Thanet North

Parliamentary constituency
CON HOLD

Results

Conservative
, with candidate Roger Gale
, have the following results:
  • 23,045 total votes taken.
  • 49.0% share of the total vote
  • -3.7% change in share of the votes
UKIP
, with candidate Piers Wauchope
, have the following results:
  • 12,097 total votes taken.
  • 25.7% share of the total vote
  • +19.2% change in share of the votes
Labour
, with candidate Frances Rehal
, have the following results:
  • 8,411 total votes taken.
  • 17.9% share of the total vote
  • -3.6% change in share of the votes
Green Party
, with candidate Ed Targett
, have the following results:
  • 1,719 total votes taken.
  • 3.7% share of the total vote
  • +3.7% change in share of the votes
Liberal Democrat
, with candidate George Cunningham
, have the following results:
  • 1,645 total votes taken.
  • 3.5% share of the total vote
  • -15.9% change in share of the votes
Party for a United Thanet
, with candidate Cemanthe Mckenzie
, have the following results:
  • 136 total votes taken.
  • 0.3% share of the total vote
  • +0.3% change in share of the votes

Change compared with 2010

CON majority: 10,948 23.3%
Turnout
66.7%

Vote share

Party %
CON 49.0
UKIP 25.7
LAB 17.9
GRN 3.7
LD 3.5
PUT 0.3

Vote share change since 2010

-%
+%
UKIP
+19.2
GRN
+3.7
PUT
+0.3
LAB
-3.6
CON
-3.7
LD
-15.9

Latest updates Thanet North

24.06.2016

13:52

Kent overwhelmingly votes to leave the EU

People in Kent vote strongly in favour of leaving the European Union with Tunbridge Wells the only district voting to remain.

01.11.2015

06:07

Living wage concerns in South East

Nearly one in five people working in the South East earns below the living wage, research reveals.

08.05.2015

11:54

UKIP fails to secure target seats

Mark Reckless of UKIP loses his seat in Rochester and Strood to the Conservatives and party leader, Nigel Farage fails to be elected in South Thanet.
10:26

Manston redevelopment

Simon Jones
BBC South East reporter
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In his victory speech, Sir Roger Gale says plans for the redevelopment of Manston must be withdrawn.

10:22

UKIP increases vote share

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Sir Roger Gale has retained Thanet North for the Conservatives, with 10,948 more votes than second-placed Piers Wauchope who was standing for UKIP.

However, UKIP did manage to increase its vote share in the constituency, with a 19% swing.

10:06
Breaking

Conservative hold

The Conservatives have held North Thanet.

10.04.2015

19:39

Manston Airport campaign gets boost

The fight to save Kent's Manston Airport receives a "double boost".

02.04.2015

15:04

Airport 'reopening plan' backed

The transport secretary gives his support to campaigners and local politicians fighting to save Kent's Manston Airport.
09:35

Mapping the opinion polls

Explore a map of constituency polling in the run-up to the 2015 general election.

30.03.2015

15:31

BBC Radio Kent election debates

How to take part in BBC Radio Kent's debates ahead of the 2015 general election.
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Constituency profile

Usually seen as a safe seat for the Conservatives, North Thanet has been held by the same MP since 1983 but polling suggests UKIP could win here. The north Kent seat covers the coastal resorts of Birchington, Margate and Herne Bay. Tourism in the towns and agriculture in the countryside are important to the local economy. Thanet Earth - the largest greenhouse complex in the UK - is based here, producing salad crops for big supermarkets.

Like many seaside towns, Margate has struggled with economic decline but regeneration efforts are underway with the opening of the Turner Contemporary gallery and the redevelopment of the Dreamland amusement park. The seat has above-average numbers of pensioners, a largely white population, and higher than average unemployment.

Conservative Roger Gale held the seat in 2010 with a healthy majority of 13,528. Labour came second, UKIP came fourth but polled sufficient votes to keep their deposit.