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Faversham and Mid Kent

2010 Results:
Conservative: 26250 (56.2%)
Labour: 7748 (16.59%)
Liberal Democrat: 9162 (19.61%)
UKIP: 1722 (3.69%)
Green: 890 (1.91%)
Monster Raving Loony: 398 (0.85%)
Others: 542 (1.16%)
Majority: 17088 (36.59%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 21971 (51.1%)
Labour: 12475 (29%)
Liberal Democrat: 6827 (15.9%)
Other: 1701 (4%)
Majority: 9496 (22.1%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 21690 (49.7%)
Labour: 12970 (29.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 7204 (16.5%)
UKIP: 1152 (2.6%)
Other: 610 (1.4%)
Majority: 8720 (20%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 18739 (45.6%)
Labour: 14556 (35.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 5529 (13.5%)
UKIP: 828 (2%)
Green: 799 (1.9%)
Other: 600 (1.5%)
Majority: 4183 (10.2%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 22016 (44.4%)
Labour: 17843 (36%)
Liberal Democrat: 6138 (12.4%)
Referendum: 2073 (4.2%)
Other: 1536 (3.1%)
Majority: 4173 (8.4%)

Boundary changes:


portraitCurrent MP: Hugh Robertson(Conservative) (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitHugh Robertson(Conservative) (more information at They work for you)
portraitAshok Rehal (Labour)
portraitDave Naghi (Liberal Democrat) Maidstone councillor. Contested Faversham and Mid Kent 2005.
portraitTim Valentine (Green) Psychology professor.
portraitSarah Larkins (UKIP)
portraitHairy Knorm Davidson (Official Monster Raving Loony)
portraitGraham Kemp (National Front)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 85543
Male: 48.7%
Female: 51.3%
Under 18: 23.3%
Over 60: 20.9%
Born outside UK: 4.3%
White: 98.2%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 0.6%
Mixed: 0.7%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 77.3%
Full time students: 2%
Graduates 16-74: 17.4%
No Qualifications 16-74: 28.2%
Owner-Occupied: 75.2%
Social Housing: 16.1% (Council: 10%, Housing Ass.: 6.1%)
Privately Rented: 5.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 5.7%

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53 Responses to “Faversham and Mid Kent”

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  1. What has been the boundary history of Faversham? Hasn’t it been split between different seats at various times over the years?

  2. I dont think it has ever been split. It was part of it’s own eponymous seat from 1885 to 1997 and of course has contributed its name to part of another seat since then.

  3. Before we go any further, we should remember Lord Boston of Faversham who died on July 23rd. Terence Boston was well remebered as MP for Faversham between the 1964 by-election and 1970, when he was defeated at the age of 40. Lord Boston was ennobled in 1976 and filled a number of position in the Lords. He was unfortunate to come from an area where the politicial tide was moving long-term against his Party, and because the long period of Labour opposition from 1979 to 1997 coincided with the time at which he might have hoped to hold senior office. He will be missed.

    Previous comments point out that Faversham has always been effectively in its own seat. It is now to be redistributed into a heavily revised Canterbury seat, which has three towns, Canterbury, Faversham and most of Whitstable, including the historic town of Whitstable, at its corners.

    There is local speculation that Hugh Robertson will be moved into the Canterbury seat, as he comes from Canterbury and was educated at King’s School, Canterbury. Being strongly opposed to ageism, I would observe that Julian Brazier is not really of an age for political retirement: he will be 62 in 2015. But having been passed over for ministerial office in the current parliament, with the compensation of a place on the Defence Select Committee, Brazier is not advancing politically.

    Moving Faversham into the Canterbury will mean that the new Canterbury seat will be not without interest. If the Canterbury seat had included Faversham in 2001 instead of the wards now going into Herne Bay, Labour (Emily Thornberry) might well have won.

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