Derby North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Derby North
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Derby North in Derbyshire for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of Derbyshire within England.
County Derbyshire
Electorate 72,617 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of Parliament Chris Williamson (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Derby
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Derby North /ˈdɑrbi nɔrθ/ is a constituency [n 1] formed of half of the city of Derby represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Chris Williamson of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The pre-2010 boundaries of Derby North

1950-1974: The county borough of Derby wards of Abbey, Babington, Becket, Bridge, Derwent, Friar Gate, King's Mead, and Rowditch; and the parish of Chaddesden in the rural district of Shardlow.

1974-1983: The county borough of Derby wards of Abbey, Allestree, Breadsall, Chaddesden, Darley, Derwent, Friar Gate, Mickleover, and Spondon.

1983-2010: The City of Derby wards of Abbey, Allestree, Breadsall, Chaddesden, Darley, Derwent, Mackworth, and Spondon.

2010-present: The City of Derby wards of Abbey, Chaddesden, Darley, Derwent, Littleover, Mackworth, and Mickleover.

Many constituencies changed in the 2008 review and for the 2010 general election the constituency boundaries changed quite significantly which made the seat less of a Labour Party safe seat based on council results for wards.[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency covers a largely residential area immediately north of Derby city centre, including some of the city’s most affluent suburbs, as well as much of its council housing and former council housing in private ownership which are of mixed incomes.[3]

History[edit]

A relatively close seat for two largest parties since 1950, Derby North has been held by Labour Party's Clifford Wilcock, Niall MacDermot then Phillip Whitehead.[n 3] In the 1979 election, it was covered by the BBC as the bellwether seat as the 41st of the 41 seats that Margaret Thatcher needed to win; in that year it stayed Labour, with an exit poll on the seat being a center piece of the election-night coverage.[4]

The Conservative Greg Knight gained the seat as part of a landslide victory of 1983 and held it until 1997.[n 4]

Labour's Bob Laxton defeated Knight in 1997 and held the seat until retiring in 2010, when the seat was held for Labour by Chris Williamson.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
1950 Clifford Wilcock Labour
1962 by-election Niall MacDermot Labour
1970 Phillip Whitehead Labour
1983 Greg Knight Conservative
1997 Bob Laxton Labour
2010 Chris Williamson Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Derby North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Lucy Care[7]
UKIP John Charlesworth[8]
Class War Gareth Pitchford[9]
Conservative Amanda Solloway[10]
Labour Chris Williamson[11]
General Election 2010: Derby North[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Chris Williamson 14,896 33.0 −10.9
Conservative Stephen Mold 14,283 31.7 −3.7
Liberal Democrat Lucy Care 12,638 28.0 +11.6
BNP Pete Cheeseman 2,000 4.4 +4.4
UKIP Elizabeth Ransome[13] 829 1.8 −0.1
Independent David Gale 264 0.6 +0.6
Pirate David Geraghty[14] 170 0.4 +0.4
Majority 613 1.4 −7.2
Turnout 45,080 63.1 +0.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Derby North[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Laxton 19,272 44.0 −6.9
Conservative Richard Aitken-Davies 15,515 35.4 +0.4
Liberal Democrat Jeremy Beckett 7,209 16.5 +2.4
Veritas Martin Bardoe 958 2.2 N/A
UKIP Michelle Medgyesy 864 2.0 N/A
Majority 3,757 8.6 −7.3
Turnout 43,818 64.3 +6.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 2001: Derby North[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Laxton 22,415 50.9 −2.3
Conservative Barry Holden 15,433 35.0 +0.8
Liberal Democrat Robert Charlesworth 6,206 14.1 +5.1
Majority 6,982 15.9 −3.0
Turnout 44,054 57.8 −16.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Derby North[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Laxton 29,844 53.2 +12.3
Conservative Gregory Knight 19,229 34.3 −14.1
Liberal Democrat Robert Charlesworth 5,059 9.0 −0.6
Referendum Party Paul Reynolds 1,816 3.2 N/A
ProLife Alliance Mrs. Jane H.M. Waters 195 0.3 N/A
Majority 10,615 18.9 +11.3
Turnout 56,143 73.8 −6.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 13.2
General Election 1992: Derby North[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gregory Knight 28,574 48.4 −0.5
Labour Robert Laxton 24,121 40.9 +3.7
Liberal Democrat Robert Charlesworth 5,638 9.6 −3.8
Green E. Wall 383 0.7 +0.2
National Front Peter Hart 245 0.4 N/A
Natural Law N. Onley 58 0.1 N/A
Majority 4,453 7.6 −4.0
Turnout 59,019 80.7 +4.9
Conservative hold Swing −2.0

