Loughborough (UK Parliament constituency)

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Loughborough
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Loughborough in Leicestershire.
Outline map
Location of Leicestershire within England.
County Leicestershire
Electorate 77,884 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Loughborough
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of Parliament Nicky Morgan (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from North Leicestershire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Loughborough is a constituency[n 1] in Leicestershire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Nicky Morgan, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency comprises the towns of Loughborough and Shepshed, the villages of Barrow upon Soar, Hathern, Sileby and Quorn and a number of smaller villages in the Wolds. It borders the constituencies of North West Leicestershire, Charnwood, Rutland and Melton and Rushcliffe.

Latest boundary review[edit]

According with the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies Parliament made only minor changes to the existing constituency boundaries. The 2010-modified constituency has electoral wards:

  • Barrow and Sileby West, Loughborough Ashby, Loughborough Dishley and Hathern, Loughborough Garendon, Loughborough Hastings, Loughborough Lemyngton, Loughborough Nanpantan, Loughborough Outwoods, Loughborough Shelthorpe, Loughborough Southfields, Loughborough Storer, Quorn and Mountsorrel Castle, Shepshed East, Shepshed West, Sileby, and The Wolds Villages.

History[edit]

Loughborough was originally part of a larger constituency, Leicestershire, which was split into two districts in the Reform Act of 1832.

In the Redistribution of Seats Act of 1885 Leicestershire was divided into five parts, Eastern (Melton), Mid [or] (Loughborough), Western (Bosworth) and Southern (Harborough), each returning one member, the last part was a borough constituency for Leicester which returned two MPs.

In 1983 the Leicestershire coalfield, an area loyal to Labour, was removed from the constituency and replaced by much of the Soar Valley, a rural area that tended to vote Conservative. Opencast coal mining is still relevant to the west of the seat only at Measham, one of the few high-profile excavations planned by Coalfield Resources PLC (formerly UK Coal). In 1995 the Soar Valley was moved to the newly created Charnwood constituency approximately reinstating the old version of the seat.

The last time that this constituency was not represented by an MP from a governing political party was prior to the February 1974 general election, since which therefore it has been a bellwether.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1885 Sir Edward Johnson-Ferguson, 1st Baronet Liberal
1886 Edwin de Lisle Conservative
1892 Sir Edward Johnson-Ferguson, 1st Baronet Liberal
1900 Sir Maurice Levy, 1st Baronet Liberal
1918 Oscar Guest Liberal
1922 Edward Spears National Liberal
1924 Frank Rye Conservative
1929 George Ernest Winterton Labour
1931 Lawrence Kimball Conservative
1945 Mont Follick Labour
1955 John Desmond Cronin Labour
1979 Stephen Dorrell Conservative
1997 Andy Reed Labour Co-operative
2010 Nicky Morgan Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Loughborough[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nicky Morgan 21,971 41.6 +4.3
Labour Co-op Andy Reed 18,227 34.5 -6.7
Liberal Democrat Mike Willis 9,675 18.3 +0.4
BNP Kevan Stafford 2,040 3.9 -
UKIP John Foden 925 1.8 -0.6
Majority 3,744 7.1
Turnout 52,838 68.2 +5.2
Conservative gain from Labour Co-op Swing +5.5
Loughborough election results, 1885–2005

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

The 2005 general election saw Andy Reed returned with a decreased majority after his share of the vote dropped by 8.3%. Loughborough was the 126th target seat of the Conservative Party and their share of the vote increased slightly but the Liberal Democrats had the largest increase. The swing of 5.0% from Labour to Conservative was higher than the national swing of 3.0% and turnout was above average.

