Lancaster and Fleetwood (UK Parliament constituency)

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Lancaster and Fleetwood
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Lancaster and Fleetwood in Lancashire for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of Lancashire within England.
County Lancashire
Electorate 67,305 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Cat Smith (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Lancaster and Wyre
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North West England

Lancaster and Fleetwood is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. Created in the most recent fifth periodic review of constituencies by the Boundary Commission for England, it elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post voting system.

Since the 2015 general election the seat has been held by Cat Smith of the Labour Party. Previously it was represented by Eric Ollerenshaw, a Conservative.

History[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Lancashire, the Boundary Commission created a new constituency involving Wyre and Preston North, for the 2010 general election, which split the previous linking of Lancaster and Wyre. As a consequence, Lancaster and the coastal town of Fleetwood have been attached for parliamentary purposes. Both the 2010 and 2015 elections were closely fought between the Conservative and Labour candidates, indicating it to be a marginal seat.

Boundaries[edit]

The new seat of Lancaster and Fleetwood was subject to public consultation following the decision to create a new seat in Lancashire in the run-up to the United Kingdom general election, 2010, which caused major consequential changes to the central and southern parts of the county. During the consultation process, the Wyre ward of Cabus was moved from Lancaster and Fleetwood to Wyre and Preston North.

The seat has electoral wards:

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
2010 Eric Ollerenshaw Conservative
2015 Cat Smith Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Lancaster and Fleetwood[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cat Smith 17,643 42.3 +7.0
Conservative Eric Ollerenshaw 16,378 39.2 +3.2
UKIP Matthew Atkins 4,060 9.7 +7.3
Green Chris Coates 2,093 5.0 +0.6
Liberal Democrat Robin Long 1,390 3.3 −15.8
Northern Harold Elletson 174 0.4 +0.4
Majority 1,265 3.0
Turnout 41,738 68.6 +7.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

TUSC candidate Ray Smith[4] withdrew before the 2015 election.[5]

General Election 2010: Lancaster and Fleetwood[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Eric Ollerenshaw 15,404 36.1 +2.5
Labour Clive Grunshaw 15,071 35.3 −7.1
Liberal Democrat Stuart Langhorn 8,167 19.1 +3.5
Green Gina Dowding 1,888 4.4 −1.4
UKIP Fred McGlade 1,020 2.4 −0.1
BNP Debra Kent 938 2.2 N/A
Independent Keith Riley 213 0.5 +0.5
Majority 333 0.8
Turnout 42,701 61.1 +1.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +4.8

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)

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