Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°32′24″N 1°08′20″W / 54.540°N 1.139°W / 54.540; -1.139

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland in Cleveland.
Outline map
Location of Cleveland within England.
County North Yorkshire
Electorate 72,876 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Guisborough, Marton
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Tom Blenkinsop (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Langbaurgh (created 1983)
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North East England

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland is a constituency[n 1] created in 1997 represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Tom Blenkinsop of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1997-2010: The Borough of Langbaurgh-on-Tees wards of Belmont, Brotton, Guisborough, Hutton, Lockwood and Skinningrove, Loftus, Saltburn, and Skelton, and the Borough of Middlesbrough wards of Easterside, Hemlington, Marton, Newham, Nunthorpe, Park End, and Stainton and Thornton.

2010–present: The Borough of Redcar and Cleveland wards of Brotton, Guisborough, Hutton, Lockwood, Loftus, Saltburn, Skelton, and Westworth, and the Borough of Middlesbrough wards of Coulby Newham, Hemlington, Ladgate, Marton, Marton West, Nunthorpe, Park End, and Stainton and Thornton.

The constituency was created in 1997, mostly replacing the former seat of Langbaurgh and consists of the southern outskirts of Middlesbrough (such as Acklam, Hemlington, Nunthorpe, Coulby Newham, Marton, Easterside and Park End) and those parts of the Redcar and Cleveland district not in the Redcar constituency. These include Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Guisborough, Loftus, Skelton and Brotton.

History[edit]

Summary of results

This seat was created in 1997 and has been held since then by a representative of the Labour Party. Election results have to date been considerably more close than in the overwhelmingly urban, city seat of Middlesbrough, this instead being a marginal seat, particularly the 2010 and 2015 results which saw no absolute majority unlike the previous three absolute majorities won by Ashok Kumar of the Labour Party. In the five elections to date, the second-positioned candidate has been a Conservative. The 2015 result gave the seat the 20th-smallest majority of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority.[2]

Third-placed parties

In each election to date the fourth-placed and lower candidates have failed to reach 5% of the vote, therefore forfeiting their deposits. In 2015 the third-placed party in line with national trends changed from the Liberal Democrats to UKIP on large swings; candidates from the third-placed parties in this area have always kept their deposit.

Turnout

Turnout has varied from 76% in 1997 to just over 60% in 2005.

Constituency profile[edit]

Whereas 13.8% of people in Middlesbrough are retired, 0.3 lower than in 2001, 19.4% of people are retired in the eastern Cleveland authority, Redcar and Cleveland, 3% higher than in 2001 (2011 figures).[3] The constituency is at the forefront of Britain's return to growth in output, however the western authority still in 2011 had the highest unemployment claimant count in the North East, having witnessed a decline in its world leading production of industrial and heavy duty steel.[4]


Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party Notes
1997 Ashok Kumar Labour Died March 2010; no by-election held due to imminent general election
2010 Tom Blenkinsop Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Simon Clarke
Labour Tracy Harvey
Liberal Democrat Chris Foote Wood
General Election 2015: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Blenkinsop 19,193 42.0 +2.8
Conservative Will Goodhand 16,925 37.1 +1.4
UKIP Steve Turner 6,935 15.2 +11.1
Liberal Democrat Ben Gibson 1,564 3.4 -12.5
Green Martin Brampton 1,060 2.3 +2.3
Majority 2,268 5.0 +1.4
Turnout 45,677 64.2 +0.6
Labour hold Swing 0.7
General Election 2010: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland[8][9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Blenkinsop 18,138 39.2 −11.1
Conservative Paul Bristow 16,461 35.6 +3.8
Liberal Democrat Nick Emmerson 7,340 15.9 +2.1
UKIP Stuart Lightwing 1,881 4.1 +2.6
BNP Shaun Gatley 1,576 3.4 +0.9
Independent Mike Allen 818 1.8 +1.8
Majority 1,677 3.6
Turnout 46,214 63.6 +2.7
Labour hold Swing −7.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ashok Kumar 21,945 50.2 −5.1
Conservative Mark Brooks 13,945 31.9 −2.1
Liberal Democrat Carl Minns 6,049 13.8 +3.1
BNP Geoffrey Groves 1,099 2.5 N/A
UKIP Charlotte Bull 658 1.5 N/A
Majority 8,000 18.3
Turnout 43,696 60.8 −0.2
Labour hold Swing −1.5
General Election 2001: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ashok Kumar 24,321 55.3 +0.6
Conservative Barbara Anne Harpham 14,970 34.0 −0.9
Liberal Democrat Linda Jean Parrish 4,700 10.7 +3.2
Majority 9,351 21.3
Turnout 43,991 61.0 −15.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ashok Kumar 29,319 54.7 N/A
Conservative Michael Bates 18,712 34.9 N/A
Liberal Democrat Hamish Garrett 4,004 7.5 N/A
Referendum Robin D.L. Batchelor 1,552 2.9 N/A
Majority 10,607 19.8 N/A
Turnout 53,587 76.0 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ 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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ List of Labour MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
  3. ^ 2011 census interactive maps
  4. ^ Unemployment Claimants The Guardian
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ "Middlesbrough South & Cleveland East". BBC News. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  8. ^ Statement of Candidates (PDF)
  9. ^ "UK > England > North East > Middlesbrough South & Cleveland East". Election 2010. BBC News. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.