Nuneaton (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Nuneaton in Warwickshire.
Location of Warwickshire within England.
|Electorate||68,288 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Marcus Jones (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||South Warwickshire|
|European Parliament constituency||West Midlands|
In the 1955 national redistribution and realignment of constituencies which predated the recreation of the North Warwickshire constituency, part of this seat was split off to help create Meriden to the southwest. Meriden is now in the county of the West Midlands for most purposes.
The boundary changes which took effect for the 1983 general election removed the town of Bedworth, which was transferred to the newly created North Warwickshire constituency. As a result the sitting MP Les Huckfield declined to stand and unsuccessfully sought nomination in other constituencies such as Wigan and Sedgefield.
From 1983 to the 2010 election, the Nuneaton consistency covered most of the borough of Nuneaton & Bedworth (12 out of 17 wards) together with the northernmost tranche of the Borough of Rugby (3 out of 20 wards).
The rest of Rugby borough formed part of the (now abolished) Rugby & Kenilworth constituency.
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which created an extra constituency in the county to reflect an increase in the electorate; this resulted in minor reductions to all the existing constituencies for the 2010 general election. Since then the constituency has contained the following electoral wards:.
- Arley & Whitacre, Hartshill in North Warwickshire
- Abbey, Arbury, Attleborough, Bar Pool, Camp Hill, Galley Common, Kingswood, St Nicolas, Weddington, Wem Brook, Whitestone in Nuneaton and Bedworth [n 5]
Apart from the settlements of the wards which have articles, others (within the wards) include the town of Nuneaton and the villages of Ansley, Ansley Common, Birchley Heath, Caldecote, Furnace End, Old Arley, Over Whitacre and Whitacre Heath.
Parliament created the seat in the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 in an area whose population had expanded as coal workers poured in from other parts of the country. At one time 20 collieries operated in the area and now one of three major British coal mines continues with operations in the constituency at Daw Mill atop the Warwickshire Coalfield (known as the Warwickshire Thick) in the north of the county. The associated heavy industry and mining-centred economy coupled with the Representation of the People Act 1918 (Fourth Reform Act) led to Nuneaton being held by the Labour Party for nearly 50 years until lost in the 1983 Conservative Landslide to Lewis Stevens, a Conservative who retained the seat in 1987.
Labour regained the constituency at the 1992 election. Bill Olner beat Stevens and retained the seat in 2001 and 2005. Olner announced in 2007 that he would not be contesting the 2010 general election and would be standing down at the end of the 2005-2010 parliament. Former Nuneaton and Bedworth Council Leader, Marcus Jones was successful in taking the seat for the Conservative Party at the 2010 election.
Members of Parliament
|1885||Jasper Wilson Johns||Liberal|
|1886||John Stratford Dugdale||Conservative|
|1892||Francis Newdigate, from 1902 Francis Newdigate-Newdegate||Conservative|
|1918||Sir Henry Maddocks||Coalition Conservative|
|1942 by-election||Frank Bowles||Labour|
|1965 by-election||Frank Cousins||Labour|
|1967 by-election||Les Huckfield||Labour|
|General Election 2010 
Turnout: 44,646 (65.8%) +6.9
|Conservative gain from Labour
Majority: 2,069 (4.6%) -0.4
Swing: 7.2% from Lab to Con
|Christina Jebb||Liberal Democrat||6,846||15.3||+2.8|
|General Election 2005 
Turnout: 45,279 (61.7%) +1.6
Majority: 2,280 (5.0%) -12.4
Swing: 6.2% from Lab to Con
|Ali Asghar||Liberal Democrat||5,884||13.0||+1.9|
|General Election 2001 
Turnout: 43,312 (60.1%) −14.3
Majority: 7,535 (17.4%) -7.9
Swing: 4.0% from Lab to Con
|Tony Ferguson||Liberal Democrat||4,820||11.1||+2.3|
|General Election 1997
Turnout: 53,513 (74.4%) −8.6
Majority: 13,540 (25.3%) +22.5
|Ron Cockings||Liberal Democrat||4,732||8.8||-2.4|
