Northampton North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Northampton North
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Northampton North in Northamptonshire.
Outline map
Location of Northamptonshire within England.
County Northamptonshire
Electorate 62,095 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Northampton (part)
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of Parliament Michael Ellis (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Northampton
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Northampton North is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Michael Ellis, a Conservative.[n 2]

History[edit]

This constituency was created for the election of February 1974 when the old constituency of Northampton was split into Northampton North and Northampton South.

Since creation it has been a bellwether, electing an MP from the winning (or largest governing) party in every general election.

Boundaries[edit]

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election since which it has electoral wards:

  • Abington, Boughton Green, Eastfield, Headlands, Kingsley, Kingsthorpe, Lumbertubs, Parklands, St David, Southfields, Goldings and Thorplands[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency has income, social housing and unemployment statistics[3] close to the national average and a varied and dynamic service and engineering-centred economy typical of the East Midlands with significant foodstuffs, clothing and consumables manufacturing and processing operations.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
Feb 1974 Maureen Colquhoun Labour
1979 Tony Marlow Conservative
1997 Sally Keeble Labour
2010 Michael Ellis Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Northampton North [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Tony Clarke
Conservative Michael Ellis
Labour Sally Keeble[7]
UKIP Paul Oakden[8]
Liberal Democrat Angela Patterson
General Election 2010: Northampton North[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Ellis 13,735 34.1 +4.4
Labour Sally Keeble 11,799 29.3 −9.4
Liberal Democrat Andrew Simpson 11,250 27.9 +1.0
BNP Ray Beasley 1,316 3.3 N/A
UKIP Jim MacArthur 1,238 3.1 +0.6
Green Tony Lochmuller 443 1.1 N/A
Independent Eamonn Fitzpatrick 334 0.8 N/A
Christian Timothy Webb 98 0.2 N/A
Independent Malcolm Mildren 58 0.1 N/A
Majority 1,936 4.8 +13.8
Turnout 40,271 62.7 +5.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +6.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Northampton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sally Keeble 16,905 40.2 -9.2
Conservative Damian Collins 12,945 30.8 +0.4
Liberal Democrat Andrew Simpson 10,317 24.5 +6.8
UKIP John Howsam 1,050 2.5 +1.1
SOS! Northampton Paul Witherington 495 1.2 +1.2
Christian Peoples Andrew Otchie 336 0.8 +0.8
Majority 3,960 9.4 -9.6
Turnout 42,048 57.9 +1.9
Labour hold Swing -4.4
General Election 2001: Northampton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sally Keeble 20,507 49.4 -3.3
Conservative John Whelan 12,614 30.4 -3.0
Liberal Democrat Richard Church 7,363 17.7 +5.0
UKIP Dusan Torbica 596 1.4 +0.5
Socialist Alliance Gordon White 414 1.0 N/A
Majority 7,893 19.0 -0.3
Turnout 41,494 56.0 -14.1
Labour hold Swing -3.15

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Northampton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sally Keeble 27,247 52.7 +14.1
Conservative Antony Marlow 17,247 33.4 -12.4
Liberal Democrat L. Dunbar 6,579 12.7 -2.5
UKIP Dusan Torbica 474 0.9 N/A
Natural Law B. Spivack 161 0.3 N/A
Majority 10,000 19.0 N/A
Turnout 51,708 70.1 N/A
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Northampton North[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Antony Marlow 24,865 45.8 −2.2
Labour Mrs JM Thomas 20,957 38.6 +8.5
Liberal Democrat RW Church 8,236 15.2 −5.5
Natural Law B Spivack 232 0.4 +0.4
Majority 3,908 7.2 −10.7
Turnout 54,290 78.5 +3.9
Conservative hold Swing −5.4

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Northampton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Antony Marlow 18,597 48.22 +8.55
Labour Maureen Colquhoun 13,934 36.13 -7.67
Liberal A Rounthwaite 5,659 14.67 -1.87
National Front R G W Rickord 373 0.97
Majority 4,663 12.09
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election Oct 1974: Northampton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Maureen Colquhoun 16,314 43.80 +3.80
Conservative R Tracey 14,776 39.67 +1.53
Liberal R B Baker 6,160 16.54 -4.60
Majority 1,538 4.13 -4.60
Labour hold Swing
General Election Feb 1974: Northampton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Maureen Colquhoun 16,321 40.72
Conservative C M Jackson 15,288 38.14
Liberal R B Baker 8,475 21.14
Majority 1,033 2.58
Labour hold Swing -3.15

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough 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.
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Coordinates: 52°15′N 0°54′W / 52.25°N 0.90°W / 52.25; -0.90