Bury North (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Bury North in Greater Manchester
Location of Greater Manchester within England
|Population||87,218 (2011 UK Census)|
|Electorate||67,911 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||James Frith (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Rossendale (part)|
Bury & Radcliffe (part)
|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. Since the snap election on 8 June 2017, its MP has been James Frith of the Labour Party who gained the seat from a Conservative. Bury North is one of 23 seats won (held or gained) by a Labour candidate in 2017 from a total of 27 covering its county. Frith's 2017 win was one of 30 net gains of the Labour Party.
- 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.
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.
Despite its name Bury North includes the entirety of the town of Bury. A traditional Labour-Conservative marginal, Ramsbottom and Tottington are mostly Conservative, but in the case of Ramsbottom, not always overwhelmingly so, whereas the town of Bury itself (particularly the Bury East ward) is generally more favourable to Labour, with Elton being a marginal. Tottington, Church ward and the rural North Manor ward are safely Conservative, however Ramsbottom is now a Labour marginal, re-gained by the party in 2018. The 2011 Ramsbottom local election was famously a tie between the Labour and Conservative candidates, decided by drawing straws which Labour won and took control of the council.
The wards surrounding the town centre include some terraced and social housing and is ethnically diverse. The Bury town centre itself features two large sixth form colleges, the 'World Famous' market famed for Black Pudding as well as newer shopping and leisure developments such as The Rock. Tourist attractions include the East Lancashire Heritage Railway and Fusiliers Museum. North of Bury the area becomes more rural, approaching the provincial towns of Tottington and Ramsbottom, which are becoming increasingly desirable for Manchester commuters looking for quieter housing overlooking the West Pennines. Ramsbottom features Peel Monument, a tower on Holcombe Hill dedicated to former Conservative Prime Minister Robert Peel who was born in Bury. The tower is occasionally opened by volunteers, which offers views across Greater Manchester and as far out as Cheshire.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Baum||912||1.9||-0.2|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+5.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Baum||932||2.1||−14.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Baum||7,645||17.0||+1.9|
|UKIP||Stephen M. Evans||1,282||2.9||+1.8|
|Pirate||Graeme P. Lambert||131||0.3||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+5.8|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Wilfred Davison||6,514||14.7||+2.5|
|Socialist Labour||Ryan O'Neill||172||0.4||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Bryn Hackley||5,430||12.1||+3.9|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Neville Kenyon||4,536||8.2||−0.3|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+11.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Colin McGrath||5,010||8.5||−3.6|
|Natural Law||Michael Sullivan||163||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
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- nomis Constituency Profile for Bury North — presenting data from the ONS annual population survey and other official statistics.