Hornchurch: Parliamentary representation

Pages 45-46

A History of the County of Essex: Volume 7. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1978.

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In 1945 Hornchurch, previously in the Romford division, became a separate county constituency, coincident with Hornchurch urban district. (fn. 1) It was constituted a parliamentary borough in 1948. With an electorate which rose from 66,000 in 1945 to 100,000 in 1970 Hornchurch was one of the largest constituencies in the country. It had a Labour member from 1945 to 1955 and from 1966 to 1970, and a Conservative from 1955 to 1966 and 1970 to 1974. Boundary changes, which took effect in 1974, created three constituencies for the parliamentary borough of Havering: Hornchurch, Romford, and Upminster.

The new Hornchurch constituency was won by Labour in February 1974 and held in November 1974.


  • 1. This section is based on J. Cantwell, Hornchurch, a political survey, 1926–64. [Duplicated TS, 1965]; Hornchurch Charter Petition (1956), 9; Dod's Parliamentary Companion (1966 and later edns.).