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.
1983-1997: The Borough of Luton wards of Biscot, Crawley, Dallow, Farley, High Town, Putteridge, Saints, South, and Stopsley; and the District of South Bedfordshire wards of Caddington and Slip End.
1997-2010: The Borough of Luton wards of Biscott, Crawley, Dallow, Farley, High Town, Putteridge, South, and Stopsley; and the District of South Bedfordshire wards of Caddington and Slip End.
2010-present: The Borough of Luton wards of Biscot, Crawley, Dallow, Farley, High Town, Round Green, South, Stopsley, and Wigmore; and the District of South Bedfordshire ward of Caddington, Hyde and Slip End.
NB: the latter ward now forms the bulk of the South East Bedfordshire ward of the Central Bedfordshire unitary authority, the former wards having been abolished at the conversion to unitary councils in Bedfordshire in 2009.
Members of Parliament
|2010||Gavin Shuker||Labour Co-op|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Luton South|
|Liberal Democrat||Ashuk Ahmed|
|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|
|UKIP||Charles Samuel Lawman||975||2.3||−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|
|UKIP||Charles Samuel Lawman||957||2.5||+1.0|
|Workers Revolutionary||Arthur Lynn||98||0.3||0.0|
|General Election 2001: Luton South|
|Liberal Democrat||Rabi Filomeno Martins||4,292||10.9||+1.3|
|UKIP||Charles Samuel Lawman||578||1.5||+0.7|
|Socialist Alliance||Joseph Humphrey James Hearne||271||0.7||N/A|
|Workers Revolutionary||Robert Ian Bolton||107||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Luton South|
|Liberal Democrat||Keith Fitchett||4,610||9.6||−1.6|
|Referendum Party||Clive Jacobs||1,205||2.5||N/A|
|Natural Law||Claire Perrin||86||0.2||−0.1|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|General Election 1992: Luton South|
|Labour||William David McKenzie||25,101||43.5||+6.8|
|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|
|Labour||William David McKenzie||19,647||36.7||+3.4|
|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.
- 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.