Blackpool South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°46′01″N 2°54′50″W / 53.767°N 2.914°W / 53.767; -2.914

Blackpool South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Blackpool South in Lancashire.
Outline map
Location of Lancashire within England.
County Lancashire
Electorate 64,081 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1945
Member of Parliament Gordon Marsden (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Blackpool
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Blackpool South is a constituency[n 1] in Lancashire, represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Gordon Marsden of the Labour Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

This seat was created for the 1945 Election. This marginal constituency has been represented by both the Conservative and Labour Party parties since the Second World War. It was held by the Conservatives until 1997 when the current MP Gordon Marsden gained it for Labour.

Constituency profile[edit]

The seat encompasses the central and southern parts of Blackpool, including the famous Tower, the three piers and the Pleasure beach. Also included is the suburb of Layton to the east and the Bloomfield area, home to Blackpool FC. In the southern end of the seat, near to the Fylde border, Squires Gate is the site of Blackpool Airport.

Tourism is a major industry in the area, and while Blackpool has been less affected by the decline in domestic holidaymaking than some resorts, there are nonetheless some run-down areas which were once rather more glamourous. Traditionally seaside seats were very safe for the Conservatives, but these days the party would need an overall majority on a uniform swing to stand any chance of winning it back.

Boundaries[edit]

Following the review of parliamentary representation by the Boundary Commission for England in Lancashire, including the Unitary Authority of Blackpool during the run-up to the United Kingdom general election, 2010 the seat of Blackpool South passed with only minor changes to its composition.

The electoral wards used to create Blackpool South constituency are entirely within the boundaries of the borough of Blackpool.

  • Bloomfield, Brunswick, Clifton, Hawes Side, Highfield, Marton, Squire's Gate, Stanley, Talbot, Tyldesley, Victoria, Waterloo.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1945 Roland Robinson Conservative
1964 Sir Peter Blaker Conservative
1992 Nick Hawkins Conservative
1997 Gordon Marsden Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Blackpool South[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gordon Marsden 14,449 41.1 −7.5
Conservative Ron Bell 12,597 35.8 +4.9
Liberal Democrat Doreen Holt 5,082 14.4 −0.7
BNP Roy Goodwin 1,482 4.2 +0.9
UKIP Hamish Howitt 1,352 3.8 +1.7
Integrity UK Si Thu Tun 230 0.7 N/A
Majority 1,852 5.3 -15.4
Turnout 35,192 55.8 +3.5
Labour hold Swing −6.2

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Blackpool South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gordon Marsden 19,375 50.5 −3.8
Conservative Michael Winstanley 11,453 29.9 −3.1
Liberal Democrat Doreen Holt 5,552 14.5 +3.9
BNP Roy Goodwin 1,113 2.9 +2.9
UKIP John Porter 849 2.2 +0.1
Majority 7,922 20.7 −0.6
Turnout 38,342 52.1 −0.1
Labour hold Swing −0.3
General Election 2001: Blackpool South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gordon Marsden 21,060 54.3 −2.7
Conservative David Morris 12,798 33.0 −1.4
Liberal Democrat Doreen Holt 4,115 10.6 +2.1
UKIP Val Cowell 819 2.1 N/A
Majority 8,262 21.3 −1.3
Turnout 38,792 52.2 −15.5
Labour hold Swing −0.7

