Northampton South (UK Parliament constituency)

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For the constituency to the south created in 2010, see South Northamptonshire (UK Parliament constituency).
Northampton South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Northampton South in Northamptonshire.
Outline map
Location of Northamptonshire within England.
County Northamptonshire
Electorate 63,748 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Northampton (part)
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of Parliament Brian Binley (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Northampton
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Northampton South is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Brian Binley, 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 South and Northampton North.

Since creation it is generally a marginal and in elections since 1979 but one, in 2005, has been a bellwether, electing an MP from the winning (or largest governing) party.

The one-time Deputy Speaker of the House, Michael Morris, a Conservative, held this seat from its creation in 1974 until 1997, when Tony Clarke defeated Morris in a surprise result (one of many in the Labour landslide of that year) to gain the seat for Labour with a majority of just 744. Clarke only just increased his majority in 2001, but Brian Binley defeated Clarke to regain the seat for the Conservatives in 2005 with a comfortable majority, and has held it since.

Boundaries[edit]

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which removed the southern part of this constituency into a new seat for the 2010 general election since which it has electoral wards:

  • Billing, Castle, Delapre, Ecton Brook, New Duston, Old Duston, St Crispin, St James, Spencer and Weston[2]

South Northamptonshire is the 2010-created constituency in the county which absorbed part of the version (existing until that year) of this constituency.

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 Michael Morris Conservative
1997 Tony Clarke Labour
2005 Brian Binley Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Northampton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Mackintosh
General Election 2010: Northampton South[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Binley 15,917 40.8 -2.9
Labour Clyde Loakes 9,913 25.4 -16.1
Liberal Democrat Paul Varnsverry 7,579 19.4 +5.9
Independent Tony Clarke 2,242 5.8 N/A
UKIP Derek Clark 1,897 4.9 +2.8
English Democrats Kevin Sills 618 1.6 N/A
Green Julie Hawkins 363 0.9 N/A
Northampton Save our Public Services Dave Green 325 0.8 N/A
Independent Kevin Wilshire 65 0.2 N/A
Scrap Members' Allowances Liam Costello 59 0.2 N/A
Majority 6,004 15.4
Turnout 38,978 58.2 -0.6
Conservative hold Swing 9.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Northampton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Binley 23,818 43.7 +2.6
Labour Tony Clarke 19,399 35.6 −7.3
Liberal Democrat Kevin Barron 8,327 15.3 +2.8
UKIP Derek Clark 1,032 1.9 −0.5
Veritas Tony Green 508 0.9 N/A
S O S! Voters Against Overdevelopment of Northampton John Harrison 437 0.8 N/A
Monster Raving Loony John Percival 354 0.6 N/A
Independent Fitzy Fitzpatrick 346 0.6 N/A
Christian Peoples Tim Webb 260 0.5 N/A
Majority 4,419 8.1
Turnout 54,481 60.7 +1.1
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +5.0
General Election 2001: Northampton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Clarke 21,882 42.9 +0.5
Conservative Shailesh Vara 20,997 41.1 0.0
Liberal Democrat Andrew Simpson 6,355 12.5 +1.4
UKIP Derek Clark 1,237 2.4 +0.4
Liberated Party Tina Harvey 362 0.7 N/A
ProLife Alliance Clare Johnson 196 0.4 N/A
Majority 885 1.8
Turnout 51,029 59.6 -12.1
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Northampton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Clarke 24,214 42.4 +14.1
Conservative Michael Morris 23,470 41.1 -14.6
Liberal Democrat A W Worgan 6,316 11.1 -3.1
Referendum Party C C Petrie 1,405 2.5
UKIP Derek Clark 1,159 2.0
Natural Law Party G D Woollcombe 541 0.9
Majority 744 1.3 +12.2
Turnout 55,946 71.7 -8.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +14.1
General Election 1992: Northampton South[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Morris 36,882 55.3 −0.4
Labour J Dickie 19,909 29.8 +5.3
Liberal Democrat Graham A G Mabbutt 9,912 14.9 −3.7
Majority 16,973 25.4 −5.7
Turnout 66,703 79.9 +4.7
Conservative hold Swing −2.8

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Northampton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Morris 31,864 55.70
Labour J Dickie 14,061 24.58
Social Democrat G Hopkins 10,639 18.60
Green M Hamilton 647 1.13
Majority 17,803 31.12
Turnout 75.21
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Northampton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Morris 26,824 53.59
Social Democrat K Kyle 11,698 23.37
Labour M Coleman 11,533 23.04
Majority 15,126 30.22
Turnout 72.64
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Northampton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Morris 19,125 49.67
Labour G Mason 15,491 40.24
Liberal D Amey 3,478 9.03
National Front M James 407 1.06
Majority 3,634 9.44
Turnout 75.27
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Northampton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Morris 14,393 42.98
Labour J Dilks 14,252 42.56
Liberal RF Miller 4,842 14.46
Majority 141 0.42
Turnout 75.52
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Northampton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Morris 14,321 40.27
Labour J Dilks 14,142 39.77
Liberal RF Miller 7,099 19.96
Majority 179 0.50
Turnout 80.82
Conservative hold Swing

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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
  3. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  4. ^ 2011 census interactive maps
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ Northampton South UK Polling prediction of next result based on previous area polling
  7. ^ [1] BBC Election Results for Northampton South
  8. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

Coordinates: 52°13′N 0°53′W / 52.22°N 0.89°W / 52.22; -0.89