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Gillingham and Rainham

2010 Results:
Conservative: 21624 (46.22%)
Labour: 12944 (27.67%)
Liberal Democrat: 8484 (18.13%)
BNP: 1149 (2.46%)
UKIP: 1515 (3.24%)
Green: 356 (0.76%)
English Democrat: 464 (0.99%)
Others: 250 (0.53%)
Majority: 8680 (18.55%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 18115 (41.3%)
Labour: 17615 (40.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 6753 (15.4%)
Other: 1431 (3.3%)
Majority: 500 (1.1%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 18367 (40.7%)
Labour: 18621 (41.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 6734 (14.9%)
UKIP: 1191 (2.6%)
Other: 254 (0.6%)
Majority: 254 (0.6%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 16510 (39.1%)
Labour: 18782 (44.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 5755 (13.6%)
UKIP: 933 (2.2%)
Other: 232 (0.5%)
Majority: 2272 (5.4%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 18207 (35.9%)
Labour: 20187 (39.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 9649 (19%)
Referendum: 1492 (2.9%)
Other: 1148 (2.3%)
Majority: 1980 (3.9%)

Boundary changes:

Profile: Note that Rallings & Thrasher`s notional figures have Gillingham and Rainham as a Labour seat, so the mainstream media will treat this as a Labour held seat at the next election.

portraitCurrent MP: Rehman Chishti (Conservative) born Pakistan. Barrister and adviser to Francis Maude. Medway councillor since 2003. Contested Horsham for Labour in 2005 before defecting to the Conservative party in March 2006.

2010 election candidates:
portraitRehman Chishti (Conservative) born Pakistan. Barrister and adviser to Francis Maude. Medway councillor since 2003. Contested Horsham for Labour in 2005 before defecting to the Conservative party in March 2006.
portraitPaul Clark(Labour) (more information at They work for you)
portraitAndrew Stamp (Liberal Democrat) born 1982, Gillingham. Educated at Rochester Math School and University of Nottingham. Estate Agent. Contested Gillingham 2005.
portraitTrish Marchant (Green)
portraitRobert Oakley (UKIP)
portraitBrian Ravenscroft (BNP)
portraitDean Lacey (English Democrat)
portraitGeorge Meegan (Medway Independent)
portraitGordon Bryan (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 95773
Male: 49%
Female: 51%
Under 18: 25.3%
Over 60: 17.6%
Born outside UK: 6.2%
White: 94.9%
Black: 0.6%
Asian: 2.7%
Mixed: 1.2%
Other: 0.6%
Christian: 72.6%
Hindu: 0.7%
Muslim: 1.1%
Sikh: 0.9%
Full time students: 2.4%
Graduates 16-74: 11.9%
No Qualifications 16-74: 28.9%
Owner-Occupied: 79.1%
Social Housing: 10.5% (Council: 7.5%, Housing Ass.: 3%)
Privately Rented: 8.2%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 9.3%

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