Boston and Skegness (UK Parliament constituency)

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Boston and Skegness
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Boston and Skegness in Lincolnshire for the 2010 general election
Outline map
Location of Lincolnshire within England
Population101,684 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate70,620 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentMatt Warman (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromHolland with Boston and East Lindsey
European Parliament constituencyEast Midlands

Boston and Skegness is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since May 2015 by Matt Warman of the Conservative Party.[n 2]


1997–2010: The Borough of Boston, and the District of East Lindsey wards of Burgh le Marsh, Friskney, Frithville, Ingoldmells, St Clement's, Scarbrough, Seacroft, Sibsey, Wainfleet, and Winthorpe.

2010–present: The Borough of Boston, and the District of East Lindsey wards of Burgh le Marsh, Croft, Frithville, Ingoldmells, St Clement's, Scarbrough, Seacroft, Sibsey, Stickney, Wainfleet and Friskney, and Winthorpe.

Boston and Skegness is bordered by the constituencies of Louth and Horncastle to the north, Sleaford and North Hykeham to the west, and South Holland and The Deepings to the south.

The constituency boundaries changed at the 2010 general election, bringing in the two rural wards of Stickney and Croft from Louth and Horncastle.

Constituency profile[edit]

Boston, Lincolnshire, is a historically important town with a traditional town square with frequent markets and an iconic church spire. Skegness is the hub town of coastal villages including holiday villages. The resort has many amusements, long beaches, mini-golf courses and other holiday activities, especially during the summer.

Apart from tourism, much of the working population is employed in agriculture, with a particular emphasis on arable farming and flowers. Manufacturing, food processing, retail and defence are also important to the local economy.[3]

According to the 2011 UK Census Boston is now "home to a higher proportion of Eastern European immigrants than anywhere else in England and Wales ... 10.6% of the town's 64,600-strong population comes from one of the "new" EU countries such as Poland, Lithuania, Latvia or Romania".[4]


The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the former constituencies of Holland with Boston and East Lindsey. Parts of the more rural south were separated from Holland with Boston to create South Holland and The Deepings. The in part predecessor area's veteran MP Richard Body[n 3] held the seat at the 1997 general election with a 1.4% majority. Since 2005, having returned majorities of more than 10%; it has arguably been a safe seat for the Conservative Party.

After retiring from Parliament, Body left the Conservatives and joined the UK Independence Party (UKIP). His membership later lapsed and he defected to the English Democrats.[5] UKIP finished in third place at the 2005 general election with 9.6% compared with a national average of 2.2%.

Mark Simmonds had a 1.3% majority over Labour in the 2001 general election, and this increased in 2005 to 14.1%. After his re-election, Simmonds was appointed Shadow Minister for International Development, before being promoted to be a Shadow Health Minister in July 2007. Following the 2010 general election, he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.[6] Following the 2012 reshuffle, he was appointed a junior Foreign Office Minister under William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.[7]

On 11 August 2014, Simmonds resigned as Africa Minister at the Foreign Office. He stood down as the Member of Parliament for Boston and Skegness at the 2015 general election, citing the "intolerable" pressure on his family life as the reason for his resignation.[8]

After Simmonds announced that he would not stand at the 2015 general election, the local Conservatives decided to select their candidate using the open primary system.

Four candidates were selected from over fifty applications, and members of the public who were entitled to vote in the constituency were encouraged to attend. In a very close result, Matt Warman of the Conservative Party won.[9] About 80 members of the public turned up to the open primary, which received well over one hundred registrations to attend.

On 8 May 2015, Warman was duly elected as the Member of Parliament. The Conservative majority shrunk to 10% with UKIP second. Warman's first speech as MP focused on the fact that Boston and Skegness voters were not single-issue voters.

On 29 April 2017, Paul Nuttall, leader of the UK Independence Party, announced that he was standing in Boston and Skegness, noting that the constituency had the highest Leave vote in the country in the 2016 EU referendum, with 75.6% of votes cast for Leave.[10] Liberal Democrats and Labour also planned to contest the seat, with Greens intending to if they could find the funds for a deposit.[11]

Nuttall came third, with less than 8% of the vote – a sharp decline on 2015's result, as well as giving UKIP its worst result in the constituency since the 2001 general election. The result saw the Conservative majority increase to an all time high in the constituency, while Labour had their best result since 2005, achieving 25% of the votes cast. The Green Party and Liberal Democrats lost their deposits, mirroring the 2015 election results for both parties.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Holland with Boston and East Lindsey prior to 1997

