Amber Valley (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Amber Valley in Derbyshire.
Location of Derbyshire within England.
|Population||87,883 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||69,538 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Nigel Mills (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||East Midlands|
The constituency was created in 1983 and was held by the Conservative Phillip Oppenheim from its creation until Labour's Judy Mallaber won the seat in 1997. She was narrowly defeated in 2010 by Nigel Mills, a Conservative.
1983-1997: The District of Amber Valley wards of Aldercar, Alfreton East, Alfreton West, Codnor, Denby and Horsley Woodhouse, Heage and Ambergate, Heanor East, Heanor and Loscoe, Heanor West, Holbrook and Horsley, Kilburn, Riddings, Ripley, Ripley and Marehay, Shipley Park, Somercotes, Swanwick, and Wingfield; and the Borough of Erewash wards of Breadsall and Morley, Little Eaton, and Stanley.
1997-2010: The Borough of Amber Valley wards of Aldercar, Alfreton East, Alfreton West, Codnor, Crich, Denby and Horsley Woodhouse, Heage and Ambergate, Heanor and Loscoe, Heanor East, Heanor West, Holbrook and Horsley, Kilburn, Riddings, Ripley, Ripley and Marehay, Shipley Park, Somercotes, Swanwick, and Wingfield; and the Borough of Erewash wards of Breadsall and Morley, Little Eaton, and Stanley.
2010-present: The Borough of Amber Valley wards of Alfreton, Codnor and Waingroves, Heage and Ambergate, Heanor and Loscoe, Heanor East, Heanor West, Ironville and Riddings, Kilburn, Denby and Holbrook, Langley Mill and Aldercar, Ripley, Ripley and Marehay, Shipley Park, Horsley and Horsley Woodhouse, Somercotes, Swanwick, and Wingfield.
Latest boundary review
Following its review of parliamentary representation in Derbyshire the Boundary Commission for England created a seat of Mid Derbyshire. This creation had consequences for neighbouring seats, including Amber Valley from which some wards have been taken in the creation of the new seat.
Amber Valley constituency covers the Derbyshire market and manufacturing towns of Alfreton, Heanor and Ripley, which in a majority of council elections from 1960-2012 been favourably disposed to the Labour Party. The constituency also has a considerable rural / suburban wards which in the same period have generally had a majority in support of the Conservative Party. The constituency stretches from the edge of the Peak District to the northern edge of Derby, which form another set of neighbourhoods more favourably disposed to the Conservatives.
Political control of Amber Valley District Council has not been with Labour since 1988 and has since 2000 been with local Conservatives who narrowly held on to it during their coalition with the Liberal Democrats in May 2012.
Despite swinging away from no overall control locally since 2000, the constituency's recent marginal majorities and bellwether status since 1983 (emulating the result by largest party nationally) means Amber Valley remains, on most common measures, a marginal seat.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Amber Valley|
|Conservative||Nigel Mills ||20,106||44.0||+5.4|
|Labour||Kevin Gillott ||15,901||34.8||-2.7|
|Liberal Democrat||Kate Smith||1,360||3.0||-11.5|
|Green||John Devine ||1,087||2.4||+2.4|
Going into the 2015 general election, this was the 24th most marginal constituency in Great Britain, Labour requiring a swing from the Conservatives of 0.6% to take the seat (based on the result of the 2010 general election).
|General Election 2010: Amber Valley|
|Liberal Democrat||Tom Snowdon||6,636||14.4||+2.1|
|Monster Raving Loony||Sam Thing||265||0.6||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+6.9|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Amber Valley|
|Liberal Democrat||Kate Smith||6,225||13.1||+0.7|
|General Election 2001: Amber Valley|
|Liberal Democrat||Kate Smith||5,538||12.4||+4.7|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Amber Valley|
|Liberal Democrat||Roger Shelley||4,219||7.7||−1.4|
|Referendum Party||Irene McGibbon||2,283||4.2||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||11.7|
|General Election 1992: Amber Valley|
|Labour||John Gordon Cooper||26,706||44.9||+10.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Graham Brocklebank||5,294||8.9||−5.3|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Amber Valley|
|Labour||David Melvyn Bookbinder||19,103||34.4||−0.9|
|General Election 1983: Amber Valley|
|Labour||David Melvyn Bookbinder||18,184||35.3||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in Derbyshire
- Opinion polling for the next United Kingdom general election in individual constituencies
- "Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Majority Sorted Seats". electoralcalculus.co.uk.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "UK ELECTION RESULTS". electionresults.blogspot.co.uk.
- "Political parties pick candidates in Amber Valley". Derby Telegraph.
- "The Labour Party". labour.org.uk.
- "General Election". Derbyshire Green Party.
- Ransome Mpini; Charlotte Thornton; John Walton; Marcelo Zanni (24 February 2014). "Election 2015: The political battleground". BBC News. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- "UKPollingReport Election Guide 2010 » Amber Valley". ukpollingreport.co.uk.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 7 Jan 2011.
- C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.142 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
- The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1987. Politics Resources. 11 June 1987. Retrieved 8 Jan 2011.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1983. Politics Resources. 9 June 1983. Retrieved 8 Jan 2011.