Bosworth (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bosworth
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bosworth in Leicestershire.
Outline map
Location of Leicestershire within England.
County Leicestershire
Electorate 77,787 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Hinckley, Earl Shilton and Market Bosworth
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of Parliament David Tredinnick (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from South Leicestershire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Bosworth /bɒzwɜrθ/ is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1987 by David Tredinnick of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

Bosworth constituency covers approximately the same area as the Borough of Hinckley and Bosworth in Leicestershire.

Latest boundary review[edit]

Following its review of parliamentary representation in Leicestershire, the Boundary Commission for England made only minor changes to the earlier constituency wards. The Bosworth constituency for the 2010 election comprised the electoral wards:

  • Ambien, Barlestone, Nailstone and Osbaston, Barwell Burbage St Catherines and Lash Hill, Burbage Sketchley and Stretton, Cadeby, Carlton and Market Bosworth with Shackerstone, Earl Shilton, Hinckley Castle, Hinckley Clarendon, Hinckley De Montfort, Hinckley Trinity, Markfield, Stanton and Fieldhead, Newbold Verdon with Desford and Peckleton, Ratby, Bagworth and Thornton, and Twycross and Witherley with Sheepy.

History[edit]

The Western, or Bosworth, division was created in 1885, and included part of the Ashby de la Zouch and all of the Market Bosworth petty sessional divisions. It was redefined in 1918 to cover the urban districts of Coalville and Hinckley, the rural districts of Hinckley and Market Bosworth and the civil parish of Bardon from Ashby RD. Hinckley RD was abolished in the 1930s and in 1948 and 1970 the Bosworth constituency by which date it was shaped to eventually all of Coalville, Hinckley and Market Bosworth RD.

Coalville is part of North West Leicestershire since the 1983 election.

The seat was Labour for 25 years until the Conservatives gained it in the 1970 general election and have held it since.

Hinckley expanded greatly after World War II and is the most economically significant town other than Leicester in Leicestershire however unlike the borough the constituency retains under the independent Boundary Commission the poetic name of Bosworth, alluding to the Battle of Bosworth of the medieval Wars of the Roses which is recreated annually on the battlefield.

The seat had a coal mining tradition that however other industry, defence, trade and retail supports the residential town of Hinckley and its rural hinterland. The area of strongest Labour support is the former mining village of Earl Shilton, which is now in local elections generally over-shadowed by surrounding areas with majority-Conservative support. It was once held for Labour by Woodrow Wyatt who left the party and became one of its most voluble critics in the 1980s.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1885 James Ellis Liberal
1892 Sir Charles McLaren Liberal
Dec 1910 Henry McLaren Liberal
1922 Guy Paget Conservative
1923 George Ward Liberal
1924 Robert Gee Conservative
1927 by-election Sir William Edge Liberal
1931 National Liberal
1945 Arthur Allen Labour
1959 Woodrow Wyatt Labour
1970 Adam Butler Conservative
1987 David Tredinnick Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Bosworth[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Tredinnick 23,132 42.6 0.0
Liberal Democrat Michael Mullaney 18,100 33.3 +11.7
Labour Rory Palmer 8,674 16 -15.9
BNP John Ryde 2,458 4.5 +4.5
UKIP Dutch Veldhuizen 1,098 2 -1.9
English Democrats James Lampitt 615 1.1 +1.1
Science Michael Brooks[4] 197 0.4 +0.4
Majority 5,032 9.3 -1.9
Turnout 70.2 +3.8
Conservative hold Swing -5.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Bosworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Tredinnick 20,212 42.6 -1.8
Labour Rupert Herd 14,893 31.4 -8.0
Liberal Democrat James Moore 10,528 22.2 +6.0
UKIP Denis Walker 1,866 3.9 +3.9
Majority 5,319 11.2 +6.2
Turnout 47,499 66.3 +1.9
Conservative hold Swing +3.1
General Election 2001: Bosworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Tredinnick 20,030 44.4 +3.8
Labour Andrew Furlong 17,750 39.4 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Jon Ellis 7,326 16.2 -1.6
Majority 2,280 5.0
Turnout 45,106 64.4 -12.0
Conservative hold Swing +1.5

