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Southend East (UK Parliament constituency)

Description : Southend East was a parliamentary constituency in Essex. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.The constituency was created for the 1950 general election, and abolished for the 1997 general election.Southend East was a safe Conservative seat throughout its existence, except for at a by-election in 1980 when the Conservatives held the seat by only 430 votes. From this by-election until its abolition, Southend East was held by the w... Page:s

Southend East
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
CountyEssex
Major settlementsSouthend-on-Sea, Shoeburyness
1950–1997
Number of membersOne
Replaced byRochford and Southend East
Created fromSouthend

Southend East was a parliamentary constituency in Essex. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1950 general election, and abolished for the 1997 general election.

History

Southend East was a safe Conservative seat throughout its existence, except for at a by-election in 1980 when the Conservatives held the seat by only 430 votes. From this by-election until its abolition, Southend East was held by the well-known Conservative Teddy Taylor.

Boundaries

1950-1983: The County Borough of Southend-on-Sea wards of All Saints, Pier, Shoebury, Southchurch, and Thorpe, and the Rural District of Rochford.

1983-1997: The Borough of Southend-on-Sea wards of Milton, St Luke's, Shoebury, Southchurch, Thorpe, and Victoria.

The constituency included Southend town centre, and parts of the Borough of Southend to the east.

In 1997, Southend East was abolished and expanded to the north to include the town of Rochford to form the new constituency of Rochford and Southend East due to relatively low population.

Members of Parliament

ElectionMemberPartyNotes
1950Stephen McAddenConservativeDied 1979
1980 by-electionTeddy TaylorConservativeSubsequently MP for Rochford and Southend East 1997-2005
1997constituency abolished: see Rochford and Southend East

Elections

Elections 1983-1992

ElectionPolitical resultCandidatePartyVotes%±%
General Election 1992 
Electorate: 56,709
Turnout: 41,851 (73.80%) +4.47
Conservative hold
Majority: 13,111 (31.33%) -2.48
Swing: 4.43% from Con to Lab
Edward MacMillan TaylorConservative24,59158.76+0.76
Graham BramleyLabour11,48027.43+9.62
Jackie HorneLiberal Democrat5,10712.20-11.99
Brian Trevor LynchLiberal6731.61N/A
General Election 1987 
Electorate: 59,073
Turnout: 40,955 (69.33%) +1.76
Conservative hold
Majority: 13,847 (33.81%) +6.39
Swing: 3.19% from SDP to Con
Edward MacMillan TaylorConservative23,75358.00+2.22
Humphry John BerkeleySocial Democratic9,90624.19-4.16
David Ross ScullyLabour7,29617.81+1.94
General Election 1983 
Revised boundaries
Electorate: 57,690
Turnout: 38,983 (67.57%) -2.51
Conservative hold
Majority: 10,691 (27.42%) +0.47
Swing: 7.76% from Con to SDP
Edward MacMillan TaylorConservative21,74355.78-0.30
Colin GeorgeSocial Democratic11,05228.35N/A
Conor O'BrienLabour6,18815.87-13.24

Elections 1950-1980

ElectionPolitical resultCandidatePartyVotes%±%
By-election 1980 
Held after Stephen McAdden's death
Electorate: 57,016
Turnout: 35,637 (70.08%) -7.58
Conservative hold
Majority: 430 (1.21%) -25.74
Swing: 12.87% from Con to Lib
Edward MacMillan TaylorConservative13,11736.81-17.26
Colin GeorgeLabour12,68735.60+7.48
David EvansLiberal8,93925.08+11.96
Terence RobertsonNew Britain5321.49N/A
William Oliver SmedleyAnti Common-Market Free Trade2070.58N/A
James CurryIndependent Liberal1320.37N/A
Bill BoaksDemocratic Monarchist, Public Safety, White Resident230.06N/A
General Election 1979 
Electorate: 57,037
Turnout: 39,972 (70.08%) +1.26
Conservative hold
Majority: 10,774 (26.95%) +15.27
Swing: 7.64% from Lab to Con
Stephen James McAddenConservative22,41356.07+10.20
Anthony Nicholas WrightLabour11,63929.12-5.08
James HugillLiberal5,24413.12-6.81
Patrick Edward TwomeyNational Front6761.69N/A
General Election, October 1974 
Electorate: 57,282
Turnout: 39,419 (68.82%) -8.98
Conservative hold
Majority: 4,603 (11.68%) +0.48
Swing: 0.24% from Lab to Con
Stephen James McAddenConservative18,08345.87+1.56
Susan Katharine WardLabour13,48034.20+1.08
James Walter John CurryLiberal7,85619.93-2.63
General Election, February 1974 
Electorate: 56,850
Turnout: 44,227 (77.80%) +6.52
Conservative hold
Majority: 4,952 (11.20%) -5.74
Stephen James McAddenConservative19,60044.32-14.15
Motel BurstinLabour14,64833.12-8.41
James Walter John CurryLiberal9,97922.56N/A
General Election 1970 
Electorate: 57,726
Turnout: 41,090 (71.18%) -5.77
Conservative hold
Majority: 6,960 (16.94%) +15.72
Stephen James McAddenConservative24,02558.47+13.18
PR ClyneLabour17,06541.53-2.55
General Election 1966 
Electorate: 54,879
Turnout: 42,228 (76.95%) +0.77
Conservative hold
Majority: 517 (1.22%) -6.71
Stephen James McAddenConservative19,12545.29-1.26
PR ClyneLabour18,60844.08+5.44
KW BaynesLiberal4,49510.64-4.18
General Election 1964 
Electorate: 55,763
Turnout: 42,479 (76.18%) +0.73
Conservative hold
Majority: 3,367 (7.93%) -10.60
Stephen James McAddenConservative19,77546.55-12.71
EJ TrevettLabour16,40838.63-2.11
DE EvansLiberal6,29614.82N/A
General Election 1959 
Electorate: 55,265
Turnout: 41,699 (75.45%) +1.47
Conservative hold
Majority: 7,725 (18.53%) +2.11
Stephen James McAddenConservative24,71259.26+1.05
EJ TrevettLabour16,98740.74-1.05
General Election 1955 
Electorate: 55,635
Turnout: 41,158 (73.98%) -6.67
Conservative hold
Majority: 6,758 (16.42%) +5.84
Stephen James McAddenConservative23,95858.21+2.92
WH CloughLabour17,20041.79-2.92
General Election 1951 
Electorate: 54,020
Turnout: 43,566 (80.65%) -1.88
Conservative hold
Majority: 4,610 (10.58%) +5.57
Stephen James McAddenConservative24,08855.29+8.12
LC MerrionLabour19,47844.71+2.55
General Election 1950 
Electorate: 52,393
Turnout: 43,241 (82.53%)
Conservative win new seat
Majority: 2,165 (5.01%)
Stephen James McAddenConservative20,39547.17N/A
RJ MinneyLabour18,23042.16N/A
JG RuncimanLiberal4,61610.68N/A
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