Fylde (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Fylde in Lancashire for the 2010 general election.
Location of Lancashire within England.
|Electorate||66,504 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Kirkham, Wesham, Lytham St Annes, Freckleton|
|Member of parliament||Mark Menzies (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Fylde North and Fylde South|
|Type of constituency||County constituency|
|Replaced by||Fylde North and Fylde South|
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
The Fylde constituency was originally formed for the 1918 general election, but was abolished for the 1950 general election, when it was split into Fylde North and Fylde South. For the 1983 General Election those two constituencies were merged to form a new Fylde constituency.
The seat was reduced in the boundary review leading to the United Kingdom general election, 2010, losing most of its elements from the Borough of Wyre and the City of Preston to the new seat of Wyre and Preston North.
1983-1997: The Borough of Fylde; and the Borough of Preston ward of Preston Rural West.
1997-2010: The Borough of Fylde; the Borough of Preston wards of Ingol and Preston Rural West; and the Borough of Wyre ward of Great Eccleston.
2010-present: The Borough of Fylde; and the City of Preston ward of Lea.
The constituency has three main population centres, namely Kirkham/Wesham, Lytham St Annes and Freckleton. Kirkham, Wesham and Freckleton are adjacent small towns with some light industrial development and have a decent Labour vote, but Lytham and St Annes are comfortable seaside resorts, favoured by families and retired couples, and along with the more rural parts of the seat are safely Conservative.
Members of Parliament
|1918||Wilfrid William Ashley||Conservative|
|1938 by-election||Claude Lancaster||Conservative|
|1950||constituency split into Fylde North and Fylde South|
MPs since 1983
|1983||Sir Edward Gardner||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Fylde|
|Northern Party||Elizabeth Clarkson|
|Liberal Democrat||Fred van Mierlo|
|UKIP||Paul Martin White|
|General Election 2010: Fylde|
|Liberal Democrat||Bill Winlow||9,641||22.1||+6.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Fylde|
|Conservative||John Michael Jack||24,287||53.4||+1.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Bill Winlow||7,748||17.0||+2.2|
|General Election 2001: Fylde|
|Conservative||John Michael Jack||23,383||52.3||+3.4|
|Labour||John Robert Stockton||13,773||30.8||−0.9|
|Liberal Democrat||John Lovet Begg||6,599||14.8||+0.1|
|UKIP||Mrs. Lesley Frances Brown||982||2.2||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Fylde|
|Conservative||John Michael Jack||25,443||48.87||−11.3|
|Labour||John L. Garrett||16,480||31.65||+13.1|
|Liberal Democrat||William L. Greene||7,609||14.61||−6.1|
|Referendum Party||David J. Britton||2,372||4.56||N/A|
|Natural Law||Terry B. Kerwin||163||0.31||N/A|
|General Election 1992: Fylde|
|Conservative||John Michael Jack||30,639||61.4||+0.7|
|Liberal Democrat||Nigel Cryer||9,648||19.3||−4.9|
|Labour||Ms. Carol Hughes||9,382||18.8||+4.5|
|Natural Law||Peter Douglas Napier Leadbetter||239||0.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Fylde|
|Conservative||John Michael Jack||29,559||60.7||−2.2|
|Liberal||Mrs. Elizabeth Anne Smith||11,787||24.2||−0.1|
|Labour||Dr. Geoffrey Wilfred Tracey Smith||6,955||14.3||+3.4|
|Restore Capital Punishment||Harold Fowler||405||0.8||−1.2|
|General Election 1983: Fylde|
|Conservative||Sir Edward Gardner||27,879||62.9||N/A|
|Liberal||Mrs. Elizabeth Anne Smith||10,777||24.3||N/A|
|Labour||David J. King||4,821||10.9||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Election in the 1940s
|General Election 1945: Fylde|
|Common Wealth||K Heath||1,784||2.89|
Elections in the 1930s
|Fylde by-election, 30 November 1938|
|Labour||Dr. Mabel Tylecote||17,648|
|General Election 1935: Fylde|
|General Election 1931: Fylde|
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F" [self-published source][better source needed]
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.