Bury South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°34′48″N 2°17′56″W / 53.580°N 2.299°W / 53.580; -2.299

Bury South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Bury South in Greater Manchester
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Location of Greater Manchester within England
CountyGreater Manchester
Population97,842 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate75,140 (December 2010)[2]
Major settlementsPrestwich, Radcliffe, Whitefield
Current constituency
Created1983
Member of Parliamentvacant
Number of membersOne
Created fromMiddleton and Prestwich & Bury and Radcliffe
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyNorth West England

Bury South is a borough constituency most-recently 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;[3] 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.[4]

Constituency profile[edit]

The seat covers Prestwich, Whitefield and Radcliffe, towns 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, its secondary school shut down, but is attempting regeneration as a commuter suburb[citation needed] 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, now under threat from development. Overall this is an economically diverse area, as there are pockets of social housing in each town, while houses on Sheepfoot Lane in Prestwich, facing Heaton Park, can sell for over £1 million, with mostly owner-occupied semi-detached housing in between.

At local elections Prestwich mostly returns Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors, with some Conservative representation in Sedgeley. Whitefield is a mix of safe Conservative and safe Labour, and Unsworth marginally Labour. Radcliffe was generally Labour with the exception of Radcliffe North. In 2019, the Conservatives gained their second Radcliffe North seat, and Labour lost both Radcliffe East and West wards to an independent local party, Radcliffe First.

Boundaries[edit]

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, held by Labour on slim majorities at the 1979 election. 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 seat was contested by future cabinet minister Hazel Blears in 1992, narrowly losing and would later be elected in her hometown in nearby Salford the following election until retiring in 2015.

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[edit]

Election Member[5][6] Party
1983 David Sumberg Conservative
1997 Ivan Lewis Labour
2018[7] Independent

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

United Kingdom general election, 2019: Bury South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Lucy Burke[8]
Women’s Equality Gemma Evans[9][8]
Green Glyn Heath[10][8]
Liberal Democrat Richard Kilpatrick[11][8]
Independent Ivan Lewis[8]
Brexit Party Andrea Livesey[8]
Conservative Christian Wakeford[8]


General election 2017: Bury South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ivan Lewis 27,165 53.3 Increase8.2
Conservative Robert Largan[12] 21,200 41.6 Increase6.9
UKIP Ian Henderson 1,316 2.6 Decrease10.8
Liberal Democrat Andrew Page 1,065 2.1 Decrease1.5
Independent Peter Wright 244 0.5 N/A
Majority 5,965 11.7 +1.3
Turnout 50,990 69.2 Increase5.3
Labour hold Swing Increase0.7
General election 2015: Bury South[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ivan Lewis 21,272 45.1 +4.6
Conservative Daniel Critchlow 16,350 34.6 +1.0
UKIP Séamus Martin 6,299 13.3 +11.2
Liberal Democrat Paul Ankers 1,690 3.6 −14.6
Green Glyn Heath 1,434 3.0 +2.0
English Democrat Valerie Morris 170 0.4 −0.7
Majority 4,922 10.4 +3.6
Turnout 47,215 63.9 −1.7
Labour hold Swing +1.8
General election 2010: Bury South[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ivan Lewis 19,508 40.4 −10.5
Conservative Michelle Wiseman 16,216 33.6 +5.5
Liberal Democrat Victor D'Albert 8,796 18.2 +1.1
BNP Jean Purdy 1,743 3.6 N/A
UKIP Paul Chadwick 1,017 2.1 −0.5
English Democrat Valerie Morris 494 1.0 N/A
Green George Heron 493 1.0 N/A
Majority 3,292 6.8 −16.0
Turnout 48,267 65.6 +7.1
Labour hold Swing −8.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Bury South[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ivan Lewis 19,741 50.4 −8.8
Conservative Alexander Williams 10,829 27.7 +0.8
Liberal Democrat Victor D'Albert 6,968 17.8 +3.9
UKIP Jim H. Greenhalgh 1,059 2.7 +2.7
Independent Yvonne Hossack 557 1.4 N/A
Majority 8,912 22.8
Turnout 39,154 58.5 −0.3
Labour hold Swing −4.8
General election 2001: Bury South[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ivan Lewis 23,406 59.2 +2.3
Conservative Nicola Le Page 10,634 26.9 −5.4
Liberal Democrat Tim Pickstone 5,499 13.9 +5.5
Majority 12,772 32.3
Turnout 39,539 58.8 −16.6
Labour hold Swing +3.85

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Bury South[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ivan Lewis 28,658 56.9 +12.3
Conservative David Sumberg 16,277 32.3 −13.7
Liberal Democrat Victor D'Albert 4,227 8.4 −0.5
Referendum Bryan Slater 1,216 2.4 N/A
Majority 12,381 24.6
Turnout 50,378 75.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General election 1992: Bury South[20][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Sumberg 24,873 46.0 +0.0
Labour Hazel Blears 24,085 44.6 +3.7
Liberal Democrat Adrian Cruden 4,832 8.9 −4.1
Natural Law Norma Sullivan 228 0.4 N/A
Majority 788 1.5 −3.7
Turnout 54,018 82.1 +2.4
Conservative hold Swing −1.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1987: Bury South[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Sumberg 23,878 46.0 +2.0
Labour Derek Boden 21,199 40.9 +4.4
Social Democratic Derek Eyre 6,772 13.1 −6.4
Majority 2,679 5.1
Turnout 51,849 79.7
Conservative hold Swing −1.2
General election 1983: Bury South[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Sumberg 21,718 44.0 N/A
Labour Derek Boden 17,998 36.5 N/A
Social Democratic Keith Evans 9,628 19.5 N/A
Majority 3,720 7.5 N/A
Turnout 49,344 76.1 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Bury South: 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. ^ "MP Ivan Lewis suspended by Labour". BBC News. 23 November 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  4. ^ Marshall, Brad (20 December 2018). "Bury South MP Ivan Lewis resigns from the Labour Party". The Bury Times. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  5. ^ "Bury South 1983-". Hansard 1803-2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 6)
  7. ^ "MP Ivan Lewis suspended by Labour". BBC News. 23 November 2017. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Candidates for Bury South in the UK Parliament elections". Democracy Club Candidates.
  9. ^ "Domestic abuse survivor to contest Bury South for Women's Equality party". The Guardian. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Prospective General Election Candidates". Green Party. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Contacts". Bury Liberal Democrats.
  12. ^ "Norfolk North and Penistone & Stocksbridge choose their candidates. Latest selection news. | Conservative Home". Conservative Home.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Bury South". BBC News. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  15. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Election 2010 | Constituency | Bury South". news.bbc.co.uk.
  17. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  20. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  21. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.
  22. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  23. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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