|Roy English||Referendum Party||1,533||2.9||N/A|
|General Election 1992 
Turnout: 59,354 (83.0%) +2.7
|Labour gain from Conservative
Majority: 1,631 (2.8%) -7.5
Swing: 6.6% from Con to Lab
|Ruth Merritt||Liberal Democrat||6,671||11.2||-8.0|
|General Election 1987
Turnout: 54,874 (80.3%) +2.7
Majority: 5,655 (10.3%) +0.4
|General Election 1983
Turnout: 51,039 (77.3%) -1.2
|Conservative gain from Labour
Majority: 5,061 (9.9%) N/A
|Ruth Levitt||Social Democrat||14,264||28.0||N/A|
|General Election 1979
Turnout: 62,959 (78.5%) +4.6
Majority: 7,688 (12.2%) -18.6
|R.P. Matthews||National Front||1,028||1.6||N/A|
|General Election October 1974 
Turnout: 57,584 (73.9%)
Majority: 17,761 (30.8%)
|General Election February 1974
Majority: 17,493 (27.50%)
|General Election 1970
Majority: 14,108 (24.64%)
|By Election 1967
|John Creasy||All Party Alliance||2,755||6.36|
|Donald Clifford Tyndall Bennett||Independent||517||1.19|
|General Election 1966
Majority: 11,403 (22.42%)
|David S Marland||Conservative||16,049||31.56|
|By Election 1965
|David S Marland||Conservative||13,084||34.93|
|General Election 1964
Majority: 11,702 (23.70%)
|Francis George Bowles||Labour||26,059||52.78|
|David S Marland||Conservative||14,357||29.08|
|General Election 1959
Majority: 9,540 (20.09%)
|Francis George Bowles||Labour||24,894||52.44|
|General Election 1955
Majority: 10,284 (22.86%)
|Francis George Bowles||Labour||25,112||55.83|
|R Dermott D Griffith||Conservative||14,828||32.96|
|John Beeching Frankenburg||Liberal||5,048||11.22|
|General Election 1951
Majority: 18,295 (30.80%)
|Francis George Bowles||Labour||35,651||60.03|
|General Election 1950
Majority: 18,641 (31.18%)
|Francis George Bowles||Labour||35,129||58.75|
Elections in the 1940s
|General Election 1945
|Labour||Francis George Bowles||30,587||58.5|
|Conservative||Com. John Maurice Fitzroy-Newdegate||12,267||23.4|
|Liberal||Wing-Com. Peter John Ambrose Calvocoressi||8,986||17.2|
|Nuneaton by-election, 1942
|Labour||Francis George Bowles||unopposed|
General Election 1939/40: Another general election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;
- Labour: Reginald Fletcher
Elections in the 1930s
|General Election 1935
|Labour||Reginald Thomas Herbert Fletcher||33,237||48.4|
|Liberal||William Thomas Stanton||7,384||10.8|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|General Election 1931
|Conservative||Edward Tempest Tunstall North||25,839||41.7|
|Labour||Francis Samuel Smith||23,375||37.7|
|Liberal National||Herbert Willison||12,811||20.6|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1920s
|General Election 1929
|Labour||Francis Samuel Smith||27,102||44.4|
|Unionist||Arthur Oswald James Hope||14,189||24.3|
|Labour gain from Unionist||Swing|
|General Election 1924
|Unionist||Arthur Oswald James Hope||15,242||37.7|
|Labour||Francis Samuel Smith||12,679||31.3|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing|
|General Election 1923
|Unionist||Sir Henry H Maddocks||10,940||30.5|
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing|
|General Election 1922
|Unionist||Henry H Maddocks||12,765||38.3|
Elections in the 1910s
|General Election 1918
|Liberal||William Henry Grant||5,707||23.5|
|National Democratic||William Henry Dyson||1,101||4.5|
- denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.
Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
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.
- In the borough of Rugby
- In the borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth
- Nuneaton lost:
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Alamanac of British Politics, 3rd edition, Robert Waller
- "The glittering prize", The Telegraph, 16 July 2000 accessed 24 April 2010
- Commission for England page on the Warwickshire boundary review
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007"
- Coventry Telegraph 27 March 2007 Accessed 26 November 2007
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "UK > England > West Midlands > Nuneaton". Election 2010 (BBC). 7 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- "Results for Nuneaton".
- "Nuneaton". BBC News.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- UK General Election results October 1974