Scunthorpe (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Scunthorpe in Humberside.
Location of Humberside within England.
|Electorate||63,489 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Scunthorpe and Bottesford|
|Member of parliament||Nic Dakin (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Glanford & Scunthorpe|
|European Parliament constituency||Yorkshire and the Humber|
The constituency includes the whole of Scunthorpe, Bottesford, Yaddlethorpe, Messingham, Manton, Kirton-in-Lindsey, Redbourne, Hibaldstow, Cadney and the hamlets and communities within these parishes.
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency[n 3] for the 2010 general election since which it has electoral wards:
- Ashby, Bottesford, Brumby, Crosby and Park, Froddingham, Kingsway with Lincoln Gardens, Ridge and Town In North Lincolnshire
Although there was talk in a local newspaper in the 1930s that the town of Scunthorpe should have a parliamentary constituency named after it, it was only after the boundary reviews implemented in 1997 that a constituency of this name was created. Previous incarnations of a constituency containing the steel town and small towns and villages around it had been called (going backwards in time) Glanford and Scunthorpe, Brigg and Scunthorpe, and Brigg.
Results to date indicate that the constituency has changed since creation from a safe seat for the Labour Party created at the incoming election for Prime Minister Tony Blair to somewhat of a marginal majority area for the party.
- In statistics
The constituency consists of Census Output Areas of a local government district with: a working population whose income is below the national average and slightly higher than average reliance upon social housing. At the end of 2012 the unemployment rate in the constituency stood as 5.7% of the population claiming jobseekers allowance, compared to the regional average of 4.7%. The borough contributing to the seat had a middling 20.7% of its population without a car, 26.2% of the population without qualifications and 19.5% with level 4 qualifications or above. In terms of tenure 69.5% of homes are owned outright or on a mortgage as at the 2011 census across the district.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Scunthorpe|
|Liberal Democrat||Simon Dodd|
Stephen Howd was selected as the UKIP candidate, but suspended on 20 March 2015 by UKIP "whilst an investigation takes place into an alleged incident at his workplace.". He was reinstated by the party on 26 March 
|General Election 2010: Scunthorpe|
|Liberal Democrat||Neil Poole||6,774||18.3||+1.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Scunthorpe|
|Liberal Democrat||Neil Poole||5,556||17.0||+7.6|
|General Election 2001: Scunthorpe|
|Liberal Democrat||Bob Tress||3,156||9.4||+1.0|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Scunthorpe|
|Liberal Democrat||Gordon Smith||3,497||8.4||N/A|
|Referendum Party||Paul Smith||1,637||3.9||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Brian Hopper||399||1.0||N/A|
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.
- Ridge before 2010 was partly in this constituency, it is since 2010 wholly in the constituency.
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2001 Census
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- 2011 census interactive maps
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "GatewayLink.aspx?alId=21652". Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- "List of selected candidates". Liberal Democrats. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
- "UK > England > Yorkshire and the Humber > Scunthorpe". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.