Hornchurch and Upminster (UK Parliament constituency)

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Hornchurch and Upminster
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Hornchurch and Upminster in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 79,568 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Angela Watkinson (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Hornchurch, Upminster, Romford
European Parliament constituency London

Hornchurch and Upminster is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Angela Watkinson, a Conservative.[n 2]

Constituency profile and history

The easternmost seat in Greater London, this seat was created by merging two of the three old constituencies comprising the London borough of Havering, specifically Hornchurch and Upminster. These two seats were lost by the Conservatives in Labour's landslide 1997 victory, but Upminster was one of the few Conservative gains in 2001 and Hornchurch was lost by Labour in 2005; this area is now very safe territory for the Tories since it gained their strongest areas from Hornchurch in the boundary changes.

The constituency includes affluent areas such as Hornchurch town centre, Cranham and Upminster. Limited pockets of deprivation exist in the north of the constituency and most output areas have high levels of retired constituents by Greater London standards, and the borough as a whole is similar to the London Borough of Bromley in that it has high levels of home ownership, on statistics compiled in the 2011 census. The seat, like the London borough, is the only one in London that extends beyond the M25 motorway.[2]


The seat was the proposal of the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies in 2008-9 and was after consultation accepted by Parliament. Hornchurch and Upminster is essentially an expansion of the old Upminster seat to include a chunk of the old Hornchurch seat - specifically Hornchurch itself. Most of the western wards of Hornchurch went to the new Dagenham and Rainham seat.

The constituency of Hornchurch and Upminster is made up of eight electoral wards from the London Borough of Havering:

  • Cranham, Emerson Park, Gooshays, Hacton, Harold Wood, Heaton, St Andrew’s, Upminster.

Members of Parliament

Election Member[3] Party
2010 Angela Watkinson Conservative

Election results

General Election 2015: Hornchurch & Upminster[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Angela Watkinson[6] 27,051 49.0 -2.5
UKIP Lawrence Webb[7] 13,977 25.3 +20.0
Labour Paul McGeary[6] 11,103 20.1 -0.7
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Mitchell[8] 1,501 2.7 -11.2
Green Melanie Collins[9] 1,411 2.6 +1.5
BNP Paul Borg[7] 193 0.3 -6.1
Majority 13,074 23.7 -7.0
Turnout 55,236 69.6 +1.6
Conservative hold Swing -8.7
General Election 2010: Hornchurch & Upminster[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Angela Watkinson* 27,469 51.4 +3.9
Labour Kath McGuirk 11,098 20.8 -10.3
Liberal Democrat Karen Chilvers 7,426 13.9 +5.4
BNP William Whelpley 3,421 6.4
UKIP Lawrence Webb 2,848 5.3 +3.2
Green Melanie Collins 542 1.0 -0.1
Independent David Durant 305 0.6
Christian Johnson Olukotun 281 0.5
Majority 16,371 30.7
Turnout 53,390 68
* Served as MP for Upminster in the 2005–2010 Parliament
The seat was contested for the first time in 2010, so percentage changes are based on notional results of the 2005 election.

Notes and references

  1. A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
  1. "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2011 census interactive maps
  3. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. https://www.havering.gov.uk/Pages/ServiceChild/Hornchurch-Upminster-2015-General-Election-results.aspx 3Aug15
  6. 6.0 6.1 http://electionresults.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/hornchurch-upminster-2015.html
  7. 7.0 7.1 https://yournextmp.com/constituency/66069/
  8. http://www.libdems.org.uk/list_of_selected_candidates
  9. http://london.greenparty.org.uk/elections/2015-general-election.html
  10. "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


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