Chorley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°39′11″N 2°37′55″W / 53.653°N 2.632°W / 53.653; -2.632

Chorley
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Chorley in Lancashire.
Outline map
Location of Lancashire within England.
County Lancashire
Electorate 71,333 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Chorley
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of Parliament Lindsay Hoyle (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from North Lancashire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Chorley is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Lindsay Hoyle of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

Chorley constituency consists of the majority of the borough of Chorley. As well as the central market town of Chorley itself, the seat extends into southern Lancashire rural hinterland with three major villages and minor villages.

Chorley's expansion is assured with the building of Buckshaw Village, an urban development sprawling over the former Royal Ordnance Site east of Leyland in the seat.

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Lancashire leading up to the United Kingdom general election, 2010 the Boundary Commission for England created a new seat of Wyre and Preston North in the central part of the county, which caused "knock-on" effects elsewhere. Chorley constituency was one of the largest in electorate at the start of the review, which was a factor in the alterations to both its own composition and the changes to surrounding constituencies.

The electoral wards which are used to create the altered Chorley constituency are within the boundaries of the borough council.

  • Adlington and Anderton, Astley and Buckshaw, Brindle and Hoghton, Chisnall, Chorley East, Chorley North East, Chorley North West, Chorley South East, Chorley South West, Clayton-le-Woods and Whittle-le-Woods, Clayton-le-Woods North, Clayton-le-Woods West and Cuerden, Coppull, Euxton North, Euxton South, Heath Charnock and Rivington, Pennine and Wheelton and Withnell.

These changes took away from the seat all the areas to the west of the M6 motorway, namely Croston, Eccleston, Bretherton and Mawdesley. These move to South Ribble.

History[edit]

Since the 1945 general election Chorley has proved to be a bellwether, changing hands between Labour and the Conservatives, however this pattern was broken in 2010.

Members of Parliament[edit]

The Member of Parliament for the seat since 1997, Lindsay Hoyle of the Labour Party, is a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.[n 3]

Election Member[2] Party
1885 Joseph Feilden Conservative
1895 by-election David Lindsay, Lord Balniel Conservative
1913 by-election Sir Henry Hibbert Conservative
1918 Sir Douglas Hacking Coalition Conservative
1922 Conservative
1945 Clifford Kenyon Labour
1970 Connie Monks Conservative
Feb 1974 George Rodgers Labour
1979 Den Dover Conservative
1997 Lindsay Hoyle Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Chorley[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lindsay Hoyle 21,515 43.2 −7.6
Conservative Alan Cullens 18,922 38.0 +3.6
Liberal Democrat Stephen John Fenn 6,957 14.0 −0.7
UKIP Nick Hogan 2,021 4.1 N/A
Independent Christopher P. Curtis 359 0.7 N/A
Majority 2,593 5.2 −11.2
Turnout 49,774 70.2 +8.0
Labour hold Swing −5.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lindsay Hoyle 25,131 50.7 −1.6
Conservative Simon J. Mallett 17,506 35.3 +0.6
Liberal Democrat Alexander Charles Edward Wilson-Fletcher 6,932 14.0 +2.8
Majority 7,625 15.4 −2.2
Turnout 49,569 62.9 +0.6
Labour hold Swing −1.1
General Election 2001: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lindsay Hoyle 25,088 52.3 −0.7
Conservative Peter Charles Booth 16,644 34.7 −1.2
Liberal Democrat Stephen John Fenn 5,372 11.2 +2.7
UKIP John Graeme Frost 848 1.8 N/A
Majority 8,444 17.6 +0.5
Turnout 47,952 62.2 −15.3
Labour hold Swing +0.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lindsay Hoyle 30,607 53.0 +12.0
Conservative Den Dover 20,737 35.9 −11.6
Liberal Democrat Simon Nicholas Jones 4,900 8.5 −3.0
Referendum Party Anthony Colin Heaton 1,319 2.3 N/A
Natural Law Peter Douglas Napier Leadbetter 143 0.2 −0.4
Majority 9,870 17.1 +23.7
Turnout 57,706 77.3 −5.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +11.8
General Election 1992: Chorley[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Den Dover 30,715 47.2 −0.8
Labour Ray C. McManus 26,469 40.7 +6.0
Liberal Democrat Janet Ross-Mills 7,452 11.5 −4.6
Natural Law Peter Douglas Napier Leadbetter 402 0.6 N/A
Majority 4,246 6.5 −6.8
Turnout 65,038 82.8 +5.9
Conservative hold Swing −3.4

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Den Dover 29,015 48.0 −0.2
Labour Tony J. Watmough 20,958 34.7 +4.2
Liberal Ian A. Simpson 9,706 16.1 −4.2
Green Anthony Stephen Holgate 714 1.2 +0.4
Majority 8,057 13.3 −4.5
Turnout 60,393 76.9 −2.3
Conservative hold Swing −2.2
General Election 1983: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Den Dover 27,861 48.3 +1.5
Labour Ivan J. Taylor 17,586 30.5 −12.5
Social Democrat Peter D. O'Neill 11,691 20.2 +10.6
Ecology Anthony Stephen Holgate 451 0.8 N/A
Independent Eva Rokas 114 0.2 N/A
Majority 10,275 17.8 +13.9
Turnout 57,703 79.2 −2.8
Conservative hold Swing +7.0

