Witham

2015 Result:
Conservative: 27123 (57.5%)
Labour: 7467 (15.8%)
Lib Dem: 2891 (6.1%)
Green: 2038 (4.3%)
UKIP: 7569 (16%)
Others: 80 (0.2%)
MAJORITY: 19554 (41.5%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: South East, Essex. Parts of the Colchester, Maldon and Braintree council areas.

Main population centres: Witham, Kelvedon, Tiptree, Coggeshall, Stanway.

Profile: This is a large rural seat with few large population centres, it runs from the hinterland of Maldon to the south, almost up to Braintree in the north and to the western fringes of Colchester, including the village turned suburb of Stanway, in the north. The main town is Witham, once a spa and wool town that saw the building of several GLC overspill estates in the 1960s and 70s and hence actually has some reliable Labour areas. Elsewhere the constituency is rural or suburban and more strongly Tory. Other towns and villages include the growing village of Kelvedon, swollen by more recent housing development; Heckfordbridge; Tiptree, associated with jam-making; Coggeshall, once an early industrial centre for silk making, now a picturesque collection of listed buildings; Chipping Hill; Wickham Bishops; Goldhanger and Tollesbury, a fishing village which traditionally harvests oysters from the Blackwater estuary to the south of this constituency.

Politics: Created in 2010, Witham is a very safe Tory seat. This was the seat that Bernard Jenkin and other Conservatives MPs are supposed to have told Asian would-be Conservative candidate Ali Miraj that they would be shocked if it did not select a white, middle-class male. Presumably to the shock of Bernard Jenkin it did not, opting instead for Priti Patel, who become the first female Asian MP.


Current MP
PRITI PATEL (Conservative) Born 1972, London. Educated at Keele University. Former CCO researcher and corporate affairs spokesman for Diageo, Press Spokesman for the Referendum Party at the 1997 General Election. Deputy Press Secretary to William Hague between 1997 and 2000.. Contested Nottingham North 2005. First elected as MP for Witham in 2010. Exchequer Secretary since 2014-2015. Minister of State for Work and Pensions since 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 24448 (52%)
Lab: 8656 (18%)
LDem: 9252 (20%)
UKIP: 3060 (7%)
Oth: 1419 (3%)
MAJ: 15196 (32%)

Demographics
2015 Candidates
PRITI PATEL (Conservative) See above.
JOHN CLARKE (Labour) Educated at George Tomlinson Secondary Modern and UMIST. University lecturer.
JO HAYES (Liberal Democrat) Barrister. Colchester councillor since 2012.
GARRY COCKRILL (UKIP) Contested Southend West 2010.
JAMES ABBOTT (Green) Born 1960. Educated at UCL. Gardener. Braintree councillor since 1999. Contested Braintree 1992, 1997, 2001, 2005, Witham 2010.
DOREEN SCRIMSHAW (CPA)
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Comments - 54 Responses on “Witham”
  1. Oddly enough I’m in agreement with Eco. With the possible exception of Liam Fox she was the most right-wing member of the cabinet, and certainly wasn’t a good fit for DfID. I must say I was genuinely surprised the Tories kept their flagship 0.7% of GDP policy at the last election, given that the person in charge of it had previously gone on the record as wanting to close the entire department down.

  2. A point mentioned on Newsnight by centrist political commentator for The Times Jenny Russell was that whilst the current cabinet may be one of the most ineffective in the history of the Tory Party, their saving grace is that there were plenty of good Tory candidates who won election in 2010 and 2015 – most of whom have been languishing on the backbenches ever since

    AS the Tories found out with Cameron, skipping to the next generation can reap rewards and I think mist members of the public would take a Johnny Mercer or Tom Tugendhat over a Chris Grayling or a Liam Fix any day of the week

  3. TIM JONES – “ader

    WITHAM

    2015 Result:
    Conservative: 27123 (57.5%)
    Labour: 7467 (15.8%)
    Lib Dem: 2891 (6.1%)
    Green: 2038 (4.3%)
    UKIP: 7569 (16%)
    Others: 80 (0.2%)
    MAJORITY: 19554 (41.5%)

    Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

    Geography: South East, Essex. Parts of the Colchester, Maldon and Braintree council areas.

