Morecambe and Lunesdale (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°05′20″N 2°49′26″W / 54.089°N 2.824°W / 54.089; -2.824

Morecambe and Lunesdale
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Morecambe and Lunesdale in Lancashire.
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Location of Lancashire within England.
County Lancashire
Electorate 69,254 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Morecambe, Heysham, Carnforth and Skerton
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of Parliament David Morris (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Lonsdale
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Morecambe and Lunesdale is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by David Morris, a Conservative.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

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.[2]

Boundaries[edit]

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[3]

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:

History[edit]

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[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1950 constituency created as "Morecambe and Lonsdale"
1950 Ian Fraser Conservative
1958 by-election Basil de Ferranti Conservative
1964 Alfred Hall-Davis Conservative
1979 Mark Lennox-Boyd Conservative
1983 constituency renamed as "Morecambe and Lunesdale" after boundary changes
1983 Mark Lennox-Boyd Conservative
1997 Geraldine Smith Labour
2010 David Morris Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Morecambe and Lunesdale[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Morris 18,035 41.5 +4.2
Labour Geraldine Smith 17,169 39.5 −9.5
Liberal Democrat Les Jones 5,691 13.3 −0.3
UKIP Nigel Brown 1,843 4.2 N/A
Green Chris Coates 598 1.4 N/A
Majority 866 2.0 −9.5
Turnout 43,436 62.1 +0.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing -6.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Morecambe and Lunesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Geraldine Smith 20,331 48.8 −0.8
Conservative James Airey 15,563 37.4 +0.1
Liberal Democrat Alex Stone 5,741 13.8 +4.6
Majority 4,768 11.5
Turnout 41,635 61.4 +0.3
Labour hold Swing −0.4
General Election 2001: Morecambe and Lunesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Geraldine Smith 20,646 49.6 +0.7
Conservative David Nuttall 15,554 37.3 +0.6
Liberal Democrat Christopher Cotton 3,817 9.2 −2.2
UKIP Greg Beaman 935 2.2 N/A
Green Cherith Adams 703 1.7 N/A
Majority 5,092 12.3
Turnout 41,655 61.1 −11.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Morecambe and Lunesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Geraldine Smith 24,061 48.9 N/A
Conservative Mark Lennox-Boyd 18,096 36.7 N/A
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
Majority 5,965 12.1 N/A
Turnout 49,249 72.3 N/A
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +19.1
General Election 1992: Morecambe and Lunesdale[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Lennox-Boyd 22,507 50.9 −1.8
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
Majority 11,509 26.0 −1.8
Turnout 44,210 78.3 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing −2.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Morecambe and Lunesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
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
Majority 11,785
Turnout 42,404 76.1
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Morecambe and Lunesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Lennox-Boyd 21,968 56.6 N/A
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
Majority 12,194 27.0 N/A
Turnout 38, 832 72.9 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

Morecambe and Lonsdale election results, 1950-79[edit]

See also[edit]

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. ^ Open Street Map
  3. ^ Crewe, Ivor (1983). British Parliamentary constituencies - a statistical compendium. faber and faber. ISBN 0-571-13236-7. 
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ Morecambe and Lunsdale UKPolling
  6. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.