Corby (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Corby in Northamptonshire.
Location of Northamptonshire within England.
|Electorate||79,468 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Tom Pursglove (Conservative)|
|Created from||Kettering and Wellingborough|
|European Parliament constituency||East Midlands|
The seat was created due to population increases in the county for the 1983 general election. Since creation it has been a marginal seat alternating between Labour and the Conservative representatives with marginal majorities relative to national averages on all but two occasions, the 1997 Labour landslide and the 2012 by-election. On 6 August 2012, MP for the seat since 2010 Louise Mensch announced she was resigning, triggering a by-election held on 15 November 2012. Labour's Andy Sawford won, becoming the first Labour MP for the seat since Phil Hope was defeated in 2010, and only the second in the seat's history. This by election saw a UKIP candidate enter the race and finish third. This was also Labour's first by-election win from a Conservative since the Wirral South by-election, 1997, won by Ben Chapman.
The constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the seats of Kettering and Wellingborough. It is named after the town of Corby in Northamptonshire, and also covers most of the local government district of East Northamptonshire. The seat is a highly marginal contest between the Tories and Labour, with Labour's vote strongest in the town of Corby itself, against the solidly Conservative rural areas of East Northamptonshire.
For the 2010 general election, the electoral wards used to create the modified constituency are;
- The borough of Corby
- The East Northamptonshire wards of Barnwell, Dryden, Fineshade, Irthlingborough, King’s Forest, Lower Nene, Lyveden, Oundle, Prebendal, Raunds Saxon, Raunds Windmill, Ringstead, Stanwick, Thrapston and Woodford.
Members of Parliament
|1997||Phil Hope||Labour Co-operative|
|2012 by-election||Andy Sawford||Labour Co-operative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Corby|
|Labour Co-op||Andy Sawford||21,611||38.5||-0.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Harris||1,458||2.6||-11.8|
|Conservative gain from Labour Co-op||Swing|
|Corby by-election, 2012|
|Labour Co-op||Andy Sawford||17,267||48.4||+9.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Jill Hope||1,770||4.96||−9.5|
|English Democrats||David Wickham||432||1.2||N/A|
|Cannabis Law Reform||Peter Reynolds||137||0.4||N/A|
|Elvis Loves Pets||David Bishop||99||0.3||N/A|
|Young People's Party||Rohen Kapur||39||0.1||N/A|
|Democracy 2015||Adam Lotun||35||0.1||N/A|
|United People's Party||Christopher Scotton||25||0.1||N/A|
|Labour Co-op gain from Conservative||Swing||12.67|
|General Election 2010: Corby|
|Liberal Democrat||Portia Wilson||7,834||14.5||+1.7|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||3.4|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Corby|
|Labour Co-op||Phil Hope||20,913||43.1||−6.2|
|Liberal Democrat||David Radcliffe||6,184||12.7||+2.7|
|Socialist Labour||Steven Carey||499||1.0||−0.6|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||4.5|
|General Election 2001: Corby|
|Labour Co-op||Phil Hope||23,283||49.3||−6.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Kevin Scudder||4,751||10.1||+2.6|
|Socialist Labour||Andrew Dickson||750||1.6||N/A|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||5.0|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Corby|
|Labour Co-op||Phil Hope||29,888||55.4||+11.5|
|Conservative||William Rhys Powell||18,028||33.4||−11.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Ian Hankison||4,045||7.5||−2.7|
|Referendum Party||Sebastian Riley-Smith||1,356||2.5||N/A|
|Natural Law||Jane Bence||133||0.2||N/A|
|Labour Co-op gain from Conservative||Swing||+11.3|
|General Election 1992: Corby|
|Conservative||William Rhys Powell||25,203||44.5||+0.2|
|Labour||Harry Alexander Feather||24,861||43.9||+3.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Melvyn Roffe||5,792||10.2||−4.6|
|Liberal||Ms. Judith I. Wood||784||1.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Corby|
|Conservative||William Rhys Powell||23,323||44.3||+1.7|
|Labour||Harry Alexander Feather||21,518||40.9||+4.8|
|Liberal||Terrence Glyn Whittington||7,805||14.8||−5.5|
|General Election 1983: Corby|
|Conservative||William Rhys Powell||20,827||42.6||N/A|
|Liberal||Terrence Glyn Whittington||9,905||20.3||N/A|
|Ecology||Miss Rosy J. Stanning||505||1.0||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "UKPollingReport Election Guide 2010 » Corby". ukpollingreport.co.uk.
- http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2007/1681/schedule/made order
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Known at the time of her election as Louise Bagshawe.
- "UK Polling Report". ukpollingreport.co.uk.
- Corby UKPolling
- of Persons Nominated, Corby Borough Council
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.