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 Thurrock
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Andrew MacKinlay Labour 21,121 56.5 -6.8
Mike Penning Conservative 11,124 29.8 +3.0
John Lathan Liberal Democrat 3,846 10.3 +2.2
Christopher Sheppard UK Independence 1,271 3.4 +1.6
Majority 9,997 26.8
Turnout 37,362 48.8 -17.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This constituency has a long river frontage which stretches from the boundary with London at Purfleet round to East Tilbury. Much of the population and commercial activity is centred along the riverfront and the port of Tilbury. This includes many large and important industrial sites, including one remaining oil refinery and some manufacturing industry.

Commercial life in the seat is dominated by Lakeside Thurrock, one of Europe's largest indoor shopping malls - with over 300 shops under one roof - which lies in the south west corner of the constituency, just off the M25. The centre, which attracts shoppers from Kent, East London and other parts of Essex, has brought a large number of jobs to the constituency.

In the 1992-7 parliament, this seat was a lone Labour island amongst a sea of Tory constituencies in Essex: this changed on 1 May 1997, when Essex Man was a little more willing to vote Labour and the Labour majority here in Thurrock increased significantly on a swing of over 17%.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Thurrock
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Andrew MacKinlay Labour 29,896 63.3
Andrew Rosindell Conservative 12,640 26.8
Joe White Liberal Democrat 3,843 8.1
Peter Compobassi UK Independence 833 1.8
Majority 17,256 36.6
Turnout 47,212 65.8
 
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