Friday, 29 July 2016

South east Essex, a Parliamentary challenge for Labour



Essex, especially the south east corner of it, has been tough territory for Labour Party candidates with Parliamentary ambitions.

This table shows the closest Labour has come to victory in south east Essex. The best thirty-eight results for Labour. Two glorious, if somewhat isolated, victories. A few near misses.

Whoever leads Labour going forward, here is the challenge that most Labour Party members in south east Essex want tackled - to make Labour more attractive to voters in this corner of the United Kingdom.

date
constituency
distance from winning line
% Lab vote
candidate
1945
Essex South East
-3591
53.8
Raymond Gunter
1997
Castle Point
-1143
42.4
Christine Butler
*1980
Southend East
430
35.6
Colin George
1966
Southend East
517
44.1
P R Clyne
2001
Castle Point
985
42.1
Christine Butler
1950
Southend East
2165
42.2
R J Minney
1945
Southend-on-Sea
3077
38.9
G R Sandson
1964
Southend East
3367
38.6
E J Trevett
1997
Rochford and Southend East
4225
39.7
Nigel Smith
Oct 1974
Southend East
4603
34.2
Susan Ward
1951
Southend East
4610
44.7
L C Merrion
Feb 1974
Southend East
4952
33.1
Motel Burstin
2005
Rochford and Southend East
5490
31.4
Fred Grindrod
1966
Essex South East
5734
39.8
Derek Edwards
1955
Essex South East
6690
40.3
Edward Harby
1955
Southend East
6758
41.8
W H Clough
1970
Southend East
6960
41.5
P R Clyne
2001
Rochford and Southend East
7034
34.8
Chris Dandridge
1997
Southend West
7429
22.8
Alan Harley
1959
Southend East
7725
40.7
E J Trevett
2001
Southend West
7941
25.1
Paul Fisher
1964
Essex South East
8201
43.0
Anthony Pearson-Clarke
2005
Castle Point
8201
30.4
Luke Akehurst
2001
Rayleigh
8290
30.7
Paul Clark
Oct 1974
Essex South East
8710
33.3
David Jones
*1959
Southend West
9213
20.2
Anthony Pearson-Clarke
Feb 1974
Essex South East
9265
31.3
David Jones
2005
Southend West
9336
22.8
Jan Etienne
2015
Rochford and Southend East
9476
24.7
Ian Gilbert
1959
Essex South East
10133
39.0
Reginald Fryer
1997
Rayleigh
10684
28.9
Raymond Ellis
1979
Southend East
10774
29.1
Anthony Wright
Feb 1974
Southend West
10880
23.9
Anthony Wright
2010
Rochford and Southend East
11050
20.3
Kevin Bonavia
1966
Southend West
11860
27.4
Motel Burstin
1992
Southend East
13111
27.4
Graham Bramley
2010
Castle Point
13197
14.7
Julian Ware-Lane
2015
Southend West
14021
18.3
Julian Ware-Lane

* By-election

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