Essex North East (European Parliament constituency)

Essex North East was a constituency of the European Parliament located in the United Kingdom, electing one Member of the European Parliament by the first-past-the-post electoral system. Created in 1979 for the first elections to the European Parliament, it was abolished in 1994 and succeeded by the constituencies of Essex North and Suffolk South and Essex South.

Essex North East
European Parliament constituency
Member stateUnited Kingdom


On its creation in 1979, it consisted of the parliamentary constituencies of Braintree, Colchester, South East Essex, Maldon, Saffron Walden, Southend East and Southend West.[1]

After the 1984 boundary changes based on the new UK parliamentary constituencies created in 1983, it consisted of Braintree, Harwich, North Colchester, Rochford, Saffron Walden, South Colchester and Maldon, Southend East and Southend West.[2] Harwich had previously been part of the Suffolk constituency.

The constituency was abolished in 1994. Braintree, Harwich, North Colchester, Saffron Walden and South Colchester and Maldon became part of Essex North and Suffolk South. Rochford, Southend East and Southend West were now part of the new constituency of Essex South.[3]


1979 David Curry Conservative
1989 Anne McIntosh Conservative
1994 constituency abolished, part of Essex North and Suffolk South and Essex South from 1994

Election results

European Parliament election, 1989: Essex North East[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anne Caroline Ballingall McIntosh 92,758 44.5 −11.1
Labour H J Bryan 53,360 25.6 +1.1
Green C R Keene 45,163 21.7 New
SLD D P Wallis 16,939 8.1 −11.8
Majority 39,398 18.9 -12.2
Turnout 215,220 34.8 +4.4
Conservative hold Swing −12.2
European Parliament election, 1984: Essex North East[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Maurice Curry 97,138 55.6 −5.1
Labour B L Stapleton 42,836 24.5 +4.0
SDP A E Ross 34,769 19.9 New
Majority 54,300 31.1 -9.1
Turnout 174,743 30.4 −2.1
Conservative hold Swing −4.6
European Parliament election, 1979: Essex North East[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Maurice Curry 99,137 60.7
Labour C O'Brien 33,496 20.5
Liberal A W Phillips 26,298 16.1
UACM W O Smedley 4,497 2.8
Majority 65,641 40.2
Turnout 163,428 32.5
Conservative win (new seat)


  1. Boundary Commission for England, European Assembly Constituencies, December 1978.
  2. European Parliament Information Office, MEPs and their constituencies, December 1988
  3. The European Parliament 1994–1999 : MEPs and European constituencies in the United Kingdom, London : UK Office of the European Parliament, November 1994.
  4. Europe votes 3 : European parliamentary election results 1989, ed. by T.T. Mackie, Dartmouth, 1990.
  5. Europe votes 2 : European Parliamentary election results, 1979–1984, eds. T.T. Mackie and F.W.S. Craig, Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services, 1985.
  6. European Parliament election 1979 : United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland : results of the European election on 7 June 1979, Luxembourg: European Parliament, October 1983