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Tonbridge and Malling is a constituency represented in the House of Commonsmarker of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker.

Boundaries

It is located in the west of the county of Kentmarker in south eastern Englandmarker and includes the area of Tonbridge and Mallingmarker Borough Council as well as parts of Sevenoaksmarker District which were incorporated in 1997. Towns include Tonbridgemarker, Edenbridgemarker and West Mallingmarker.

Boundary review

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Kent, the Boundary Commission for England has made major changes to the existing constituency boundaries as a consequence of population changes across the county. The Tonbridge and Malling constituency has not as severely affected as others, with the following electoral wards used in the formation of the modified seat;
  • Borough Green and Long Mill, Cage Green, Castle, Downs, East Malling, East Peckhammarker and Golden Greenmarker, Hadlow, Mereworth and West Peckham, Higham, Hildenborough, Ightham, Judd, Kings Hillmarker, Medway, Trench, Vauxhall, Wateringbury, West Malling and Leybourne and Wrotham from the borough of Tonbridge and Malling
  • Cowden and Hever, Edenbridge North and East, Edenbridge South and West, Leigh and Chiddingstone Causeway, Penshurst, and Fordcombe and Chiddingstone from the Sevenoaksmarker district


History

Tonbridge and Malling was created in 1974 from parts of the seats of Sevenoaksmarker & Tonbridge. It is a traditional Conservative seat characterised by a large commuter population although significant light engineering, farming and local service industry sectors are also represented. It has good road and rail links with London and low unemployment.

Local concerns include the poor results gained by local hospitals in recent government surveys, the bypass provision and other transport issues.

Famous features include the River Medway which crosses the constituency, Hever Castlemarker, oast houses and the Wealdenmarker forests.

Members of Parliament

  • Constituency created (1974)


Elections

Elections in the 2000s

General election of 2005


General election of 2001


Elections in the 1990s

General election of 1997


General election of 1992


See also



References




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