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Borough constituency
Upminster shown within Greater London
Created: 1974
MP: Angela Watkinson
Party: Conservative
Type: House of Commons
County: Greater London
EP constituency: London

Upminster is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

It is the easternmost constituency of the London Borough of Havering and Greater London. The constituency is oddly shaped and covers both the wealthiest and the poorest parts of the borough while being London's least ethnically diverse constituency.



The constituency includes the Upminster suburb of Cranham. The boundary to the north extends beyond the A127 and A12 to include Harold Wood and Harold Hill. In the east the constituency is uniquely the only London constituency form a protrusion to cross the M25 motorway and include North Ockendon. To the west the boundary also forms a protrusion to include the wealthy suburban area of Emerson Park which otherwise forms part of Hornchurch.

The River Ingrebourne forms part of the constituency boundary to the west and the M25 Motorway forms much of the boundary to the east. It is expected the constituency will be reformed into a Hornchurch and Upminster constituency by the time of the 2009/2010 election.


The current MP is the Conservative Angela Watkinson. It was one of the few seats that Labour lost in the 2001 general election. The former Labour MP, Keith Darvill, contested the seat again in the 2005 general election, but failed to regain it.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
Feb 1974 John Loveridge Conservative
1983 Sir Nicholas Bonsor Conservative
1997 Keith Darvill Labour
2001 Angela Watkinson Conservative
2010 Constituency abolished: see Hornchurch and Upminster

Election results

General Election 2005: Upminster
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Angela Watkinson 16,820 48.5 +3.0
Labour Keith Darvill 10,778 31.5 −10.8
Liberal Democrat Peter Truesdale 3,128 9.0 −0.4
Residents Ron Ower 1,455 4.2 +4.2
BNP Chris Roberts 1,173 3.4 +3.4
UKIP Alan Hindle 701 2.0 −1.2
Green Melanie Collins 543 1.6 +1.6
Third Way David Durant 78 0.2 +0.2
Majority 17.4
Turnout 63.0
Conservative hold Swing +6.9
General Election 2001: Upminster
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Angela Watkinson 15,410 45.5 +6.0
Labour Keith Darvill 14,169 41.9 -4.3
Liberal Democrat Peter Truesdale 3,183 9.4 -0.1
UKIP Terry Murray 1,089 3.2 N/A
Majority 1,241 3.6
Turnout 33,851 59.6 -13.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +5.2
General Election 1997: Upminster
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Keith Darvill 19,095 46.2
Conservative Sir Nicholas Bonsor 16,315 39.5
Liberal Democrat Pamela Peskett 3,919 9.5
Referendum Party Terry Murray 2,000 4.8 N/A
Majority 2,770 6.7
Turnout 41,319 72.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +15.4

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Coordinates: 51°34′23″N 0°15′50″E / 51.573°N 0.264°E / 51.573; 0.264



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