Bosworth (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
|Population||98,282 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||77,787 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Hinckley, Barwell, Earl Shilton and Market Bosworth|
|Member of Parliament||Luke Evans (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||South Leicestershire|
1885–1918: The Sessional Divisions of Ashby-de-la-Zouch (except the parishes of Bardon, Breedon, Thringstone, Osgathorpe, and Whitwick) and Market Bosworth.
1918–1950: The Urban Districts of Coalville and Hinckley, the Rural Districts of Hinckley and Market Bosworth, and the parish of Bardon in the Rural District of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
1950–1955: The Urban Districts of Coalville and Hinckley, and the Rural District of Market Bosworth.
1955–1974: The Urban District of Coalville as constituted by the County of Leicester (Coalville Urban District) Confirmation Order 1953, the Urban District of Hinckley, and the Rural District of Market Bosworth.
1974–1983: The Urban Districts of Coalville and Hinckley as altered by the West Midland Counties Order 1965, and the Rural District of Market Bosworth.
1983–1997: The Borough of Hinckley and Bosworth, and the Borough of Charnwood ward of Bradgate.
1997–2010: The Borough of Hinckley and Bosworth wards of Ambien, Bagworth, Barleston, Nailstone and Osbaston, Barwell, Burbage, Cadeby, Carlton and Market Bosworth, Castle, Clarendon, De Montfort, Desford and Peckleton, Earl Shilton, Markfield, Newbold Verdon, Sheepy and Witherley, Trinity, and Twycross and Shackerstone.
2010–present: The Borough of Hinckley and Bosworth wards of Ambien, Barlestone, Nailstone and Osbaston, Barwell, Burbage St Catherines and Lash Hill, Burbage Sketchley and Stretton, Cadeby, Carlton and Market Bosworth with Shackerstone, Earl Shilton, Hinckley Castle, Hinckley Clarendon, Hinckley De Montfort, Hinckley Trinity, Markfield, Stanton and Fieldhead, Newbold Verdon with Desford and Peckleton, Ratby, Bagworth and Thornton, and Twycross and Witherley with Sheepy.
The Western, or Bosworth, division was created in 1885, and included part of the Ashby de la Zouch and all of the Market Bosworth petty sessional divisions. It was redefined in 1918 to cover the urban districts of Coalville and Hinckley, the rural districts of Hinckley and Market Bosworth and the civil parish of Bardon from Ashby RD. Hinckley RD was abolished in the 1930s and in 1948 and 1970 the Bosworth constituency by which date it was shaped to eventually all of Coalville, Hinckley and Market Bosworth RD. Coalville has been part of North West Leicestershire since the 1983 election.
The seat was held by Labour for 25 years until the Conservatives gained it in the 1970 general election and they have represented it since then. Hinckley expanded greatly after World War II and is the most economically significant town other than Leicester in Leicestershire however unlike the borough the constituency retains under the independent Boundary Commission the poetic name of Bosworth, alluding to the Battle of Bosworth of the medieval Wars of the Roses which is recreated annually on the battlefield.
The seat had a coal mining tradition; however, other industry, such as defence, trade and retail supports the residential town of Hinckley and its rural hinterland. The area of strongest Labour support is the former mining village of Earl Shilton, which is now in local elections generally over-shadowed by surrounding areas with majority-Conservative support. The constituency was once held for Labour by Woodrow Wyatt, who later left the party and became one of its most voluble critics in the 1980s.
During the 2015 count, a police car outside the Hinckley Leisure Centre, where the count was taking place, caught fire then exploded while being hosed down by firefighters. Five men were arrested.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Mullaney||9,096||16.1||-1.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Mullaney||9,744||17.3||-5.0|
|Green||Mick Gregg||1,047||1.9||New |
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Mullaney||11,951||22.3||−11.0|
Going into the 2015 general election, this was the 180th most marginal constituency in Great Britain, the Liberal Democrats requiring a swing from the Conservatives of 4.6% to take the seat (based on the result of the 2010 general election).
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Mullaney||18,100||33.3||+11.7|
|English Democrat||James Lampitt||615||1.1||New|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||James Moore||10,528||22.2||+6.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Jon Ellis||7,326||16.2||-1.6|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Jon Ellis||9,281||17.8||−2.9|
|Labour||David B. Everitt||17,524||26.0||+8.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Gregory M. Drozdz||12,643||18.7||−8.6|
Elections in the 1980s
|Green (UK)||Dinah Freer||660||1.0||New|
Elections in the 1970s
|National Front||David Dunn||682||0.9||New|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1960s
|Conservative||C J Philip Wood||19,654||35.99||+0.75|
|Liberal||Anthony H Extance||7,526||13.78||-5.39|
|Conservative||Percy Laurence Braithwaite||19,583||35.24||-13.47|
|Liberal||John H David||10,652||19.17||New|
Elections in the 1950s
|Conservative||Percy Laurence Braithwaite||26,341||48.71||+2.72|
|Conservative||Donald Charles Bray||23,526||45.99||+3.08|
|Conservative||Donald Charles Bray||23,122||42.91||+13.62|
|Liberal||Leonard Wright Harvey||9,315||17.07||New|
Elections in the 1940s
|Liberal National||James Millard Tucker||20,854||44.37|
|Labour gain from Liberal National||Swing|
Elections in the 1930s
|Liberal National||William Edge||22,969||59.22|
|Liberal National hold||Swing|
|Liberal National||William Edge||26,926||68.00|
|Liberal National gain from Liberal||Swing|
Election in the 1920s
|Unionist||Sydney Lipscomb Elborne||8,861||21.5||−13.4|
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing||+10.7|
- % change and swing from 1924
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing||+7.5|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+6.3|
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing||+12.5|
|National Liberal||Henry McLaren||7,513||27.3||-39.1|
|Unionist gain from National Liberal||Swing||N/A|
Election in the 1910s
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
Election results 1885–1918
Elections in the 1880s
|Liberal win (new seat)|
Elections in the 1890s
|Conservative||Sir Thomas Cope, 1st Baronet||4,207||44.1||+2.4|
Elections in the 1900s
|Liberal Unionist||Allen Henry Philip Stoneham||3,627||32.1||New|
Elections in the 1910s
|Conservative||Dudley Beaumont Melchior Gurowski||4,120||35.5||-1.0|
General Election 1914/15:
Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;
- Liberal: Henry McLaren
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