- Dover (UK Parliament constituency)
Dover County constituency for the House of Commons
Boundary of Dover in Kent.
Location of Kent within England.
County Kent Electorate 71,993 (December 2010) Major settlements Dover and Deal Current constituency Created 1369 Member of Parliament Charlie Elphicke (Conservative) Number of members 1660 - 1885: Two
1885 - present: One
Overlaps European Parliament constituency South East England
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 Members of Parliament
- 3 Elections
- 4 See also
- 5 Notes and references
- 6 Sources
Dover constituency consists of the greater part of Dover (district) District comprising the towns of Dover, Deal and Walmer together with surrounding villages. It excludes the northern area around the ancient Cinque Port of Sandwich, which together with surrounding villages is part of the South Thanet constituency. It has been a traditional Tory-Labour marginal, with Conservative-voting rural areas competing against mainly Labour-voting Dover itself, plus some former mining villages in the former Kent coalfield, such as Aylesham. Labour held on very solidly here in 2005, with virtually no swing from the previous General Election, but the seat went Conservative in 2010 on a large swing of 10%.
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Kent, the Boundary Commission for England made major changes to the existing constituency boundaries as a consequence of population changes in the county.
The Commission rejected proposals to rename the constituency "Dover and Deal" during the public consultation process. The Commission said with regard to this point:
- The Commission noted that whilst these constituencies had undergone some slight changes they were not sufficient to warrant changing their names and they considered that the existing names were still appropriate.
The electoral wards used in the formation of the modified Dover constituency are;
- Aylesham, Buckland, Capel-le-Ferne, Castle, Eastry, Eythorne and Shepherdswell, Lydden and Temple Ewell, Maxton, Elms Vale and Priory, Middle Deal and Sholden, Mill Hill, North Deal, Ringwould, River, St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe, St Radigunds, Tower Hamlets, Town and Pier, Walmer and Whitfield.
Members of Parliament
Cinque Port/Parliamentary Borough 1368–1918
Year First member First party Second member Second party April 1660 Edward Montagu Arnold Braemes August 1660 George Montagu 1661 Sir Francis Vincent 1670 Lord Hinchingbrooke 1673 Admiral Sir Edward Spragge  1674 Thomas Papillon 1679 William Stokes 1685 Arthur Herbert William Chapman 1689 Sir Basil Dixwell Thomas Papillon 1690 James Chadwick 1695 Sir Basill Dixwell 1697 Admiral Matthew Aylmer January 1701 Sir Charles Hedges November 1701 Philip Papillon 1710 Sir William Hardres 1715 Admiral Matthew Aylmer  1720 George Berkeley Henry Furnese 1734 David Papillon Thomas Revell 1741 Lord George Sackville 1752 William Cayley 1755 Peter Burrell 1756 Hugh Valence Jones 1759 (Sir) Edward Simpson  1761 Hon. Sir Joseph Yorke 1765 Marquess of Lorne 1766 John Bindley 1768 Viscount Villiers 1770 Sir Thomas Pym Hales 1773 Thomas Barret 1774 John Henniker John Trevanion 1784 Robert Preston Captain the Hon. James Luttrell 1789 John Trevanion 1790 Charles Small Pybus 1802 John Spencer Smith 1806 Sir John Jackson Charles Jenkinson 1818 Edward Bootle-Wilbraham 1820 Joseph Butterworth 1826 Charles Poulett Thomson  Whig 1828 William Henry Trant 1830 Sir John Rae Reid Tory 1831 Robert Henry Stanhope 1832 Sir John Rae Reid Conservative 1833 John Halcomb Conservative 1835 John Minet Fector Conservative 1837 Edward Royd Rice Whig 1847 Sir George Clerk Conservative 1852 Viscount Chelsea Conservative 1857 Ralph Bernal Osborne Whig Sir William Russell Whig 1859 Sir Henry Leeke Conservative William Nicol Conservative 1865 Alexander George Dickson Conservative Charles Kaye Freshfield Conservative 1868 George Jessel Liberal 1873 Edward William Barnett Conservative 1874 Charles Kaye Freshfield Conservative 1885 Representation reduced to one member
