Bury North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°36′25″N 2°17′56″W / 53.607°N 2.299°W / 53.607; -2.299

Bury North
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bury North in Greater Manchester.
Outline map
Location of Greater Manchester within England.
County Greater Manchester
Population 87,218 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate 67,911 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament James Frith (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Rossendale
Bury & Radcliffe
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Bury North is a borough constituency in Greater Manchester, created in 1983 and represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. As with all extant seats its electorate elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system at least every five years. It has been represented since 2017 by James Frith of the Labour Party.[3][4]

History[edit]

Summary of results

Bury North is a marginal seat between Labour and the Conservatives, and a bellwether constituency throughout its existence — the winner of the seat has tended to win the general election. In forerunner seats, the town of Bury did not have a Labour MP until 1964, since when Bury North has become reported on as an important marginal seat.

The 2010 gain was the Conservative Party's sole gain in Greater Manchester . The 2015 result was narrower, which produced the 5th most marginal majority of the Conservative Party's 331 seats by percentage of majority.[5]

Boundaries[edit]

1983-2010: The Metropolitan Borough of Bury wards of Church, East, Elton, Moorside, Ramsbottom, Redvales, Tottington, and Unsworth.

2010–present: The Metropolitan Borough of Bury wards of Church, East, Elton, Moorside, North Manor, Ramsbottom, Redvales, and Tottington.

The constituency of Bury North covers the towns of Ramsbottom, Tottington and Bury. It was created in 1983 from parts of the former seats of Rossendale and Bury and Radcliffe. In those boundary changes Ramsbottom was transferred from Rossendale to Bury North, while with the loss of Ramsbottom, Rossendale was linked with Darwen.

Constituency profile[edit]

A traditional Labour-Conservative marginal, Ramsbottom and Tottington are mostly Conservative, whereas the town of Bury itself (particularly the Bury East ward) is generally more favourable to Labour, but not always overwhelmingly so.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6][7] Party
1983 Alistair Burt Conservative
1997 David Chaytor Labour
2010 David Nuttall Conservative
2017 James Frith Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Bury North[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Frith 25,683 53.6 Increase12.5
Conservative David Nuttall 21,308 44.5 Increase2.5
Liberal Democrat Richard Baum 912 1.9 Decrease0.2
Majority 4,375 9.1
Turnout 47,903 70.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Increase 5.0
General Election 2015: Bury North[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Nuttall 18,970 41.9 +1.8
Labour James Frith 18,592 41.1 +5.9
UKIP Ian Henderson 5,595 12.4 +9.5
Green John Southworth 1,141 2.5 +2.5
Liberal Democrat Richard Baum 932 2.1 −14.9
Majority 378 0.8 −4.2
Turnout 45,230 66.9 −0.4
Conservative hold Swing −2.1
General Election 2010: Bury North[9][10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Nuttall 18,070 40.2 +3.7
Labour Maryam Khan 15,827 35.2 −7.8
Liberal Democrat Richard Baum 7,645 17.0 +1.9
BNP John Maude 1,825 4.1 +0.1
UKIP Stephen M. Evans 1,282 2.9 +1.8
Independent Bill Brison 181 0.4 N/A
Pirate Graeme P. Lambert 131 0.3 N/A
Majority 2,243 5.0 +10.0
Turnout 44,961 67.3 +5.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +5.8

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Bury North[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Chaytor 19,130 43.0 −8.2
Conservative David Nuttall 16,204 36.5 −0.2
Liberal Democrat Wilfred Davison 6,514 14.7 +2.5
BNP Stewart Clough 1,790 4.0 N/A
UKIP Philip Silver 476 1.1 N/A
Socialist Labour Ryan O'Neill 172 0.4 N/A
Veritas Ian Upton 153 0.3 N/A
Majority 2,926 6.6 −8.0
Turnout 44,439 61.5 −1.5
Labour hold Swing −4.0
General Election 2001: Bury North[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Chaytor 22,945 51.2 −0.6
Conservative John Walsh 16,413 36.6 −0.9
Liberal Democrat Bryn Hackley 5,430 12.1 +3.9
Majority 6,532 14.6 +0.3
Turnout 44,788 63.0 −14.9
Labour hold Swing +0.1

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Bury North[14][15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Chaytor 28,523 51.8 +10.2
Conservative Alistair Burt 20,657 37.5 −12.1
Liberal Democrat Neville Kenyon 4,536 8.2 −0.3
Referendum Richard Hallewell 1,337 2.4 N/A
Majority 7,866 14.3 +6.2
Turnout 55,053 77.8 −6.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +11.2
General Election 1992: Bury North[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alistair Burt 29,266 49.7 −0.4
Labour Jim Dobbin 24,502 41.6 +3.8
Liberal Democrat Colin McGrath 5,010 8.5 −3.6
Natural Law Michael Sullivan 163 0.3 N/A
Majority 4,764 8.1 −4.2
Turnout 58,941 84.8 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing −2.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Bury North[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alistair Burt 28,097 50.1 +4.6
Labour David Crausby 21,186 37.8 −2.4
Liberal David Vasmer 6,804 12.1 −2.2
Majority 6,911 12.3 +7.0
Turnout 56,087 82.5 +2.9
Conservative hold Swing +3.5
General Election 1983: Bury North[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alistair Burt 23,923 45.5 N/A
Labour Frank White 21,131 40.2 N/A
Liberal Elisabeth Wilson 7,550 14.4 N/A
Majority 2,792 5.3 N/A
Turnout 52,604 79.6 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Bury North: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 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. ^ a b "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Bury North". BBC News. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  5. ^ List of Conservative MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
  6. ^ "Bury North 1983-". Hansard 1803-2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  8. ^ "Bury North parliamentary constituency". BBC News. 
  9. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "General Election Results 2010". Bury Council. 5 December 2005. Archived from the original on May 12, 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Election 2010 - Bury North". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  16. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.45 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  17. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  18. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  19. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  20. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

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