Dover (UK Parliament constituency)

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Dover
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Dover2007Constituency.svg
Boundary of Dover in Kent
EnglandKent.svg
Location of Kent within England
County Kent
Electorate 71,993 (December 2010) [1]
Major settlements Dover and Deal
Current constituency
Created1369
Member of Parliament Natalie Elphicke (Conservative)
Number of members1660 - 1885: Two
1885 - present: One

Dover is a constituency in Kent, England represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Contents

Dover was considered a Cinque Ports constituency from 1386 to 1832.

Constituency profile

The seat includes most of Dover District. It comprises the towns of Deal, Dover, Walmer and surrounding villages in a productive chalkland, long-cultivated area adjoining the Strait of Dover. Since 1983 it has excluded the northern part of the District in and around the historically important Cinque Port of Sandwich with its golf links and accessible shore, which was then transferred to the South Thanet seat.

Since 1945 Dover has been a Labour/Conservative swing seat. In local elections, most of its rural villages and the two small towns favour the Conservative Party, whereas Dover favours the Labour Party, as well as the former mixed mining and agricultural villages in the local coal belt (East Kent coalfield), such as Aylesham. Labour's vote held on very solidly here in 2005, but the seat went Conservative in the 2010 election on a swing of 10.4% compared with a 4.9% swing nationally.

Boundaries

Dover (UK Parliament constituency)
Map of current boundaries

1918–1950: The Boroughs of Dover and Deal, the Urban District of Walmer, and the Rural Districts of Dover and Eastry.

1950–1983: The Boroughs of Dover, Deal, and Sandwich, the Rural District of Dover, and the Rural District of Eastry except the parishes included in the Isle of Thanet constituency.

1983–2010: The District of Dover wards of Aylesham, Barton, Buckland, Capel-le-Ferne, Castle, Cornilo, Eastry, Eythorne, Lower Walmer, Lydden and Temple Ewell, Maxton and Elms Vale, Middle Deal, Mill Hill, Mongeham, Noninstone, North Deal, Pineham, Priory, Ringwould, River, St Margaret's-at-Cliffe, St Radigund's, Shepherdswell with Coldred, Tower Hamlets, Town and Pier, and Upper Walmer.

2010–present: The District of Dover wards of Aylesham, Buckland, Capel-le-Ferne, Castle, Eastry, Eythorne and Shepherdswell, Lydden and Temple Ewell, Maxton, Elms Vale and Priory, Middle Deal and Sholden, Mill Hill, North Deal, Ringwould, River, St Margaret's-at-Cliffe, St Radigund's, Tower Hamlets, Town and Pier, Walmer, and Whitfield.

Charlie Elphicke scandal

From 2010, the MP was Charlie Elphicke, elected as a member of the Conservative Party. On 3 November 2017, Elphicke was suspended by the Conservative Party after "serious allegations" were made against him, and then sat as an Independent until 12 December 2018 when he had the Conservative Whip restored ahead of a party vote on a no-confidence motion against Theresa May. [2] [3] In July 2019, the whip was withdrawn again after he was charged by the Crown Prosecution Service with three counts of sexual assault against two women. [4] [5] [6] Charlie Elphicke stood down as an MP shortly before the 2019 UK General Election, with his wife, Natalie Elphicke standing as the Conservative Party candidate in his place. Natalie Elphicke was elected as the MP for Dover at the 2019 UK General Election, increasing on her husband's majority.

