Luton South (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Luton South in Bedfordshire.
Location of Bedfordshire within England.
|Electorate||65,889 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Gavin Shuker (Labour Co-op)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Luton East|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
This seat was created in 1983, primarily from the former seat of Luton East.
The constituency and its predecessors the Luton East and Luton constituencies had been called a bellwether (they had elected an MP from the winning party in each election since the 1951 general election). Margaret Moran, who was the Labour MP from 1997, announced that she would stand down at the 2010 general election due to controversy over her expenses claims. Bellwether status ended in 2010 general election, when the constituency elected a Labour MP while the Conservatives were the largest party in the House of Commons.
Luton South currently consists of electoral wards within the town of Luton, and also part of one ward from Central Bedfordshire district:
- From Luton, the wards of Biscot, Crawley, Dallow, Farley, High Town, Round Green, South, Stopsley and Wigmore
- From Central Bedfordshire, the former South Bedfordshire District Council ward of Caddington, Hyde and Slip End (this now forms the bulk of the South East Bedfordshire ward of Central Bedfordshire; the former wards having been abolished at the conversion to unitary councils in Bedfordshire in 2009).
One other constituency includes Luton, Luton North.
Members of Parliament
|2010||Gavin Shuker||Labour Co-op|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Luton South|
|Labour Co-op||Gavin Shuker||14,725||34.9||-7.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Qurban Hussain||9,567||22.7||+0.1|
|Workers Revolutionary||Frank Sweeney||75||0.2||-0.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Luton South|
|Liberal Democrat||Qurban Hussain||8,778||22.6||+11.7|
|Workers Revolutionary||Arthur Lynn||98||0.3||0.0|
|General Election 2001: Luton South|
|Liberal Democrat||Rabi Martins||4,292||10.9||+1.3|
|Socialist Alliance||Jo Hearne||271||0.7||N/A|
|Workers Revolutionary||Robert Bolton||107||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Luton South|
|Liberal Democrat||Keith Fitchett||4,610||9.6|
|Referendum Party||Clive Jacobs||1,205||2.5||N/A|
|Natural Law||Claire Perrin||86||0.2||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|General Election 1992: Luton South|
|Liberal Democrat||David W. Rogers||6,020||10.4||-6.7|
|Green||Miss Lyn Bliss||550||1.0||+1.0|
|Natural Law||David R.H. Cooke||191||0.3||+0.3|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Luton South|
|General Election 1983: Luton South|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Boundary Commission for England
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Statement of Persons Nominated Luton Borough Council
- Vote 2001: Luton South, BBC News
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.