Cleethorpes (UK Parliament constituency)

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County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Cleethorpes in Humberside.
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Location of Humberside within England.
County North East Lincolnshire
Electorate 70,895 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament Martin Vickers (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Brigg & Cleethorpes
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Cleethorpes is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Martin Vickers of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

Cleethorpes is since 2001 has been a marginal seat and is a large part-rural, part-urban seat on the coast in Lincolnshire surrounding Grimsby and north of Skegness, since its inception in 1997 fought, in first and second place, by Labour and Conservative candidates. To the west is Brigg and Goole and to the northwest is Hull.


The constituency includes the towns of Cleethorpes, Immingham and Barton-upon-Humber.

It is made up of 7 wards of North East Lincolnshire: -Immingham (suburban / council estate mix, heavy industry) -Wolds (rural / suburban mix) -Waltham (suburban) -Humberston & New Waltham (suburban) -Haverstoe (suburban) -Croft Baker (terrace / suburban mix) -Sidney Sussex (terraced houses)

And 2 wards of North Lincolnshire: -Ferry (rural / suburban mix) -Barton-upon-Humber (suburban / council estate mix)

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1997 Shona McIsaac Labour
2010 Martin Vickers Conservative

Previously the Cleethorpes constituency was wholly within the Brigg and Cleethorpes constituency.


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Cleethorpes[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin Vickers 18,939 42.1 +4.8
Labour Shona McIsaac 14,641 32.6 -10.8
Liberal Democrat Malcolm Morland 8,192 18.2 +3.5
UKIP Stephen Harness 3,194 7.1 +2.5
Majority 4,298 9.6
Turnout 44,966 64.0 +2.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +7.8

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Cleethorpes
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Shona McIsaac 18,889 43.3 -6.3
Conservative Martin Vickers 16,247 37.3 +1.0
Liberal Democrat Geoff Lowis 6,437 14.8 +2.8
UKIP William Hardie 2,016 4.6 +2.5
Majority 2,642 6.1
Turnout 43,589 61.6 -0.4
Labour hold Swing -3.6
General Election 2001: Cleethorpes
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Shona McIsaac 21,032 49.6 -2.0
Conservative Stephen Howd 15,412 36.3 +2.9
Liberal Democrat Gordon Smith 5,080 12.0 +0.6
UKIP Janet Hatton 894 2.1 N/A
Majority 5,620 13.3
Turnout 42,418 62.0 -11.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Cleethorpes
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Shona McIsaac 26,058 51.6 N/A
Conservative Michael Brown 16,882 33.4 N/A
Liberal Democrat K. Melton 5,746 11.4 N/A
Referendum Party J. Berry 894 3.5 N/A
Majority 9,176 N/A
Turnout 73.4 N/A
Labour gain from Conservative Swing


According to research conducted by Professor Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher, Cleethorpes will be Conservative target number 58 at the next General Election and Labour's 55th most vulnerable seat, requiring a 3.03% swing for it to change hands. It is the Liberal Democrats' 477th target.

The Conservative Party selected its parliamentary candidate in an 'open primary' on Wednesday 8 November. Applications were open to any member of the Conservative Party's priority list of approved candidates and to members of the standard list of approved candidates who claimed a local connection.

The two candidates in the final were Martin Vickers and Alan Lockwood. Martin Vickers won the selection in front of 100-130 people at Cleethorpes Constitutional Club.

Vickers is a councillor in Grimsby and fought the seat at the last General Election. He works as constituency agent to Edward Leigh MP and was not on the priority list.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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.
  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. ^ "Cleethorpes". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 

Coordinates: 53°38′N 0°18′W / 53.63°N 0.30°W / 53.63; -0.30