Hyndburn (UK Parliament constituency)
53°46′05″N 2°22′55″W / 53.768°N 2.382°W
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||80,617 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Accrington and Haslingden|
|Member of Parliament||Sara Britcliffe (Conservative Party (UK))|
|Created from||Accrington and Clitheroe|
Hyndburn is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Sara Britcliffe of the Conservative Party.[n 2]
History and profile
The seat was created in 1983, from parts of the former seats of Accrington and Clitheroe. In its ambit is much terraced (freehold) owner occupied housing and surrounding villages, that may have helped to win the constituency for a Conservative in 1983, by 21 votes. The Conservative majority in 1983 was the second smallest achieved by any party in a seat in the United Kingdom at that election, only being beaten by the Conservatives 7 vote majority in Leicester South In 1987, against the national trend, the Conservative vote share increased by 2.1% while Labour's vote share fell by 2.4%. Consequently, the Conservatives increased their majority to 2,220 votes, a higher majority than it achieved in 31 other seats.
Labour won it in 1992, and chose a new candidate for 2010, Graham Jones, who was elected. Part of Labour's Red Wall, the seat was won by the Conservatives in 2019, with the twenty-four year old Tory candidate Sara Britcliffe ousting Jones with a swing of 9.9%.
In January 1996, Hyndburn Conservatives deselected Hugh Neil, after a six-week investigation into alleged bogus claims that he made about his background. Neil claimed to have a doctorate from Manchester Business School and Harvard Business School, to have been an adviser to Keith Joseph, and to be a member of the Institute of Directors. He would have been the party's first black MP.
1983-1997: The Borough of Hyndburn.
1997–present: The Borough of Hyndburn, and the Borough of Rossendale wards of Greenfield and Worsley.
A mostly Labour inclined seat[n 3], based around the East Lancashire town of Accrington, it also includes Clayton-le-Moors, Great Harwood, Oswaldtwistle, and Rishton in Hyndburn, and Haslingden in Rossendale.
Following its review of parliamentary representation in Lancashire in the 2000s, the Boundary Commission made minor alterations to the existing Hyndburn constituency. Two Haslingden wards from Rossendale district had been added to the constituency in 1997. The Commission rejected a proposal to rename the constituency "Hyndburn and Haslingden", following the Assistant Commissioner's view that;
- It is obviously right that constituency names should as far as possible reflect the geography and character of the constituency but equally they should be as succinct as reasonably possible
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Brexit Party||Gregory Butt||2,156||5.1||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Adam Waller-Slack||1,226||2.9||+1.1|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+9.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Leslie Jones||824||1.8||―0.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Alison Firth||859||2.0||―9.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Andrew Rankine||5,033||11.8||―2.6|
|English Democrat||Chris Reid||413||1.0||New|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Bill Greene||5,577||14.1||+4.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Bill Greene||3,680||9.6||+1.0|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Les Jones||4,141||8.6||―1.3|
|Independent Anti-Corruption in Government (IAC)||James Brown||290||0.4||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Yvonne Stars||4,886||9.9||―5.3|
|Natural Law||Stephen Whittle||150||0.3||New|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+4.3|
Elections in the 1980s
|Labour||Keva Christopher Coombes||19,386||39.8||―2.4|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
- ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
- ^ In local elections to date
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- ^ The Times Guide to the House of Commons June 1983. London: Times Books Ltd. 1983. p. 282. ISBN 0-7230-0255-X.
- ^ The Times Guide to the House of Commons June 1987. London: Times Books Ltd. 1987. pp. 142 & 280. ISBN 0-7230-0298-3.
- ^ "Hyndburn Labour successor to Greg Pope announced". lancashiretelegraph.co.uk. 22 November 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
- ^ Deborah Mattinson (2020). Beyond The Red Wall. p. 35.
- ^ "Tories deselect black candidate". heraldscotland.com. 17 January 1996. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
- ^ Commissioners Report, accessed 16 January 2006 Archived 14 February 2006 at the Wayback Machine
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- ^ "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 3 March 2016. Retrieved 6 December 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.