Worthing West

2015 Result:
Conservative: 26124 (51.5%)
Labour: 7955 (15.7%)
Lib Dem: 4477 (8.8%)
Green: 2938 (5.8%)
UKIP: 9269 (18.3%)
MAJORITY: 16855 (33.2%)

Category: Very safe Conservative seat

Geography: South East, West Sussex.

Main population centres:

Profile: Like many seaside retirement areas this has historically had a very high proportion of elderly people, though this has fallen in recent years with younger residents moving into the area.

Politics:


Current MP
PETER BOTTOMLEY (Conservative) Born 1944, Newport. Educated at Westminster school and Cambridge University. Former lorry driver and salesman. Contested Woolwich West Feb 1974, Oct 1974. MP for Woolwich West 1975-1983, Eltham 1983-1997. First elected as MP for Worthing West in 1997. PPS to Cranley Onslow 1982-1983, PPS to Norman Fowler 1983-1984, junior employment minister 1984-1986, minister for roads and traffic 1986-1989, junior Northern Ireland minister 1989-1990, PPS to Peter Brooke 1990. He is married to former cabinet minister and MP Baroness Bottomley. Knighted in 2011 for public service.
Past Results
2010
Con: 25416 (52%)
Lab: 5800 (12%)
LDem: 13687 (28%)
UKIP: 2924 (6%)
Oth: 1296 (3%)
MAJ: 11729 (24%)
2005*
Con: 21383 (48%)
Lab: 8630 (19%)
LDem: 12004 (27%)
UKIP: 2374 (5%)
Oth: 550 (1%)
MAJ: 9379 (21%)
2001
Con: 20508 (47%)
Lab: 9270 (21%)
LDem: 11471 (27%)
UKIP: 1960 (5%)
MAJ: 9037 (21%)
1997
Con: 23733 (46%)
Lab: 8347 (16%)
LDem: 16020 (31%)
Oth: 1029 (2%)
MAJ: 7713 (15%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
PETER BOTTOMLEY (Conservative) See above.
JIM DEEN (Labour)
HAZEL THORPE (Liberal Democrat) Educated at McEntee Technical School and Open University. Former teacher. Worthing councillor since 2000.
TIM CROSS (UKIP) Contested Worthing West 1997, 2001, 2005, South East region 2004 European election.
DAVID AHERNE (Green)
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Comments - 157 Responses on “Worthing West”
  1. Thank you for letting us know Pete.

    Mark was a wonderful source of the most obscure Psephological facts and will be sadly missed.

    Rest in peace.

  2. Really sad to hear about Mark Senior.

    Pete Whitehead – I recall you once described Mark as “a typical Winning Here Lib Dem”. A perfect description which I’m guessing he took as a compliment. Amazing how few of those there are left now, not that many years later. Hope you’re well yourself.

  3. Sad news. Will miss him here and on other psephological sites.

  4. Ah that is sad (aged 70 from cancer apparently). He must have been a true Liberal as I’m told he had friends in both the LDs and Liberals. I didn’t actually meet him, but he did make contact to let me know of another politico who was ill.

    Incidentally, other RIPs last week:

    Ex Labour MP Bill Michie, aged 81 and

    Ex Labour MP Christine Butler, aged 73.

  5. yes they’ve been reported under the thread for their former constituencies.

  6. Thanks Barnaby – I see you posted it under Sheffield at the same time as mine.

  7. RIP Mark Senior – an insightful and enlightened contributor

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