Chorley (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Chorley in Lancashire
Location of Lancashire within England
|Population||94,932 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||75,938 (December 2018)|
|Member of Parliament||Vacant|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||North Lancashire|
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
Chorley is a constituency[n 1] [n 2] in Lancashire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Lindsay Hoyle. Hoyle was originally elected for the Labour Party, but has since become the Speaker, making him unaffiliated.
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 History
- 3 Members of Parliament
- 4 Elections
- 4.1 Elections in the 2010s
- 4.2 Elections in the 2000s
- 4.3 Elections in the 1990s
- 4.4 Elections in the 1980s
- 4.5 Elections in the 1970s
- 4.6 Elections in the 1960s
- 4.7 Elections in the 1950s
- 4.8 Elections in the 1940s
- 4.9 Elections in the 1930s
- 4.10 Elections in the 1920s
- 4.11 Elections in the 1910s
- 4.12 Elections in the 1900s
- 5 Election results 1885–1918
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
- 8 External links
1885–1918: The Sessional Division of Leyland Hundred, and part of the Sessional Division of Leyland.
1918–1950: The Municipal Borough of Chorley, the Urban Districts of Adlington, Croston, Leyland, and Withnell, the Rural District of Chorley, and in the Rural District of Wigan the civil parishes of Haigh, Parbold, Worthington, and Wrightington.
1950–1983: The Municipal Borough of Chorley, the Urban Districts of Adlington and Leyland, and the Rural District of Chorley.
1983–1997: The Borough of Chorley, and the District of West Lancashire wards of Parbold and Wrightington.
1997–2010: The Borough of Chorley.
2010–present: The Borough of Chorley wards of Adlington and Anderton, Astley and Buckshaw, Brindle and Hoghton, Chisnall, Chorley East, Chorley North East, Chorley North West, Chorley South East, Chorley South West, Clayton-le-Woods and Whittle-le-Woods, Clayton-le-Woods North, Clayton-le-Woods West and Cuerden, Coppull, Euxton North, Euxton South, Heath Charnock and Rivington, Pennine, and Wheelton and Withnell.
Chorley constituency consists of the majority of the borough of Chorley. As well as the central market town of Chorley itself, the seat extends into southern Lancashire rural hinterland with three major villages and minor villages.
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Lancashire leading up to the 2010 United Kingdom general election the Boundary Commission for England created a new seat of Wyre and Preston North in the central part of the county, which caused "knock-on" effects elsewhere. Chorley constituency was one of the largest in electorate at the start of the review, which was a factor in the alterations to both its own composition and the changes to surrounding constituencies. These changes took away from the seat all the areas to the west of the M6 motorway, namely Croston, Eccleston, Bretherton and Mawdesley. These move to South Ribble.
Since the 1945 general election Chorley has proved to be a bellwether, changing hands between Labour and the Conservatives; however, this pattern was broken in 2010 when Labour MP Lindsay Hoyle retained the seat against the national trend. Chorley itself is Labour's strongest seat in the area, with the rural hinterland and smaller towns and villages more inclined to vote Conservative.
Members of Parliament
Sir Lindsay Hoyle has been MP for Chorley since 1997 as a member of the Labour Party. In November 2019 Hoyle was elected as Speaker of the House of Commons following the resignation of John Bercow; Sir Lindsay had been Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons under Bercow since 2010.
There is an inconsistently followed convention, which is mostly kept by the major parties, not to oppose the Speaker at elections. In keeping with this, the previously announced Liberal Democrat candidate, Paul Valentine, subsequently withdrew from the general election once Sir Lindsay was appointed Speaker. However the Green Party candidate, James Melling, confirmed that he will stand against the incumbent Speaker.
|1895 by-election||David Lindsay, Lord Balniel||Conservative|
|1913 by-election||Sir Henry Hibbert||Conservative|
|1918||Sir Douglas Hacking||Coalition Conservative|
|Feb 1974||George Rodgers||Labour|
|1997||Sir Lindsay Hoyle||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
The Liberal Democrats have agreed to stand aside, and support the Green Party candidate as part of an agreement to try to increase the chances of Remain supporting MPs being elected. The Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives, and Labour traditionally do not stand against the sitting Speaker of the House of Commons, and are not expected to stand; the Liberal Democrats have confirmed that they will not be standing. The Brexit Party are also not standing, but their candidate will stand as an independent. 
Candidates listed in alphabetical order of surname.
|Independent||Mark Smith |
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Fenn||1,126||2.0||−0.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Fenn||1,354||2.6||−11.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Fenn||6,957||14.0||=|
|Independent||Christopher P. Curtis||359||0.7||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Alexander Wilson-Fletcher||6,932||14.0||+2.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Fenn||5,372||11.2||+2.7|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Simon Jones||4,900||8.5||−3.0|
|Natural Law||Peter Leadbetter||143||0.2||−0.4|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+11.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Janet Ross-Mills||7,452||11.5||−4.6|
|Natural Law||Peter Leadbetter||402||0.6||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||Peter O'Neill||11,691||20.2||+10.6|
Elections in the 1970s
|National Front||Michael John Dean||379||0.6||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+4.1|
|More Prosperous Britain||Harold Smith||185||0.3||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+1.8|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+6.3|
Elections in the 1960s
Elections in the 1950s
|Liberal||Florence Emilie Adams||2,706||5.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1940s
|Conservative||Robert Hamilton Brown||21,595||46.8||−8.5|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+10.2|
Elections in the 1930s
|Ind. Labour Party||Bob Edwards||1,365||3.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1920s
Elections in the 1910s
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||John Peter Todd Jackson||5,606||42.5||+2.8|
|Liberal||John Peter Todd Jackson||4,887||39.7||−2.0|
Elections in the 1900s
Election results 1885–1918
Elections in the 1880s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Elections in the 1890s
Notes and references
- "Chorley: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- England Parliamentary electorates Boundary Commission for England
- "Twitter". mobile.twitter.com.
- "James Melling for Chorley". www.facebook.com.
- "Chorley 1885–". Hansard 1803–2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 4)
- "Prospective General Election Candidates". Green Party. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
- "Chorley parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Chorley". BBC News. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "BBC News | Election 2010 | Constituency | Chorley". news.bbc.co.uk.
- "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.
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- "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.
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1918–1949, FWS Craig
- Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser 11 May 1914
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
- Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
- The Liberal Year Book, 1907
- Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1886
- Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
- nomis Constituency Profile for Chorley — presenting data from the ONS annual population survey and other official statistics.
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