Year Member Party 1885 Alexander George Dickson Conservative 1889 George Wyndham Conservative 1913 Viscount Duncannon Conservative 1918 Constituency abolished – name transferred to county constituency
County constituency 1918–present
Year Member Party Dover division of Kent 1918 Viscount Duncannon Coalition Conservative 1921 Sir Thomas Polson Independent Parliamentary Group 1922 John Jacob Astor Conservative 1945 John Thomas Labour 1950 John Arbuthnot Conservative 1964 David Ennals Labour 1970 Peter Rees Conservative Dover and Deal County Constituency 1974 Peter Rees Conservative Dover County Constituency 1983 Peter Rees Conservative 1987 David Shaw Conservative 1997 Gwyn Prosser Labour 2010 Charlie Elphicke Conservative
Elections in the 2010s
General Election 2010: Dover Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Charlie Elphicke 22,174 44.0 +9.1 Labour Gwyn Prosser 16,900 33.5 -11.8 Liberal Democrat John Brigden 7,962 15.8 +0.0 UKIP Victor Matcham 1,747 3.5 +0.8 BNP Dennis Whiting 1,104 2.2 N/A English Democrats Mike Walters 216 0.4 N/A Christian Peoples David Clark 200 0.4 N/A Independent George Lee-Delisle 82 0.2 N/A Majority 5,274 10.5 Turnout 50,385 70.1 +2.8 Conservative gain from Labour Swing +10.4
Elections in the 2000s
General Election 2005: Dover Party Candidate Votes % ±% Labour Gwyn Prosser 21,680 45.3 -3.5 Conservative Paul Watkins 16,739 35.0 -2.2 Liberal Democrat Antony Hook 7,607 15.9 +4.5 UKIP Mike Wiltshire 1,252 2.6 +0.1 Independent Victor Matcham 606 1.3 +1.3 Majority 4,941 10.3 Turnout 47,884 67.6 2.5 Labour hold Swing -0.6 General Election 2001: Dover Party Candidate Votes % ±% Labour Gwyn Prosser 21,943 48.8 -5.7 Conservative Paul Watkins 16,744 37.2 +4.4 Liberal Democrat Antony Hook 5,131 11.4 +3.5 UKIP Lee Speakman 1,142 2.5 +1.7 Majority 5,199 11.6 Turnout 44,960 65.1 -13.7 Labour hold Swing
Elections in the 1990s
General Election 1992: Dover Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative David Shaw 25,395 44.1 −1.9 Labour Gwyn Prosser 24,562 42.6 +8.5 Liberal Democrat MJ Sole 6,212 10.8 −9.1 Green ACW Sullivan 637 1.1 N/A Independent Conservative PW Sherred 407 0.7 N/A Independent Conservative BJ Philp 250 0.4 N/A Natural Law CF Percy 127 0.2 N/A Majority 833 1.4 −10.4 Turnout 57,590 83.5 +3.7 Conservative hold Swing −5.2
Notes and references
- ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. http://www.boundarycommissionforengland.org.uk/electoral-figures/electoral-figures.htm. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- ^ Dictionary of National Biography, later editions, and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
- ^ a b c d Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 3)
- ^ On petition Spragge's election was declared void
- ^ Created Baron Aylmer (in the Peerage of Ireland), 1718
- ^ Knighted 1761
- ^ Thomson was re-elected in 1832 but had also been elected for Manchester, which he chose to represent, and did not sit again for Dover
- ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/guide/seat-profiles/dover
- ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge92/ge92index.htm. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- Robert Beatson, A Chronological Register of Both Houses of Parliament (London: Longman, Hurst, Res & Orme, 1807) 
- The Constitutional Year Book for 1913 (London: National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations, 1913)
- F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1832–1885 (2nd edition, Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services, 1989)
- F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918–1949 (Glasgow: Political Reference Publications, 1969)
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