Election Member[12] Party
1997 Sir Richard Body Conservative
2001 Mark Simmonds Conservative
2015 Matt Warman Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2017: Boston and Skegness[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Matt Warman 27,271 63.6 +19.8
Labour Paul Kenny 10,699 25.0 +8.5
UKIP Paul Nuttall 3,308 7.7 −26.1
Liberal Democrat Philip Smith 771 1.8 −0.5
Green Victoria Percival 547 1.3 -0.6
Blue Revolution Mike Gilbert 283 0.7 +0.7
Majority 16,572 38.6 +28.6
Turnout 42,879 62.7 −1.2
Conservative hold Swing +5.7
General election 2015: Boston and Skegness[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Matt Warman 18,981 43.8 −5.7
UKIP Robin Hunter-Clarke 14,645 33.8 +24.3
Labour Paul Kenny 7,142 16.5 −4.2
Liberal Democrat David Watts 1,015 2.3 −12.4
Green Victoria Percival 800 1.8 N/A
Independence from Europe Chris Pain 324 0.7 N/A
Independent Peter Johnson 170 0.4 N/A
The Pilgrim Party Lyn Luxton 143 0.3 N/A
BNP Robert West 119 0.3 −5.0
Majority 4,336 10.0 −18.8
Turnout 43,339 63.9 +2.8
Conservative hold Swing -15
General election 2010: Boston and Skegness[16][17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mark Simmonds 21,325 49.4 +3.2
Labour Paul Kenny 8,899 20.6 −11.1
Liberal Democrat Philip Smith 6,371 14.8 +6.1
UKIP Christopher Pain[n 4] 4,081 9.5 −0.1
BNP David Owens 2,278 5.3 +2.9
Independent Peter Wilson 171 0.4 N/A
Majority 12,426 28.8 +14.7
Turnout 43,125 61.1 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing +7.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Boston and Skegness[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mark Simmonds 19,329 46.2 +3.3
Labour Paul Kenny 13,422 32.1 −9.5
UKIP Richard Horsnell 4,024 9.6 +7.8
Liberal Democrat Alan Riley 3,649 8.7 −3.7
BNP Wendy Russell 1,025 2.4 N/A
Green Marcus Petz 420 1.0 −0.3
Majority 5,907 14.1
Turnout 41,869 58.8 +0.5
Conservative hold Swing +6.4
General election 2001: Boston and Skegness[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mark Simmonds 17,298 42.9 +0.5
Labour Elaine Bird 16,783 41.6 +0.6
Liberal Democrat Duncan Moffatt 4,994 12.4 -4.2
UKIP Cyril Wakefield 717 1.8 N/A
Green Martin Harrison 521 1.3 N/A
Majority 515 1.3
Turnout 40,313 58.4 -10.6
Conservative hold Swing -0.1

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Boston and Skegness[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Body 19,750 42.4 N/A
Labour Philip McCauley 19,103 41.0 N/A
Liberal Democrat Jim Dodsworth 7,721 16.6 N/A
Majority 647 1.4 N/A
Turnout 46,574 68.9 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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.
  3. ^ Served Holland with Boston in Westminster from 1966 to 1997
  4. ^ This was UKIP's second best result of the election after the special case of Buckingham.
  1. ^ "Boston and Skegness: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Local statistics - Office for National Statistics".
  4. ^ "Census reveals rural town of Boston has most eastern European immigrants". The Guardian. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Where are they now? Sir Richard Body". Total Politics. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 5 April 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Defra role for Boston MP Mark Simmonds". The Boston Standard. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  7. ^ "UPDATE: Foreign Office reveals Boston MP's responsibilities after reshuffle appointment". The Boston Standard. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Minister quits because £120,000 salary and expenses is not enough to support his family in London". The Telegraph. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  9. ^ Warman, Matt. "For Boston and Skegness". Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  10. ^ "UKIP leader Paul Nuttall to stand in Boston and Skegness". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  11. ^ Jaines, Daniel. "UKIP leader Paul Nuttall confirms he is standing for Boston and Skegness". Boston Standard. Johnson Publishing. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  12. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 4)
  13. ^ "GENERAL ELECTION 2017: Candidates for Boston and Skegness confirmed".
  14. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Statement of persons nominated". Boston Borough Council. 9 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  17. ^ "General Election candidates". Boston and Skegness General Election 2010. Boston Borough Council. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  18. ^ "UK > England > East Midlands > Boston & Skegness". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  19. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  20. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  21. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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