Luton North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°54′07″N 0°26′46″W / 51.902°N 0.446°W / 51.902; -0.446

Luton North
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Luton North in Bedfordshire.
Outline map
Location of Bedfordshire within England.
County Bedfordshire
Electorate 66,273 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Luton
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Kelvin Hopkins (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Luton West
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East of England

Luton North is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Kelvin Hopkins of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The Borough of Luton wards of Bramingham, Challney, Icknield, Leagrave, Lewsey, Limbury, and Sundon Park; the District of Mid Bedfordshire wards of Flitton and Pulloxhill, Flitwick East, Flitwick West, Harlington, and Westoning; and the District of South Bedfordshire wards of Barton-le-Clay, Streatley, and Toddington.

1997-2010: The Borough of Luton wards of Bramingham, Challney, Icknield, Leagrave, Lewsey, Limbury, Saints, and Sundon Park.

2010-present: The Borough of Luton wards of Barnfield, Bramingham, Challney, Icknield, Leagrave, Lewsey, Limbury, Northwell, Saints, and Sundon Park.

Luton North was created in 1983, primarily from the former seat of Luton West, it represents the northern portion of the town of Luton, excluding Stopsley.

Constituency profile[edit]

One other constituency than Luton North includes LutonLuton South — both cover a similar housing profile[n 3][2] and economic ambit that have seen: house prices increase above the national average since 1997, two periods of relatively high numbers of the unemployed and lowest wage earners (the 1990s and 2008–2011 global recession);[3] the former covers roughly the LU3 and 4 postcode districts and excludes the town centre of what one broadsheet characterised as a tough town[4] whereas other commentators state that Luton has a resilient economy which "revolves around the airport as well as the retail sector."[5]

Map of Luton wards: This constituency covers the wards north of Dallow and west of Stopsley

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1983 John Carlisle Conservative
1997 Kelvin Hopkins Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Luton North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kelvin Hopkins[8]
General Election 2010: Luton North[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kelvin Hopkins 21,192 49.3 +0.7
Conservative Jeremy Brier 13,672 31.8 -0.4
Liberal Democrat Rabi Martins 4,784 11.1 -4.5
UKIP Colin Brown 1,564 3.6 +0.4
BNP Shelley Rose 1,316 3.1 N/A
Green Simon Hall 490 1.1 N/A
Majority 7,520 17.5
Turnout 43,018 65.5 +8.6
Labour hold Swing +0.5

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Luton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kelvin Hopkins 19,062 48.7 -8.0
Conservative Hannah Hall 12,575 32.1 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Linda Jack 6,081 15.5 +5.8
UKIP Colin Brown 1,255 3.2 +0.8
Open Forum Kayson Gurney 149 0.4 N/A
Majority 6,487 16.6
Turnout 39,122 57.4 -0.5
Labour hold Swing -4.5
General Election 2001: Luton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kelvin Hopkins 22,187 56.7 +2.1
Conservative Amanda Sater 12,210 31.2 -3.1
Liberal Democrat Bob Hoyle 3,795 9.7 +0.6
UKIP Colin Brown 934 2.4 +0.9
Majority 9,977 25.5
Turnout 39,126 57.9 -15.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Luton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kelvin Hopkins 25,860 54.6
Conservative David Senior 16,234 34.3
Liberal Democrat Kathryn Newbound 4,299 9.1
UKIP Colin Brown 689 1.5
Natural Law Aaron Custance 250 0.5
Majority 9,626
Turnout 73.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Luton North[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Carlisle 33,777 53.7 -0.2
Labour Tony McWalter 20,683 32.9 +6.1
Liberal Democrat Dr. Jane Jackson 7,570 12.0 -7.4
Green Roger P. Jones 633 1.0 +1.0
Natural Law Keith M. Buscombe 292 0.5 +0.5
Majority 13,094 20.8 -6.2
Turnout 62,955 81.8 +4.2
Conservative hold Swing -3.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Luton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Carlisle 30,997 53.8
Labour M Wright 15,424 26.8
Social Democratic JD Stephen 11,166 19.4
Majority 15,573
Turnout 77.57
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Luton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Carlisle 26,115 48.34
Labour Kelvin Hopkins 14,134 26.17
Social Democratic JD Stephen 13,769 25.49
Majority 11,981 22.18
Turnout 77.38
Conservative hold Swing

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. ^ The proportion of semi-detached houses is in the highest of the five categories, similar to London Borough of Havering, London Borough of Bexley, Castle Point and Ipswich only surpassed in the east/southeast by Rochford
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