Basildon and Billericay: The list of candidates for the general election 2019

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Article by Hannah Brown: The Basildon and Billericay constituency has been Tory since it was created in 2010.

It has most recently been represented by John Baron, a member of the Conservative party and supporter of Brexit, who achieved a majority of 13,400 in 2017.

The constituency straddles Brentwood and Basildon, both of which voted heavily to leave in the EU Referendum. But who is standing as a candidate in 2019 and how are the people of Basildon and Billericay likely to vote?

A voting history of Basildon and Billericay

  • Billericay and Basildon used to be separate seats until the two merged in 2010.
  • Basildon shifted between both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party between its creation in 1974 and when it was abolished.
  • The more affluent Billericay, meanwhile, was a Tory stronghold - seven out of eight of the constituency's MPs have been from the party, including Mr Baron from 2001 to 2010.
  • The current constituency was created for the 2010 general election as part of a parliamentary rejig across the UK.
  • It now combines parts of the separate, and now abolished, constituencies.
  • Former Billericay MP John Baron has held the seat since 2010.

The 2017 election for Billericay

The 2017 general election saw Mr Baron hold the Basildon and Billericay seat for the third election in a row. He received 27,381 votes, which works out as 61 per cent of the vote.

Kayte Block of the Labour Party achieved the second highest number of votes, with 13,981, followed by Tina Hughs from UKIP who received 2,008 votes.

Recent voting trends in Billericay

  • Mr Baron has broadly seen his majority increase from 52.8 per cent in 2010 to 61 per cent in 2017.
  • Labour has also seen an increase in vote share, from 23 per cent in 2010 to 31.1 per cent in 2017.

However, Labour still only received around half the number of votes as the Conservatives.

Mr Baron, who is standing again at this election, voted to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum. He backed Boris Johnson's revised deal but voted against Theresa May's withdrawal agreement three times.

On a local level, the Conservative Party lost control of the council in the elections this May.

Labour's Gavin Callaghan is the current leader of Basildon Council, despite the party having less seats than the Conservatives - 15 compared to 20.

Who are the 2019 candidates for Billericay and Basildon?

  • John Baron - Conservatives
  • Andrew Gordon - Labour
  • Edward Sainsbury - Liberal Democrats
  • Stewart Goshawk - Green Party
  • Simon Breedon - Social Democratic Party

2019 prediction

Looking at the strong majority the Conservatives have maintained since the creation of the constituency, as well as the fact that 68.6 per cent of people in the EU Referendum voted to leave, Basildon and Billericay looks like a fairly safe seat for the Conservatives.

It's unclear whether Boris Johnson's leadership of the party compared to his predecessor's Theresa May will halt a swing like we saw in the local elections.

But it would still be a shock if the Conservatives were to lose this seat.

Article by Hannah Brown, EssexLive