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Romford

2010 Results:
Conservative: 26031 (56%)
Labour: 9077 (19.53%)
Liberal Democrat: 5572 (11.99%)
BNP: 2438 (5.25%)
UKIP: 2050 (4.41%)
Green: 447 (0.96%)
English Democrat: 603 (1.3%)
Independent: 263 (0.57%)
Majority: 16954 (36.47%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 24387 (56.7%)
Labour: 12668 (29.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 3563 (8.3%)
BNP: 1286 (3.0%)
Other: 1090 (2.5%)
Majority: 11719 (27.3%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 21560 (59.1%)
Labour: 9971 (27.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 3066 (8.4%)
BNP: 1088 (3%)
UKIP: 797 (2.2%)
Majority: 11589 (31.8%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 18931 (53%)
Labour: 12954 (36.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 2869 (8%)
UKIP: 533 (1.5%)
BNP: 414 (1.2%)
Majority: 5977 (16.7%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 17538 (41.6%)
Labour: 18187 (43.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 3341 (7.9%)
Referendum: 1431 (3.4%)
Other: 1622 (3.9%)
Majority: 649 (1.5%)

Boundary changes: Gains Hylands and part of Romford Town from the dismembered Hornchurch seat. Loses part of Emerson Park to Hornchurch and Upminster, gains an almost insignificant sliver of Havering Park from Upminster.

Profile: A working class Tory seat in the Essex part of north-east London. Romford covers the retail hub of Romford, the Romford Garden Suburb planned community at Gidea Park and Collier Row. There are some upmarket middle class areas like the Garden Suburb and the village of Havering-atte-Bower, surrounded by Havering park, but the seat is mainly white, skilled working class, interwar housing.

Historically a Conservative/Labour marginal, Romford was held by the Conservatives for 23 years before falling to Labour in 1997. It was won back by the Conservatives in 2001 by Andrew Rosindell whose brand of populist patrotism has since built the seat into a Conservative stronghold.

portraitCurrent MP: Andrew Rosindell(Conservative) born 1966, Romford. Educated at Marshall`s Park Comprehensive. Former journalist and Parliamentary aide to Vivian Bendall. Havering councillor from 1990-2002. Contested Glasgow Provan 1992, Thurrock 1997. First elected as MP for Romford in 2001. Rosindell is a stereotypical right-wing, working class Essex Tory: a Euro-sceptic, flag waving, pro-death penalty, anti-immigration former member of the Monday Club, who famously campaigned with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier dressed in a Union Jack coat. As far from David Cameron`s touchy-feely new Conservatism as it`s possible to be, Rosindell nevertheless clearly chimes with his constituency where he has secured huge swings in his favour at hte last two elections (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitAndrew Rosindell(Conservative) born 1966, Romford. Educated at Marshall`s Park Comprehensive. Former journalist and Parliamentary aide to Vivian Bendall. Havering councillor from 1990-2002. Contested Glasgow Provan 1992, Thurrock 1997. First elected as MP for Romford in 2001. Rosindell is a stereotypical right-wing, working class Essex Tory: a Euro-sceptic, flag waving, pro-death penalty, anti-immigration former member of the Monday Club, who famously campaigned with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier dressed in a Union Jack coat. As far from David Cameron`s touchy-feely new Conservatism as it`s possible to be, Rosindell nevertheless clearly chimes with his constituency where he has secured huge swings in his favour at hte last two elections (more information at They work for you)
portraitRae Voller (Labour) Nurse.
portraitHelen Duffett (Liberal Democrat)
portraitGerry Haines (Green)
portraitGerard Batten (UKIP) Sitting MEP. Born 1954, London. Former British Telecom salesman. Contested Barking by-election 1994, Harlow 1997, West Ham 2001, Dagenham 2005. Contested London mayoralty 2008. MEP for the London Region since 2004.
portraitBob Bailey (BNP)
portraitPeter Thorogood (English Democrat)
portraitDavid Sturman (Independent)
portraitPhilip Hyde (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 88137
Male: 48.5%
Female: 51.5%
Under 18: 22.5%
Over 60: 21%
Born outside UK: 6%
White: 94.9%
Black: 1.6%
Asian: 1.9%
Mixed: 1%
Other: 0.6%
Christian: 75.4%
Hindu: 0.8%
Jewish: 0.7%
Muslim: 0.9%
Full time students: 2.1%
Graduates 16-74: 12.2%
No Qualifications 16-74: 30.3%
Owner-Occupied: 80.4%
Social Housing: 11.7% (Council: 9.9%, Housing Ass.: 1.8%)
Privately Rented: 6.1%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 6.1%

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