Copeland (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°25′52″N 3°23′20″W / 54.431°N 3.389°W / 54.431; -3.389

Copeland
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Copeland in Cumbria.
Outline map
Location of Cumbria within England.
County Cumbria
Electorate 63,696 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Whitehaven
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Jamie Reed (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Whitehaven
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Copeland is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Jamie Reed of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

In 1983, the existing Whitehaven constituency was renamed Copeland; Jack Cunningham, who had previously been the member for Whitehaven, stood for and won the seat. Its boundaries remained unchanged, being co-terminous with the local government district of Copeland.

History of boundaries[edit]

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies by making slight changes to this constituency for the 2010 general election, namely the addition of the wards:

  • Crummock, Dalton, Derwent Valley and Keswick in the Allerdale District.

As such seat grew beyond all the district of Copeland, much of which is the Lake District to take the three wards and the small town of Keswick also in the District, with a greater electorate than the three very expansive wards combined.[2] This saw Keswick fall in the seat for the first time, which was the main topic in public consultations regarding the changes.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Jack Cunningham Labour
2005 Jamie Reed Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Copeland[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jamie Reed 19,699 46.0 −0.7
Conservative Chris Whiteside 15,866 37.1 +3.6
Liberal Democrat Frank Hollowell 4,365 10.2 −3.7
BNP Clive Jefferson 1,474 3.4 N/A
UKIP Edward Caley-Knowles 994 2.3 +0.1
Green Jill Perry 389 0.9 N/A
Majority 3,833 9.0
Turnout 42,787 67.6 +5.4
Labour hold Swing −2.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Copeland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jamie Reed 17,033 50.5 −1.3
Conservative Chris Whiteside 10,713 31.7 −5.8
Liberal Democrat Frank Hollowell 3,880 11.5 +0.8
UKIP Edward Caley-Knowles 735 2.2 N/A
Independent Brian Earley 734 2.2 N/A
English Democrats Alan Mossop 662 2.0 N/A
Majority 6,320 18.7
Turnout 33,757 62.3 −2.6
Labour hold Swing −2.2
General Election 2001: Copeland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Cunningham 17,991 51.8 −6.4
Conservative Mike Graham 13,027 37.5 +8.3
Liberal Democrat Mark Gayler 3,732 10.7 +1.5
Majority 4,964 14.3
Turnout 34,750 64.9 −11.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Copeland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Cunningham 24,077 58.2 +9.5
Conservative Andrew Cumpsty 12,081 29.2 −14.2
Liberal Democrat Roger C. Putnam 3,814 9.2 +1.6
Referendum Party Chris Johnston 1,036 2.5 N/A
ProLife Alliance Gerard Hanratty 389 0.9 N/A
Majority 11,996 29.0
Turnout 41,397 76.3
Labour hold Swing +11.9
General Election 1992: Copeland[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Cunningham 22,328 48.7 +1.5
Conservative Philip G. Davies 19,889 43.4 +0.4
Liberal Democrat Roger C. Putnam 3,508 7.6 −1.5
Natural Law James R. Sinton 148 0.3 N/A
Majority 2,439 5.3 +1.1
Turnout 45,873 83.5 +2.2
Labour hold Swing +0.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Copeland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Cunningham 20,999 47.2
Conservative Ashton Reginald Marson Toft 19,105 43.0
Social Democrat Edward Thomas Colgan 4,052 9.1
Green Robert Anthony Gibson 319 0.72
Majority 1,894 4.26
Turnout 81.31
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Copeland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Cunningham 18,756 44.24
Conservative V. Wilson 16,919 39.91
Social Democrat J. Beasley 6,722 15.85
Majority 1,837 4.33
Turnout 78.20
Labour 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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ Copeland, BBC News
  5. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.