Makerfield (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°31′26″N 2°40′34″W / 53.524°N 2.676°W / 53.524; -2.676

Makerfield
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Makerfield in Greater Manchester.
Outline map
Location of Greater Manchester within England.
County Greater Manchester
Electorate 74,856 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Yvonne Fovargue (Labour)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Makerfield /ˈmækərfld/ is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Yvonne Fovargue of the Labour Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

This seat was formed in 1983 mostly from the Ince and Wigan seats however with some of the Leigh seat.

Constituency profile[edit]

Makerfield is on some calculations, particularly a historical measure based on the period of time since a previous party served the area, the safest Labour seat in the country — with its predecessor constituencies, it has been held by Labour since the Parliamentary Labour Party was formed in 1906.[1] In 2010 the constituency, of the 650 nationally, polled the 105th highest share of the vote for the Labour Party.

Boundaries[edit]

Makerfield consists of the western and central section of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan in Greater Manchester. It comprises the wards to the south and to the west of Wigan and to the west of Leigh. At the 1983 general election the electoral wards used to create Makerfield were Abram, Ashton, Golborne, Bryn, Lightshaw, Orrell, Winstanley and Worsley Mesnes.[2]

Boundary review[edit]

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies revised proposals for Makerfield. The electoral wards used in the altered Makerfield constituency from 2010 are:

These changes moved the Ince-in-Makerfield ward to the Wigan constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Michael McGuire Labour
1987 Ian McCartney Labour
2010 Yvonne Fovargue Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Makerfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Andrew Francis Collinson[4]
Labour Yvonne Fovargue[5]
Green Philip Anthony Mitchell[6]
Liberal Democrat John Charles Skipworth[7]
Conservative Syeda Zehra Zaidi[8]
General Election 2010: Makerfield[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Yvonne Fovargue 20,700 47.3 −14.8
Conservative Itrat Ali 8,210 18.8 +5.2
Liberal Democrat Dave Crowther 7,082 16.2 +4.8
Independent Bob Brierley 3,424 7.8 N/A
BNP Ken Haslam 3,229 7.4 +4.1
Independent John Mather 1,126 2.6 N/A
Majority 12,490 28.5
Turnout 43,771 59.4 +9.8
Labour hold Swing −10.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Makerfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian McCartney 22,494 63.2 −5.3
Conservative Kulveer Ranger 4,345 12.2 −5.4
Liberal Democrat Trevor Beswick 3,789 10.6 −0.8
Community Action Peter Franzen 2,769 7.8 N/A
BNP Dennis Shambley 1,221 3.4 N/A
UKIP Gregory Atherton 962 2.7 N/A
Majority 18,149 51.0
Turnout 35,580 51.5 +0.6
Labour hold Swing +0.1
General Election 2001: Makerfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian McCartney 23,879 68.5 −5.1
Conservative Jane Brooks 6,129 17.6 +2.2
Liberal Democrat David Crowther 3,990 11.4 +3.1
Socialist Alliance Malcolm John Jones 858 2.5 N/A
Majority 17,750 50.9
Turnout 34,856 50.9 −15.9
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Makerfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian McCartney 33,119 73.3 +12.9
Conservative Michael Winstanley 6,942 15.4 −11.7
Liberal Democrat Bruce Hubbard 3,743 8.3 −1.1
Referendum Party Andrew Seed 1,210 2.7 N/A
Majority 26,177 57.9
Turnout 45,014 66.8
Labour hold Swing +12.3
General Election 1992: Makerfield[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian McCartney 32,832 60.4 +4.1
Conservative Mrs Davina M. Dickson 14,714 27.1 −0.2
Liberal Democrat Stephen T. Jeffers 5,097 9.4 −7.1
Liberal Ms. Stella Cairns 1,309 2.4 −14.1
Natural Law Christopher D. Davies 397 0.7 +0.7
Majority 18,118 33.3 +4.3
Turnout 54,349 76.1 +0.3
Labour hold Swing +2.2

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Makerfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian McCartney 30,190 56.3 +7.0
Conservative Laurence Robertson 14,632 27.3 −0.6
Liberal William Robert Hewer 8,838 16.5 −6.3
Majority 15,558 29.0 +7.7
Turnout 53,660 75.8 +2.1
Labour hold Swing +3.8
General Election 1983: Makerfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael McGuire 25,114 49.3 N/A
Conservative Edward Hay 14,238 27.9 N/A
Liberal Robin Grayson 11,633 22.8 N/A
Majority 10,876 21.3 N/A
Turnout 50,985 73.7 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

^ Manchester Evening News: "McCartney makes it a century"

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. ^ Crewe, Ivor (1983). British Parliamentary Constituencies - a statistical compendium. faber and faber. ISBN 0-571-13236-7. 
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "Makerfield". UKIP Wigan. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  5. ^ http://electionresults.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/makerfield-2015.html
  6. ^ http://my.greenparty.org.uk/candidates/106059
  7. ^ "2015-candidates". Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.conservatives.com/OurTeam/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Zehra_Zaidi.aspx
  9. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Makerfield". BBC News. 
  10. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.