Morecambe and Lunesdale (UK Parliament constituency)
|Morecambe and Lunesdale|
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||69,254 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Morecambe, Heysham, Carnforth and Skerton|
|Member of Parliament||David Morris (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
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Since 1979 the constituency has been a bellwether and includes the seaside town and many villages as well as the north bank of the City of Lancaster, which is largely Skerton. This seat brings together northern semi-rural reaches of Lancashire bisected by the M6, including seaside Silverdale and Carnforth south of the Cumbria border, the seaside resort of Morecambe and the nuclear power station/ferry port village of Heysham which provides a direct east–west service to Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland. Separating Morecambe from Lancaster is a narrow belt of parkland, houses and the White Lund industrial estate.
Before 1950, Morecambe was in the Lancaster constituency. This seat was formerly Morecambe and Lonsdale and gained a new name and redrawn boundaries in 1983. For the General Election of that year, sections of the constituency were removed to be united with the former county of Westmorland in the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency. For the 1983 election the electoral wards used in the creation of the new seat were:
- Alexandra, Arkholme, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth, Halton-with-Aughton, Harbour, Heysham Central, Heysham North, Kellet, Overton, Parks, Poulton, Silverdale, Slyne-with-Hest, Torrisholme, Victoria and Walton
In boundary changes in the 2000s, only minor adjustments were made. Parliament approved the recommendations in the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies in respect of this area, enacting only minor boundary alterations. The constituency has City of Lancaster electoral wards:
- Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth, Halton-with-Aughton, Harbour, Heysham Central, Heysham North, Heysham South, Kellet, Overton, Poulton, Silverdale, Skerton East, Skerton West, Slyne-with-Hest, Torrisholme, Upper Lune Valley, Warton and Westgate.
Once a safe Conservative seat, Morecambe followed its neighbour and fellow seaside town, Blackpool, by voting Labour in the 1997 general election. The results in the general elections of 1997, 2001 and 2005 had remarkably similar majorities with virtually no swing to the Conservatives. The Conservatives gained the seat at the 2010 general election with an above average swing
Members of Parliament
|1950||constituency created as "Morecambe and Lonsdale"|
|1958 by-election||Basil de Ferranti||Conservative|
|1983||constituency renamed as "Morecambe and Lunesdale" after boundary changes|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Owen Lambert||2,328||5.1||+1.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Matthew Severn||1,699||3.7||±0.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Matthew Severn||1,612||3.7||−9.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Les Jones||5,791||13.3||−0.3|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||−6.9|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Alex Stone||5,741||13.8||+4.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Christopher Cotton||3,817||9.2||−2.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||June Greenwell||5,614||11.4|
|Natural Law||David Walne||165||0.3|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+19.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Anthony Saville||9,584||21.7||−3.2|
|MB Independent||Mark Turner||916||2.1||New|
|Natural Law||Richard Marriott||205||0.5||New|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Morecambe and Lonsdale election results, 1950–79
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