Chatham and Aylesford (UK Parliament constituency)

Chatham and Aylesford (UK Parliament constituency)
Chatham and Aylesford
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Chatham and Aylesford in Kent.
Outline map
Location of Kent within England.
County Kent
Electorate 68,437 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Chatham and Aylesford
Current constituency
Created 1997 (1997)
Member of Parliament Tracey Crouch (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Mid Kent and Tonbridge & Malling
European Parliament constituency South East England

Chatham and Aylesford is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. It is a marginal seat between the Labour Party and the Conservatives.



The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the seats of Mid Kent and Tonbridge and Malling. As its name suggests, it covers the towns of Chatham and Aylesford in Kent. Labour are very strong in Chatham and Snodland, whereas the Tories' strength is concentrated in the smaller surrounding towns and villages.

Boundary review

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Kent, the Boundary Commission for England has made major changes to existing constituencies as a consequence of population changes. The modified Chatham and Aylesford constituency has been formed with electoral wards from the boroughs of Medway and Tonbridge and Malling;

  • From Medway - Chatham Central, Lordswood and Capstone, Luton and Wayfield, Princes Park, and Walderslade
  • From Tonbridge and Malling - Aylesford, Blue Bell Hill and Walderslade, Burham, Eccles and Wouldham, Ditton, Larkfield North, Larkfield South, Snodland East and Snodland West.
  • The electoral ward of Luton should not be confused with the town of the same name
  • The electoral ward of Eccles should not be confused with the Salford town of the same name

Members of Parliament

Election Member [2] Party
1997 Jonathan Shaw Labour
2010 Tracey Crouch Conservative


Elections in the 2010s

General Election 2010: Chatham and Aylesford [3][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tracey Crouch 20,230 46.2 +9.4
Labour Jonathan Shaw 14,161 32.3 -12.7
Liberal Democrat John McClintock 5,832 13.3 -0.2
BNP Colin McCarthy-Stewart 1,365 3.1 -
UKIP Steve Newton 1,314 3.0 +0.0
English Democrats Sean Varnham 400 0.9 -0.8
Green Dave Arthur 396 0.9 -
Christian Maureen Smith 109 0.2 -
Majority 6,069 13.9
Turnout 43,807 61.6 +1.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +11.1

Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2005: Chatham and Aylesford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jonathan Shaw 18,387 43.7 -4.6
Conservative Anne Jobson 16,055 38.2 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Debbie Enever 5,744 13.7 +1.9
UKIP Jeffrey King 1,226 2.9 +0.4
English Democrats Michael Russell 668 1.6 +1.6
Majority 2,332 5.5
Turnout 42,080 59.7 2.7
Labour hold Swing -2.7
General Election 2001: Chatham and Aylesford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jonathan Shaw 19,180 48.3 +5.2
Conservative Sean Holden 14,840 37.3 -0.1
Liberal Democrat David Lettington 4,705 11.8 -3.2
UKIP Gregory Knopp 1,010 2.5 +1.5
Majority 4,340 11.0
Turnout 39,735 57.0 -13.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1997: Chatham and Aylesford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jonathan Shaw 21,191 43.1
Conservative Richard Knox-Johnston 18,401 37.4
Liberal Democrat Robin Murray 7,389 15.0
Referendum Party K. Riddle 1,538 3.1
UKIP A. Harding 493 1.0
Natural Law T. Martell 149 0.3
Majority 2,790
Turnout 71.1

See also

Notes and references

Coordinates: 51°20′N 0°29′E / 51.333°N 0.483°E / 51.333; 0.483

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