Charnwood (UK Parliament constituency)

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Charnwood
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Charnwood in Leicestershire.
Outline map
Location of Leicestershire within England.
County Leicestershire
Electorate 75,454 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Anstey, Birstall,
East Goscote, Queniborough, Rothley, Syston, Thurmaston, Woodhouse Eaves, Glenfield, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester Forest East, Groby
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament Stephen Dorrell (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from LoughboroughRutland and Melton, Blaby Bosworth
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Charnwood is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by Stephen Dorrell of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

The seat emerged from the Boundary Commission report of 1995 reflecting population increases in Leicestershire for the 1997 general election; the largest part of it was previously in Loughborough. To date Charnwood has been a Conservative Party stronghold.

Boundaries[edit]

Charnwood is close to Leicester, between the city and Nottingham, and covers slightly more than half of the local government district of Charnwood which is north of Leicester. Loughborough in the borough however is a separate constituency (NNW). A boundary change in 1995 saw Stephen Dorrell move from Loughborough to Charnwood, Labour taking the reduced size Loughborough in 1997, and the latter being retaken by a Conservative in 2010.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1997 Stephen Dorrell Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Charnwood[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Dorrell 26,560 49.6 +3.0
Liberal Democrat Robin Webber-Jones 11,531 21.5 +3.2
Labour Eric Goodyer 10,536 19.7 -8.9
BNP Cathy Duffy 3,116 5.8 +2.2
UKIP Miles Storier 1,799 3.4 +0.4
Majority 15,029 28.1
Turnout 53,542 71.9 +5.6
Conservative hold Swing -0.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Charnwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Dorrell 23,571 46.6 -1.6
Labour Richard Robinson 14,762 29.2 -3.0
Liberal Democrat Sue King 9,057 17.9 +1.7
BNP Andrew Holders 1,737 3.4 N/A
UKIP Jamie Bye 1,489 2.9 -0.4
Majority 8,809 17.4
Turnout 50,616 66.4 +2.0
Conservative hold Swing +0.7
General Election 2001: Charnwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Dorrell 23,283 48.2 +1.8
Labour Sean Sheahan 15,544 32.2 -3.8
Liberal Democrat Susan King 7,835 16.2 +3.4
UKIP Jamie Bye 1,603 3.3 N/A
Majority 7,739 16.0
Turnout 48,265 64.4 -12.5
Conservative hold Swing +2.8

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Charnwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Dorrell 26,110 45.0 N/A
Labour David Knaggs 20,210 36.0 N/A
Liberal Democrat Roger Wilson 7,224 12.9 N/A
Referendum Party Hugh Meechan 2,104 3.7 N/A
BNP Matthew Palmer 525 0.9 N/A
Majority 5,900 10.5 N/A
Turnout 56,173 77.3 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

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

Coordinates: 52°42′N 1°12′W / 52.7°N 1.2°W / 52.7; -1.2