Lancaster and Wyre (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°59′31″N 2°55′41″W / 53.992°N 2.928°W / 53.992; -2.928

Lancaster and Wyre
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Lancaster and Wyre in Lancashire for the 2005 general election.
Outline map
Location of Lancashire within England.
County Lancashire
Number of members One
Replaced by Lancaster and Fleetwood, Wyre and Preston North
Created from Lancaster and Wyre

Lancaster and Wyre was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. From 1997 to 2010, it elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election, but has now been replaced by Lancaster and Fleetwood.


This seat was created for the 1997 general election and was abolished at the 2010 general election. It was a marginal seat between the Labour and Conservative parties throughout its existence, and was the only seat gained by the Conservatives in the North West in the 2005 General Election.


The City of Lancaster wards of Bulk, Castle, Caton, Ellel, John O'Gaunt, Scotforth East, and Scotforth West, and the Borough of Wyre wards of Breck, Brock, Calder, Carleton, Catterall, Duchy, Garstang, Hambleton, Hardhorn, High Cross, Norcross, Pilling, Preesall, Staina, Tithebarn, and Wyresdale.

The Boundary Commission for England's proposals for parliamentary constituencies in Lancashire were completed in 2006. They proposed to split this seat into two.[1] As a result, Lancaster was attached to another part of Wyre borough, over the River Wyre to the fishing port of Fleetwood. The new seat of Lancaster and Fleetwood represents the first time the two places have been linked for parliamentary reasons for many years.

The other seat is the new Wyre and Preston North.[1] This seat has never been created before, and the bringing together of Garstang, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde and the Fulwood and northern rural areas of Preston is unprecedented.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1997 Hilton Dawson Labour
2005 Ben Wallace Conservative
2010 constituency abolished: see Lancaster and Fleetwood and Wyre and Preston North

There were only two Members of Parliament for this seat. Ben Wallace was selected to represent the Conservatives at the 2010 election in the successor seat of Wyre and Preston North.


General Election 2005: Lancaster and Wyre[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ben Wallace 22,266 42.8 +0.6
Labour Anne Sacks 18,095 34.8 -8.3
Liberal Democrat Stuart Langhorn 8,453 16.2 +5.9
Green Jon Barry 2,278 4.4 +1.4
UKIP John Mander 969 1.9 +0.5
Majority 4,171 8.0
Turnout 52,061 64.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 2001: Lancaster and Wyre[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hilton Dawson 22,556 43.1 +0.3
Conservative Steve Barclay 22,075 42.2 +1.6
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Scott 5,383 10.3 -1.3
Green John Whitelegg 1,595 3.0 +1.7
UKIP John Whittaker 741 1.4 +0.2
Majority 481 0.9
Turnout 52,350 65.9 -8.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1997: Lancaster and Wyre[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hilton Dawson 25,173 42.8 +9.7
Conservative Keith Mans 23,878 40.6 -11.6
Liberal Democrat John C. Humberstone 6,802 11.5 -2.4
Referendum Vivien Ivell 1,516 2.6
Green Jon Barry 795 1.3
UKIP John Whittaker 698 1.2
Majority 1,295 2.2
Turnout 58,862 74.8
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Boundary Commission For England: Fifth Periodical Report" (PDF). London: The Stationery Office. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.