Charlie Elphicke


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General Election 2010: Dover 
   Party            Candidate                  Votes 
 Conservative Charlie Elphicke      22,174   44.0 +9.1 
 Labour           Gwyn Prosser        16,900   33.5 -11.8 
 Liberal Democrat John Brigden       7,962   15.8 +0.0 
 UKIP             Victor Matcham        1,747    3.5 +0.8 
 BNP               Dennis Whiting       1,104    2.2 - 
 English Democrats Mike Walters        216    0.4 - 
 Christian Peoples David Clark            200    0.4 - 
 Independent George Lee-Delisle          82   0.2 - 
Majority 5,274 10.5  
Turnout 50,385 70.1 +2.8 
 Conservative gain from Labour Swing +10.4


Charlie lives in Deal. 
Charlie's father used to live at Bossington, near Aylesham before he passed away. 
Married with two children, Charlie lived in Sandwich before moving to Deal.

Charlie was a tax lawyer and previously worked in the pharmaceutical research industry and also set up and ran an award winning small business.


      Gwyn Prosser



Gwyn Prosser was born in 1943 in, what Dylan Thomas described as “The sunny, salty, sea-port town of Swansea.”  He is married to Rhoda and has two daughters and a son.


Pre - 1997

After attending local schools, he studied Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture in South Shields, Cardiff and Glasgow and at the age of 27 he gained a Combined First Class Certificate of Competency in Marine Engineering qualifying him to sail as Chief Engineer Officer on any of the world’s ocean going merchant vessels.


During his deep-sea career Gwyn sailed with BP Tankers, Blue Funnel and Glen Line before taking up engineering posts ashore in Greenock and in Saudi Arabia. He settled in Dover in 1979 and  joined Sealink’s Cross Channel Ferries where he sailed as Chief Engineer on the Calais run and served on the Executive Council of the Merchant Navy Officer’s Union NUMAST. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institute of Marine Engineers.


Gwyn was elected to Dover District Council in 1987 after campaigning to protect jobs in the ferry industry and safeguard the economy of Dover and East Kent against the impact of the Channel Tunnel.  He Chaired the Economic Development Committees of both Dover District and Kent County Council and he was made Kent’s President of European Affairs. He was selected as Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Dover in 1989 and in 1992 he narrowly failed to win the seat for Labour when the Tories held on with a wafer thin majority of just 883. 


Since 1997 
Gwyn was elected the Member of Parliament for Dover & Deal in Labour’s landslide General Election victory of 1997 and was re-elected in 2001 and again in 2005.

He set up a fully-equipped and networked Constituency Office in Dover where three members of staff help to deal with his correspondence and enormous caseload and manage his diary arrangements and surgery appointments. This office is also the first port of call for enquiries from constituents and media contact.  

He is a member of the highly influential Home Affairs Select Committee.

In 1997 Gwyn helped set up the All Party Ports Committee and in the present Parliament he is Chairman of the Associated Parliamentary Ports and Merchant Navy Group, Vice Chairman of the All Party Cycling Group and Secretary of the All Party Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Group.

He also sits on the Transport, Home Office and Work & Pensions
Departmental Committees and has membership of a large number of All Party Groups.  


David Lawrence Shaw



David Lawrence Shaw (born 14 November 1950) is a former British Member of Parliament. He was Conservative Member for Dover from 1987 general election until the 1997 election, when he lost the seat to Gwyn Prosser of Labour. 
He was notable as one of the first British Members of Parliament to use the internet to communicate.

Shaw was educated at the King's College School, Wimbledon and the City of London Polytechnic.

Shaw contested the Leigh, Greater Manchester, consituency at the 1979 general election, but was not elected.


Shaw was chairman, Bow Group, 1983–84 (Founder, Transatlantic Conference, 1982); Member, Social Security Select Committee, 1991–97; Joint Chairman, All Party Committee on Dolphins, 1989–97; Chairman, Conservative Backbench Smaller Businesses Committee, 1990–97 (Secretary, 1987–90); Vice Chairman, Conservative Backbench Finance Committee, 1991–97 (Hon. Secretary, 1990–91). Vice-Chairman, Kingston and Malden Conservative Association, 1979–86.

Shaw was a Chartered accountant and the founder, Chairman and Director, Sabrelance Ltd, corporate finance advisers, since 1983. FCA 1974. Coopers & Lybrand, 1971–79; County Bank, 1979–83. Chairman: RRI PLC, 1994–2000; 2020 Strategy Ltd, 1997–; Deputy Chairman, The Adscene Group PLC, 1986–99; Director, Nettec plc, 2003–05. Member, Political, Communications and Marketing Cttee, Quoted Cos Alliance (formerly City Group for Smaller Quoted Companies), 1997–. Member, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Council, 1974–78. Member, Board of Senior Advisors, Center for Global Economic Growth, Washington DC, 2005–. Founder and Director, David Shaw Charitable Trust, 1994–. Vice-President, Institute of Patentees and Inventors, 1996–

At the 2001 general election he stood in the London constituency of Kingston and Surbiton against the Liberal Democrat MP Edward Davey, who was defending a majority of just 56 from the election four years earlier. In the event, Davey held the seat with a majority increased by over 15,000.

He married Dr Lesley Brown in 1986. They have one son, born in September 1989 and one daughter.





Peter Wynford Innes Rees, Baron Rees PC, QC (9 December 1926 - 30 November 2008) was a British politician. He was Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Dover and Deal from 1974 to 1983 and MP for Dover from 1970 to 1974 and 1983 to 1987. He was Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 1983 until 1985.

Rees was educated at Stowe and Christ Church, Oxford, where he took a degree in history. After National Service with the Scots Guards from 1945 to 1948, he was called to the bar in 1953 at the Inner Temple, and became a QC in 1969.

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1784  Robert Preston 
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1790  Charles Small Pybus  
1802  John Spencer Smith  
1806  Sir John Jackson 
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1820  Joseph Butterworth 
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George Wyndham was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Dover in 1889, and held the seat until his death. In politics he was a Conservative, closely  involved in Irish affairs at two points. He was private secretary to Arthur Balfour, during the years around 1890 when Balfour was Chief Secretary for  Ireland; and was himself Chief Secretary 1900-1905. He brought forward a devolution scheme to deal with the Home Rule question. He also successfully  saw the significant 1903 Irish Land Act into law. This change in the law ushered in the most radical change in history in Ireland's land ownership.  Before it, Ireland's land was largely owned by landlords; within years of the Acts, most of the land was owned by their former tenants, who had been  subvented in their purchases by government subsidies. This could without exaggeration be called the most radical change in Irish life in history.

Wyndham was the leader of the "die-hard" opponents in the House of Commons of the Parliament Bill that became Parliament Act 1911.

1889  George Wyndham 

1913  Viscount Duncannon
1918  Viscount Duncannon
1921  Sir Thomas Polson Independent Parliamentary Group 
1922  John Jacob Astor Conservative 
1945  John Thomas Labour 
1950  John Arbuthnot Conservative 
1964  David Ennals Labour 
1970  Peter Rees Conservative 
1974  Peter Rees Conservative 
1983  Peter Rees Conservative 
1987  David Shaw Conservative 
1997  Gwyn Prosser Labour