Rossendale and Darwen (UK Parliament constituency)
|Rossendale and Darwen|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Rossendale and Darwen in Lancashire.
Location of Lancashire within England.
|Electorate||73,443 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Jake Berry (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
The constituency is made up as follows:
- The areas in and around Bacup and Rawtenstall
- The whole of the semi-rural 'district' of Darwen
- Grane, Helmshore & Ewood Bridge — part of the area surrounding Haslingden
- Buckhurst, Deeply Vale, Edenfield, Stubbins & Turn — part of the area in and around Ramsbottom
- The Belmont, Chapeltown, Edgworth and Entwistle — part of the area in and around Turton
Following their review of parliamentary representation in the run-up to the United Kingdom general election, 2010, the Boundary Commission for England's accepted report by Parliament has led to revised boundaries. From the borough of Rossendale, twelve wards are used to create the seat: –
- Cribden, Eden, Facit and Shawforth, Goodshaw, Hareholme, Healey and Whitworth, Helmshore, Irwell, Longholme, Stacksteads and Whitewell.
Eight wards are as those used in local elections in the Blackburn with Darwen district: –
- Earcroft, East Rural, Fernhurst, Marsh House, North Turton with Tockholes, Sudell, Sunnyhurst and Whitehall.
The constituency consists of Census Output Areas of two local government districts with similar characteristics: a working population whose income is close to the national average but varying reliance upon social housing in relative terms to the national average. At the end of 2012 the unemployment rate in the constituency stood as 3.5% of the population claiming jobseekers allowance, compared to the regional average of 4.2%.
The borough of Rossendale that contributes to the bulk of the population has a 21.5% of its population without a car, whereas this is 30.5% in Blackburn and outside of the seat in Burnley is 32.3%. A relatively high 24% of Rossendale's population were in 2001 without qualifications and a high 25.1% were with level 4 qualifications or above. A higher share, 28.7% of Blackburn's population lacked qualifications, however 19.8% of its population had Level 4 qualifications or above.
In terms of tenure 69.6% of homes are owned outright or on a mortgage as at the 2011 census across the Rossendale district; this compares to a similar 63.7% across Blackburn. Whereas in Ribble Valley to the north 76.6% of homes fall within this category, in Leeds the figure is 58.2% and in Manchester just 37.8%.
This constituency was created in 1983 and has alternated between the two largest parties MPs during this time; since 1997 the constituency has been a bellwether of the national result.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Rossendale and Darwen|
|General Election 2010: Rossendale and Darwen|
|Liberal Democrat||Bob Sheffield||8,541||18.1||+3.2|
|National Front||Kevin Bryan||1,062||2.3||N/A|
|English Democrats||Michael Johnson||663||1.4||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||8.9|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Rossendale and Darwen|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Carr||6,670||15.0||+0.4|
|General Election 2001: Rossendale and Darwen|
|Conservative||George Anderton Lee||15,028||36.3||+4.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Brian Frederick Dunning||6,079||14.7||+4.1|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Rossendale and Darwen|
|Conservative||Mrs. Patricia M. Buzzard||16,521||32.3||−11.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Brian Frederick Dunning||5,435||10.6||−0.7|
|Referendum Party||Roy R. Newstead||1,108||2.2||N/A|
|General Election 1992: Rossendale and Darwen|
|Liberal Democrat||Kevin Connor||7,226||11.3||−3.8|
|Green||Jim E. Gaffney||596||0.9||N/A|
|Natural Law||Peter N. Gorrod||125||0.2||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+4.2|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Rossendale and Darwen|
|General Election 1983: Rossendale and Darwen|
|Labour||Chris B. Robinson||18,393||31.8||N/A|
|Liberal||Michael F. Taylor||12,246||21.2||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2010 post-revision map Greater London and metropolitan areas of England
- 2001 Census
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- 2011 census interactive maps
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Rossendale and Darwen, UKPollingReport
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.