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 Rochford & Southend East
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Teddy Taylor Conservative 20,058 53.6 +4.9
Chris Dandridge Labour 13,024 34.8 -4.9
Stephen Newton Liberal Democrat 2,780 7.4 -2.0
Adrian Hedges Green 990 2.6  
Brian Lynch Liberal Party 600 1.6 -0.6
Majority 7,034 18.8
Turnout 37,452 53.5 -10.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Southend East is more working class than its sister constituency of Southend West, and it is here that the town centre and main offices of this coastal resort are located. The town’s most famous landmark is its pier, which is in this constituency: it is the world’s longest pleasure pier at 1.33 miles long and was opened in 1889, and over the years has suffered two fires and two boat crashes.

The section added to the old Southend East seat is to the east and north of the town. There is Rochford itself, and Great Wakering, along with the generally flat and sparsely populated area between the River Roach and the mouth of the Thames. This includes the unpalatable-sounding Foulness Island, which is where London’s third airport - Maplin Airport - was originally due to have been built.

Over two thirds of homes are owner occupied, although there are some council estates in Southend.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Rochford & Southend East
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Teddy Taylor Conservative 22,683 48.7
Nigel Smith Labour 18,458 39.7
Paula Smith Liberal Democrat 4,387 9.4
Brian Lynch Liberal Party 1,007 2.2
Majority 4,225 9.1
Turnout 46,535 63.7
 
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