North West Leicestershire (UK Parliament constituency)
|North West Leicestershire|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of North West Leicestershire in Leicestershire.
Location of Leicestershire within England.
|Electorate||72,022 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Coalville and Ashby-de-la-Zouch|
|Member of Parliament||Andrew Bridgen (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Bosworth and Loughborough|
|European Parliament constituency||East Midlands|
The constituency was won in 1983 by the Conservative David Ashby who stood down in 1997 when the seat was won by Labour's David Taylor, who held the seat until he died of a heart attack in December 2009. Taylor had already announced he would stand down at the 2010 general election. With the next election being held on 6 May 2010, it was not considered economic nor based on precedent necessary to arrange a by-election. The 2010 election saw Andrew Bridgen take the seat for the Conservatives with a swing of 12% from Labour to the Conservatives and with a smaller Lab-LD swing Bridgen's majority was 7,511 or 14.5% of the total votes cast.
The 2010 election marked an unusual result for the BNP, who managed to hold their deposit in the seat by winning more than 5% of the vote and for the first time in the constituency achieved fourth place.
A marginal seat and bellwether since 1983, North West Leicestershire's main settlements are Coalville and Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The population is divided between Labour-inclined former mining areas with high rates of employment and low social housing dependency,[n 3] and Conservative-inclined rural villages, with most people focused close to the two towns named.
In 2011 Coalfield Resources plc were given permission to develop an opencast coal mining pit on the site of the former Minorca colliery on the outskirts of Measham in the seat which will be 1 mi (1.6 km) across and extract 1,250,000 tonnes (1,380,000 tons) of coal over five years, and 250,000 tonnes (280,000 tons) of clay. This will be one of three large mines all operated by the main UK coal-extracting company.
North West Leicestershire constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the seats of Bosworth to the south and Loughborough to the east. It covers the same area as the North West Leicestershire district in the East Midlands.
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies making no changes for the 2010 general election and so the area has the electoral wards:
- Appleby; Ashby: Castle, Holywell, Ivanhoe; Bardon; Breedon; Castle Donington; Coalville; Greenhill; Hugglescote; Ibstock and Heather; Kegworth and Whatton; Measham; Moira; Oakthorpe and Donisthorpe; Ravenstone and Packington; Snibston; Thringstone; Valley and Whitwick.
Members of Parliament
|1997||David Taylor||Labour Co-op|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: North West Leicestershire |
|General Election 2010: North West Leicestershire|
|Liberal Democrat||Paul Reynolds||8,639||16.6||+4.6|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||12.0|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: North West Leicestershire|
|Labour Co-op||David Taylor||21,449||45.5||−6.6|
|Conservative||Nicola Le Page||16,972||36.0||+2.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Rod Keys||5,682||12.1||+1.8|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||−4.4|
|General Election 2001: North West Leicestershire|
|Labour Co-op||David Taylor||23,431||52.1||-4.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Charlie Fraser-Fleming||4,651||10.3||+1.7|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: North West Leicestershire|
|Labour Co-op||David Taylor||29,332||56.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Stan Heptinstall||4,492||8.6|
|Referendum Party||M Abney-Hastings||2,008||4.0|
|Labour Co-op gain from Conservative||Swing|
|General Election 1992: Leicestershire North West|
|Liberal Democrat||JWR Beckett||6,353||10.2||−7.0|
|Natural Law||DJ Fawcett||229||0.4||+0.4|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Leicestershire North West|
|General Election 1983: Leicestershire North West|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- This should be contrasted with most constituencies in County Durham, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire which historically had a similar but more densely populated mining population and which have higher Indicators of Multiple Deprivation and are Labour safe seats based on length of service by one political party
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2011 census interactive maps
- 2001 Census
- Open Street Map
- "Leicestershire opencast coal mine gains approval" BBC News
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- North West Leicestershire general election, 2010 results, UKPollingReport
- North West Leicestershire general election, 2005 results, North West Leicestershire District Council
- Henig, Simon; Lewis Baston (2002). The Political Map of Britain. London: Politico's. p. 477. ISBN 1-84275-015-1.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.