (49%)
Lab: 18458 (40%)
LDem: 4387 (9%)
Oth: 1070 (2%)
MAJ: 4225 (9%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
JAMES DUDDRIDGE (Conservative) See above.
IAN GILBERT (Labour) Educated at Birmingham University. Technical director at a consumer healthcare company. Southend councillor since 2008.
PETER GWIZDALA (Liberal Democrat)
FLOYD WATERWORTH (UKIP)
SIMON CROSS (Green)
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Comments - 55 Responses on “Rochford & Southend East”
  1. I must reiterate that I respect you, H.Hemmelig, in case there’s any doubt on that score

  2. Thanks Barnaby & likewise, though I think you are much more party political than I am at the moment

  3. It would be hard for anyone to be more party political than me after 40 years as an active Labour Party member. I still love my party even though I do not love all of its members.

  4. I always like to hear people whove stuck it through thick and thin. I remember someone saying politics isnt your footba team but i think i love the Labour party thani do arsenal football club. Ive nit always been a devoted arsenal fan but i cant remember a time when i wasnt dragged along to canvasses or meetings

  5. Downhall & Rawreth Ward By-election (caused by the death of the LD Cllr, aged 59), 18.01.18:

    LibDem 794 73% (+17%)
    Cons 237 23% (+6%)

    No Labour (8%) or Residents’ (15%) this time.

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