Members of Parliament

Cinque Port/Parliamentary Borough 1386–1918

MPs 1386–1660

ParliamentFirst memberSecond member
1386 John Gyles John Halle I [7]
1388 (Feb) John Gyles John Halle I [7]
1388 (Sep) John Gyles John Monyn [7]
1390 (Jan) John Gyles John Monyn [7]
1390 (Nov)
1391 John Gyles John Strete [7]
1393 John Gyles John Strete [7]
1394
1395 John Gyles John Strete [7]
1397 (Jan) Nicholas Spicer John Monyn [7]
1397 (Sep) John Monyn I [7]
1399 John Gyles John Enebrook [7]
1401
1402 Thomas Gyles John Strete [7]
1404 (Jan)
1404 (Oct)
1406 Thomas Gyles Henry Merley [7]
1407 John Alkham Henry Merley [7]
1410 Nicholas Spicer Peter Rede [7]
1411 Thomas Monyn [7]
1413 (Feb)
1413 (May) Thomas Monyn John Garton [7]
1414 (Apr)
1414 (Nov) Walter Stratton John Garton [7]
1415
1416 (Mar)
1416 (Oct) John Braban [7]
1417 John Braban Thomas atte Crowche [7]
1419 John Braban Walter Stratton [7]
1420 Thomas Arnold Thomas atte Crowche [7]
1421 (May) Thomas Arnold John Braban [7]
1421 (Dec) John Braban Walter Stratton [7]
1439–1444Sir Thomas Browne
1470 Thomas Smith [8]
1510 John Warren not known [9]
1512 Nicholas Templeman John Warren [9]
1515 Nicholas Templeman John Warren [9]
1523 Thomas Vaughan Robert Nethersole [9]
1529 Robert Nethersole John Warren [9]
1536 Robert Nethersole John Warren [9]
1539 Thomas Vaughan John Payntor [9]
1542 John Warren William Granger [9]
1545 Edmund Mody John Warren [9]
1547 Joseph Beverley Thomas Warren [9]
1553 (Mar) Henry Crispe Thomas Portway [9]
1553 (Oct) Joseph Beverley John Webbe [9]
1554 (Apr) John Webbe Thomas Colly [9]
1554 (Nov) William Hannington John Webbe [9]
1555 Thomas Warren Sir Edmund Rous [9]
1558 Joseph Beverley John Cheyne [9]
1559 Thomas Warren John Robins [10]
1562–3 John Robins Thomas Warren [10]
1571 Thomas Andrews II John Pinchon [10]
1572 Thomas Andrews II Thomas Warren [10]
1584 Richard Barrey John Moore [10]
1586 Richard Barrey John Moore [10]
1588 Thomas Fane Edward Stephens [10]
1593 Thomas Fane Thomas Elwood [10]
1597 Thomas Fane William Leonard [10]
1601 George Fane George Newman [10]
1604 Sir Thomas Waller George Bing
1614 Sir George Fane Sir Robert Brett
1621 Sir Henry Mainwaring Sir Richard Young
1624 Sir Edward Cecil [11] Sir Richard Young
1625 Sir John Hippisley William Beecher
1626 Sir John Hippisley John Pringle
1628 Sir John Hippisley Edward Nicholas

No parliament called between 1629 and 1640

ParliamentFirst memberSecond member
1640 (Apr) Sir Edward Boys Sir Peter Heyman
1640 (Nov) Sir Edward Boys Benjamin Weston
1645 John Dixwell Benjamin Weston
1648 John Dixwell Benjamin Weston
1653Dover not represented in Barebones Parliament
1654 William Cullen one seat only
1656 Thomas Kelsey one seat only
1658 John Dixwell Thomas Kelsey
1659 John Dixwell Benjamin Weston

