Heywood and Middleton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Heywood and Middleton
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Heywood and Middleton in Greater Manchester.
Outline map
Location of Greater Manchester within England.
County Greater Manchester
Electorate 79,636 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Heywood and Middleton
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Jim Dobbin (Labour Co-op)
Number of members One
Created from Heywood and Royton; Middleton and Prestwich
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Heywood and Middleton is a constituency[n 1] in Greater Manchester represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Jim Dobbin of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency is one of three covering the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, covering the west of the borough — it includes the towns of Heywood and Middleton, some of the western fringes of Rochdale itself (such as Castleton, and parts of Norden and Bamford) and some of the rural green buffer area to the north.

Latest boundary review[edit]

The Boundary Commission's Fifth Review before the 2010 election recommended the creation of a modified Heywood and Middleton constituency, accepted by Parliament so the seat has electoral wards:

  • Bamford, Castleton, East Middleton, Hopwood Hall, Norden, North Heywood, North Middleton, South Middleton, West Heywood, West Middleton in the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale

In effect, this meant that the seat gained the Marland and Sudden neighbourhoods from the Rochdale constituency. Those areas were formerly in the ward of Brimrod & Deeplish.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the former seats of Heywood and Royton & Middleton and Prestwich since which Labour Party MPs have served the seat.

From 1983 until his retirement in 1997, the MP was Jim Callaghan, who is not to be confused with the former Prime Minister of the same name who held the three other great offices of state, and for a period[n 3] they were sitting MPs sharing a common name (and in this instance political party.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1983 Jim Callaghan Labour
1997 Jim Dobbin Labour Co-op

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Heywood and Middleton[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Jim Dobbin 18,499 40.1 −8.2
Conservative Mike Holly 12,528 27.2 +5.4
Liberal Democrat Wera Hobhouse 10,474 22.7 +2.5
BNP Peter Greenwood 3,239 7.0 +2.6
UKIP Victoria Cecil 1,215 2.6 +0.7
Independent Chrissy Lee 170 0.4 N/A
Majority 5,971 12.9 −13.6
Turnout 46,125 57.5 +3.7
Labour Co-op hold Swing −6.8

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Heywood and Middleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Jim Dobbin 19,438 49.8 −7.9
Conservative Stephen Pathmarajah 8,355 21.4 −6.2
Liberal Democrat Crea Lavin 7,261 18.6 +7.4
BNP Gary Aronsson 1,855 4.7 N/A
Liberal Philip Burke 1,377 3.5 +0.9
UKIP John Whittaker 767 2.0 N/A
Majority 11,083 28.4
Turnout 39,053 54.6 +1.5
Labour Co-op hold Swing −0.9
General Election 2001: Heywood and Middleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Jim Dobbin 22,377 57.7 +0.0
Conservative Marilyn Hopkins 10,707 27.6 +4.6
Liberal Democrat Ian Greenhalgh 4,329 11.2 −4.5
Liberal Philip Burke 1,021 2.6 +1.1
Christian Democrats Christine West 345 0.9 N/A
Majority 11,670 30.1
Turnout 38,779 53.1 −15.3
Labour Co-op hold Swing −2.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Heywood and Middleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Jim Dobbin 29,179 57.7 +5.4
Conservative Sebastian Grigg 11,637 23.0 −10.4
Liberal Democrat David Clayton 7,908 15.6 +3.3
Referendum Party Christine West 1,076 2.1 N/A
Liberal Philip Burke 750 1.5 −0.3
Majority 17,542 34.7
Turnout 50,550 68.4
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1992: Heywood and Middleton[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Callaghan 22,380 52.3 +2.4
Conservative Eric Ollerenshaw 14,306 33.4 −0.9
Liberal Democrat Dr. Michael B. Taylor 5,252 12.3 −3.6
Liberal Philip Burke 757 1.8 N/A
Natural Law Ms. A.M. Scott 134 0.3 N/A
Majority 8,074 18.9 +3.3
Turnout 42,829 74.9 +1.1
Labour hold Swing +1.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Heywood and Middleton[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Callaghan 21,900 49.9 +6.6
Conservative R. E. Walker 15,052 34.3 +0.3
Social Democrat Ian Greenhalgh 6,953 15.8 −6.3
Majority 6,848 15.6
Turnout 43,905 73.8
Labour hold Swing +3.2
General Election 1983: Heywood and Middleton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Callaghan 18,111 43.3 N/A
Conservative Mrs. C.M. Hodgson 14,137 33.8 N/A
Social Democrat A.A. Rumbelow 9,262 22.1 N/A
BNP Kenneth Henderson 316 0.8 N/A
Majority 3,974 9.5 N/A
Turnout 41,826 69.9 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

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.
  3. ^ From 1974 to 1987
References

Coordinates: 53°34′N 2°13′W / 53.57°N 2.21°W / 53.57; -2.21