Boston and Skegness (UK Parliament constituency)
|Boston and Skegness|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Boston and Skegness in Lincolnshire for the 2010 general election.
Location of Lincolnshire within England.
|Population||101,684 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||70,620 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Mark Simmonds (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||East Midlands|
Boston, Lincolnshire is a historically important town with a traditional town square with frequent markets and an iconic church spire. Skegness is the hub town of coastal villages including holiday villages. The resort has many amusements, long beaches, mini-golf/crazy-golf courses and other holiday activities, especially in summer.
Apart from tourism, much of the working population is employed in agriculture, with a particular emphasis on arable farming and flowers. Manufacturing, food processing, retail and defence are also important to the local economy.
According to the 2011 Census Boston is now "home to a higher proportion of eastern European immigrants than anywhere else in England and Wales ... 10.6% of the town's 64,600-strong population comes from one of the "new" EU countries such as Poland, Lithuania, Latvia or Romania"
The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the former seats of Holland with Boston and East Lindsey. Parts of the more rural south were separated from Holland with Boston to create South Holland and The Deepings. The in part predecessor area's veteran MP Richard Body[n 3] held the seat at the 1997 general election with a 1.4% majority. Since 2005 with majorities of more than 10%, it has arguably been a safe seat for the Conservative Party.
After retiring from Parliament, Body left the Conservatives and joined the UK Independence Party. His membership later lapsed and he joined the English Democrats. UKIP came third in the constituency in the 2005 election with 9.6% compared with a national average of 2.2%.
Mark Simmonds had a 1.3% majority over Labour in the 2001 election, and this increased in 2005 to 14.1%. After his re-election Simmonds was appointed Shadow Minister for International Development, before being promoted to be a Shadow Health Minister in July 2007. Following the 2010 general election, he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Following the 2012 reshuffle, he was appointed a junior Foreign Office Minister under William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
On 11 August 2014, Simmonds resigned as Africa Minister at the Foreign Office. He is due to stand down as MP for Boston and Skegness at the May 2015 general election, citing the "intolerable" pressure on his family life as the reason for his resignation.
2014 Open Primary
After he announced that he would not stand at the next general election the local Conservatives decided to select their candidate using the open primary system.
Four candidates were selected from over 50 applications, and members of the public who were entitled to vote in the constituency were encouraged to attend. In a very close vote, Matt Warman won.
About 80 members of the public turned up to the open primary, receiving well over 100 registrations to attend.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Boston and Skegness |
|The Pilgrim Party||Lyn Luxton|
|An Independence from Europe||Chris Pain|
|Liberal Democrat||David Watts|
|General Election 2010: Boston and Skegness|
|Liberal Democrat||Philip Smith||6,371||14.8||+6.1|
|UKIP||Christopher Pain[n 4]||4,081||9.5||−0.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Boston and Skegness|
|Liberal Democrat||Alan Riley||3,649||8.7||−3.7|
|General Election 2001: Boston and Skegness|
|Liberal Democrat||Duncan Moffatt||4,994||12.4||-4.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Boston and Skegness|
|Liberal Democrat||Jim Dodsworth||7,721||16.6||N/A|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- Served Holland with Boston in Westminster from 1966 to 1997
- This was UKIP's second best result of the election after the special case of Buckingham.
- "Boston and Skegness: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2001 Census
- "Census reveals rural town of Boston has most eastern European immigrants". The Guardian. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- "Where are they now? Sir Richard Body". Total Politics. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "Defra role for Boston MP Mark Simmonds". The Boston Standard. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "UPDATE: Foreign Office reveals Boston MP's responsibilities after reshuffle appointment". The Boston Standard. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- ""Minister quits because £120,000 salary and expenses is not enough to support his family in London". The Telegraph. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- Warman, Matt. "For Boston and Skegness". Retrieved 28 October 2014.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Statement of persons nominated". Boston Borough Council. 9 April 2015.
- "General Election candidates". Boston and Skegness General Election 2010. Boston Borough Council. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
- "UK > England > East Midlands > Boston & Skegness". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- nomis Constituency Profile for Boston and Skegness — presenting data from the ONS annual population survey and other official statistics.