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 Essex North
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Bernard Jenkin Conservative 21,325 47.4 +3.5
Philip Hawkins Labour 14,139 31.5 -1.7
Trevor Ellis Liberal Democrat 7,867 17.5 -2.1
George Curtis UK Independence 1,613 3.6 +1.3
Majority 7,186 16.0
Turnout 44,944 62.7 -12.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
In what is a relatively unusual shape for a parliamentary constituency, this seat forms a doughnut around the constituency of Colchester, part of which was represented by the present MP for Essex North, Bernard Jenkin, between 1992 and 1997.

Mainly affluent and rural, the constituency takes in areas covered by both Tendring and Colchester councils, running from Blackwater in the South up to the Stour and the Suffolk border in the north. There are only four towns, each of which has a population of below 10,000. The largest is Tiptree, in the south west corner, which is best known for the production of jam.

Wivenhoe lies south east of Colchester, and is a historic settlement, recorded in the Doomsday Book. The streets here remain small and quaint, leading into each other and ending at the picturesque waterfront where fishing boats and small sailing craft bob at their moorings. Brightlingsea, scene of some of the 1995 protests over live animal exports, lies at the mouth of the River Colne; and at the south of the seat is West Mersea, which is situated on Mersea island.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Essex North
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Bernard Jenkin Conservative 22,480 43.9
Tim Young Labour 17,004 33.2
Andrew Phillips Liberal Democrat 10,028 19.6
Roger Lord UK Independence 1,202 2.3
Susan Ransome Green 495 1.0
Majority 5,476 10.7
Turnout 51,209 75.3
 
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