Workington (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°38′35″N 3°32′56″W / 54.643°N 3.549°W / 54.643; -3.549

Workington
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Workington in Cumbria.
Outline map
Location of Cumbria within England.
County Cumbria
Electorate 59,361 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Workington, Cockermouth, Keswick, Maryport and Aspatria
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of Parliament Tony Cunningham (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Cockermouth
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Workington is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post system of election.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers much of the north-west of Cumbria, corresponding largely to the Allerdale borough, except for the areas around Wigton and Keswick. As well as Workington itself, the constituency contains the towns of Cockermouth, Maryport, and Aspatria.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Cumbria, the Boundary Commission for England created a modified Workington constituency as a result of population changes. The electoral wards used to create this reshaped seat, which were fought at the 2010 general election, are:

  • All Saints, Aspatria, Boltons, Broughton St Bridget's, Christchurch, Clifton, Ellen, Ellenborough, Ewanrigg, Flimby, Harrington, Holme, Marsh, Moorclose, Moss Bay, Netherhall, St John's, St Michael's, Seaton, Silloth, Solway, Stainburn, Wampool, Waver and Wharrels

History[edit]

It was created by the Representation of the People Act 1918, which also abolished the constituency of Cockermouth. Traditionally, the constituency has supported the Labour Party, although a by-election in 1976 (forced by the elevation of Fred Peart to the House of Lords) was won by Richard Page of the Conservatives. However, the constituency reverted to type in the 1979 general election, when it was regained by Labour, who have held it ever since.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1918 Thomas Cape Labour
1945 Fred Peart Labour
1976 by-election Richard Page Conservative
1979 Dale Campbell-Savours Labour
2001 Tony Cunningham Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Cunningham 17,865 45.5 −6.5
Conservative Judith Pattinson 13,290 33.9 +4.8
Liberal Democrat Stan Collins 5,328 13.5 −0.9
BNP Martin Wingfield 1,496 3.8 +3.8
UKIP Steve Lee 876 2.2 −1.2
English Democrats Rob Logan 414 1.1 +1.1
Majority 4,575 11.7
Turnout 39,259 65.9 +3.4
Labour hold Swing −5.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Workington[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Cunningham 19,554 50.5 −5.0
Conservative Judith Pattinson 11,659 30.1 +0.5
Liberal Democrat Kate Clarkson 5,815 15.0 +2.5
UKIP Mark Richardson 1,328 3.4 N/A
Legalise Cannabis John Peacock 381 1.0 −1.5
Majority 7,895 20.4
Turnout 38,737 64.7 +1.3
Labour hold Swing -2.8
General Election 2001: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Cunningham 23,209 55.5 −8.7
Conservative Timothy Stoddart 12,359 29.6 +5.1
Liberal Democrat Ian W.Francis 5,214 12.5 +4.4
Legalise Cannabis John Peacock 1,040 2.5 N/A
Majority 10,850 25.9
Turnout 41,822 63.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dale Campbell-Savours 31,717 64.2 +7.3
Conservative Robert Blunden 12,061 24.4 −10.2
Liberal Democrat Philip Roberts 3,967 8.0 +1.6
Referendum Party George Donnan 1,412 2.9 N/A
Independent Chris Austin 217 0.4 N/A
Majority 19,656 39.8
Turnout 49,374 75.1 +0.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Workington[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dale Campbell-Savours 26,719 56.9 +4.5
Conservative Stuart E. Sexton 16,270 34.7 −2.4
Liberal Democrat Ms. Christine A. Neale 3,028 6.5 N/A
Monster Raving Loony David Langstaff 755 1.6 N/A
Natural Law Nicola M. Escott 183 0.4 N/A
Majority 10,449 22.3 +7.0
Turnout 46,955 81.5 +0.9
Labour hold Swing +3.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dale Campbell-Savours 24,019 52.4 +0.3
Conservative Anne McIntosh 17,000 37.1 +1.0
Liberal G.W. Badger 4,853 10.6 −1.3
Majority 7,019 15.3 −0.7
Turnout 45,872 80.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dale Campbell-Savours 23,239 52.0 −1.2
Conservative M. Smith 16,111 36.1 −4.6
Liberal N. Blackshaw 5,311 11.8 +5.8
Majority 7,128 16.0 +3.5
Turnout 44,661 79.6
Labour hold Swing +1.7

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dale Campbell-Savours 24,523 53.2 −2.2
Conservative Richard Page 18,767 40.7 +8.4
Liberal N Blackshaw 2,819 6.1 −5.6
Majority 5,756 12.5 −11.3
Turnout 46,109 83.8
Labour hold Swing
Workington by-election, 1976
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Page 19,396 48.2 +15.9
Labour Dale Campbell-Savours 18,331 45.6 −10.4
Liberal Bernard Wates 2,480 6.2 −5.6
Majority 1,065 2.6 N/A
Turnout 40,207
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +13.2
General Election October 1974: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fred Peart 22,539 56.0 −3.7
Conservative Richard Page 12,988 32.3 −8.1
Liberal J. Burns 4,728 11.8 N/A
Majority 9,551 23.7 +4.4
Turnout 40,255 75.8
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fred Peart 24,000 60.0 −2.0
Conservative Richard Page 16,230 40.3 +2.0
Majority 7,770 19.3 −4.0
Turnout 40,230 76.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fred Peart 24,975 61.7 −1.7
Conservative M.F. Turner-Bridger 15,532 38.3 −1.7
Majority 9,443 23.3 -3.3
Turnout 40,507 77.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fred Peart 24,981 63.3
Conservative M.F. Turner-Bridger 14,475 36.7
Majority 10,506 26.6
Turnout 80.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fred Peart 25,522 62.1
Conservative H. Denman 15,565 37.9
Majority 9,957 24.2
Turnout 83.48
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fred Peart 25,537 60.18
Conservative T. M. Brannan 16,894 39.82
Majority 8,643 20.37
Turnout 85.89
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fred Peart 25,110 59.4
Conservative T.M. Brannan 17,182 40.6
Majority 7,982 18.8
Turnout 86.14
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fred Peart 25,893 60.02
Conservative H. Fox 17,249 39.98
Majority 8,644 20.04
Turnout 87.53
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fred Peart 25,104 57.61
Conservative F.M.C. Fox 14,009 32.15
Liberal D.C.G. Sibley 4,460 10.24
Majority 11,095 25.46
Turnout 89.44
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fred Peart 24,876 72.5
Conservative G.A. White 9,438 27.5
Majority 15,438 45.0
Turnout 80.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Cape Unopposed
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1931: Workington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Cape 18,469 54.91
Conservative Maj. Hon. Christopher William Lowther 15,165 45.09
Majority 3,304 9.82
Turnout 85.91
Labour hold Swing

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