Derby South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Derby South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Derby South in Derbyshire for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of Derbyshire within England.
County Derbyshire
Electorate 72,048 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of Parliament Margaret Beckett (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Derby
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Derby South /ˈdɑrbi sθ/ is a constituency [n 1] formed of half of the city of Derby represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1983 by Margaret Beckett of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The pre-2010 boundaries of Derby South

1974-1983: The county borough of Derby wards of Alvaston, Arboretum, Babington, Chellaston, Litchurch, Littleover, Normanton, Osmaston, and Pear Tree.

1983-1997:

1997-2010: The City of Derby wards of Alvaston, Babington, Blagreaves, Kingsway, Litchurch, Littleover, Mickleover, Normanton, Osmaston, and Sinfin.

2010-present: The City of Derby wards of Alvaston, Arboretum, Blagreaves, Boulton, Chellaston, Normanton, and Sinfin.

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency takes in Derby city centre including much of its varied income inner-city, a narrow majority of which is formerly local council-built however which is offset by conservation areas including beside Derby Cathedral and Derby Catacombs. The remainder of the seat is generally more affluent suburbs, and much of the engineering industry traditionally associated with the city.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1950, when the former two-seat constituency of Derby was split into two single-member seats. Unlike the Derby North seat, this seat has to date been a Labour Party seat.

A notable former MP for the seat was its first incumbent, Philip Noel-Baker of the Labour Party. He served as a Cabinet minister in the post-war Attlee government, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1959 for his campaigning for disarmament. He had previously represented the former two-seat constituency of Derby since a by-election in 1936.

The former Cabinet minister Margaret Beckett, who previously represented Lincoln (under her maiden name of Margaret Jackson) from 1974 to 1979, has represented Derby South for the Labour Party since 1983. At that election Beckett won the seat with the smallest majority seen of just 421 over the Conservative Party, since which she has achieved only larger majorities than this. The most recent result shows a marginally larger percentage majority in 2010, bucking a national trend, suggesting the seat is a relatively safe seat for the Labour Party.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1950 Philip Noel-Baker Labour
1970 Walter Johnson Labour
1983 Margaret Beckett Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

2015[edit]

General Election 2015: Derby South[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Beckett
Conservative
Liberal Democrat Joe Naitta[4]
Majority
Turnout

2010[edit]

General Election 2010: Derby South[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Beckett 17,851 43.3 -9.8
Conservative Jack Perscke 11,729 28.5 +8.7
Liberal Democrat David Batey 8,430 20.5 -3.7
UKIP Stephen Fowke 1,821 4.4 +3
Independent Alan Graves 1,357 3.3
Majority 6,122 14.9
Turnout 41,188 58 -6.7

The vote share changes on 2005 and the turnout figures were notional based on boundary changes.

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

2005[edit]

General Election 2005: Derby South[6][7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Beckett 19,683 45.4 −11.0
Liberal Democrat Lucy Care 14,026 32.3 +13.0
Conservative David Brackenbury 8,211 18.9 −5.4
UKIP David Black 845 1.9 N/A
Veritas Frank Leeming 608 1.4 N/A
Majority 5,657 13.0 −19.2
Turnout 43,373 61.6 +5.7
Labour hold Swing

2001[edit]

General Election 2001: Derby South[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Beckett 24,310 56.4 +0.1
Conservative Simon Spencer 10,455 24.3 −0.9
Liberal Democrat Anders Hanson 8,310 19.3 +4.9
Majority 13,855 32.1 1.1
Turnout 43,075 55.9 −12.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

1997[edit]

General Election 1997: Derby South[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Beckett 29,154 56.3 +4.6
Conservative Javed Arain 13,048 25.2 −12.7
Liberal Democrat Jeremy Beckett 7,438 14.4 +4.0
Referendum Party John K. Browne 1,862 3.6 N/A
National Democrats Rob Evans 317 0.6 N/A
Majority 16,106 31.1 +17.5
Turnout 51,819 67.8 −7.7
Labour hold Swing

1992[edit]

General Election 1992: Derby South[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Beckett 25,917 51.7 +8.0
Conservative Nicholas P. Brown 18,981 37.9 −2.6
Liberal Democrat Simon J. Hartropp 5,198 10.4 −5.4
Majority 6,936 13.6 +10.4
Turnout 50,096 75.5 +5.6
Labour hold Swing +5.2

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

1987[edit]

General Election 1987: Derby South[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Beckett 21,003 43.7 +4.4
Conservative P.F. Leighton 19,487 40.5 +2.1
SDP–Liberal Alliance N.P. Mellor 7,608 15.8 −5.8
Majority 1,516 3.2 +2.3
Turnout 48,098 69.9 +2.5
Labour hold Swing

1983[edit]

General Election 1983: Derby South[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Beckett 18,169 39.3 −10.7
Conservative G.W. Hales 17,748 38.4 −0.3
SDP–Liberal Alliance I.W. Smith 9,976 21.6 +11.9
Ecology E. Wall 297 0.7 N/A
Majority 421 0.9 −10.4
Turnout 46,190 67.4 −4.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

1979[edit]