    Main population centres: Witham, Kelvedon, Tiptree, Coggeshall, Stanway.

    Profile: This is a large rural seat with few large population centres, it runs from the hinterland of Maldon to the south, almost up to Braintree in the north and to the western fringes of Colchester, including the village turned suburb of Stanway, in the north. The main town is Witham, once a spa and wool town that saw the building of several GLC overspill estates in the 1960s and 70s and hence actually has some reliable Labour areas. Elsewhere the constituency is rural or suburban and more strongly Tory. Other towns and villages include the growing village of Kelvedon, swollen by more recent housing development; Heckfordbridge; Tiptree, associated with jam-making; Coggeshall, once an early industrial centre for silk making, now a picturesque collection of listed buildings; Chipping Hill; Wickham Bishops; Goldhanger and Tollesbury, a fishing village which traditionally harvests oysters from the Blackwater estuary to the south of this constituency.

    Politics: Created in 2010, Witham is a very safe Tory seat. This was the seat that Bernard Jenkin and other Conservatives MPs are supposed to have told Asian would-be Conservative candidate Ali Miraj that they would be shocked if it did not select a white, middle-class male. Presumably to the shock of Bernard Jenkin it did not, opting instead for Priti Patel, who become the first female Asian MP.

    CURRENT MP

     

    PRITI PATEL (Conservative) Born 1972, London. Educated at Keele University. Former CCO researcher and corporate affairs spokesman for Diageo, Press Spokesman for the Referendum Party at the 1997 General Election. Deputy Press Secretary to William Hague between 1997 and 2000.. Contested Nottingham North 2005. First elected as MP for Witham in 2010. Exchequer Secretary since 2014-2015. Minister of State for Work and Pensions since 2015.

    PAST RESULTS

    2010

    Con:24448 (52%)Lab:8656 (18%)LDem:9252 (20%)UKIP:3060 (7%)Oth:1419 (3%)MAJ:15196 (32%)

    DEMOGRAPHICS

     

     

     

     

    2015 CANDIDATES

     

    PRITI PATEL (Conservative) See above.

     

    JOHN CLARKE (Labour) Educated at George Tomlinson Secondary Modern and UMIST. University lecturer.

     

    JO HAYES (Liberal Democrat) Barrister. Colchester councillor since 2012.

     

    GARRY COCKRILL (UKIP) Contested Southend West 2010.

     

    JAMES ABBOTT (Green) Born 1960. Educated at UCL. Gardener. Braintree councillor since 1999. Contested Braintree 1992, 1997, 2001, 2005, Witham 2010.

     

    DOREEN SCRIMSHAW (CPA)

    LINKS

    Archived 2010 Election Guide Page
    Wikipedia Page

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    Oddly enough I’m in agreement with Eco. With the possible exception of Liam Fox she was the most right-wing member of the cabinet, and certainly wasn’t a good fit for DfID. I must say I was genuinely surprised the Tories kept their flagship 0.7% of GDP policy at the last election, given that the person in charge of it had previously gone on the record as wanting to close the entire department down.

    November 9th, 2017 at 8:17 am

    TIM JONES

    “A point mentioned on Newsnight by centrist political commentator for The Times Jenny Russell was that whilst the current cabinet may be one of the most ineffective in the history of the Tory Party, their saving grace is that there were plenty of good Tory candidates who won election in 2010 and 2015 – most of whom have been languishing on the backbenches ever since”

    This really doesn’t say anything worth note. If a centre-right journalist couldn’t find a few Tory MPs who she thought were in any way capable, out of 300 MPs, it would be a much more significant comment if she didn’t think there was any talent.

    The fact that such things are being said by right-leaning journalists, just highlights what a mess the govt are in.

  4. Sorry, everyone! Copying error!

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