North Swindon (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of North Swindon in Wiltshire.
Location of Wiltshire within England.
|Electorate||79,488 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Justin Tomlinson (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||South West England|
North Swindon was created in 1997 since which it has been a bellwether.
1997-2010: The Borough of Thamesdown wards of Blunsdon, Covingham, Gorse Hill, Haydon Wick, Highworth, Moredon, St Margaret, St Philip, Western, and Whitworth; and the District of North Wiltshire ward of Cricklade.
2010-present: The Borough of Swindon wards of Abbey Meads, Blunsdon, Covingham and Nythe, Gorse Hill and Pinehurst, Haydon Wick, Highworth, Moredon, Penhill, St Margaret, St Philip, and Western.
The seat's boundaries encompass an area that before its creation made up parts of the former Swindon constituency and pre-1997 versions of North Wiltshire and Devizes. In the 2010 boundary changes Cricklade became part of the North Wiltshire constituency while this seat acquired parts of the South Swindon constituency.
The constituency covers much of urban and suburban Swindon, but also incorporates a substantial portion of the surrounding area, including Blunsdon and the market town of Highworth. North Swindon has an electorate of 79,488, the majority of whom live in the suburbs or close to Swindon's town centre. In 2001 52.9% of homes were into the categories of semi-detached or detached in the Swindon Local Authority area and seeing a 5.0% increase in flats/apartments in 2011 this figure had fallen slightly to 50.3%. In North Wiltshire a higher proportion of homes are detached (35.1%). In the same period those registered unemployed rose from 2.5% to 4.2% and those self-employed rose from 6.2% to 7.8%. By contrast to Swindon South, unemployment in 2010, stood however at only 2.6% whereas in the South it stood at 3.5%. This is one indicator of social deprivation and compares to the highest seat's figure, 11.0% in Birmingham Ladywood.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: North Swindon |
|Labour||Mark Dempsey |
|General Election 2010: North Swindon |
|Liberal Democrat||Jane Lock||8,668||17.2||+4.4|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||10.1%|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: North Swindon|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Evemy||6,831||15.2||+3.6|
|Socialist Unity||Andy Newman||208||0.5||N/A|
|General Election 2001: North Swindon|
|Liberal Democrat||David Nation||4,891||11.6||-1.4|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: North Swindon|
|Liberal Democrat||M. Evemy||6,237||12.92|
|Referendum Party||G. Goldsmith||1,533||3.18|
|Natural Law||A Fisken||130||0.27%|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2011 census interactive maps
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]