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Harwich and North Essex

2010 Results:
Conservative: 23001 (46.94%)
Labour: 9774 (19.95%)
Liberal Democrat: 11554 (23.58%)
BNP: 1065 (2.17%)
UKIP: 2527 (5.16%)
Green: 909 (1.86%)
Independent: 170 (0.35%)
Majority: 11447 (23.36%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 20478 (42.1%)
Labour: 15301 (31.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 9626 (19.8%)
Other: 3184 (6.6%)
Majority: 5177 (10.7%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 22811 (47.6%)
Labour: 11908 (24.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 9831 (20.5%)
Green: 1718 (3.6%)
UKIP: 1691 (3.5%)
Majority: 10903 (22.7%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 21325 (47.4%)
Labour: 14139 (31.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 7867 (17.5%)
UKIP: 1613 (3.6%)
Majority: 7186 (16%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 22480 (43.9%)
Labour: 17004 (33.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 10028 (19.6%)
Other: 1697 (3.3%)
Majority: 5476 (10.7%)

Boundary changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: Bernard Jenkin(Conservative) born 1959, son of cabinet minister Patrick Jenkin. Educated at Highdate School and Cambridge University. Worked for Ford, 3i and Legal and General prior to his election. Contested Glasgow Central 1987. First elected as MP for Colchester North in 1992. During the Major government he was one of the few newly elected MPs prominent in the Maastricht rebellion. PPS to Michael Forsyth 1995-1997, constitutional affairs spokesman 1997-1998, on environment and transport 1998-1999, shadow minister for transport 1999-2001, shadow secretary of state for defence 2001-2003, spokesman for the regions 2003-2005, Deputy chairman of the Conservative party 2005-2006. His wife, Ann Jenkin, is a former girlfriend of the screenwriter Richard Curtis, and it is claimed that Curtis`s habit of naming a particularly put upon character `Bernard` in almost all his screenplays is either revenge upon or an in-joke with Bernard Jenkin (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitBernard Jenkin(Conservative) born 1959, son of cabinet minister Patrick Jenkin. Educated at Highdate School and Cambridge University. Worked for Ford, 3i and Legal and General prior to his election. Contested Glasgow Central 1987. First elected as MP for Colchester North in 1992. During the Major government he was one of the few newly elected MPs prominent in the Maastricht rebellion. PPS to Michael Forsyth 1995-1997, constitutional affairs spokesman 1997-1998, on environment and transport 1998-1999, shadow minister for transport 1999-2001, shadow secretary of state for defence 2001-2003, spokesman for the regions 2003-2005, Deputy chairman of the Conservative party 2005-2006. His wife, Ann Jenkin, is a former girlfriend of the screenwriter Richard Curtis, and it is claimed that Curtis`s habit of naming a particularly put upon character `Bernard` in almost all his screenplays is either revenge upon or an in-joke with Bernard Jenkin (more information at They work for you)
portraitDarren Barrenger (Labour) IT projector director with BT. Former Tendring District councillor.
portraitJames Raven (Liberal Democrat) born Colchester. History professor at Essex University. Contested Colchester North 1992, North Essex 2005.
portraitChris Fox (Green) Lecturer in computer science at Essex University
portraitSimon Anselmi (UKIP)
portraitStephen Robey (BNP)
portraitPeter Thompson Bates (Independent) Born 1959

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 89119
Male: 49.2%
Female: 50.8%
Under 18: 21%
Over 60: 24%
Born outside UK: 5.5%
White: 97.7%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 0.5%
Mixed: 0.7%
Other: 0.8%
Christian: 75.2%
Full time students: 5.2%
Graduates 16-74: 17.5%
No Qualifications 16-74: 28.1%
Owner-Occupied: 79.9%
Social Housing: 10.1% (Council: 8.1%, Housing Ass.: 1.9%)
Privately Rented: 6.8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 5.2%

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.