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  Thurrock
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  PartyConservative
NameJackie Doyle-Price
Won05/06/2010
Votes16,869 (36.81%)
Margin92 (+0.20%)
Term05/17/2010 - 05/17/2015


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Parents > United Kingdom > England > East of England > East of England  
Established 00, 0000
Disbanded Still Active
ContributorRP
Last ModifiedWishful Thinking May 13, 2005 06:49pm
DescriptionThis 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. The constituency also takes in the communities of Grays, Ockendon, Aveley, Chadwell St. Mary and Belhus. There is also, however, much agricultural and undeveloped land which is classed as part of the green belt. 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. It 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. A relatively large proportion of constituents live in council houses, although in recent years more private developments have been built. Work is continuing on the Chafford Hundred estate - a development which will eventually provide 4,000 new dwellings on formerly derelict land between Grays and West Thurrock. Many people commute to work in the capital on the line which terminates at Fenchurch Street station. With a heavy working class presence, this has always been one of Labour's brightest spots in Essex - the Tory victory here in 1987 was something of an anomaly. Labour MP Andrew Mackinlay has matched his high profile with high majorities in 1997 and 2001.

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