Dartford (UK Parliament constituency)

Dartford is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Gareth Johnson of the Conservative Party.[n 2] The constituency is currently the longest-valid 'bellwether' constituency in the country as the party of the winning candidate has gone on to form the government at every UK general election since 1964.[2] Candidates for the largest two parties nationally have polled first and second since 1923 in Dartford.

Dartford
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Dartford in Kent
Location of Kent within England
CountyKent
Electorate74,756 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsDartford
Current constituency
Created1885
Member of ParliamentGareth Johnson (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromWest Kent
During its existence contributed to new seat(s) of:Bexley (part of)
Erith and Crayford

The area in the seat, remaining a combination of urban, suburban and a small rural population, has been gradually reduced through contribution to new seats, their county designation later being changed in 1965 to become part of the new county of Greater London, which adjoins. These seats are Bexley, created in 1945 and Erith & Crayford, created in 1955.