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East Worthing and Shoreham (UK Parliament constituency)

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East Worthing and Shoreham
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of East Worthing and Shoreham in West Sussex for the 2010 general election
Outline map
Location of West Sussex within England
CountyWest Sussex
Electorate72,996 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsShoreham-by-Sea
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentTim Loughton (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromWorthing and Shoreham

East Worthing and Shoreham is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Tim Loughton of the Conservative Party.[n 2]


The District of Adur, and the Borough of Worthing wards of Broadwater, Gaisford, Offington, and Selden.

The constituency covers an eastern portion of Worthing, the town of Shoreham-by-Sea, Lancing and three nearby inland villages in the Adur valley, all communities within the county of West Sussex.


Under the Boundary Commission's fourth review, enacted in time for the 1997 election, the larger Shoreham portion of this constituency was taken from the disbanded Shoreham seat and the minor East Worthing portion had been in the disbanded Worthing seat.

Before 1974, the Shoreham seat had been a part of the Arundel and Shoreham seat.

Between 1945 and 1950, the whole area was in the Worthing seat and between 1918 and 1945 (on which the Boundary Commission was formed and carried out its first periodic review), in the Horsham and Worthing seat.

Political history

Apart from the 1997 general election result with the Conservative Party candidate's majority as 9.9% of the vote and the more recent result of a 9.1% majority in 2017, the seat is usually considered safer than most other constituencies currently held by the Conservative Party.

Notable candidates

The competitive hustings in September 2007 of the local Labour Party selected Emily Benn, granddaughter of Tony Benn and niece of Hilary Benn, former Secretaries of State, then aged 17, to contest the 2010 general election, making her the youngest ever Labour parliamentary candidate: had she been elected, she would have been the youngest MP since the Reform Act 1832. Her father Stephen Benn is Viscount Stansgate, succeeding his father.[2]

Labour selected Latest TV newsreader Sophie Cook[3] to be their candidate in the 2017 general election.[4] Had she been elected, she would have been the United Kingdom's first transgender MP. Although she failed to win the seat, she achieved the best ever result of any non-Conservative Party candidate in any constituency with Worthing in its name. She received 20,882 votes to the Conservatives 25,988.[5]

Constituency profile

Shoreham can be viewed with Worthing as less of an economic force than the neighbouring local government district, the City of Brighton and Hove, with a majority of houses with larger gardens, fewer listed buildings but Shoreham's large boat harbour facility an amenity for visitors, residents, - mooring and maintenance for people living close enough to the county, rival harbours being as far away as Chichester and Newhaven.[6] Much work is in the service sector, including a major presence of sharedealing and banking service and processing facilities in the borough (see Lancing, West Sussex) and a slightly greater proportion of people are retired compared to the national average (2.11% of the population greater, at 15.8%).[7]

Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.6% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[8]

Members of Parliament

Election Member[9] Party
1997 Tim Loughton Conservative


Elections in the 2010s

General election 2019: East Worthing and Shoreham[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Loughton 27,107 51.0 Increase 2.1
Labour Lavinia O'Connor 19,633 37.0 Decrease 2.3
Liberal Democrats Ashley Ridley 4,127 7.8 Increase 3.0
Green Leslie Williams 2,006 3.8 Increase 1.4
Independent Sophie Cook 255 0.5 N/A
Majority 7,474 14.0 Increase 4.4
Turnout 53,128 70.7 Increase 0.4
Conservative hold Swing Increase 2.2

Sophie Cook withdrew from the 2019 election, but she remained on the ballot paper as this decision was made after the statement of persons nominated was released.[11]

General election 2017: East Worthing and Shoreham[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Loughton 25,988 48.9 Decrease 0.5
Labour Sophie Cook 20,882 39.3 Increase 19.8
Liberal Democrats Oli Henman 2,523 4.7 Decrease 2.0
UKIP Mike Glennon 1,444 2.7 Decrease 13.8
Green Leslie Williams 1,273 2.4 Decrease 2.8
National Health Action Carl Walker 575 1.1 Decrease 1.4
Independent Andy Lutwyche 432 0.8 N/A
Majority 5,106 9.6 Decrease 20.4
Turnout 51,673 70.7 Increase 3.5
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 10.2
General election 2015: East Worthing and Shoreham[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Loughton 24,686 49.5 +1.0
Labour Tim Macpherson 9,737 19.5 +2.8
UKIP Mike Glennon 8,267 16.6 +10.4
Liberal Democrats Bob Smytherman 3,360 6.7 −18.8
Green James Doyle 2,605 5.2 +2.9
National Health Action Carl Walker 1,243 2.5 N/A
Majority 14,949 30.0 +7.1
Turnout 49,898 67.2 +1.8
Conservative hold Swing
General election 2010: East Worthing and Shoreham[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Loughton 23,458 48.5 +4.6
Liberal Democrats James Doyle 12,353 25.5 +1.2
Labour Emily Benn 8,087 16.7 −8.8
UKIP Mike Glennon 2,984 6.2 +1.4
Green Susan Board 1,126 2.3 N/A
English Democrat Clive Maltby 389 0.8 N/A
Majority 11,105 22.9 +4.5
Turnout 48,397 65.4 +3.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s

General election 2005: East Worthing and Shoreham[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Loughton 19,548 43.9 +0.7
Labour Daniel Yates 11,365 25.5 −3.5
Liberal Democrats James Doyle 10,844 24.3 +1.4
UKIP Richard Jelf 2,109 4.7 +1.9
Legalise Cannabis Christopher Baldwin 677 1.5 −0.6
Majority 8,183 18.4
Turnout 44,543 61.6 1.7
Conservative hold Swing +2.1
General election 2001: East Worthing and Shoreham[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Loughton 18,608 43.2 +2.7
Labour Daniel Yates 12,469 29.0 +5.0
Liberal Democrats Paul Elgood 9,876 22.9 −7.6
UKIP James McCulloch 1,195 2.8 +1.0
Legalise Cannabis Christopher Baldwin 920 2.1 N/A
Majority 6,139 14.2
Turnout 43,068 59.7 −13.1
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1997: East Worthing and Shoreham[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Loughton 20,864 40.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Martin King 15,766 30.6 N/A
Labour Mark Williams 12,335 23.9 N/A
Referendum James McCulloch 1,683 3.3 N/A
UKIP Rosemary Jarvis 921 1.8 N/A
Majority 5,098 9.9 N/A
Turnout 51,569 72.9 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Benn's granddaughter runs for MP". BBC News Online. 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
  3. ^ "Sophie Cook first transgender newscaster on UK's Latest TV". The Latest. 9 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Labour candidate hopes to become first openly transgender MP". The Independent. 1 May 2017.
  5. ^ Duffy, Nick (2017-06-09). "The UK got closer than ever before to electing a transgender MP". PinkNews. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  6. ^ OS Map with Listed Buildings and Parks marked Archived April 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ 2011 Census "Economically Inactive - see subcategories"
  8. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  9. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)
  10. ^,155882,en.pdf
  11. ^ "Sophie Cook stepping down". Worthing Herald. ISABELLA CIPIRSKA. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Election Data BBC 2017". BBC. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Worthing East & Shoreham". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
  16. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.


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