|East Worthing and Shoreham|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of East Worthing and Shoreham in West Sussex for the 2010 general election
Location of West Sussex within England
|Electorate||72,996 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Tim Loughton (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Worthing and Shoreham|
The District of Adur, and the Borough of Worthing wards of Broadwater, Gaisford, Offington, and Selden.
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.
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.
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.
Labour selected Latest TV newsreader Sophie Cook to be their candidate in the 2017 general election. 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.
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. 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%).
|Liberal Democrats||Ashley Ridley||4,127||7.8||+3.0|
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.
|Liberal Democrats||Oli Henman||2,523||4.7||-2.0|
|National Health Action||Carl Walker||575||1.1||-1.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Bob Smytherman||3,360||6.7||-18.8|
|National Health Action||Carl Walker||1,243||2.5||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||James Doyle||12,353||25.5||+1.2|
|English Democrat||Clive Maltby||389||0.8||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||James Doyle||10,844||24.3||+1.4|
|Legalise Cannabis||Christopher Baldwin||677||1.5||-0.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Elgood||9,876||22.9||-7.6|
|Legalise Cannabis||Christopher Baldwin||920||2.1||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Martin King||15,766||30.6||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|