Bury North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°36′25″N 2°17′56″W / 53.607°N 2.299°W / 53.607; -2.299

Bury North
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bury North in Greater Manchester.
Outline map
Location of Greater Manchester within England.
County Greater Manchester
Electorate 67,911 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament David Nuttall (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Rossendale
Bury & Radcliffe
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Bury North is a borough constituency in Greater Manchester, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. It was first contested in 1983.

History[edit]

It is a marginal seat between Labour and the Conservatives, and indeed has proved to be a bellwether constituency throughout its existence, with the winner of the seat also winning the election, though the town of Bury did not have a Labour MP until 1964, since when it has become an important marginal seat.

The MP from 1997 to 2010, David Chaytor, did not stand in the 2010 general election after being accused of claiming money for a mortgage he had already paid off.[2] He was subsequently charged and convicted of fraud, and imprisoned for eighteen months.[3]

The current MP, David Nuttall, took the seat for the Conservatives in 2010, making this their only gain in Greater Manchester in the general election.

Boundaries[edit]

1983-2010: The Metropolitan Borough of Bury wards of Church, East, Elton, Moorside, Ramsbottom, Redvales, Tottington, and Unsworth.

2010-present: The Metropolitan Borough of Bury wards of Church, East, Elton, Moorside, North Manor, Ramsbottom, Redvales, and Tottington.

The constituency of Bury North covers the towns of Ramsbottom, Tottington and Bury. It was created in 1983 from parts of the former seats of Rossendale and Bury and Radcliffe. In those boundary changes Ramsbottom was transferred from Rossendale to Bury North, while with the loss of Ramsbottom, Rossendale was linked with Darwen.

Constituency profile[edit]

A traditional Labour-Conservative marginal, Ramsbottom and Tottington are mostly Conservative, whereas the town of Bury itself (particularly the Bury East ward) is generally more favourable to Labour, but not always overwhelmingly so.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1983 Alistair Burt Conservative
1997 David Chaytor Labour
2010 David Nuttall Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Bury North[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Nuttall 18,070 40.2 +3.4
Labour Maryam Khan 15,827 35.2 −6.6
Liberal Democrat Richard Baum 7,645 17.0 +1.9
BNP John Maude 1,825 4.1 +0.1
UKIP Stephen M. Evans 1,282 2.9 +1.8
Independent Bill Brison 181 0.4 N/A
Pirate Graeme P. Lambert 131 0.3 N/A
Majority 2,243 5.0 +10.0
Turnout 44,961 67.3 +5.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +5.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Bury North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Chaytor 19,130 43.0 −8.2
Conservative David Nuttall 16,204 36.5 −0.2
Liberal Democrat Wilf J. Davison 6,514 14.7 +2.5
BNP Stewart A. Clough 1,790 4.0 N/A
UKIP Philip S. Silver 476 1.1 N/A
Socialist Labour Ryan O'Neill 172 0.4 N/A
Veritas Ian R. Upton 153 0.3 N/A
Majority 2,926 6.6 −8.0
Turnout 44,439 61.5 −1.5
Labour hold Swing −4.0
General Election 2001: Bury North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Chaytor 22,945 51.2 −0.6
Conservative John Walsh 16,413 36.6 −0.9
Liberal Democrat Bryn Hackley 5,430 12.1 +3.9
Majority 6,532 14.6 +0.3
Turnout 44,788 63.0 −14.9
Labour hold Swing +0.1

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Bury North[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Chaytor 28,523 51.8 +10.2
Conservative Alistair Burt 20,657 37.5 −12.1
Liberal Democrat Neville A. Kenyon 4,536 8.2 −0.3
Referendum Party Richard S. Hallewell 1,337 2.4 N/A
Majority 7,866 14.3 +6.2
Turnout 55,053 77.8 −6.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +11.2
General Election 1992: Bury North[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alistair Burt 29,266 49.7 −0.4
Labour Jim Dobbin 24,502 41.6 +3.8
Liberal Democrat Colin F.L. McGrath 5,010 8.5 −3.6
Natural Law Mike S. Sullivan 163 0.3 N/A
Majority 4,764 8.1 −4.2
Turnout 58,941 84.8 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing −2.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Bury North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alistair Burt 28,097 50.1 +4.6
Labour David Crausby 21,186 37.8 −2.4
Liberal David Vasmer 6,804 12.1 −2.2
Majority 6,911 12.3 +7.0
Turnout 56,087 82.5 +2.9
Conservative hold Swing +3.5
General Election 1983: Bury North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alistair Burt 23,923 45.5 N/A
Labour Frank White 21,131 40.2 N/A
Liberal Mrs. E. M. Wilson 7,550 14.4 N/A
Majority 2,792 5.3 N/A
Turnout 52,604 79.6 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Labour MP Chaytor to stand down". BBC News. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "BBC News - MPs' expenses: David Chaytor jailed over false claims". www.bbc.co.uk. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ "General Election Results 2010". Bury Council. 5 December 2005. Retrieved 7 June 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Election 2010 - Bury North". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  8. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.45 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  9. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.