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 Billericay
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John Baron Conservative 21,608 47.4 +7.6
Amanda Campbell Labour 16,595 36.4 -0.9
Frank Bellard Liberal Democrat 6,323 13.9 -1.9
Nick Yeomans UK Independence 1,072 2.4  
Majority 5,013 11.0
Turnout 45,598 58.1 -14.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Billericay’s recent representatives in Parliament have had more than their fair share of headlines and controversy.

Harvey Proctor was the Tory MP between 1983 and 1987. His views were notoriously right wing on race and immigration issues and he eventually had to stand down after allegations of underage sex with rent boys.

His replacement was Teresa Gorman. She has become well known for her hardline views on many issues - particularly Europe - and lost the Tory whip along with seven others after voting against the Major government on a three line whip. In November 1999 she announced that she was standing down at this election.

The constituency is relatively middle-class, containing many owner-occupiers. It takes in the communities of Billericay, Wickford, Pitsea, Burstead and part of Laindon, and its social profile can certainly be regarded as pretty affluent.

At the 1997 General Election, Mrs Gorman suffered one of the biggest swings against any sitting MP - 17.6% from the Tories to Labour - and her majority fell to a mere 2.4%. This can partly be accounted for by the presence of an anti-Gorman Conservative candidate, who took over 3,000 votes.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Billericay
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Teresa Gorman Conservative 22,033 39.8
Paul Richards Labour 20,677 37.3
Geoff Williams Liberal Democrat 8,763 15.8
Brian Hughes Independent 3,377 6.1
John Buchanan ProLife Alliance 570 1.0
Majority 1,356 2.4
Turnout 55,420 72.6
 
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