MPs 1660–1885

YearFirst member [12] First partySecond member [12] Second party
April 1660 Edward Montagu Arnold Braemes
August 1660 George Montagu
1661 Sir Francis Vincent, Bt
1670 Edward Montagu
1673 Admiral Sir Edward Spragge [13]
1674 Thomas Papillon
1679 William Stokes
1685 Arthur Herbert William Chapman
1689 Sir Basil Dixwell, Bt Thomas Papillon
1690 James Chadwick
1695 Sir Basill Dixwell, Bt
1697 Admiral Matthew Aylmer
January 1701 Sir Charles Hedges
November 1701 Philip Papillon
1710 Sir William Hardres, Bt
1715 Admiral Matthew Aylmer [14]
1720 George Berkeley Henry Furnese
1734 David Papillon Thomas Revell
1741 Lord George Sackville
1752 William Cayley
1755 Peter Burrell
1756 Hugh Valence Jones
1759 Sir Edward Simpson [15]
1761 Hon. Sir Joseph Yorke
1765 John Campbell
1766 John Bindley
1768 George Villiers
1770 Sir Thomas Hales, Bt
1773 Thomas Barret
1774 John Henniker John Trevanion
1784 Robert Preston Tory [16] Captain the Hon. James Luttrell Tory [16]
1789 John Trevanion Whig [16]
1790 Charles Pybus Tory [16]
1802 John Spencer Smith Whig [16]
1806 John Jackson Whig [16] Charles Jenkinson Tory [16]
1818 Edward Bootle-Wilbraham Tory [16]
1820 Joseph Butterworth Whig [16]
1826 Charles Poulett Thomson [17] Whig [16]
1828 William Henry Trant Tory [16]
1830 Sir John Reid, Bt Tory [16]
1831 Roberwithdrew on 16 Octobert Henry Stanhope Whig [16]
1832 Sir John Reid, Bt Tory [16]
1833 John Halcomb Tory [16]
1834 Conservative [16] Conservative [16]
1835 John Minet Fector Conservative [16]
1837 Edward Royd Rice Whig [18] [19] [20] [21] [16]
1847 Sir George Clerk, Bt Conservative
1852 Henry Cadogan Conservative
1857 Ralph Bernal Osborne Radical [22] [23] [24] [25] [26] Sir William Russell, Bt Whig [27]
1859 Sir Henry Leeke Conservative William Nicol Conservative
1865 Alexander George Dickson Conservative Charles Freshfield Conservative
1868 George Jessel Liberal
1873 Edward William Barnett Conservative
1874 Charles Freshfield Conservative
1885 Representation reduced to one member

MPs 1885–1918

YearMember [12] Party
1885 Alexander George Dickson Conservative
1889 George Wyndham Conservative
1913 Vere Ponsonby Conservative
1918 Constituency abolished – name transferred to county constituency

County constituency 1918–present

YearMember [12] Party
Dover division of Kent
1918 Vere Ponsonby Coalition Conservative
1921 by-election Sir Thomas Polson Independent Parliamentary Group
1922 John Jacob Astor Conservative
1945 John Thomas Labour
1950 John Arbuthnot Conservative
1964 David Ennals Labour
1970 Peter Rees Conservative
Dover and Deal County Constituency
1974 Peter Rees Conservative
Dover County Constituency
1983 Peter Rees Conservative
1987 David Shaw Conservative
1997 Gwyn Prosser Labour
2010 Charlie Elphicke Conservative
November 2017 [2] Independent
December 2018 Conservative
July 2019 Independent
2019 Natalie Elphicke Conservative

Elections in the 19th century

Elections in the 1830s

General election 1830: Dover [16] [28]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Whig Charles Poulett Thomson 975 36.2
Tory John Reid 974 36.1
Tory John Halcomb 74827.7
Majority10.1
Turnout 1,866c.93.3
Registered electors c.2,000
Whig hold Swing
Tory hold Swing
By-election November 1830: Dover [16] [28]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Whig Charles Poulett Thomson Unopposed
Registered electors c.2,000
Whig hold
General election 1831: Dover [16] [28]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Whig Charles Poulett Thomson Unopposed
Whig Robert Henry StanhopeUnopposed
Registered electors c.2,000
Whig hold
Whig gain from Tory
General election 1832: Dover [29] [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Whig Charles Poulett Thomson 713 30.0
Tory John Reid 644 27.1
Tory John Halcomb 52322.0
Whig Robert Henry Stanhope49820.9
Turnout 1,39684.6
Registered electors 1,651
Majority692.9
Whig hold
Majority1466.2
Tory gain from Whig
By-election 1833: Dover [29] [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Tory John Halcomb 734 52.5 +3.4
Whig Robert Henry Stanhope66547.53.4
Majority695.0N/A
Turnout 1,39984.7+0.1
Registered electors 1,651
Conservative gain from Whig Swing +3.4
General election 1835: Dover [29] [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Minet Fector 908 37.0 +15.0
Conservative John Reid 782 31.9 +4.8
Whig Edward Royd Rice 76131.019.9
Majority210.95.3
Turnout 1,34786.1+1.5
Registered electors 1,564
Conservative hold Swing +12.5
Conservative gain from Whig Swing +7.4
General election 1837: Dover [29] [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Whig Edward Royd Rice 854 35.2 +4.2
Conservative John Reid 829 34.2 +2.3
Conservative John Minet Fector 74230.66.4
Majority251.0N/A
Turnout 1,51290.2+4.1
Registered electors 1,677
Whig gain from Conservative Swing +3.1
Conservative hold Swing +0.1

