Maidstone and The Weald (UK Parliament constituency)
|Maidstone and The Weald|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Maidstone and The Weald in Kent.
Location of Kent within England.
|Electorate||70,576 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Maidstone, Staplehurst and Cranbrook|
|Member of parliament||Helen Grant (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Maidstone, Mid Kent, Tunbridge Wells|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
1997–2010: The Borough of Maidstone wards of Allington, Barming, Boughton Monchelsea, Bridge, Coxheath, East, Farleigh, Heath, High Street, Loose, Marden, North, South, Staplehurst, and Yalding, and the Borough of Tunbridge Wells wards of Benenden, Cranbrook, Frittenden and Sissinghurst, Hawkhurst, and Sandhurst.
2010–present: The Borough of Maidstone wards of Allington, Barming, Bridge, Coxheath and Hunton, East, Fant, Heath, High Street, Loose, Marden and Yalding, North, South, and Staplehurst, and the Borough of Tunbridge Wells wards of Benenden and Cranbrook, and Frittenden and Sissinghurst.
The largest settlement is the central county town of Maidstone in Kent in south-east England with smaller settlements spread throughout agriculture-rich Maidstone borough and partly wooded Tunbridge Wells borough.
The constituency was created for the 1997 general election, after the previous Maidstone constituency was split in two: its southeast wards of Shepway and Park Wood of the town itself and the rural wards east of the town joined Faversham in the new Faversham and Mid Kent constituency. The remaining two-thirds of the electorate in west/central Maidstone were reunited with the town wards that had been lost in 1983 to Mid Kent (which was abolished), and joined by a rural part of the Weald to the south of the town, previously in the Tunbridge Wells constituency.
- History of members
The MP for the seat from its creation in 1997 was Ann Widdecombe of the Conservative Party. Widdecombe was MP for the former seat of Maidstone 1987–97, and served as a Home Office Minister (of State) in the government of John Major from 1995 to 1997, and as Shadow Home Secretary from 1999 to 2001. She stood down at the 2010 general election, to be succeeded by its winner, who was Helen Grant, also a Conservative.
Most of the electorate live in urban Maidstone, which has some light industry but whose economy is increasingly dominated by the service sector (including care, hospitality and insurance). The south of the constituency is rural with significant orchards and market gardens. Many residents commute daily to London. To summarise this is an urban-rural seat in a prosperous part of Kent.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Emily Fermor||8,455||16.4||-7.7|
|Liberal Democrat||Jasper Gerard||12,036||24.1||−11.9|
|National Health Action||Paul Hobday||583||1.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Carroll||17,602||36.0||+13.8|
|UKIP||Gareth A. Kendal||1,637||3.3||+0.3|
|Green||Stuart R. Jeffery||655||1.3||+0.4|
|National Front||Gary Butler||643||1.3||N/A|
|Christian||Heidi A. Simmonds||131||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Mark Corney||10,808||22.2||+2.3|
|UKIP||Anthony 'Felix' Robertson||1,463||3.0||+0.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Allison Wainman||9,064||19.9||−2.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Jane Nelson||11,986||22.4||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Maureen Cleator||979||1.8||N/A|
|Natural Law||John Oldbury||115||0.2||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- constituency profile The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 1)
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- BBC election result 2015
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- BBC Election 2010, Maidstone and The Weald
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- BBC election result 2005
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- BBC election results 1997 & 2001
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- BBC election results 1997 & 2001
- T. H. B. Oldfield, The Representative History of Great Britain and Ireland (London: Baldwin, Cradock & Joy, 1816)
- Robert Waller, The Almanac of British Politics (1st edition, London: Croom Helm, 1983; 5th edition, London: Routledge, 1996)
- Frederic A Youngs, jr, "Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol I" (London: Royal Historical Society, 1979)