Pendle (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°50′42″N 2°12′14″W / 53.845°N 2.204°W / 53.845; -2.204

Pendle
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Pendle in Lancashire.
Outline map
Location of Lancashire within England.
County Lancashire
Electorate 66,735 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Nelson and Colne
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Andrew Stephenson (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Pendle is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Andrew Stephenson, a Conservative.[n 2] The constituency was newly created for the 1983 general election, being largely formed from the former Nelson and Colne Constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

The major urban centres in Pendle are Nelson and Colne, with smaller towns Barnoldswick and Earby added to existing ones such as Higham and Pendleside and Craven since boundary changes in the 1970s that brought them into Pendle Borough, Lancashire from Yorkshire.

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies calling for slight changes in the run-up to the 2010 general election since which Pendle has the same electoral wards as the Borough:

  • Barrowford; Blacko and Higherford; Boulsworth; Bradley; Brierfield; Clover Hill; Coates; Craven; Earby; Foulridge; Higham and Pendleside; Horsfield; Marsden; Old Laund Booth; Reedley; Southfield; Vivary Bridge; Walverden; Waterside; Whitefield[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

Although in 1992 this was not a bellwether, this is a key marginal with the Conservative lead over Labour being similar to the national lead in the 2010 general election. In terms of the local economy, unemployment[3] is lower than the regional average, artesan creations, tourism, manufacturing, transport, food processing, the public sector and agriculture are large sectors.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
1983 John Lee Conservative
1992 Gordon Prentice Labour
2010 Andrew Stephenson Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Pendle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Stephenson
Labour Azhar Ali
General Election 2010: Pendle[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Stephenson 17,512 38.9 +7.1
Labour Gordon Prentice 13,927 30.9 −6.2
Liberal Democrat Afzal Anwar 9,095 20.2 −3.0
BNP James D.M. Jackman 2,894 6.4 +0.2
UKIP Graham Geoffrey Cannon 1,476 3.3 +1.5
Christian Richard Masih 141 0.3 +0.3
Majority 3,585 8.0
Turnout 45,045 67.8 +4.1
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +6.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Pendle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gordon Prentice 15,250 37.1 −7.5
Conservative Jane Ellison 13,070 31.8 −2.1
Liberal Democrat Shazad Anwar 9,528 23.2 +9.4
BNP Tom F. Boocock 2,547 6.2 +1.2
UKIP Graham Geoffrey Cannon 737 1.8 −1.0
Majority 2,180 5.3
Turnout 41,132 63.4 +0.2
Labour hold Swing −2.7
General Election 2001: Pendle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gordon Prentice 17,729 44.6 −8.7
Conservative Rasjid Edward George Skinner 13,454 33.9 +3.6
Liberal Democrat David Michael Baxter Whipp 5,479 13.8 +2.2
BNP Chris Michael Jackson 1,976 5.0 N/A
UKIP Graham Geoffrey Cannon 1,094 2.8 N/A
Majority 4,275 10.7
Turnout 39,732 63.2 −11.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Pendle[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gordon Prentice 25,059 53.3 +9.1
Conservative John A. Midgley 14,235 30.3 −10.0
Liberal Democrat Tony Greaves 5,460 11.6 −3.4
Referendum Party Damian Hockney 2,281 4.8 N/A
Majority 10,824 23.0 +19.0
Turnout 47,035 74.6 −8.4
Labour hold Swing +9.6
General Election 1992: Pendle[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gordon Prentice 23,497 44.2 +8.9
Conservative John Lee 21,384 40.3 −0.1
Liberal Democrat Alan P. Davies 7,976 15.0 −9.3
Anti-Federalist League Mrs Val M. Thome 263 0.5 N/A
Majority 2,113 4.0 −1.1
Turnout 53,120 82.9 +1.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +4.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Pendle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Lee 21,009 40.4 −3.8
Labour Mrs. Sylvia Dorothy Renilson 18,370 35.3 +3.0
Liberal Arthur Gordon Lishman 12,662 24.3 +0.8
Majority 2,639 5.1
Turnout 52,041 81.8 +2.1
Conservative hold Swing −3.4
General Election 1983: Pendle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Lee 22,739 44.2 N/A
Labour George Rodgers 16,604 32.3 N/A
Liberal Arthur Gordon Lishman 12,056 23.5 N/A
Majority 6,135 11.9 N/A
Turnout 51,399 79.7 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county 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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