Elections in the 1840s

General election 1841: Dover [29] [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Reid 1,000 36.0 +1.8
Whig Edward Royd Rice 960 34.6 0.6
Conservative John Halcomb 53619.311.3
Radical Alexander Galloway28110.1N/A
Turnout 1,66789.80.4
Registered electors 2,060
Majority401.4N/A
Conservative hold Swing +1.1
Majority42415.3+14.3
Whig hold Swing +2.1
General election 1847: Dover [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Whig Edward Royd Rice 1,104 37.6 +3.0
Conservative George Clerk 932 31.8 4.2
Conservative Henry Thoby Prinsep 89730.6+11.3
Majority1725.89.5
Turnout 1,467 (est)71.2 (est)18.6
Registered electors 2,060
Whig hold Swing 2.1
Conservative hold Swing 2.9

Elections in the 1850s

General election 1852: Dover [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Henry Cadogan 1,097 39.5 +8.9
Whig Edward Royd Rice 898 32.3 5.3
Conservative George Clerk 78128.13.7
Turnout 1,837 (est)89.0 (est)+17.8
Registered electors 2,064
Majority1997.2N/A
Conservative hold Swing +5.8
Majority1174.21.8
Whig hold Swing 5.3
General election 1857: Dover [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Radical Ralph Bernal Osborne 989 30.8 N/A
Whig William Russell 958 29.8 2.5
Conservative George Clerk 69521.66.5
Conservative George William Hope [30] 57417.821.7
Turnout 1,608 (est)79.4 (est)9.6
Registered electors 2,024
Majority311.0N/A
Radical gain from Conservative Swing N/A
Majority2638.2+4.0
Whig hold Swing +3.8
General election 1859: Dover [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Henry John Leeke 931 27.6 +6.0
Conservative William Nicol 902 26.7 +8.9
Liberal William Russell 78823.46.4
Liberal Ralph Bernal Osborne 75222.38.5
Majority1143.3N/A
Turnout 1,687 (est)82.8 (est)+3.4
Registered electors 2,038
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +6.7
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +8.2

Elections in the 1860s

General election 1865: Dover [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Alexander George Dickson 1,026 26.8 0.8
Conservative Charles Freshfield 1,012 26.4 0.3
Liberal William Keppel 90323.6+0.2
Liberal Thomas Eustace Smith 89223.3+1.0
Majority1092.80.5
Turnout 1,917 (est)82.7 (est)0.1
Registered electors 2,318
Conservative hold Swing 0.7
Conservative hold Swing 0.5
General election 1868: Dover [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Alexander George Dickson 1,461 33.8 +7.0
Liberal George Jessel 1,435 33.2 +9.6
Conservative Charles Freshfield 1,38732.1+5.7
Liberal Israel Abrahams [31] 350.822.5
Turnout 2,859 (est)84.3 (est)+1.6
Registered electors 3,392
Majority260.62.2
Conservative hold Swing +14.8
Majority481.1N/A
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +2.0

