Amber Valley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Amber Valley
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Amber Valley in Derbyshire.
Outline map
Location of Derbyshire within England.
County Derbyshire
Electorate 69,538 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Nigel Mills (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Amber Valley is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Nigel Mills of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1983 and was held by the Conservative Phillip Oppenheim from its creation until Labour's Judy Mallaber won the seat in 1997. She was narrowly defeated in 2010 by Nigel Mills, a Conservative.[2]

Boundaries[edit]

The pre-2010 boundaries of Amber Valley

The modified Amber Valley constituency fought at the 2010 general election was created from the following electoral wards:

  • Alfreton; Codnor and Waingroves; Heage and Ambergate; Heanor and Loscoe; Heanor East; Heanor West; Ironville and Riddings; Kilburn, Denby and Holbrook; Langley Mill and Aldercar; Ripley; Ripley and Marehay; Shipley Park, Horsley and Horsley Woodhouse; Somercotes; Swanwick; Wingfield.

Latest boundary review[edit]

Following its review of parliamentary representation in Derbyshire the Boundary Commission for England created a seat of Mid Derbyshire. This creation had consequences for neighbouring seats, including Amber Valley from which some wards have been taken in the creation of the new seat. The town of Belper was moved into new Mid Derbyshire.

Constituency profile[edit]

Amber Valley constituency covers the Derbyshire market and manufacturing towns of Alfreton, Heanor and Ripley, which in a majority of council elections from 1960-2012 been favourably disposed to the Labour Party. The constituency also has a considerable rural / suburban wards which in the same period have generally had a majority in support of the Conservative Party. The constituency stretches from the edge of the Peak District to the northern edge of Derby, which form another set of neighbourhoods more favourably disposed to the Conservatives.

Political control of Amber Valley District Council has not been with Labour since 1988 and has since 2000 been with local Conservatives who narrowly held on to it during their coalition with the Liberal Democrats in May 2012.

Despite swinging away from no overall control locally since 2000, the constituency's recent marginal majorities and bellwether status since 1983 (emulating the result by largest party nationally) means Amber Valley remains, on most common measures, a marginal seat.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Phillip Oppenheim Conservative
1997 Judy Mallaber Labour
2010 Nigel Mills Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Amber Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Gillott [4]
Conservative Nigel Mills [5]
Liberal Democrat
General Election 2010: Amber Valley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Mills 17,746 38.6 +4.7
Labour Judy Mallaber 17,210 37.4 −9.0
Liberal Democrat Tom Snowdon 6,636 14.4 +2.1
BNP Michael Clarke 3,195 7.0 +4.4
UKIP Sue Ransome 906 2.0 +0.3
Monster Raving Loony Sam Thing 265 0.6 N/A
Majority 536 1.2 −11.3
Turnout 45,958 65.5 +1.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +6.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Amber Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Judy Mallaber 21,593 45.6 −6.3
Conservative Gillian Shaw 16,318 34.4 −1.3
Liberal Democrat Mrs. Kate M. Smith 6,225 13.1 +0.7
BNP Paul Snell 1,243 2.6 N/A
Veritas Alex Stevenson 1,224 2.6 N/A
UKIP Hugh Price 788 1.7 N/A
Majority 5,275 11.1 −5.1
Turnout 47,391 62.9 +2.6
Labour hold Swing −3.8
General Election 2001: Amber Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Judy Mallaber 23,101 51.9 −2.8
Conservative Gillian Shaw 15,874 35.7 +2.2
Liberal Democrat Mrs. Kate M. Smith 5,538 12.4 +4.7
Majority 7,227 16.2 −5.1
Turnout 44,513 60.3 −15.6
Labour hold Swing −2.5

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Amber Valley[7][8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Judy Mallaber 29,943 54.7 +10.3
Conservative Phillip Oppenheim 18,330 33.4 −13.0
Liberal Democrat Roger Shelley 4,219 7.7 −1.4
Referendum Party Irene McGibbon 2,283 4.2 N/A
Majority 11,613 21.3 +19.2
Turnout 72,116 76.0 −8.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 11.7
General Election 1992: Amber Valley[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Phillip Oppenheim 27,418 46.1 −5.3
Labour John Cooper 26,706 44.9 +10.6
Liberal Democrat Graham Brocklebank 5,294 8.9 −5.3
Majority 712 1.2 −15.9
Turnout 59,418 84.7 +3.5
Conservative hold Swing −7.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Amber Valley[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Phillip Oppenheim 28,603 51.4 +9.7
Labour David M. Bookbinder 19,103 34.4 −0.9
Liberal Stewart Reynolds 7,904 14.2 −7.1
Majority 9,500 17.1 +10.7
Turnout 68,478 81.2 +4.0
Conservative hold Swing +5.3
General Election 1983: Amber Valley[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Phillip Oppenheim 21,502 41.7 N/A
Labour David M. Bookbinder 18,184 35.3 N/A
Liberal Brian Johnson 10,989 21.3 N/A
Independent P. Griffiths 856 1.7 N/A
Majority 3,318 6.4 N/A
Turnout 66,720 77.2 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Electoral Calculus - list of seats
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ http://www.labour.org.uk/candidates
  5. ^ http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Political-parties-pick-candidates-Amber-Valley/story-20617983-detail/story.html
  6. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/guide/seat-profiles/ambervalley
  7. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 7 Jan 2011. 
  8. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.142 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  9. ^ The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
  10. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 
  11. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1987. Politics Resources. 11 June 1987. Retrieved 8 Jan 2011. 
  12. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1983. Politics Resources. 9 June 1983. Retrieved 8 Jan 2011. 

Coordinates: 53°02′N 1°24′W / 53.03°N 1.40°W / 53.03; -1.40