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 Southend West
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Amess Conservative 17,313 46.3 +7.5
Paul Fisher Labour 9,372 25.1 +2.3
Richard de Ste Croix Liberal Democrat 9,319 24.9 -8.2
Brian Lee UK Independence 1,371 3.7 +2.3
Majority 7,941 21.2
Turnout 37,375 58.3 -11.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This seat was represented for decades by the Former Conservative Cabinet Minister Paul (now Lord) Channon, but was taken on at the 1997 election by David Amess, who had served as MP for Basildon from 1983. He sought a safer haven elsewhere in Essex and won the nomination for this historically solid Tory seat.

The town of Southend is now a major office and retailing centre and this plus the effect of London commuters is reflected in the high level of skilled non-manual groups in the constituency. There is also a large number of pensioners - approximately a quarter of the population - and a high level of owner occupation.

The town centre and main offices are actually located in the neighbouring constituency of Rochford and Southend East. This seat is a more up-market tourist area with some attractive residential suburbs. Particularly picturesque is Leigh-on-Sea: originally a small fishing village surrounded by farmland, it has expanded over the years to become a thriving community of about 25,000 people. Today the active cockling fleet and boat building industry are balanced with tourism.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Southend West
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
David Amess Conservative 18,029 38.8
Nina Stimson Liberal Democrat 15,414 33.1
Alan Harley Labour 10,600 22.8
Charles Webster Referendum 1,734 3.7
B Lee UK Independence 636 1.4
Peter Warburton Natural Law 101 0.2
Majority 2,615 5.6
Turnout 46,514 69.9
 
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