Elections in the 1870s

By-election 1871: Dover [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal George Jessel 1,235 51.9 +17.9
Conservative Edward William Barnett 1,14448.117.8
Majority913.8+2.7
Turnout 2,37969.115.2
Registered electors 3,443
Liberal hold Swing +17.9
By-election 1873: Dover [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Edward William Barnett 1,415 56.5 9.4
Liberal James Staats Forbes [32] 1,08943.5+9.5
Majority32613.0N/A
Turnout 2,50470.314.0
Registered electors 3,563
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing 9.5
General election 1874: Dover [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Charles Freshfield 1,595 31.3 0.8
Conservative Alexander George Dickson 1,316 25.8 8.0
Liberal Christopher Weguelin [33] 1,11822.011.2
Liberal Frederick Inderwick 1,06220.9+20.1
Majority1983.8+3.2
Turnout 2,546 (est)68.5 (est)15.8
Registered electors 3,714
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +5.2
Conservative hold Swing 14.1

Elections in the 1880s

General election 1880: Dover [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Charles Freshfield 1,734 26.5 4.8
Conservative Alexander George Dickson 1,701 26.0 +0.2
Liberal Philip Stanhope [34] 1,60724.5+2.5
Liberal Charles Clement Walker [35] 1,50623.0+2.1
Majority941.5-2.3
Turnout 3,274 (est)77.2 (est)+8.7
Registered electors 4,239
Conservative hold Swing 3.7
Conservative hold Swing 1.0
General election 1885: Dover [36]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Alexander George Dickson 2,066 59.3 +6.8
Liberal Robert Murray Lawes [37] 1,41840.76.8
Majority64818.6+17.1
Turnout 3,48471.35.9
Registered electors 4,885
Conservative hold Swing +6.8
General election 1886: Dover [36]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Alexander George Dickson Unopposed
Conservative hold
By-election 1889: Dover [36]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative George Wyndham Unopposed
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1890s

General election 1892: Dover [36]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative George Wyndham 2,231 69.5 N/A
Lib-Lab Eustace G Edwards [38] 97830.5New
Majority1,25339.0N/A
Turnout 3,20962.6N/A
Registered electors 5,156
Conservative hold
General election 1895: Dover [36]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative George Wyndham Unopposed
Conservative hold

Elections in the 20th century

Elections in the 1900s

General election 1900: Dover [36]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative George Wyndham Unopposed
Conservative hold
By-election 1900: Dover [36]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative George Wyndham Unopposed
Conservative hold
General election 1906: Dover [36]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative George Wyndham 3,269 65.7 N/A
Liberal R. J. Bryce1,70534.3New
Majority1,56431.4N/A
Turnout 4,97475.4N/A
Registered electors 6,493
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1910s

General election January 1910: Dover [36]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative George Wyndham 3,330 67.9 +2.2
Liberal A. M. Bradley1,57232.12.2
Majority1,75835.8+4.4
Turnout 4,90278.5+3.1
Registered electors 6,247
Conservative hold Swing +2.2
General election December 1910: Dover [36]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative George Wyndham Unopposed
Conservative hold
By-election 1913: Dover [36]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Unionist Vere Ponsonby Unopposed
Unionist hold
General election 1918: Dover [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
C Unionist Vere Ponsonby 11,24968.7N/A
Liberal Alexander Livingstone 5,12131.3New
Majority6,12837.4N/A
Turnout 16,37046.5N/A
Registered electors 35,170
Unionist hold Swing
Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Elections in the 1920s

