Blaby (UK Parliament constituency)
|Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Blaby in Leicestershire for the 2005 general election.
Location of Leicestershire within England.
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||South Leicestershire|
|European Parliament constituency||East Midlands|
Blaby was a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which existed from 1974 until 2010. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. It was a safe seat for the Conservative Party, being held by Conservative MPs throughout its existence.
Blaby constituency was created in 1974 from parts of the Harborough seat. It is named for the village of Blaby in south west Leicestershire. A safe Conservative seat consisting mostly of middle-class commuter towns and villages for the neighbouring city of Leicester, it was held for many years by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson. Lawson was succeeded in 1992 by Andrew Robathan, who held the seat until its abolition.
Following its review of parliamentary representation in Leicestershire, the Boundary Commission for England renamed the Blaby constituency as South Leicestershire, with minor alterations to its boundaries, in time for the 2010 election.
1974-1983: The Rural Districts of Blaby and Lutterworth.
1983-1997: The District of Blaby; and the District of Harborough wards of Broughton, Dunton, Gilmorton, Kilworth, Lutterworth Linden, Lutterworth St Mary's, Lutterworth Sherrier, Lutterworth Wycliffe, Peatling, and Ullesthorpe.
1997-2010: The District of Blaby wards of Cosby, Countesthorpe, Croft Hill, Enderby, Flamville, Fosse, Glen Parva, Millfield, Narborough, Normanton, Northfield, Ravenhurst, St John's, Stanton, Whetstone, Winchester, and Winstanley; and the District of Harborough wards of Broughton, Dunton, Gilmorton, Kilworth, Lutterworth Linden, Lutterworth St Mary's, Lutterworth Sherrier, Lutterworth Wycliffe, Peatling, and Ullesthorpe.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||Nigel Lawson||Conservative||Later Baron Lawson of Blaby; Cabinet minister 1981-89|
|2010||Constituency abolished: see South Leicestershire|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Blaby|
|Labour||J. David Morgan||14,614||29.6||−3.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Jeff Stephenson||9,382||19.0||+1.6|
|General Election 2001: Blaby|
|Labour||J. David Morgan||15,895||33.4||−0.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Geoff Welsh||8,286||17.4||+2.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Blaby|
|Liberal Democrat||Geoff Welsh||8,001||14.9||−5.3|
|Referendum Party||Robert Harrison||2,018||3.8||N/A|
|General Election 1992: Blaby|
|Liberal Democrat||Marjorie Lewin||13,780||20.2||−4.8|
|Natural Law||Sue Lincoln||260||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Blaby|
|SDP–Liberal Alliance (Liberal)||Richard Lustig||15,556||25.0||−3.0|
|General Election 1983: Blaby|
|SDP–Liberal Alliance (Liberal)||Richard Lustig||15,573||28.0||+11.8|
|National Front||P. Gegan||568||1.0||−2.6|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Blaby|
|National Front||P. Gegan||2,056||3.6||N/A|
|General Election October 1974: Blaby|
|Labour||M. F. Fox||13,244||26.0||+1.1|
|General Election February 1974: Blaby|
|Labour||D. E. Lack||13,749||24.9||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- United Kingdom Parliamentary Election Results 1997 - Elections (1997)
- Guardian Unlimited Politics | Ask Aristotle | Blaby - Election History - Elections (1992–1997)
- UK General Elections since 1832 - Elections (1974–1992)
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Constituency represented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer