Makerfield (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||74,856 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Wigan (part) and Ashton-in-Makerfield|
|Member of Parliament||Yvonne Fovargue (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Ince, Wigan, Newton and Westhoughton|
Makerfield is on some calculations, particularly a historical measure based on the period of time since a previous party served the area, the safest Labour seat in the country — with its predecessor constituencies, the area has been held by Labour since the Parliamentary Labour Party was formed in 1906. In 2010 the constituency, of the 650 nationally, polled the 105th highest share of the vote for the Labour Party. However, Labour's majority fell significantly in 2019 as many similar Brexit-supporting seats in the North and Midlands were lost altogether. Most polling companies now refer to Makerfield as a marginal seat between Labour and Conservatives. There is no town called Makerfield itself; instead, the name refers to the suffix of 'in-Makerfield' of the towns Ashton-in-Makerfield and Ince-in-Makerfield, though since 2010 the latter is now part of the Wigan seat. The seat comprises mostly working-class residential suburbs south of Wigan and to the west of Leigh. Deprivation however is relatively lower than that of neighbouring towns and home-ownership is higher, with a mostly skilled working-class population and a lower than average proportion of ethnic minorities. There is some semi-rural land towards the west of the constituency where it borders St Helens and green buffers separating the constituent towns and villages. Formerly a coal-mining area, there is now a small amount of light industry remaining, though not as much as Wigan, and the area is mostly residential as the towns continue to grow. The area is also home to Winstanley College, one of the highest performing sixth-form colleges in the country, enrolling around 1800 students.[circular reference]
1983–1997: The Metropolitan Borough of Wigan wards of Abram, Ashton-Golborne, Bryn, Lightshaw, Orrell, Winstanley, and Worsley Mesnes.
1997–2010: The Metropolitan Borough of Wigan wards of Abram, Ashton-Golborne, Bryn, Ince, Orrell, Winstanley, and Worsley Mesnes.
2010–present: The Metropolitan Borough of Wigan wards of Abram, Ashton, Bryn, Hindley, Hindley Green, Orrell, Winstanley, and Worsley Mesnes.
Makerfield consists of the western and central section of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan in Greater Manchester. It comprises the wards to the south and to the west of Wigan and to the west of Leigh.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Brexit Party||Ross Wright||5,817||13.1||New|
|Liberal Democrats||John Skipworth||2,108||4.8||+2.0|
|Liberal Democrats||John Skipworth||1,322||2.8||–0.9|
|Liberal Democrats||John Skipworth||1,639||3.7||−12.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Dave Crowther||7,082||16.2||+4.8|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Trevor Beswick||3,789||10.6||−0.8|
|Community Action||Peter Franzen||2,769||7.8||New|
|Liberal Democrats||David Crowther||3,990||11.4||+3.1|
|Socialist Alliance||Malcolm Jones||858||2.5||New|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Bruce Hubbard||3,743||8.3||−1.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen Jeffers||5,097||9.4||−7.1|
|Natural Law||Christopher Davies||397||0.7||New|
Elections in the 1980s
|Labour win (new seat)|
Notes and references
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- "Makerfield". BBC News. Archived from the original on 23 Jul 2004. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
- Winstanley College
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 1)
- "Statement of persons nominated 2019" (PDF).
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- "Makerfield". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
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- "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.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 6 Dec 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.