General Election 2005: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Andy Reed 19,098 41.4 −8.3
Conservative Nicky Morgan 17,102 37.1 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Graeme Smith 8,258 17.9 +5.1
UKIP Bernard Sherratt 1,094 2.4 +0.3
Veritas John McVay 588 1.3 N/A
Majority 1,996 4.3 −10.1
Turnout 46,140 63.8 +0.6
Labour Co-op hold Swing −5.0
General Election 2001: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Andy Reed 22,016 49.7 +1.2
Conservative Neil Lyon 15,638 35.3 −2.4
Liberal Democrat Julie Simons 5,667 12.8 +1.0
UKIP John Bigger 933 2.1 N/A
Majority 6,378 14.4 +3.5
Turnout 44,254 63.2 −12.7
Labour Co-op hold Swing +1.8

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Andy Reed 25,448 48.6 +8.8
Conservative K. Andrew 19,736 37.7 −9.1
Liberal Democrat D. Brass 6,190 11.8 +0.6
Referendum Party R.P. Gupta 991 1.9 N/A
Majority 5,712 10.9
Turnout 52,365 75.9 −2.6
Labour Co-op gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Loughborough[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Dorrell 30,064 50.7 -4.0
Labour Andy Reed 19,181 32.4 +7.9
Liberal Democrat AW Stott 8,953 15.1 -4.6
Green I Sinclair 817 1.4 +0.3
Natural Law P Reynolds 233 0.4 +0.4
Majority 10,883 18.4 -11.9
Turnout 59,248 78.5 -0.7
Conservative hold Swing -5.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Dorrell 31,931 54.7 +1.8
Labour C.J. Wrigley 14,283 24.5 +1.1
SDP–Liberal Alliance (Social Democrat) R.G. Fox 11,499 19.7 −2.5
Green R.P. Gupta 656 1.1 N/A
Majority 17,648 30.2 +0.7
Turnout 58,369 79.2 +1.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Dorrell 29,056 52.9 +4.9
Labour Mike Jones 12,876 23.4 −16.2
SDP–Liberal Alliance (Social Democrat) J.R. Frears 12,189 22.2 +11.5
Ecology D.G. Whitebread 591 1.1 +0.1
BNP John Peacock 228 0.4 N/A
Majority 16,180 29.5 +21.1
Turnout 54,940 77.7 −3.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Dorrell 29,788 48.0 +6.5
Labour John Desmond Cronin 24,589 39.6 +2.4
Liberal R. Palmer 6,650 10.7 −8.2
Ecology D. G. Whitebread 595 1.0 N/A
National Front John Peacock 484 0.8 -1.4
Majority 5,199 8.4
Turnout 62,106 81.2 +2.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election October 1974: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Desmond Cronin 22,869 41.5 +2.9
Conservative R.M. York 20,521 37.2 −0.2
Liberal M. Bennett 10,409 18.9 −5.1
National Front K. Sanders 1,215 2.2 N/A
More Prosperous Britain H. Smith 125 0.2 N/A
Majority 2,348 4.3 +3.1
Turnout 55,139 78.5 −5.8
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Desmond Cronin 22,643 38.6 −6.8
Conservative R.M. York 21,846 37.4 −6.9
Liberal M. Bennett 14,096 24.0 +13.7
Majority 697 1.2 +0.2
Turnout 58,685 84.3 +5.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Desmond Cronin 22,806 45.4 −4.8
Conservative R. Elton 22,272 44.3 +7.3
Liberal J.M. Mokrzycki 5,185 10.3 −2.6
Majority 534 1.0 −12.2
Turnout 50,263 78.9 −3.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Desmond Cronin 22,935 50.2 +2.5
Conservative R. Elton 16,911 37.0 −1.2
Liberal B.S. Stratford 5,875 12.9 −1.3
Majority 6,024 13.2 +3.7
Turnout 45,721 82.3 −1.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Desmond Cronin 22,081 47.7 +0.5
Conservative J.L. Leatham 17,671 38.2 −0.8
Liberal G.R.S Stevenson 6,558 14.2 +0.4
Majority 4,410 9.5 +1.3
Turnout 46,310 83.9 −0.1
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Desmond Cronin 21,496 47.2 −7.7
Conservative C.G. Waite 17,749 39.0 −6.1
Liberal R.E. Hancock 6,303 13.8 N/A
Majority 3,747 8.2 −1.5
Turnout 45,548 84.0 +1.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Desmond Cronin 24,044 54.9 −2.1
Conservative M.V. Argyle 19,781 45.1 +2.1
Majority 4,263 9.7 −4.3
Turnout 43,825 82.4 −3.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mont Follick 25,894 57.0 −0.5
Conservative P.G. Spencer 19,571 43.0 +0.5
Majority 6,323 13.9 −1.1
Turnout 45,465 85.9 −1.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mont Follick 25,921 57.5 +4.2
Conservative S. F. Middup 19,196 42.5 +11.2
