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  Basildon


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Parents > United Kingdom > England > East of England > East of England  
Established February 28, 1974
Disbanded May 01, 2010
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Last ModifiedRBH May 01, 2021 06:58pm
Description Basildon became famous in Westminster terms when the Conservatives held it in 1992. Every political pundit knew Labour needed to take the seat to form a government - but Neil Kinnock's party did not persuade enough voters to switch and John Major was returned to Downing Street. Thanks to boundary changes, today's Basildon is different seat to that held by David Amess in 1992. The constituency takes in other communities from the areas covered by both Basildon and Thurrock Councils, including Fryerns, Kingswood, Lee Chapel, Langdon Hills, part of Laindon, Vange, Corringham, Fobbing, Stanford le Hope, Orsett, Horndon-on-the-Hill and Bulphan. The constituency has a mixture of industrial and residential elements and includes both rural villages with exclusive housing. Ford is one of the biggest employers. Just as David Amess' victory was emblematic of Labour's disappointment in 1992, so Angela Smith's victory, on a swing just shy of 15%, was typical of the party's triumph in 1997. She held on in 2001, despite suffering a swing against her which was slightly above the national average.

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May 05, 2005 05:00pm UK Parliament - Basildon  May 17, 2005 12:00pm

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