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Gravesham

2010 Results:
Conservative: 22956 (48.53%)
Labour: 13644 (28.84%)
Liberal Democrat: 6293 (13.3%)
UKIP: 2265 (4.79%)
Green: 675 (1.43%)
English Democrat: 1005 (2.12%)
Independent: 465 (0.98%)
Majority: 9312 (19.69%)

2005 Results:
Conservative: 19739 (43.7%)
Labour: 19085 (42.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 4851 (10.7%)
Other: 1504 (3.3%)
Majority: 654 (1.4%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 16911 (38.8%)
Labour: 21773 (49.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 4031 (9.2%)
UKIP: 924 (2.1%)
Majority: 4862 (11.1%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 20681 (38.8%)
Labour: 26460 (49.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 4128 (7.8%)
Referendum: 1441 (2.7%)
Other: 543 (1%)
Majority: 5779 (10.9%)

No Boundary Changes: Gravesham remains coterminous with Gravesham Borough Council.

Profile: A seat in North-West Kent. Gravesend itself is a Labour stronghold, it is one of the poorer towns in Kent with the largest proportion of ethnic minorities and the highest proportion of council housing of any of the Kent constituencies. Like other areas in North Kent the area is undergoing large scale development, including in the Ebsfleet valley to the West of Gravesend, close to the planned channel raillink station, and in the run-down industrial area of Northfleet along the Thames waterfront.Labour voting Gravesend is balanced out by the Southern part of the constituency, south of the A2, which is made up of picturesque (and solidly Conservative) villages and hamlets such as Cobham, Sole Street and Meopham.

Until 2005 Gravesham was the classic bellwether seat – it had been won by the party that went on to form the government at every general election since World War One with the exceptions of 1929 and 1951 – and in both of those cases Gravesend was won by the party that got the largest national share of the vote. In 2005 the trend was broken as Gravesham fell to the Conservatives, leaving Dartford, Chorley or one of the Luton seats as the most reliable bellwethers.

portraitCurrent MP: Adam Holloway (Conservative) born 1965. Educated at Cambridge University and Imperial College. A former Grenadier Guards Officer, seeing service in the Gulf War, and television journalist. Worked for Newsnight, ITN and World In Action, including living homeless for three months as part of the “No Fixed Abode” series. First elected for Gravesham in 2005 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitAdam Holloway (Conservative) born 1965. Educated at Cambridge University and Imperial College. A former Grenadier Guards Officer, seeing service in the Gulf War, and television journalist. Worked for Newsnight, ITN and World In Action, including living homeless for three months as part of the “No Fixed Abode” series. First elected for Gravesham in 2005 (more information at They work for you)
portraitKathryn Smith (Labour) born 1959. Public affairs consultant. Member of the Co-op national baord. Bexley councillor 1994-2006. Contested Merton and Wandsworth in 2004 London elections.
portraitAnna Arrowsmith (Liberal Democrat) Educated at St Martins School of Art. Porn director.
portraitRichard Crawford (Green) Postman.
portraitGeoffrey Clark (UKIP)
portraitSteven Uncles (English Democrat) Born 1964, Blackheath. Educated at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. Business consultant. Contested South East region in 2004 European elections region. Contested Bromley and Chislehurst by-election 2006. Contested South Wales West 2007 Welsh elections. Contested Londonwide list in 2008 London elections. Contested South East region in 2009 European elections.
portraitAlice Sakura Dartnell (Independent) Born Gravesend. Educated at Gravesend Grammar and Sheffield University.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 95717
Male: 49%
Female: 51%
Under 18: 24.3%
Over 60: 20.4%
Born outside UK: 7.6%
White: 89.5%
Black: 0.6%
Asian: 8.2%
Mixed: 1%
Other: 0.6%
Christian: 72.3%
Hindu: 0.6%
Muslim: 0.8%
Sikh: 6.7%
Full time students: 2.2%
Graduates 16-74: 12.5%
No Qualifications 16-74: 31.4%
Owner-Occupied: 71.5%
Social Housing: 18.8% (Council: 16.5%, Housing Ass.: 2.2%)
Privately Rented: 6.9%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 6.9%

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.