General Election 1979: Derby South[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Walter H. Johnson 26,945 50.0 −1.0
Conservative M.C. Stern 20,853 38.7 +5.8
Liberal J.D. Somerset Sullivan 5,196 9.7 −4.9
National Front L.A. Verity 587 1.1 N/A
Workers Revolutionary W.A. Biggs 146 0.3 N/A
United English National J. Short 122 0.2 −1.3
Majority 6,092 11.3 −6.8
Turnout 53,849 71.4 +1.9
Labour hold Swing

October 1974[edit]

General Election October 1974: Derby South[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Walter H. Johnson 26,342 51.0 +3.6
Conservative A.J. Bussell 17,010 32.9 −1.7
Liberal R. Palmer 7,520 14.6 −3.4
United English National A.S. Ashby 793 1.5 N/A
Majority 9,332 18.1 +5.4
Turnout 51,665 69.5 +6.7
Labour hold Swing

February 1974[edit]

General Election February 1974: Derby South[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Walter H. Johnson 26,613 47.4 −7.0
Conservative R.S.W. Clements 19,470 34.6 −11.0
Liberal J. Mills 10,121 18.0 N/A
Majority 7,143 12.7 +3.9
Turnout 56,204 76.2 +8.9
Labour hold Swing

1970[edit]

General Election 1970: Derby South[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Walter H. Johnson 19,407 54.4 −3.2
Conservative R. Greene 16,258 45.6 +13.8
Majority 3,149 8.8 −16.9
Turnout 35,665 67.3 −5.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

1966[edit]

General Election 1966: Derby South[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Philip J. Noel-Baker 21,433 57.6 −0.1
Conservative M.C.G. Fidler 11,857 31.8 −10.5
Liberal A.L. Smart 3,966 10.7 N/A
Majority 9,576 25.7 +10.2
Turnout 37,256 72.6 −5.3
Labour hold Swing

1964[edit]

General Election 1964: Derby South[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Philip J. Noel-Baker 22,432 57.7 +9.2
Conservative T.M. Wray 16,420 42.3 +1.8
Majority 6,012 15.5 +7.5
Turnout 38,852 74.8 −4.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

1959[edit]

General Election 1959: Derby South[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Philip J. Noel-Baker 20,776 48.5 −5.1
Conservative T.M. Wray 17,345 40.5 +2.0
Liberal A.L. Smart 4,746 11.1 +3.2
Majority 3,431 8.0 −7.1
Turnout 42,867 79.2 +0.4
Labour hold Swing

1955[edit]

General Election 1955: Derby South[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Philip J. Noel-Baker 23,081 53.6 −9.0
Conservative Marcus Kimball 16,572 38.5 +1.1
Liberal A.L. Smart 3,408 7.9 N/A
Majority 6,509 15.1 −10.0
Turnout 43,061 78.8 −5.7
Labour hold Swing

1951[edit]

General Election 1951: Derby South[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Philip J. Noel-Baker 27,333 62.6 +2.5
Conservative R.C.D. Grimes 16,344 37.4 +6.2
Majority 10,989 25.1 −3.9
Turnout 43,677 84.5 −1.6
Labour hold Swing

1950[edit]

General Election 1950: Derby South[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Philip J. Noel-Baker 26,886 60.1 N/A
Conservative R.C.D. Grimes 13,926 31.2 N/A
Liberal L. Irving 3,900 8.7 N/A
Majority 12,960 29.0 N/A
Turnout 44,712 87.1 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.
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 "D" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "UKPollingReport Election Guide 2010 » Derby North". Ukpollingreport.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  4. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/parliamentary_candidates_detail.aspx?name=Joe_Naitta&pPK=a1234a2e-7ec3-496d-9487-8675fd8d7285/</
  5. ^ "UKPollingReport Election Guide 2010 » Derby South". Ukpollingreport.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  6. ^ "General Election Results For Derby South". Derby City Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "British Parliamentary Election results 1997–:English Boroughs part 1". David Boothroyd. Retrieved 27 January 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Election history". London: The Guardian newspaper. Retrieved 27 January 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "United Kingdom Parliamentary Election results 1983–97: English Boroughs part 1". David Boothroyd. Retrieved 27 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "UK General Election results May 1979". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 27 January 2009. 
  12. ^ "UK General Election results: October 1974". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 27 January 2009. 
  13. ^ "UK General Election results: February 1974". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 27 January 2009. 
  14. ^ "UK General Election results: 1970". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 27 January 2009. 
  15. ^ "UK General Election results: March 1966". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 27 January 2009. 
  16. ^ "UK General Election results: October 1964". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 27 January 2009. 
  17. ^ "UK General Election results: October 1959". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 27 January 2009. 
  18. ^ "UK General Election results: May 1955". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 27 January 2009. 
  19. ^ "UK General Election results: October 1951". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 27 January 2009. 
  20. ^ "UK General Election results: February 1950". Richard Kimber. Retrieved 27 January 2009. 


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Monklands East
Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
1994
Succeeded by
Sedgefield


Coordinates: 52°54′N 1°27′W / 52.90°N 1.45°W / 52.90; -1.45