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Den Dover 31,125 46.8 +7.1
Labour George Rodgers 28,546 43.0 −1.1
Liberal Neva Orrell 6,388 9.6 −6.3
National Front Michael Dean 379 0.6 N/A
Majority 2,579 3.9 +8.3
Turnout 66,438 82.0 +0.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +4.1
General Election October 1974: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Rodgers 27,290 44.1 +3.8
Conservative Barry Porter 24,577 39.7 0.0
Liberal Neva Orrell 9,831 15.9 −4.1
More Prosperous Britain Harold Smith 185 0.3 N/A
Majority 2,713 4.4 +3.8
Turnout 61,883 81.2 −2.5
Labour hold Swing +1.9
General Election February 1974: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Rodgers 25,440 40.3 −4.0
Conservative Constance Monks 25,035 39.7 −7.5
Liberal Neva Orrell 12,652 20.0 +12.1
Majority 405 0.6 +3.6
Turnout 63,127 83.7 +4.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +1.8
General Election 1970: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Constance Monks 26,577 47.2 +2.0
Labour Derek A. Forwood 24,900 44.3 −10.5
Liberal Gordon Payne 4,428 7.9 N/A
Anti-Party Barry John Alwyn Elder 334 0.6 N/A
Majority 1,677 3.0 +12.5
Turnout 56,239 78.8 −2.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +6.3

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clifford Kenyon 27,319 54.8 +6.4
Conservative Constance Monks 22,575 45.2 +4.1
Majority 4,744 9.5 +2.2
Turnout 49,894 81.1 −3.5
Labour hold Swing +1.2
General Election 1964: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clifford Kenyon 24,710 48.4 −2.3
Conservative John Sutcliffe 20,997 41.1 −8.2
Liberal Alistair W. Bell 5,331 10.5 N/A
Majority 3,713 7.3 +6.0
Turnout 51,038 84.6 −1.1
Labour hold Swing +3.0

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clifford Kenyon 25,641 50.7 −0.7
Conservative Frank Taylor 24,965 49.3 +0.7
Majority 676 1.3 −1.5
Turnout 50,606 85.7 +1.4
Labour hold Swing −0.7
General Election 1955: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clifford Kenyon 24,994 51.4 +0.8
Conservative Alfred Hall-Davis 23,656 48.6 −0.8
Majority 1,338 2.8 +1.6
Turnout 48,650 84.3 +3.8
Labour hold Swing +0.8
General Election 1951: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clifford Kenyon 24,771 50.6 +3.0
Conservative Alfred Hall-Davis 24,118 49.4 +2.5
Majority 583 1.2 +0.5
Turnout 48,889 88.1 −0.3
Labour hold Swing +0.3
General Election 1950: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clifford Kenyon 23,233 47.6 −5.6
Conservative Andrew Fountaine 22,872 46.9 +0.1
Liberal Florence Emilie Adams 2,706 5.5 N/A
Majority 361 0.7 −5.7
Turnout 46,105 88.4 +12.2
Labour hold Swing −2.9

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clifford Kenyon 24,550 53.2 +11.8
Conservative R. Hamilton Brown 21,595 46.8 −8.5
Majority 2,955 6.4
Turnout 46,145 76.2 −2.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +10.2

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Douglas Hacking 23,061 55.3 −14.0
Labour A. Whiting 17,286 41.4 +10.7
Ind. Labour Party R. Edwards 1,365 3.3 N/A
Majority 5,775 13.8
Turnout 41,712 78.4 −1.7
Conservative hold Swing −12.4
General Election 1931: Chorley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Douglas Hacking 28,749 69.3 +23.7
Labour John Barrow 12,734 30.7 −11.7
Majority 16,015 38.6
Turnout 41,483 80.1
Conservative hold Swing +17.7

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Chorley[5]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Douglas Hacking 19,728 45.6
Labour W. Taylor 18,369 42.4
Liberal Hugh Emlyn-Jones 5,207 12.0
Majority 1,359 3.1
Turnout 43,304
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Chorley[6]

Electorate 35,370

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist 13,059 67.7 +10.2
Labour Elijah Sandham 6,222 32.3 N/A
Majority 6,837 35.4 +20.4
Turnout 19,896 54.5 -32.6
Unionist hold Swing N/A
  • was the endorsed candidate of the Coalition Government.
Chorley by-election, 1913[7]

Electorate 15,135

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Henry Flemming Hibbert 7,573 57.5 −2.8
Liberal John Peter Todd Jackson 5,606 42.5 +2.8
Majority 1,967 15.0 −5.6
Turnout 13,179 87.1 +1.3
Unionist hold Swing −2.8
General Election December 1910: Chorley[8]

Electorate 14,347

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lord Balcarres 7,423 60.3 +2.0
Liberal John Peter Todd Jackson 4,887 39.7 -2.0
Majority 2,536 20.6 +4.0
Turnout 85.8 -6.6
Conservative hold Swing +2.0
General Election January 1910[9]

Electorate 14,347

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lord Balcarres 7,735 58.3
Liberal Walter Lyon Blease 5,523 41.7
Majority 2,212 16.6
Turnout 13,258 92.4
Conservative hold Swing

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.
  3. ^ And Hoyle is Chairman of Ways and Means a customary position coexisting with that role.
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 "C" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ BBC News, 7 May 2010
  4. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.
  7. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, Craig, F.W.S. (1974)
  8. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, Craig, F.W.S. (1974)
  9. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, Craig, F.W.S.

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