By-election 1921: Dover [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Independent Parliamentary Group Thomas Polson 13,947 56.3 New
Coalition Unionist John Jacob Astor 10,81743.725.0
Majority3,13012.6N/A
Turnout 24,76471.0+24.5
Registered electors 34,890
Ind. Parliamentary Group gain from Unionist Swing N/A
General election 1922: Dover [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Unionist John Jacob Astor 18,151 62.2 6.5
Independent Parliamentary Group Thomas Polson 8,05427.6N/A
Liberal Leonard Stein 2,98510.221.1
Majority10,09734.60.8
Turnout 29,19077.6+31.1
Registered electors 37,610
Unionist hold Swing +7.3
General election 1923: Dover [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Unionist John Jacob Astor Unopposed
Unionist hold
By-election 1924: Dover [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Unionist John Jacob Astor Unopposed
Unionist hold
General election 1924: Dover [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Unionist John Jacob Astor 21,186 73.5 N/A
Labour A. F. George7,62726.5New
Majority13,55947.0N/A
Turnout 28,81374.7N/A
Registered electors 38,580
Unionist hold Swing N/A
General election 1929: Dover [39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Unionist John Jacob Astor 20,572 54.7 18.8
Labour Ernest Lionel McKeag8,86423.62.9
Liberal Herbert Baxter 8,18021.7New
Majority11,70831.115.9
Turnout 37,61674.40.3
Registered electors 50,586
Unionist hold Swing 8.0

Elections in the 1930s

General election 1931: Dover
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Jacob Astor 29,743 75.25
Labour W. Moore9,78124.75
Liberal Herbert Baxter WithdrewN/AN/A
Majority19,96250.50
Turnout 39,52473.05
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1935: Dover
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Jacob Astor 25,884 63.96
Labour W. H. Bennett14,58836.04
Majority11,29627.92
Turnout 40,47269.56
Conservative hold Swing

Election in the 1940s

General election 1945: Dover
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour John Thomas 17,373 52.54
Conservative John Arbuthnot 15,69147.46
Majority1,6825.08N/A
Turnout 33,06473.29
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General election 1950: Dover [40]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Arbuthnot 25,640 49.01
Labour Co-op Will Owen 23,33144.59
Liberal Basil Goldstone 2,8735.49New
Communist R. Morrison4740.91New
Majority2,3094.42N/A
Turnout 52,31885.77
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General election 1951: Dover [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Arbuthnot 28,511 53.29
Labour Co-op Will Owen 24,99546.71
Majority3,5166.58
Turnout 53,50685.74
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1955: Dover
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Arbuthnot 27,316 52.92
Labour Horace W. Lee24,29847.08
Majority3,0185.84
Turnout 51,61481.84
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1959: Dover
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Arbuthnot 27,939 53.08
Labour Horace W. Lee24,69846.92
Majority3,2416.16
Turnout 52,63782.88
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General election 1964: Dover
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour David Ennals 24,115 44.94
Conservative John Arbuthnot 23,69744.17
Liberal Bernard Budd 5,84310.89New
Majority4180.77N/A
Turnout 53,65582.70
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General election 1966: Dover
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour David Ennals 27,256 49.31
Conservative Thomas C. G. Stacey24,04043.49
Liberal Bernard Budd 3,9817.20
Majority3,2165.82
Turnout 55,27784.18
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General election 1970: Dover
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Peter Rees 30,103 51.41
Labour David Ennals 28,45448.59
Majority1,6492.82N/A
Turnout 58,55780.58
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General election February 1974: Dover and Deal
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Peter Rees 27,033 43.11
Labour L. J. A. Bishop22,18335.37
Liberal R. S. Young12,83220.46
Independent Social DemocratW. Stone6611.05New
Majority4,8507.74
Turnout 62,70984.69
Conservative hold Swing
General election October 1974: Dover and Deal
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Peter Rees 25,647 43.63
Labour L. J. A. Bishop23,35339.74
Liberal R. S. Young9,76716.63
Majority2,2943.89
Turnout 58,76778.67
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1979: Dover and Deal
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Peter Rees 30,606 50.01
Labour Jane Chapman 22,66437.04
Liberal J. Cohen6,90611.29
Silly Party Jeremy Fox6421.05New
National Front P. Johnson3780.62New
Majority7,94212.97
Turnout 61,19680.65
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s

