South Ribble (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°43′01″N 2°41′49″W / 53.717°N 2.697°W / 53.717; -2.697

South Ribble
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of South Ribble in Lancashire.
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Location of Lancashire within England.
County Lancashire
Electorate 75,116 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Leyland and Penwortham
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Lorraine Fullbrook (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Preston South
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

South Ribble is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Lorraine Fullbrook, a Conservative.[n 2]

History[edit]

The seat of South Ribble was created for the 1983 general election, following the local government changes in the 1970s which saw the creation of the main constitutive borough of the same name.

Former Preston North MP Robert Atkins won the South Ribble constituency in 1983 and fought the seat in every election up to the 1997 general election. At that time, in dramatic bellwether fashion, Labour's David Borrow gained the seat on a clear majority, with nearly 26,000 votes, 2,000 less than Robert Atkins' victory in 1983 which was the equally an unusual landslide result. From the 1997 "landslide year" until 2010, David Borrow's vote total and majority consistently shrunk with a swing back to the Conservatives at every election. In terms of the other parties, Liberal Democrats have not thus far achieved better than third and 2005 saw UKIP nominating a candidate for the first time, and taking just over 1,200 votes. Borrow finally lost South Ribble in 2010 on a large two-party swing to the current Member of Parliament, Lorraine Fullbrook.

Boundaries[edit]

Created in 1983, the seat's original boundaries were co-terminous with the South Ribble borough.[2] Due to its population figures, the borough of South Ribble and its parliamentary constituency hasn't shared the same boundaries since although the towns of Leyland and Penwortham have always featured at the centre of the constituency.

For the 1997 general election the eastern small towns of Bamber Bridge and Walton-le-Dale were moved to the Preston constituency. Following their review of parliamentary representation in Lancashire prior to the 2010 general election, the Boundary Commission for England created a new constituency of Wyre and Preston North in the central part of the county. This also made the Ribble Valley seat take wards from south of the River Ribble for the first time causing alterations to this seat also.

The new South Ribble constituency moved further south and south-west, and has electoral wards:

Members of Parliament[edit]

Year Member[3] Party
1983 Robert Atkins Conservative
1997 David Borrow Labour
2010 Lorraine Fullbrook Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: South Ribble
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Veronica Bennett[4]
Conservative Seema Kennedy
Liberal Democrat Sue McGuire
General Election 2010: South Ribble
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lorraine Fullbrook 23,396 45.5 +7.1
Labour David Borrow 17,842 34.7 −9.6
Liberal Democrat Peter Fisher 7,271 14.1 −0.6
UKIP David Duxbury 1,895 3.7 +1.5
BNP Rosalind Gauci 1,054 2.0 +2.0
Majority 5,554 10.8 +6.2
Turnout 51,458 67.9 +4.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +8.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: South Ribble
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Borrow 20,428 43.0 −3.4
Conservative Lorraine Fullbrook 18,244 38.4 +0.3
Liberal Democrat Mark Lindsay Alcock 7,634 16.1 +0.6
UKIP Kenneth Jones 1,205 2.5 N/A
Majority 2,184 4.6 −3.7
Turnout 47,511 63.0 +0.5
Labour hold Swing −1.9
General Election 2001: South Ribble
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Borrow 21,386 46.4 −0.4
Conservative Adrian Edward Owens 17,584 38.1 +0.5
Liberal Democrat Mark Lindsay Alcock 7,150 15.5 +4.9
Majority 3,802 8.3 −0.9
Turnout 46,120 62.5 −14.6
Labour hold Swing −0.5

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: South Ribble[5][6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Borrow 25,856 46.8 +12.0
Conservative Robert Atkins 20,772 37.6 −12.3
Liberal Democrat Tim Farron 5,879 10.6 −4.2
Referendum Party Mark Adams 1,475 2.7 N/A
Liberal Nigel R. Ashton 1,127 2.0 N/A
Natural Law Mrs. Bibette Leadbetter 122 0.2 −0.2
Majority 5,084 9.2 −5.8
Turnout 55,231 77.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +12.1
General Election 1992: South Ribble[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Atkins 30,828 47.5 +0.3
Labour Dr. Geoffrey Wilfred Tracey Smith 24,855 38.3 +5.2
Liberal Democrat Simon Nicholas Jones 8,928 13.8 −6.0
Natural Law Dr. Decter Ronald 269 0.4 +0.4
Majority 5,973 9.2 −4.9
Turnout 64,880 83.0 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing −2.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: South Ribble
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Atkins 28,133 47.2 −1.6
Labour David Frank Roebuck 19,703 33.1 +6.6
Liberal Joseph Alan Holleran 11,746 19.7 −5.0
Majority 8,430 14.1
Turnout 59,582 82.5
Conservative hold Swing −4.1
General Election 1983: South Ribble
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Atkins 27,625 48.8 N/A
Labour Frank Duffy 14,966 26.5 N/A
Liberal Robert Walker 13,960 24.7 N/A
Majority 12,659 22.3 N/A
Turnout 56,551 78.0 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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Crewe, Ivor (1983). British Parliamentary Constituencies - a statistical compendium. faber and faber. 
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/local-news/blundellsands-councillor-veronica-bennett-chose-6957474
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 7 Jan 2011. 
  6. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.138 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  7. ^ The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
  8. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.