Hyndburn (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°46′05″N 2°22′55″W / 53.768°N 2.382°W / 53.768; -2.382

Hyndburn
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Hyndburn in Lancashire.
Outline map
Location of Lancashire within England.
County Lancashire
Electorate 69,617 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Accrington, Clayton-le-Moors, Great Harwood, Oswaldtwistle, and Rishton in Hyndburn, and Haslingden in Rossendale
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Graham Jones (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Accrington and Clitheroe
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Hyndburn is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Graham Jones of the Labour Party.[n 2]

History and profile[edit]

The seat was created in 1983 from parts of the former seats of Accrington and Clitheroe. In its ambit is much terraced (freehold) owner-occupied housing[2] and surrounding villages that may have helped to win the constituency for a Conservative in 1983 (by 21 votes) and in 1987; Labour won it in 1992 and chose a new candidate in 2010, who was elected.

Boundaries[edit]

A mostly Labour-inclined seat[n 3], based around the East Lancashire town of Accrington, it also includes Clayton-le-Moors, Great Harwood, Oswaldtwistle, and Rishton in Hyndburn, and Haslingden in Rossendale.

Following its review of parliamentary representation in Lancashire in the 2000s, the Boundary Commission made minor alterations to the existing Hyndburn constituency. Two Haslingden wards from Rossendale district were added to the constituency. The Commission rejected a proposal to rename the constituency "Hyndburn and Haslingden", following the Assistant Commissioner's view that;

It is obviously right that constituency names should as far as possible reflect the geography and character of the constituency but equally they should be as succinct as reasonably possible[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1983 Ken Hargreaves Conservative
1992 Greg Pope Labour
2010 Graham Jones Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Hyndburn[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graham Jones 17,531 41.1 −4.6
Conservative Karen Buckley 14,441 33.8 +1.9
Liberal Democrat Andrew Rankine 5,033 11.8 −2.6
BNP Andrew Eccles 2,137 5.0 −1.2
UKIP Granville Barker 1,481 3.5 +1.6
Christian Peoples Kevin Logan 795 1.9 N/A
Green Kerry Gormley 463 1.1 N/A
English Democrats Chris Reid 413 1.0 N/A
Independent Craig Hall 378 0.9 N/A
Majority 3,090 7.2
Turnout 42,672 63.5 +4.7
Labour hold Swing −3.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Hyndburn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Greg Pope 18,136 46.0 −8.7
Conservative James Mawdsley 12,549 31.8 −1.4
Liberal Democrat Bill Greene 5,577 14.1 +4.5
BNP Christian Jackson 2,444 6.2 N/A
UKIP John Whittaker 743 1.9 −0.7
Majority 5,587 14.2
Turnout 39,449 58.8 +1.3
Labour hold Swing −3.7
General Election 2001: Hyndburn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Greg Pope 20,900 54.7 −0.9
Conservative Peter Britcliffe 12,681 33.2 +1.3
Liberal Democrat Bill Greene 3,680 9.6 +1.0
UKIP John Tomlin 982 2.6 N/A
Majority 8,219 21.5
Turnout 38,243 57.5 −14.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Hyndburn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Greg Pope 26,831 55.6 +8.7
Conservative Peter Britcliffe 15,383 31.9 −11.0
Liberal Democrat Les Jones 4,141 8.6 −1.3
Referendum Party Philip Congdon 1,627 2.4 N/A
Independent Anti-Corruption in Government (IAC) James Brown 290 0.4 N/A
Majority 11,548 23.7
Turnout 48,272 72.3
Labour hold Swing +9.9
General Election 1992: Hyndburn[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Greg Pope 23,042 46.9 +7.1
Conservative Ken Hargreaves 21,082 42.9 −1.5
Liberal Democrat Yvonne Stars 4,886 9.9 −5.3
Natural Law Stephen John Whittle 150 0.3 N/A
Majority 1,960 4.0 −0.6
Turnout 49,160 83.9 +3.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +4.3

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Hyndburn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ken Hargreaves 21,606 44.4 +2.2
Labour Keva Christopher Coombes 19,386 39.8 −2.4
Social Democratic John Strak 7,423 15.2 +0.6
Green Frank Smith 297 0.6 +0.0
Majority 2,220 4.6
Turnout 48,712 80.5 +3.1
Conservative hold Swing +2.3
General Election 1983: Hyndburn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ken Hargreaves 19,405 42.2 N/A
Labour Arthur Davidson 19,384 42.2 N/A
Social Democratic J. Bridgen 6,716 14.6 N/A
Ecology F. Smith 266 0.6 N/A
Independent P. Gateson 169 0.4 N/A
Majority 21 0.1 N/A
Turnout 45,940 77.4 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

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. ^ In local elections to date
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 2011 census interactive maps
  3. ^ Commissioners Report, accessed 16 January 2006 Archived February 14, 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ "Election 2010: Constituency: Hyndburn". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.