Majority 6,725 15.0 −7.0
Turnout 87.0 +12.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dr. Mont Follick 21,152 53.3 +12.7
Conservative Maj. Lawrence Kimball 12,401 31.3 −11.4
Liberal Maj. Charles Alleyne Lidbury 6,121 15.4 −1.3
Majority 8,751 22.0
Turnout 74.7 −2.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lawrence Kimball 15,396 42.7 −18.0
Labour George Ernest Winterton 14,653 40.6 +1.3
Liberal Walter Meakin 6,003 16.7 N/A
Majority 743 2.1 −19.3
Turnout 77.4 −4.4
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lawrence Kimball 22,310 60.7 +27.8
Labour George Ernest Winterton 14,458 39.3 −0.7
Majority 7,852 21.4
Turnout 81.8 −3.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Ernest Winterton 14,854 40.0 +5.1
Conservative Frank Gibbs Rye 12,210 32.9 −7.0
Liberal Frank Gladstone Hines 10,044 27.1 +1.9
Majority 2,644 7.1
Turnout 85.2 +1.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1924: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frank Rye 11,114 39.9 +8.4
Labour George Ernest Winterton 9,751 34.9 +2.4
Liberal Edward Spears 7,040 25.2 −10.8
Majority 1,363 5.0
Turnout 83.7 +6.8
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1923: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Edward Spears 8,937 36.0 N/A
Labour George Ernest Winterton 8,064 32.5 N/A
Conservative Frank Rye 7,805 31.5 N/A
Majority 873 3.5
Turnout 76.9
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1922: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal Edward Spears Unopposed N/A N/A
National Liberal hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Oscar Guest 11,918 65.1 +12.8
Labour Herbert William Hallam 6,381 34.9 −12.8
Majority 5,537 30.2 +25.6
Turnout 59.8 −30.4
Liberal hold Swing
Sir Maurice Levy
General Election December 1910: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir Maurice Levy 6,488 52.3 −0.6
Conservative Neville Woodford Smith-Carington 5,916 47.7 +0.6
Majority 572 4.6 −1.2
Turnout 90.2 −2.6
Liberal hold Swing
General Election January 1910: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir Maurice Levy 6,760 52.9 −4.6
Conservative Neville Woodford Smith-Carington 6,007 47.1 +5.6
Majority 753 5.8 −11.2
Turnout 92.8 +2.7
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1906: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Maurice Levy 6,803 57.5 +7.2
Conservative W. B. Du Pré 5,023 42.5 −7.2
Majority 1,780 15.0 +14.4
Turnout 90.1 +5.0
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1900: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Maurice Levy 4,897 50.3 −1.7
Conservative Hussey Packe 4,830 49.7 +1.7
Majority 67 0.6 −3.4
Turnout 85.1 −3.4
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1895: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jabez Johnson-Ferguson 4,732 52.0 −2.1
Conservative R. L. Tooth 4,360 48.0 +2.1
Majority 372 4.0 −4.2
Turnout 88.5 +2.5
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1892: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jabez Johnson-Ferguson 4,715 54.1 +4.9
Conservative Edwin de Lisle 3,994 45.9 −4.9
Majority 721 8.2
Turnout 86.0 −0.1
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1886: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Edwin de Lisle 4,075 50.8 +7.0
Liberal Jabez Johnson-Ferguson 3,940 49.2 −7.0
Majority 135 1.6
Turnout 86.1 −4.4
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1885: Loughborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jabez Johnson-Ferguson 4,733 56.2 N/A
Conservative Montagu Curzon 3,693 43.8 N/A
Majority 1,040 12.4 N/A
Turnout 90.5

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.
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 "L" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Loughborough, UKPollingReport
  4. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Loughborough". BBC News. 
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 

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Coordinates: 52°46′N 1°12′W / 52.77°N 1.20°W / 52.77; -1.20