Bury South (UK Parliament constituency)
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for the House of Commons
Boundary of Bury South in Greater Manchester.
Location of Greater Manchester within England.
|Population||97,842 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||75,140 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Prestwich, Radcliffe, Whitefield|
|Member of Parliament||Ivan Lewis (Independent)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Middleton and Prestwich & Bury and Radcliffe|
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
Bury South is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Since 1997 the MP has been Ivan Lewis of the Labour Party. On 23 November 2017, Lewis was suspended by the Labour Party over accusations of sexual harassment; he resigned from the party on 20 December 2018 with the investigation into the allegations unconcluded, citing various concerns about its conduct and about the views of party leader Jeremy Corbyn in relation to Brexit and allegations of anti-semitism.
The seat covers Prestwich, Whitefield and Radcliffe which were all former districts that were absorbed into Bury Council in 1974. The western border contains much of Bury's green belt land including Philips Park in Whitefield, Prestwich Clough and Drinkwater Park. Prestwich and Whitefield are residential areas with one of the largest Jewish communities outside London. Radcliffe is a former mill town which declined after the loss of industry, lost its secondary school, but is regenerating as a commuter suburb with a large park-and-ride Metrolink station. North Radcliffe includes Ainsworth, a rural area ,along with Simister to the east of Prestwich which still has some farmland. Overall this is an economically diverse area, as there are small areas of social housing in each town, while houses on Sheepfoot Lane in Prestwich, facing Heaton Park, can sell for over £1 million, with mostly semi-detached housing in between.
At local elections Prestwich mostly returns Labour or Liberal Democrat councillors, with some Conservative representation in Sedgeley. Whitefield is a mix of safe Conservative and safe Labour, and Unsworth marginally Labour. Holyrood in Prestwich being an exceptional Liberal Democrat stronghold, Radcliffe is generally Labourwith the exception of Radcliffe North. As of 2018, the Conservatives won Radcliffe North with a 15% swing whilst Labour held their other two Radcliffe seats.
1983-2010: The Metropolitan Borough of Bury wards of Besses, Holyrood, Pilkington Park, Radcliffe Central, Radcliffe North, Radcliffe South, St Mary's, and Sedgley.
2010–present: The Metropolitan Borough of Bury wards of Besses, Holyrood, Pilkington Park, Radcliffe East, Radcliffe North, Radcliffe West, St Mary's, Sedgley, and Unsworth.
The constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the former seats of Middleton and Prestwich & Bury and Radcliffe, both of which were Labour-Conservative marginals. It covers the suburban towns of Radcliffe, Whitefield and Prestwich. The constituency does not contain any area of the town of Bury itself (which is in Bury North), apart from Unsworth , but only towns in the south of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury.
The 2018 Boundary Commission proposals would see Bury South boundaries changed, once again becoming Prestwich and Middleton, taking Middleton from the existing Heywood and Middleton constituency and losing Radcliffe to a new Farnworth and Radcliffe constituency, while Unsworth becomes part of a newly created Bury constituency.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew Page||1,065||2.1||1.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Paul Ankers||1,690||3.6||−14.6|
|English Democrat||Valerie Morris||170||0.4||−0.7|
|Liberal Democrat||Victor D'Albert||8,796||18.2||+1.1|
|English Democrat||Valerie Morris||494||1.0||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Victor D'Albert||6,968||17.8||+3.9|
|UKIP||Jim H. Greenhalgh||1,059||2.7||+2.7|
|Conservative||Nicola Le Page||10,634||26.9||−5.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Tim Pickstone||5,499||13.9||+5.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Victor D'Albert||4,227||8.4||−0.5|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Liberal Democrat||Adrian Cruden||4,832||8.9||−4.1|
|Natural Law||Norma Sullivan||228||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||Derek Eyre||6,772||13.1||−6.4|
|Social Democratic||Keith Evans||9,628||19.5||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Bury South: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
- "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.
- "MP Ivan Lewis suspended by Labour". BBC News. 23 November 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
- Marshall, Brad (20 December 2018). "Bury South MP Ivan Lewis resigns from the Labour Party". The Bury Times. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
- "Bury South 1983-". Hansard 1803-2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 6)
- "MP Ivan Lewis suspended by Labour". BBC News. 23 November 2017. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
- "Norfolk North and Penistone & Stocksbridge choose their candidates. Latest selection news. | Conservative Home". Conservative Home.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Bury South". BBC News. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- BBC - Election 2010 - Bury South
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- nomis Constituency Profile for Bury South — presenting data from the ONS annual population survey and other official statistics.