General election 1983: Dover [42]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Peter Rees 25,454 48.31
Labour Stephen Love16,23430.81
SDP Geoffrey Nice 10,60120.12New
Ecology M. Potter4040.77New
Majority9,22017.50
Turnout 52,69377.58
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1987: Dover [43]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative David Shaw 25,343 46.0 -2.3
Labour Stephen Love18,80234.1+3.3
SDP Geoffrey Nice 10,94219.9-0.2
Majority6,54111.87-5.6
Turnout 55,08779.8+2.2
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1992: Dover [44] [45]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative David Shaw 25,395 44.1 −1.9
Labour Gwyn Prosser 24,56242.6+8.5
Liberal Democrats M. J. Sole6,21210.8−9.1
Green A. C. W. Sullivan6371.1New
Ind. Conservative P. W. Sherred4070.7New
Ind. Conservative B. J. Philp2500.4New
Natural Law C. F. Percy1270.2New
Majority8331.5−10.4
Turnout 57,59083.5+3.7
Conservative hold Swing −5.2
General election 1997: Dover [46]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Gwyn Prosser 29,535 54.5 +11.9
Conservative David Shaw 17,79632.8-11.3
Liberal Democrats Mark B. Corney4,3027.9-2.9
Referendum Susan L. Anderson2,1243.9New
UKIP C. Hyde4430.8New
Majority11,73921.7N/A
Turnout 54,20078.9-4.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 21st century

Elections in the 2000s

General election 2001: Dover [47]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Gwyn Prosser 21,943 48.8 -5.7
Conservative Paul Watkins16,74437.2+4.4
Liberal Democrats Antony Hook 5,13111.4+3.5
UKIP Lee Speakman1,1422.5+1.7
Majority5,19911.6-10.1
Turnout 44,96065.1-13.8
Labour hold Swing
General election 2005: Dover [48]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Gwyn Prosser 21,680 45.3 -3.5
Conservative Paul Watkins16,73935.0-2.2
Liberal Democrats Antony Hook 7,60715.9+4.5
UKIP Mike Wiltshire1,2522.6+0.1
Independent Victor Matcham6061.3New
Majority4,94110.3-1.3
Turnout 47,88467.6+2.5
Labour hold Swing -0.6

Elections in the 2010s

General election 2010: Dover [49]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Charlie Elphicke 22,174 44.0 +9.1
Labour Gwyn Prosser 16,90033.5−11.8
Liberal Democrats John Brigden7,96215.8+0.0
UKIP Victor Matcham1,7473.5+0.8
BNP Dennis Whiting1,1042.2N/A
English Democrat Mike Walters2160.4N/A
CPA David Clark2000.4N/A
Independent George Lee-Delisle820.2N/A
Majority5,27410.5N/A
Turnout 50,38570.1+2.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +10.45
General election 2015: Dover [50]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Charlie Elphicke 21,737 43.3 -0.7
Labour Clair Hawkins15,44330.7-2.8
UKIP David Little10,17720.3+16.8
Liberal Democrats Sarah Smith1,5723.1-12.7
Green Jolyon Trimingham [51] 1,2952.6N/A
Majority6,29412.5+2.0
Turnout 50,22468.9-1.2
Conservative hold Swing +1.05
General election 2017: Dover [52]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Charlie Elphicke 27,211 52.4 +9.1
Labour Stacey Blair20,77440.0+9.2
UKIP Piers Wauchope 1,7233.3-16.9
Liberal Democrats Simon Dodd1,3362.6-0.6
Green Beccy Sawbridge9231.8-0.8
Majority6,43712.4-0.1
Turnout 51,96669.7+0.8
Conservative hold Swing -0.05
General election 2019: Dover [53]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Natalie Elphicke 28,830 56.9 +4.5
Labour Charlotte Cornell16,55232.6-7.3
Liberal Democrats Simon Dodd2,8955.7+3.1
Green Beccy Sawbridge1,3712.7+0.9
Independent Nathan Sutton9161.8N/A
Women's Equality Eljai Morais1370.3N/A
Majority12,27824.2+11.9
Turnout 50,70166.4-3.3
Conservative hold Swing +5.9

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