Essex South (European Parliament constituency)

Essex South 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 1994 from parts of Essex South West and Essex North East, it was abolished in 1999 on the adoption of proportional representation for European elections in the United Kingdom. It was succeeded by the East of England region.

Essex South
European Parliament constituency
Member stateUnited Kingdom


It consisted of the parliamentary constituencies of Basildon, Billericay, Castle Point, Rochford, Southend East, Southend West and Thurrock.[1] Basildon, Billericay and Thurrock had previously been part of Essex South West while Castle Point, Southend East, Southend West and much of Rochford had been part of Essex North East.

The entire area became part of the East of England constituency in 1999.


part of Essex South West and Essex North East prior to 1994
1994 Richard Howitt Labour
1999 constituency abolished, part of East of England from 1999

Election results

1994 European Parliament election in the United Kingdom: Essex South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Howitt 71,883 44.6
Conservative Lionel Stanbrook 50,516 31.3
Liberal Democrats Geoff Williams 26,132 16.2
Liberal Brian Lynch 6,780 4.2
Green George Rumens 4,691 2.9
Natural Law Mark Heath 1,177 0.7
Majority 21,367 13.3
Turnout 161,179
Labour win (new seat)


  1. The European Parliament 1994-1999 : MEPs and European constituencies in the United Kingdom, London : UK Office of the European Parliament, November 1994.
  2. Europe elections 1994 : results and elected members, Directorate-General for Information and Public Relations, Luxembourg: European Parliament, 15 June 1994.