Nottingham North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Nottingham North
Borough constituency
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Nottingham North shown within Nottinghamshire, and Nottinghamshire shown within England
Created: 1955
Electorate: 64,578 (December 2010)
MP: Graham Allen
Party: Labour
Type: House of Commons
County: Nottinghamshire
EP constituency: East Midlands

Nottingham North is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1987 by Graham Allen of the Labour Party.[n 2]

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:

  • Aspley; Basford; Bestwood; Bilborough; Bulwell; and Bulwell Forest in the City of Nottingham

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency consists mostly of residential areas, a majority of neighbourhoods of which were council housing, of which now a slight majority rather than being social housing is private under the Right to Buy such as Bulwell. Overall its census Super Output Areas have the lowest income of the three Nottingham constituencies,[1] and has become the safest seat for the Labour Party. Male unemployment in 2010 was significantly higher than female unemployment in this constituency, which narrowly had more claimants overall than Nottingham East and the highest percentage in the county of Nottinghamshire.[2]

Unemployment causes

The decline of coalmining and the textile industry in the area during the final three decades of the 20th century brought the highest unemployment in the county to Nottingham North, with a peak of 12.8% of its residents being registered unemployed in 2009.[3]

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1955 and elected Labour candidates as MPs until Richard Ottaway[n 3] surprisingly gained it for the Conservative Party in their landslide victory of 1983 before narrowly losing to Graham Allen, a member of Labour Party, in 1987, who has held it since.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party Notes
1955 James Harrison Labour Died in office May 1959; seat remained vacant until general election in October
1959 Bill Whitlock Labour
1983 Richard Ottaway Conservative Has been MP for Croydon South since 1992.
1987 Graham Allen Labour Present incumbent

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Nottingham North[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graham Allen 16,648 48.6 -10.6
Conservative Martin Curtis 8,508 24.8 +6.7
Liberal Democrat Tim Ball 5,849 17.1 -0.3
BNP Simon Brindley 1,944 5.7 +5.7
UKIP Irenea Marriot 1,338 3.9 -1.5
Majority 8,138 23.7
Turnout 34,285 54.2 +5.8
Labour hold Swing −8.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Nottingham North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graham Allen 17,842 58.7 −5.8
Conservative Priti Patel 5,671 18.7 −5.1
Liberal Democrat Tim Ball 5,190 17.1 +6.5
UKIP Irena Marriott 1,680 5.5 N/A
Majority 12,171 40.1
Turnout 30,383 49.1 +2.4
Labour hold Swing −0.3
General Election 2001: Nottingham North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graham Allen 19,392 64.5 -1.2
Conservative Martin Wright 7,152 23.8 +3.5
Liberal Democrat Rob Lee 3,177 10.6 +2.6
Socialist Labour Andrew Botham 321 1.1 N/A
Majority 12,240 40.7
Turnout 30,042 46.7 -16.3
Labour hold Swing −2.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Nottingham North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graham Allen 27,203 65.71
Conservative G Shaw 8,402 20.29
Liberal Democrat R Oliver 3,301 7.97
Referendum Party J Neal 1,858 4.49
Socialist Alternative A Belfield 637 1.54
Majority 18,801 45.41
Turnout 41,401 62.98
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Nottingham North[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graham Allen 29,052 55.7 +10.8
Conservative Ian G. Bridge 18,309 35.1 −6.5
Liberal Democrat Anthony Skelton 4,477 8.6 −3.1
Natural Law Alwyn C. Cadman 274 0.5 N/A
Majority 10,743 20.6 +17.3
Turnout 52,112 75.0 +2.4
Labour hold Swing +8.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graham Allen 22,713 44.93
Conservative Richard Ottaway 21,048 41.64
SDP–Liberal Alliance S C Fernando 5,912 11.69
Communist John H Peck 879 1.74
Majority 1,665 3.29
Turnout 69,620 72.61
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1983: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Ottaway 18,730 39.45
Labour William Charles Whitlock 18,368 38.68
SDP–Liberal Alliance L Williams 9,200 19.38
Communist John H Peck 1,184 2.49
Majority 362 0.76
Turnout 71,807 66.12
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Charles Whitlock 25,028 46.86
Conservative P Waine 21,956 41.11
Liberal J Stockley 4,900 9.17
Communist John H Peck 1,071 2.01
National Front R Pratt 454 0.85
Majority 3,072 5.75
Turnout 78,996 67.61
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Nottingham North (new boundaries)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Charles Whitlock 24,694 48.10
Conservative M F Spungin 17,853 34.78
Liberal M Crew-Gee 7,470 14.55
National Front D Caine 792 1.54
Communist John H Peck 525 1.02
Majority 6,841 13.33
Turnout 76,490 67.11
Labour hold Swing

(Boundary changes for 1974)

General Election February 1974: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Charles Whitlock 25,435 44.78
Conservative M F Spungin 20,990 36.95
Liberal P Edwards 9,623 16.94
Communist John H Peck 754 1.33
Majority 4,445 7.83
Turnout 75,866 74.87
General Election 1970: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Charles Whitlock 25,898 52.83
Conservative W Derbyshire 18,616 37.98
Liberal M V Edwards 3,763 7.68
Communist John H Peck 741 1.51
Majority 7,282 14.86
Turnout 70,672 69.36
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Charles Whitlock 30,260 60.62
Conservative J N L Tillett 18,590 37.24
Communist John H Peck 1,070 2.14
Majority 11,670 23.38
Turnout 67,321 74.15
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Charles Whitlock 29,535 57.14
Conservative Peter Derek Fry 20,578 39.81
Communist John H Peck 1,579 3.05
Majority 8,957 17.33
Turnout 66,477 77.76
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Charles Whitlock 24,005 47.19
Conservative A G Blake 18,952 37.26
Liberal S Thomas 6,581 12.94
Communist John H Peck 1,331 2.62
Majority 5,053 9.93
Turnout 59,638 85.30
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Harrison 26,552 55.40
Conservative I G Colvin 20,462 42.69
Communist John H Peck 916 1.91
Majority 6,090 12.71
Turnout 60,234 79.57

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.
  3. ^ MP for Croydon South 1992–2015
References

Coordinates: 53°00′N 1°11′W / 53.00°N 1.19°W / 53.00; -1.19