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Colchester

2010 Results:
Conservative: 15169 (32.88%)
Labour: 5680 (12.31%)
Liberal Democrat: 22151 (48.01%)
BNP: 705 (1.53%)
UKIP: 1350 (2.93%)
Green: 694 (1.5%)
English Democrat: 335 (0.73%)
Others: 55 (0.12%)
Majority: 6982 (15.13%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Liberal Democrat: 19213 (46.9%)
Conservative: 13349 (32.6%)
Labour: 8418 (20.5%)
Other: 0 (0%)
Majority: 5864 (14.3%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 14868 (33.1%)
Labour: 8886 (19.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 21145 (47.1%)
Majority: 6277 (14%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 13074 (29.9%)
Labour: 10925 (25%)
Liberal Democrat: 18627 (42.6%)
UKIP: 631 (1.4%)
Other: 479 (1.1%)
Majority: 5553 (12.7%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 16305 (31.4%)
Labour: 15891 (30.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 17886 (34.4%)
Referendum: 1776 (3.4%)
Other: 148 (0.3%)
Majority: 1581 (3%)

Boundary changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: Bob Russell(Liberal Democrat) born 1946, London. Educated at St Helena Secondary Modern. Former journalist and publicity officer for Essex university. Colchester councillor from 1971-2002, originally elected as Labour before defecting to the SDP in 1981. Leader of Colchester council 1987-1991. Contested Colchester for Labour in 1979. First elected as MP for Colchester in 1997. Spokesman on legal affairs 1997-1999, sport 1999-2001, whip 2001-2007, culture, media and sport 2001-205 and defence 2005- (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portrait Will Quince (Conservative) born Buckinghamshire. Account manager for Britvic. East Hertfordshire councillor.
portraitJordan Newall (Labour) Born Harwich. Works for Volunteering England.
portraitBob Russell(Liberal Democrat) born 1946, London. Educated at St Helena Secondary Modern. Former journalist and publicity officer for Essex university. Colchester councillor from 1971-2002, originally elected as Labour before defecting to the SDP in 1981. Leader of Colchester council 1987-1991. Contested Colchester for Labour in 1979. First elected as MP for Colchester in 1997. Spokesman on legal affairs 1997-1999, sport 1999-2001, whip 2001-2007, culture, media and sport 2001-205 and defence 2005- (more information at They work for you)
portraitPeter Lynn (Green) Professor of Survey Methodology at Essex University.
portraitJohn Pitts (UKIP) Runs a mini coach company.
portraitSidney Chaney (BNP)
portraitEddie Bone (English Democrat)
portraitGarryck Noble (Peoples Party Essex)
portraitPaul Shaw (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 94741
Male: 49.6%
Female: 50.4%
Under 18: 23.2%
Over 60: 17.7%
Born outside UK: 8.2%
White: 95.6%
Black: 0.6%
Asian: 1.5%
Mixed: 1.4%
Other: 0.9%
Christian: 68.8%
Hindu: 0.7%
Muslim: 0.9%
Full time students: 5%
Graduates 16-74: 18.4%
No Qualifications 16-74: 25.5%
Owner-Occupied: 66.2%
Social Housing: 19% (Council: 13.1%, Housing Ass.: 6%)
Privately Rented: 9.7%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 5.3%

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.