Essex West and Hertfordshire East (European Parliament constituency)

Essex West and Hertfordshire 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 1994 from parts of Hertfordshire and Essex South West, 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 West and Hertfordshire East
European Parliament constituency
Member stateUnited Kingdom


It consisted of the parliamentary constituencies of Brentwood and Ongar, Broxbourne, Chelmsford, Epping Forest, Harlow, Hertford and Stortford and Stevenage.[1] Broxbourne, Hertford and Stortford and Stevenage had previously been part of Hertfordshire constituency, while Brentwood and Ongar, Chelmsford, Epping Forest and Harlow had been part of Essex South West.

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


part of Hertfordshire and Essex South West prior to 1994
1994 Hugh Kerr Labour
1998 Scottish Socialist Party[2]
1999 constituency abolished, part of East of England from 1999

Election results

European Parliament election, 1994: Essex West and Hertfordshire East[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh Kerr 66,379 36.2
Conservative Patricia Elizabeth Rawlings 63,312 34.5
Liberal Democrats Georgina James 35,695 19.5
Green Felicity Mawson 10,277 5.6
For a Sovereign Britain
Bryan Smalley 5,632 3.1
Peter Carter 1,127 0.6
Natural Law Leslie Davis 1,026 0.6
Majority 3,067 1.7
Turnout 183,448 36.4
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. Hugh Kerr was expelled from the Labour Party and joined the Scottish Socialist Party, sitting with The Green Group in the European Parliament.
  3. Europe elections 1994 : results and elected members, Directorate-General for Information and Public Relations, Luxembourg: European Parliament, 15 June 1994.