The House of Commons is made up of 650 elected Members of Parliament, each one represents a 'constituency', a pre-defined geographic area, usually based on the population. However, some constituencies are not of equal size. Hornchurch and Upminster is the 46th largest constituency in England (out of a total number of 533, as at July 2010) with nearly 79,000 people eligible to vote.
The last Parliamentary election was held on 9th June 2017 and Julia Lopez (née Dockerill) was elected to serve as Member of Parliament for the constituency of Hornchurch & Upminster.
The role of our Member of Parliament (MP), is to represent the electorate of Hornchurch & Upminster in Westminster scrutinising legislation and to assist with issues raised by constituents. This can range from queries relating to official bodies and authorities such as the NHS, HMRC, The Department of Work & Pensions amongst many others. MPs can offer advice on more local issues relating to the provision of local council services but these are best handled by councillors who are elected to the council to represent their local ward. Our office can give you contact details for the most appropriate person to help with your query if that is not our MP.
The Hornchurch and Upminster Conservative Association is a membership association formed for the purpose of promoting the views of the Conservative Party and getting Conservative candidates elected to represent the residents of the Constituency at all levels of government. It is managed on a day-to-day basis by an Executive Committee comprising as a minimum a Chairman, two Deputy Chairmen with responsibility for Politics and Membership respectively, and a Treasurer all of whom are elected to their roles at the Association's AGM. Additional members may also be elected or seconded to this committee and at present a Campaign Manager and one ordinary member are also part of the Executive Committee.
The overall governing body of the Association is the Executive Council. This is a larger body which meets twice a year and is responsible for various important functions such as the approval of candidates who want to represent the constituency. It is currently comprised of the following officers:
- President Keith Wells
- Vice Presidents Terry Monk & Sandy Scott
- Association Chairman Dominic Swan
- Deputy Chairman, Political Cllr Bob Perry
- Deputy Chairman, Membership and Fundraising Henry Frost
- Treasurer Keith Wells
- Minutes Secretary Anne Monk
- Conservative Club Representative Cllr Bob Perry
- Social Media Secretary Ben Sewell
- Chair of the local Policy Forum Pamela Freer
Non-voting attendees at Executive Council meetings are:
- Member of Parliament Julia Lopez MP
- London NE Area Chairman or their representative
- A representative of the Conservative Party Board
The Constituency is divided into 8 wards. Cranham, Emerson Park, Gooshays, Hacton, Harold Wood, Heaton, St Andrews and Upminster. To find more information about your representatives, and how to get in touch, click on your Ward on the left of this page.