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Blackpool South[4][5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gordon Marsden 29,282 57.0 +12.9
Conservative Richard Booth 17,666 34.4 −9.0
Liberal Democrat Doreen Holt 4,392 8.6 −3.5
Majority 11,616 22.6 −21.9
Turnout 51,340 67.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing −11.0
General Election 1992: Blackpool South[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nick Hawkins 19,880 45.2 −2.8
Labour Gordon Marsden 18,213 41.5 +9.4
Liberal Democrat Robert E. Wynne 5,673 12.9 −7.0
Natural Law Douglas Henning 173 0.4 N/A
Majority 1,667 3.8 −12.2
Turnout 43,939 77.3 +3.9
Conservative hold Swing −6.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Blackpool South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Blaker 20,312 48.0 −2.6
Labour Mrs. Sheilagh M. Baugh 13,568 32.1 +7.4
Social Democrat Julian B. Allitt 8,405 19.9 −4.1
Majority 6,744 15.9
Turnout 42,285 73.5
Conservative hold Swing −5.0
General Election 1983: Blackpool South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Blaker 19,852 50.6 −0.9
Labour Fred J. Jackson 9,714 24.7 −5.9
Social Democrat Alex G. Cox 9,417 24.0 N/A
National Front Wilf Smith 263 0.7 −0.5
Majority 10,138 25.9
Turnout 39,246 69.8
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Blackpool South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Blaker 21,762 51.5 +6.5
Labour Mrs. Pat Carrington 12,914 30.6 −1.4
Liberal Edmund E. Wynne 7,057 16.7 −6.3
National Front Alan Machin 524 1.2 N/A
Majority 8,848 21.0
Turnout 42,257 72.1 +
Conservative hold Swing +4.0
General Election October 1974: Blackpool South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Blaker 18,188 45.0 −0.6
Labour Michael Atkins 12,967 32.0 +5.4
Liberal Edmund E. Wynne 9,327 23.0 −4.3
Majority 5,221 12.9
Turnout 40,487 69.9
Conservative hold Swing −3.0
General Election February 1974: Blackpool South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Blaker 20,107 45.6 −7.2
Liberal Edmund E. Wynne 12,016 27.3 +13.1
Labour Michael Atkins 11,739 26.6 −6.4
National Independence Eric Mills 229 0.5 N/A
Majority 8,091 18.4
Turnout 4,091 76.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Blackpool South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Blaker 21,273 52.8 −1.5
Labour P.P. Hall 13,267 33.0 −12.7
Liberal D. Chadwick 5,730 14.2 N/A
Majority 8,006 19.9
Turnout 40,270 68.3
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Blackpool South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Blaker 21,564 54.3 −4.0
Labour E.R. Pierce 18,166 45.7 +4.0
Majority 3,398 8.6
Turnout 39,730 70.5
Conservative hold Swing −4.0
General Election 1964: Blackpool South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Blaker 23,769 58.3 −7.6
Labour P.P Hall 16,986 41.7 +7.6
Majority 6,783 16.6
Turnout 40,755 71.1
Conservative hold Swing −7.6

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Blackpool South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roland Robinson 25,767 65.9 −0.5
Labour P.P. Hall 13,373 34.1 +0.5
Majority 12,430 31.8
Turnout 39,140 73.9
Conservative hold Swing −0.5
General Election 1955: Blackpool South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roland Robinson 24,773 66.4 −0.8
Labour A. Davidson 12,548 33.6 +0.8
Majority 12,225 32.8
Turnout 37,321 67.7
Conservative hold Swing −0.8
General Election 1951: Blackpool South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roland Robinson 28,171 67.2 +9.3
Labour K. Lomas 13,750 32.8 +2.1
Majority 14,421 34.4
Turnout 41,921 75.0
Conservative hold Swing +3.6
General Election 1950: Blackpool South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roland Robinson 26,800 57.9 +1.1
Labour E.A. Machin 14,190 30.7 +6.5
Liberal M.H. Woodward 5,295 11.4 −7.6
Majority 12,610 27.2 N/A
Turnout 46,285 82.1 N/A
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Blackpool South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Wing-Co. John Roland Robinson 27,957 56.8 N/A
Labour Fl-Lt. Charles Stanley Hilditch 11,914 24.2 N/A
Liberal Lt. Adrian John Liddell Hart 9,359 19.0 N/A
Majority 16,043 32.6 N/A
Turnout 49,230 72.3 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough 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. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Blackpool South BBC Election 20`0
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  5. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.35 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  6. ^ The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
  7. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.