Redcar (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°36′11″N 1°04′41″W / 54.603°N 1.078°W / 54.603; -1.078

Redcar
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Redcar in Cleveland.
Outline map
Location of Cleveland within England.
County Redcar and Cleveland
Electorate 67,195 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of Parliament Ian Swales (Liberal Democrat)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North East England

Redcar is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Ian Swales, a member of the Liberal Democrats.[n 2]

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1974 and was held by the Labour party until the 2010 triumph for Ian Swales, a Liberal Democrat.

Boundaries[edit]

The Redcar constituency on the Cleveland coast is formed from parts of the Redcar and Cleveland district.

It takes its name from the coastal resort of Redcar although much of the population lives in the traditionally solid Labour areas between Redcar and Middlesbrough (such as Grangetown, Eston, Normanby, Ormesby and South Bank). It also includes Dormanstown, Kirkleatham and Marske-by-the-Sea. Once held by the former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Mo Mowlam, the seat was gained by the Liberal Democrats in the 2010 general election on a massive 21.8% swing from Labour.

History of boundaries

In the 19th century, the town was part of the Cleveland constituency.[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency is unfortunate in having slightly higher unemployment at the end of 2012 than the North-East average however has a significantly lower claimant count owing to its exports and manufacturing industry than nearby Middlesbrough.[3] Average incomes based on the latest income (2001 census figures) available, not markedly lower than the national average.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
Feb 1974 James Tinn Labour
1987 Mo Mowlam Labour
2001 Vera Baird Labour
2010 Ian Swales Liberal Democrats

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Redcar
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anna Turley[6]
General Election 2010: Redcar[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Ian Swales 18,955 45.2 +25.0
Labour Vera Baird 13,741 32.7 -18.6
Conservative Steve Mastin 5,790 13.8 -4.1
UKIP Martin Bulmer 1,875 4.5 +3.0
BNP Kevin Broughton 1,475 3.5 +1.0
TUSC Hannah Walter 127 0.3 N/A
Majority 5,214 12.4
Turnout 41,963 62.5 +4.5
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing 21.8

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Redcar
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Vera Baird 19,968 51.4 -8.9
Liberal Democrat Ian Swales 7,852 20.2 +7.6
Conservative Jonathan Lehrle 6,954 17.9 -7.2
Independent Christopher McGlade 2,379 6.1 N/A
BNP Andrew Harris 985 2.5 N/A
UKIP Edward Walker 564 1.5 N/A
Socialist Labour John Taylor 159 0.4 -1.6
Majority 12,116 31.2
Turnout 38,861 58.0 +1.7
Labour hold Swing -8.3
General Election 2001: Redcar
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Vera Baird 23,026 60.3 -7.1
Conservative Chris Main 9,583 25.1 +2.0
Liberal Democrat Stan Wilson 4,817 12.6 +3.1
Socialist Labour John Taylor 772 2.0 N/A
Majority 13,443 35.2
Turnout 38,198 56.3 -14.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Redcar[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mo Mowlam 32,972 67.30 +11.3
Conservative Andrew Isaacs 11,308 23.10 -9.0
Liberal Democrat Joyce Benbow 4,679 9.6 -2.3
Majority 21,664 44.2
Turnout 44,280
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Redcar[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mo Mowlam 27,184 56.0 +8.6
Conservative Robert Goodwill 15,607 32.1 +0.8
Liberal Democrat Chris Abbott 5,789 11.9 −9.4
Majority 11,577 23.8 +7.8
Turnout 48,580 77.7 +1.7
Labour hold Swing +3.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Redcar
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mo Mowlam 22,824 47.34
Conservative P.J. Bassett 15,089 31.30
Social Democrat G. Nightingale 10,298 21.36
Majority 7,735 16.04
Turnout 76.05
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Redcar
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Tinn 18,348 40.59
Conservative P.J. Bassett 15,244 33.72
Social Democrat G. Nightingale 11,614 25.69
Majority 3,104 6.87
Turnout 71.25
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Teesside, Redcar
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Tinn 25,470 53.68
Conservative E. Cottrell 17,417 36.71
Liberal A. Elliott 4,225 8.91
Independent E. Lloyd 333 0.70
Majority 8,053 16.97
Turnout 75.90
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Teesside, Redcar
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Tinn 23,204 53.86
Conservative R. Hall 12,774 29.65
Liberal N. Clark 7,101 16.48
Majority 10,430 24.21
Turnout 69.08
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Teesside, Redcar
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Tinn 28,252 59.79
Conservative R. Hall 18,998 40.21
Majority 9,254 19.59
Turnout 76.66
Labour win (new seat)

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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