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Brentwood and Ongar

2010 Results:
Conservative: 28793 (56.91%)
Labour: 4992 (9.87%)
Liberal Democrat: 11872 (23.47%)
BNP: 1447 (2.86%)
UKIP: 2037 (4.03%)
Green: 584 (1.15%)
English Democrat: 491 (0.97%)
Independent: 263 (0.52%)
Others: 113 (0.22%)
Majority: 16921 (33.44%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 24833 (54.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 12057 (26.2%)
Labour: 6949 (15.1%)
Other: 2099 (4.6%)
Majority: 12776 (27.8%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 23609 (53.5%)
Labour: 6579 (14.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 11997 (27.2%)
UKIP: 1805 (4.1%)
Other: 155 (0.4%)
Majority: 11612 (26.3%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 16558 (38%)
Labour: 5505 (12.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 6772 (15.6%)
UKIP: 611 (1.4%)
Other: 14096 (32.4%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 23031 (45.4%)
Labour: 11231 (22.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 13341 (26.3%)
Referendum: 2658 (5.2%)
Other: 465 (0.9%)
Majority: 9690 (19.1%)

Boundary changes: gains North Weald Bassett, loses the village of Matching to Epping Forest.

Profile: A safe Conservative seat that achieved brief prominance in 2001. The constituency is made up the affluent London commuter belt, just outside the border of Greater London in Essex. It Contains the whole of Brentwood council, along with 7 wards from Epping Forest. The seat is suburban around Brentwood, Shenfield and Chipping Ongar, with the rest of the constituency made up of more rural villages and woodland (including part of Epping Forest itself). Brentwood hosts the headquarters of Alan Sugar`s Amstrad and Warley to the South of Brentwood itself houses the UK headquarters of the Ford Motor Company.

In 2001 the Independent MP for Tatton, the former BBC reporter Martin Bell, contested Brentwood and Ongar as an independent. The candidacy was largely the result of a split in the local Conservative party in response to the Peniel Pentecostal Church. The independent conservatives claimed that the local Conservative branch had been infiltrated and taken over by the Penial Pentecostal Church, a controversial evangelical Christian church in Pilgrim`s Hatch, and invited Bell to stand on their behalf.

portraitCurrent MP: Eric Pickles(Conservative) born 1952, Keighley. Educated at Greenhead Grammar and Leeds Polytechnic. A Bradford councillor for 12 years, Pickles is the former leader of Bradford Council between 1988-1990. First elected as MP for Brentwood and Ongar in 1992. Was a Vice-Chairman of the Conservative party during the last Tory government. Formerly Deputy Chairman of the Conservative party and Shadow Minister for local government, shadow Secretary of State for communities and local government 2007-2009, chairman of the Conservative party since 2009 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitEric Pickles(Conservative) born 1952, Keighley. Educated at Greenhead Grammar and Leeds Polytechnic. A Bradford councillor for 12 years, Pickles is the former leader of Bradford Council between 1988-1990. First elected as MP for Brentwood and Ongar in 1992. Was a Vice-Chairman of the Conservative party during the last Tory government. Formerly Deputy Chairman of the Conservative party and Shadow Minister for local government, shadow Secretary of State for communities and local government 2007-2009, chairman of the Conservative party since 2009 (more information at They work for you)
portraitHeidi Benzing (Labour) Union official with the GMB
portraitDavid Kendall (Liberal Democrat) Brentwood councillor since 1991 and leader of the Liberal Democrat group. Contested Brentwood and Ongar 2001.
portraitJess Barnecutt (Green)
portraitMichael McGough (UKIP)
portraitPaul Morris (BNP) Educated at Davenant Foundation School. Self employed builder and sub-contractor.
portraitRobin Tilbrook (English Democrat) Solicitor. Founder and chairman of the English Democrats. Contested Eastern region in 2009 European elections.
portraitDanny Attfield (Independent)
portraitJames Sapwell (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 87108
Male: 48.6%
Female: 51.4%
Under 18: 21.7%
Over 60: 23.7%
Born outside UK: 5.8%
White: 96.8%
Black: 0.5%
Asian: 1.2%
Mixed: 0.9%
Other: 0.6%
Christian: 78.8%
Hindu: 0.7%
Full time students: 2%
Graduates 16-74: 20.6%
No Qualifications 16-74: 25.1%
Owner-Occupied: 78.2%
Social Housing: 12.6% (Council: 10.4%, Housing Ass.: 2.1%)
Privately Rented: 6.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 4.6%

NB - The constituency guide is now archived and is no longer being updated. It will be replaced by a new guide in 2013, once the fate of the boundary review is finally settled.