Morecambe and Lunesdale (UK Parliament constituency)
|Morecambe and Lunesdale|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Morecambe and Lunesdale in Lancashire.
Location of Lancashire within England.
|Electorate||69,254 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Morecambe, Heysham, Carnforth and Skerton|
|Member of Parliament||David Morris (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
Since 1979 the constituency has been a bellwether and includes the seaside town and many villages as well as the north bank of the City of Lancaster, which is largely Skerton. This seat brings together northern semi-rural reaches of Lancashire bisected by the M6, including seaside Silverdale and Carnforth south of the Cumbria border, the seaside resort of Morecambe and the nuclear power station/ferry port village of Heysham which provides a direct east-west service to Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland. Separating Morecambe from Lancaster is a narrow belt of parkland, houses and the White Lund industrial estate.
The constituency was formerly Morecambe and Lonsdale and gained a new name and adjusted boundaries in 1983. For the General Election of that year, sections of the constituency removed to be united with the former county of Westmorland in the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency. For the 1983 election the electoral wards used in the creation of the new seat were:
- Alexandra, Arkholme, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth, Halton-with-Aughton, Harbour, Heysham Central, Heysham North, Kellet, Overton, Parks, Poulton, Silverdale, Slyne-with-Hest, Torrisholme, Victoria and Walton
In boundary changes in the 2000s, only minor adjustments were made. Parliament approved the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies recommendations in respect of this area, enacting only minor boundary alterations. The constituency has City of Lancaster electoral wards:
- Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth, Halton-with-Aughton, Harbour, Heysham Central, Heysham North, Heysham South, Kellet, Overton, Poulton, Silverdale, Skerton East, Skerton West, Slyne-with-Hest, Torrisholme, Upper Lune Valley, Warton and Westgate.
Once a safe Conservative seat, Morecambe followed its neighbour and fellow seaside town, Blackpool, by voting Labour in the elections won under the Blair Ministry; the results in the general elections of 1997, 2001 and 2005 had remarkably similar majorities with virtually no swing to the Conservatives. Similarly a Conservative gained the seat at the 2010 General Election with an above average swing.
Members of Parliament
|1950||constituency created as "Morecambe and Lonsdale"|
|1958 by-election||Basil de Ferranti||Conservative|
|1983||constituency renamed as "Morecambe and Lunesdale" after boundary changes|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Morecambe and Lunesdale|
|Liberal Democrat||Les Jones||5,791||13.3||−0.3|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||-6.9|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Morecambe and Lunesdale|
|Liberal Democrat||Alex Stone||5,741||13.8||+4.6|
|General Election 2001: Morecambe and Lunesdale|
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Cotton||3,817||9.2||−2.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Morecambe and Lunesdale|
|Liberal Democrat||June Greenwell||5,614||11.4||N/A|
|Referendum Party||Ian Ogilvie||1,313||2.7||N/A|
|Natural Law||David Walne||165||0.3||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+19.1|
|General Election 1992: Morecambe and Lunesdale|
|Labour||Ms Jean E. Yates||10,998||24.9||+2.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Tony J. Saville||9,584||21.7||−3.2|
|Morecambe Bay Independent||Mark A. Turner||916||2.1||N/A|
|Natural Law||Richard M. Marriot||205||0.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Morecambe and Lunesdale|
|Conservative||Mark Lennox-Boyd||22, 327||52.7||-3.9|
|Social Democrat||Mrs. J. Greenwell||10,542||24.9||-0.3|
|Labour||D. Smith||9, 535||22.5||+4.8|
|General Election 1983: Morecambe and Lunesdale|
|Social Democrat||Tom Clare||9,774||25.2||N/A|
|Labour||Abbott C. Bryning||6,882||17.7||N/A|
|Independent||Mrs. I. Woods||208||0.5||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Morecambe and Lonsdale election results, 1950-79
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Open Street Map
- Crewe, Ivor (1983). British Parliamentary constituencies - a statistical compendium. faber and faber. ISBN 0-571-13236-7.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Morecambe and Lunsdale UKPolling
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.