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Bosworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Tredinnick 21,189 40.6 -13.6
Labour Andrew Furlong 20,162 38.7 +12.7
Liberal Democrat Jon Ellis 9,281 17.8 -0.9
Referendum Party Scott Halborg 1,521 2.9 N/A
Majority 1,027 2.0 -26.3
Turnout 52,153 76.4
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Bosworth[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Tredinnick 36,618 54.2 -0.2
Labour David B. Everitt 17,524 26.0 +8.8
Liberal Democrat Gregory M. Drozdz 12,643 18.7 -8.6
Green Brian Fewster 716 1.1 +0.0
Majority 19,094 28.3 +1.2
Turnout 67,501 84.1 +2.8
Conservative hold Swing -4.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Bosworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Tredinnick 34,145 54.4 -0.96
Liberal David C. Bill 17,129 27.3 +2.2
Labour R.S. Hall 10,787 17.2 -2.26
Green D. Freer 660 1.0 N/A
Majority 17,016 27.1 -3.13
Turnout 81.26
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Bosworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Adam Butler 31,663 55.4 -7.24
Social Democrat M. Fox 14,369 25.1 N/A
Labour D.J.M. Janner 11,120 19.5 +1.13
Majority 17,294 30.3 -14.05
Turnout 78.19
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Bosworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Adam Butler 37,030 48.5
Labour D Fatchett 28,595 37.5
Liberal T E Brown 10,032 13.1
National Front 682 0.9 N/A
Majority 8,435 11.0
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Bosworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Adam Butler 28,490 41.43 +2.04
Labour M G M Sloman 28,188 40.99 +3.96
Liberal M J Galton 12,082 17.57 -6.02
Majority 302 0.44 -1.92
Turnout 82.03
Conservative hold Swing
General Election Feb 1974: Bosworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Adam Butler 28,151 39.39 -11.48
Labour M G M Sloman 26,464 37.03 -12.10
Liberal M J Galton 16,859 23.59 N/A
Majority 1,687 2.36 +0.61
Turnout 85.99
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Bosworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Adam Butler 30,732 50.87 +14.88
Labour Woodrow Wyatt 29,677 49.13 -1.10
Majority 1,055 1.75 -12.48
Turnout 77.14
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Bosworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Woodrow Wyatt 27,427 50.23 +4.64
Conservative C J P Wood 19,654 35.99 +0.75
Liberal A H Extance 7,526 13.78 -5.39
Majority 7,773 14.23 +3.88
Turnout 79.76
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Bosworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Woodrow Wyatt 25,334 45.59 -5.70
Conservative P L Braithwaite 19,583 35.24 -13.47
Liberal J H David 10,652 19.17 N/A
Majority 5,751 10.35 +7.77
Turnout 82.80
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Bosworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Woodrow Lyle Wyatt 27,734 51.29 -2.72
Conservative P L Braithwaite 26,341 48.71 +2.72
Majority 1,393 2.58 -5.
Turnout 83.05
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Bosworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Cecil Allen 27,626 54.01 -3.08
Conservative D C Bray 23,526 45.99 +3.08
Majority 4,100 8.02 -6.17
Turnout 80.73
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Bosworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Cecil Allen 30,767 57.09 +3.45
Conservative D C Bray 23,122 42.91 +13.62
Majority 7,645 14.19 -24.35
Turnout 85.42
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Bosworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Cecil Allen 29,282 53.64 -1.99
Conservative A Cripps 15,988 29.29 N/A
Liberal L W Harvey 9,315 17.07 N/A
Majority 13,294 24.35 +13.08
Turnout 88.07
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Bosworth

Electorate 60,660

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Cecil Allen 26,151 55.63 N/A
Liberal National James Millard Tucker 20,854 44.37 N/A
Majority 5,297 11.27
Turnout 77.49
Labour gain from Liberal National Swing

Election in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 14 November 1935: Bosworth

Electorate 52,893

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Sir William Edge 22,969 59.22
Labour C Rothwell 15,816 40.78
Majority 7,153 18.44
Turnout 73.33
Liberal National hold Swing
General Election 27 October 1931: Bosworth

Electorate 49,666

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Sir William Edge 26,926 68.00
Labour John Morgan 12,670 32.00
Majority 14,256 36.00
Turnout 79.72
Liberal National gain from Liberal Swing

Election in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 30 May 1929: Bosworth

Electorate 47,912

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir William Edge 17,044
Labour John Minto 15,244
Conservative Sydney Lipscomb Elborne 8,861
Majority 1,800
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
Bosworth by-election, 1927: Bosworth

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir William Edge 11,981 38.2
Labour John Minto 11,710 37.3
Conservative Edward Louis Spears 7,685 24.5
Majority 271 0.9
Turnout 84.6
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 29 October 1924: Bosworth

Electorate 35,925

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Gee 10,114
Liberal George Ward 9,756
Labour John Minto 9,143
Majority 358
Turnout
General Election 6 December 1923:

Electorate 35,090

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal George Ward 11,596
Conservative Thomas Guy Frederick Paget 8,430
Labour E Hughes 8,152
Majority
Turnout
General Election 15 November 1922:

Electorate 33,937

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Thomas Guy Frederick Paget 11,251
National Liberal Henry Duncan McLaren 7,513
Labour Clement James Bundock 8,740
Majority
Turnout

Election in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 14 December 1918:

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Henry Duncan McLaren 12,545
Labour Thomas Richardson 6,344
Majority
Turnout

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. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Bosworth UK Polling
  4. ^ Brooks, Michael (30 March 2010). "Taking a stand for science". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 

Coordinates: 52°36′N 1°24′W / 52.6°N 1.4°W / 52.6; -1.4