Sir Bernard Braine

The Lord Braine of Wheatley - Canvey MP 1950-1992

There is much written about Sir Bernard Braine on the internet about his life and career but not a lot about his actual Parliamentary constituency.
Born in 1914 he first became a Member of Parliament in 1950 for Billericay which at that time consisted of the Urban Districts of Billericay, Benfleet, Canvey Island, and Rayleigh.
1955-1983 he was the MP for SE Essex comprising of the Urban Districts of Benfleet, Canvey Island, and Rayleigh.
1983-1992 MP for Castle Point, which again included Canvey Island.
So during the whole of his career as a Member of Parliament he represented Canvey Island.
He was the father of the House from 1987 until he retired in 1992 and was made a life peer Baron Braine of Wheatley.
He died in 2002 at the age of 85.

In this category we have gathered together photos and stories we have of him on Canvey Island during his time as our MP.