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Derby North[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gregory Knight 26,561 48.9 +5.2
Labour Phillip Whitehead 20,236 37.2 +0.4
Liberal Steve F. Connolly 7,268 13.4 −6.1
Green E. Wall 291 0.5 N/A
Majority 6,325 11.6 +4.7
Turnout 54,356 75.8 +3.0
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Derby North[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gregory Knight 22,303 43.7 −0.8
Labour Phillip Whitehead 18,797 36.8 −8.1
Liberal Steve F. Connolly 9,924 19.5 +10.0
Majority 3,506 6.9 +6.6
Turnout 51,024 72.5 −4.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Derby North[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Phillip Whitehead 28,797 44.9 +0.4
Conservative R.N. Kemm 28,583 44.5 +6.9
Liberal R.F. Whitehouse 6,093 9.5 −8.0
National Front C. Bayliss 592 0.9 N/A
United English National S.P. Gibson 116 0.2 N/A
Majority 214 0.3 −6.3
Turnout 64,181 76.8 +3.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Derby North[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Phillip Whitehead 26,960 44.5 +4.3
Conservative D.J. Penfold 22,767 37.6 −0.8
Liberal M.D. Peel 10,595 17.5 −4.1
More Prosperous Britain H. Smith 242 0.4 N/A
Majority 4,193 6.9 +4.9
Turnout 60,564 73.2 −5.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Derby North[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Phillip Whitehead 26,029 40.2 −14.5
Conservative D.J. Penfold 24,736 38.2 −7.1
Liberal M.D. Peel 13,995 21.6 N/A
Majority 1,293 2.0 −7.5
Turnout 64,760 79.1 +6.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Derby North[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Phillip Whitehead 20,114 54.7 −7.1
Conservative J.W. Roberts 16,635 45.3 +7.1
Majority 3,479 9.5 −14.2
Turnout 36,749 64.2 −6.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Derby North[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Niall MacDermot 23,033 61.8 +8.9
Conservative D.H. Hene 14,215 38.2 +3.6
Majority 8,818 23.7 +5.4
Turnout 37,248 70.8 −3.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Derby North[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Niall MacDermot 21,386 52.9 +3.5
Conservative D.H. Hene 13,991 34.6 +12.1
Liberal A.L. Smart 5,057 12.5 −12.9
Majority 7,395 18.3 −5.7
Turnout 40,434 74.4
Labour hold Swing
Derby North by-election, 1962[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Niall MacDermot 16,497 49.4 −3.4
Liberal I. Irving 8,479 25.4 N/A
Conservative T.M. Wray 7,502 22.5 −24.7
Independent T. Lynch 886 2.7 N/A
Majority 8,018 24.0 +18.4
Turnout 33,364
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Derby North[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clifford A.B. Wilcock 22,673 52.8 −3.0
Conservative Robin Maxwell-Hyslop 20,266 47.2 +3.0
Majority 2,407 5.6 −6.0
Turnout 42,939 76.7 +1.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Derby North[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clifford A.B. Wilcock 24,162 55.8 +0.6
Conservative R.C.P. Rouse 19,156 44.2 +7.3
Majority 5,006 11.6 −6.7
Turnout 43,318 75.7 −9.8
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Derby North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clifford A.B. Wilcock 22,390 57.09
Conservative VE Waldron 16,828 42.91
Majority 5,562 14.18
Turnout 82.49
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Derby North[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clifford A.B. Wilcock 22,410 55.2 N/A
Conservative V. Seely 14,980 36.9 N/A
Liberal G.I. Walters 3,190 7.9 N/A
Majority 7,430 18.3 N/A
Turnout 40,580 85.5 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough 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. ^ Later an MEP
  4. ^ Deputy chief whip from 1993 to 1996 and Minister for Industry from 1996 to 1997.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Derby.gov.uk local election results 2010
  3. ^ 2001 census statistics Derby 001 etc SOAs occupation, housing and income
  4. ^ Page 516, When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies by Andy Beckett
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/guide/seat-profiles/derbynorth
  7. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/candidates_detail.aspx?name=Lucy_Care&pPK=dc939820-fc7e-4e2e-a462-89be99a8e412/</
  8. ^ http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/UKIP-announces-Derby-North-candidate-2015-General/story-22923247-detail/story.html
  9. ^ http://ianbone.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/class-war-on-a-roll-gareth-pitchford-for-derby-north//</
  10. ^ http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Solloway_Amanda.aspx/
  11. ^ http://electionresults.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/derby-north-2015.html
  12. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/guide/seat-profiles/derbynorth
  13. ^ http://candidates.ukip.org/index.php?pg=show&eid=220/
  14. ^ http://www.pirateparty.org.uk/press/releases/2010/mar/30/pirate-party-uk-announces-parliamentary-candidates/
  15. ^ "General Election Results For Derby North". Derby City Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  16. ^ a b c "Election history". London: The Guardian newspaper. Retrieved 28 January 2009. [dead link]
  17. ^ "UK General Election results: April 1992". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 28 January 2009. 
  18. ^ "UK General Election results: June 1987". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 28 January 2009. 
  19. ^ "UK General Election results: June 1983". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 28 January 2009. 
  20. ^ "UK General Election results: May 1979". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 28 January 2009. 
  21. ^ "UK General Election results: October 1974". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 28 January 2009. 
  22. ^ "UK General Election results: February 1974". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 28 January 2009. 
  23. ^ "UK General Election results: 1970". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  24. ^ "UK General Election results: March 1966". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  25. ^ "UK General Election results: October 1964". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  26. ^ "1962 By Election Results". www.geocities.com/by_elections/. Archived from the original on 24 October 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  27. ^ "UK General Election results: October 1959". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  28. ^ "UK General Election results: May 1955". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  29. ^ "UK General Election results: February 1950". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 

Coordinates: 52°57′N 1°29′W / 52.95°N 1.49°W / 52.95; -1.49