Saffron Walden

2015 Result:
Conservative: 32926 (57.2%)
Labour: 6791 (11.8%)
Lib Dem: 6079 (10.6%)
Green: 2174 (3.8%)
UKIP: 7935 (13.8%)
Others: 1658 (2.9%)
MAJORITY: 24991 (43.4%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: South East, Essex. The Uttlesford council area and part of the Chelmsford council area.

Main population centres: Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow, Stansted Mountfitchet.

Profile: The largest and most rural seat in Essex, taking in the north-west of the county along the M11 and including the rural hinterland of Bishops Stortford and Chelmsford. The main population centres are Saffron Walden itself and Great Dunmow, both historic market towns (Saffron Walden was a seventeenth century centre for growing Saffron), but the bulk of the constituency is made up of small rural villages. This is an affluent and attractive area, that regular scores well in surveys of the best places in Britain to live. The Largest single employer is Stansted Airport, situated just outside the village of Stansted Mountfitchet.

Politics: Safe Conservative seat, held by the party snce 1922. Its most high-profile MP has been Chancellor of the Exchequer and Conservative leadership contender Rab Butler who represented the area between 1929 and 1965. Since 1977 it has been represented by Sir Alan Haselhurst, the former Deputy Speaker.


Current MP
ALAN HASELHURST (Conservative) Born 1937, Hemsworth. Educated at King Edwards School, Birmingham and Oxford University. Former manager in the chemicals industry. MP for Middleton and Prestwich 1970-1974. First elected as MP for Saffron Walden in 1977 by-election. PPS to Robert Carr 1973-1974, PPS to Mark Carlisle 1979-1981. Chairman of Ways and Means (the Deputy Speaker) 1997-2010. Unsuccessfully stood to be Speaker of the House of Commons in 2000 and 2009. Knighted in 1995.
Past Results
2010
Con: 30155 (55%)
Lab: 5288 (10%)
LDem: 14913 (27%)
UKIP: 2228 (4%)
Oth: 1785 (3%)
MAJ: 15242 (28%)
2005*
Con: 27263 (51%)
Lab: 8755 (17%)
LDem: 14255 (27%)
UKIP: 860 (2%)
Oth: 1887 (4%)
MAJ: 13008 (25%)
2001
Con: 24485 (49%)
Lab: 11305 (23%)
LDem: 12481 (25%)
UKIP: 1769 (4%)
MAJ: 12004 (24%)
1997
Con: 25871 (45%)
Lab: 12275 (22%)
LDem: 15298 (27%)
Oth: 1298 (2%)
MAJ: 10573 (19%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
ALAN HASELHURST (Conservative) See above.
JANE BERNEY (Labour)
MIKE HIBBS (Liberal Democrat) Contested Basildon and Billericay 2010.
PETER DAY (UKIP)
KARMEL STANNARD (Green)
HEATHER ASKER (Residents for Uttlesford)
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Comments - 108 Responses on “Saffron Walden”
  1. I used to live in East Ham & was in the habit of going to a nice country pub in Essex on my weekly day off. Parts of the county are surprisingly peaceful, rural and uninfluenced by London.

  2. Kemi Badenoch’s first role as the woman tasked with drawing up candidate shortlists has been to deselect her own husband:

    https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/01/new-tory-vice-chair-culls-white-public-schoolboy-remainer-from-candidate-list/

  3. Kemi Badenoch has perpetrated a cyberattack on a Labour-supporting website.

    MPs are tasked with running the country. Can’t they just behave?

  4. …ten years ago long before she was an MP.

  5. some of these MPs have a habit of having done some things on social media 10 years ago they may come regret later

  6. Some context here – this took place in 2008 at the height of the “Cameron-gasm” and Lord Ashcroft’s polling was showing that some safe Labour seats in London were surprisingly in play for the Tories, this included Dulwich & West Norwood where Badenoch had just been selected as Tory candidate. Go back to the UKPR threads from mid 2008 and you’ll find Dalek convinced that the Tories were going to win it (and me convinced that they weren’t).

  7. Yes to be honest this one, unlike the cases of Ben Bradley & Jared O’Mara, seems to have fizzled out. Probably because it’s not really indicative of character in the same way (or, if it is, it is indicative of a bit of mischievousness rather than having unpleasant personal opinions).

  8. And of course it was so long ago whereas the Bradley and O’Mara stuff was far more recent (in the latter case even after he’d been selected to fight the Sheffield Hallam seat).

    Harman accepted her apology, a bit of “move along, nothing to see here”.

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