Bury North (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Bury North in Greater Manchester.
Location of Greater Manchester within England.
|Electorate||67,911 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||David Nuttall (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
Bury & Radcliffe
|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.
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. He was subsequently charged and convicted of fraud, and imprisoned for eighteen months.
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.
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.
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
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Bury North|
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Baum||7,645||17.0||+1.9|
|UKIP||Stephen M. Evans||1,282||2.9||+1.8|
|Pirate||Graeme P. Lambert||131||0.3||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+5.0|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Bury North|
|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|
|General Election 2001: Bury North|
|Liberal Democrat||Bryn Hackley||5,430||12.1||+3.9|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Bury North|
|Liberal Democrat||Neville A. Kenyon||4,536||8.2||−0.3|
|Referendum Party||Richard S. Hallewell||1,337||2.4||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+11.2|
|General Election 1992: Bury North|
|Liberal Democrat||Colin F.L. McGrath||5,010||8.5||−3.6|
|Natural Law||Mike S. Sullivan||163||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Bury North|
|General Election 1983: Bury North|
|Liberal||Mrs. E. M. Wilson||7,550||14.4||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Labour MP Chaytor to stand down". BBC News. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
- "BBC News - MPs' expenses: David Chaytor jailed over false claims". www.bbc.co.uk. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "General Election Results 2010". Bury Council. 5 December 2005. Retrieved 7 June 2010.[dead link]
- "Election 2010 - Bury North". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
- C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.45 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.