for the House of Commons
Boundary of Clacton in Essex for the 2010 general election.
Location of Essex within England.
|Population||85,359 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||67,447 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Clacton, Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze|
|Member of parliament||Giles Watling (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Essex, the Boundary Commission created this as a new seat, consisting of essentially the former Harwich constituency, minus the town of Harwich itself and a few nearby villages, plus St. Osyth and Weeley, moved from the old North Essex constituency. Apart from the North Sea it is surrounded by the Harwich and North Essex constituency on all other sides.
The electoral wards used to form the Clacton constituency are entirely within the district of Tendring
Like some other coastal seats, such as Christchurch in Dorset, the electorate is one of the oldest in the country, with a high proportion of retirees, and low numbers of non-white residents. The area has experienced a considerable influx of White British families from areas of East London such as Barking and Dagenham, leading to the town of Clacton becoming known as "Little Dagenham."
The stark exception is the village of Jaywick, which suffers from extremely high levels of deprivation.
In Both the Indices of deprivation 2010 and 2015 an area of Jaywick was identified as the single most deprived LSOA in all of England, out of around 32,000, with unemployment estimated at almost 50%. Many homes are essentially beach huts and lack basic amenities. In the 2007 Index, this area was the third most deprived in the country.
|Jun 2017||Giles Watling||Conservative|
On 28 August 2014, Carswell announced his defection to UKIP. Although not required to seek re-election following a change of party allegiance, Carswell triggered a by-election, held on 9 October 2014, in which he was elected as the UKIP candidate. Carswell retained the seat for UKIP at the 2015 general election, seeing his majority cut by roughly three-quarters, an 11% swing to the Conservatives. Mr Carswell then became UKIP's only MP in the Commons, as Mark Reckless, a fellow Conservative defector, lost his seat.
On 25 March 2017, Carswell announced that he was quitting UKIP to sit as an independent MP, saying that "I switched to UKIP because I desperately wanted us to leave the EU. Now we can be certain that that is going to happen, I have decided that I will be leaving UKIP".
After Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election on 19 April 2017, Carswell announced that he would not stand for re-election, and he endorsed the Conservative candidate Giles Watling. Watling was elected in the 2017 general election; in that election, UKIP's share of the vote fell by 36.8%, one of its largest falls in the country, and Clacton turning blue marked the first time every seat in Essex has voted Conservative since 1987.
|Liberal Democrat||David Grace||887||2.0||+0.2|
|English Democrat||Robin Tilbrook||289||0.7||N/A|
|Conservative gain from UKIP||Swing||+30.7|
|Liberal Democrat||David Grace||812||1.8||-11.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Andy Graham||483||1.3||-11.6|
|Monster Raving Loony||Alan "Howling Laud" Hope||127||0.4||N/A|
|UKIP gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael Green||5,577||12.9||−0.6|
|Tendring First||Terry Allen||1,078||2.5||N/A|
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