- North Thanet (UK Parliament constituency)
North Thanet County constituency for the House of Commons
Boundary of North Thanet in Kent.
Location of Kent within England.
County Kent Electorate 67,110 (December 2010) Current constituency Created 1983 Member of Parliament Roger Gale (Conservative) Number of members One Created from Thanet West, Thanet East Overlaps European Parliament constituency South East England
North Thanet (also known as Thanet North) is a 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.
North Thanet and South Thanet were created by a rearrangement of the former Thanet West and Thanet East constituencies in 1983, which in turn had been created in 1974 by the splitting of the single Isle of Thanet seat.
North Thanet constists of the northern part of Thanet district (Margate, Westgate-on-Sea, Birchington-on-Sea, and the villages of Acol, St Nicholas-at-Wade and Sarre) plus the town of Herne Bay in the City of Canterbury.
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Kent, the Boundary Commission for England has made major changes to the existing constituency boundaries as a consequence of population changes. In particular, Cliftonville (East and West) are being transferred to the South Thanet constituency.
The electoral wards used in the formation of the modified North Thanet constituency are:
- From the district of Thanet - Birchington North, Birchington South, Dane Valley, Garlinge, Margate Central, Salmestone, Thanet Villages, Westbrook, and Westgate-on-Sea;
- From the city of Canterbury - Greenhill and Eddington, Herne and Broomfield, Heron, Marshside, Reculver and West Bay.
North Thanet has been held consistently by the Conservative Party, with Roger Gale representing the constituency since its creation in 1983. His Labour opponent in the 1983 election was Cherie Blair, whose husband, Tony Blair, was Prime Minister between 1997 and 2007.
Members of Parliament
Election Member  Party 1983 Roger Gale Conservative
Elections in the 2010s
General Election 2010: North Thanet Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Roger Gale 22,826 52.7 +4.7 Labour Michael Britton 9,298 21.5 -11.1 Liberal Democrat Laura Murphy 8,400 19.4 +3.8 UKIP Rosamund Parker 2,819 6.5 +2.6 Majority 13,528 31.2 Turnout 43,343 63.2 +4.0 Conservative hold Swing +7.9
Elections in the 2000s
General Election 2005: North Thanet Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Roger Gale 21,699 49.6 -0.7 Labour Iris Johnston 14,065 32.2 -2.2 Liberal Democrat Mark Barnard 6,279 14.4 +3.4 UKIP Timothy Stocks 1,689 3.9 +1.6 Majority 7,634 17.5 Turnout 43,732 60.1 1.1 Conservative hold Swing +0.8 General Election 2001: North Thanet Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Roger Gale 21,050 50.3 +6.2 Labour James Stewart Laing 14,400 34.4 -4.0 Liberal Democrat Seth Proctor 4,603 11.0 -0.4 UKIP John Moore 980 2.3 +1.4 Independent David Shortt 440 1.1 N/A National Front Thomas Holmes 395 0.9 N/A Majority 6,650 15.9 Turnout 41,868 59.0 -9.9 Conservative hold Swing
Elections in the 1990s
General Election 1997: North Thanet Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Roger Gale 21,586 44.1 -13.1 Labour Iris Johnston 18,820 38.4 +14.9 Liberal Democrat Paul Kendrick 5,576 11.4 -6.3 Referendum Party M Chambers 2,535 5.2 UKIP J E Haines 438 1.1 Majority 2,766 5.7 -28 Turnout 48,955 68.8 +7.2 Conservative hold Swing -14 General Election 1992: North Thanet Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Roger Gale 30,867 57.2 −0.8 Labour AM Bretman 12,657 23.5 +6.8 Liberal Democrat Ms. JL Phillips 9,563 17.7 −5.6 Green Mrs HF Dawe 873 1.6 −0.4 Majority 18,210 33.7 −1.0 Turnout 53,960 76.0 +3.9 Conservative hold Swing −3.8
Elections in the 1980s
General Election 1987: North Thanet Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Roger Gale 29,225 58.03 SDP–Liberal Alliance N R M Cranston 11,745 23.32 Labour A M Bretman 8,395 16.67 Green D R Condor 996 1.98 Majority 17,480 34.71 Turnout 50,361 72.23 Conservative hold Swing General Election 1983: North Thanet Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Roger Gale 26,801 58.44 SDP–Liberal Alliance W MacMillan 12,256 26.72 Labour Cherie Booth 6,482 14.13 BNP B Dobing 324 0.71 Majority 14,051 32.37 Turnout 45,863 70.02 Conservative hold Swing
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.
- ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 1)
- ^ Thanet North, Guardian
- ^ Gale reselected for Thanet North, This is Kent
- ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge92/ge92index.htm. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
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