Morecambe and Lunesdale (UK Parliament constituency)
|Morecambe and Lunesdale|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Morecambe and Lunesdale in Lancashire.
Location of Lancashire within England.
|Electorate||69,254 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Morecambe, Heysham, Carnforth and Skerton|
|Member of parliament||David Morris (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
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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.
The constituency was formerly Morecambe and Lonsdale and gained a new name and adjusted boundaries in 1983. Before 1950, Morecambe was in the Lancaster constituency. For the General Election of that year, sections of the constituency 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 Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies recommendations 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
|Conservative||David Thomas Morris||19,691||45.5||+4.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Matthew Severn||1,612||3.7||−9.6|
|Conservative||David Thomas Morris||18,035||41.5||+4.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Les Jones||5,791||13.3||−0.3|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||−6.9|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Alex Stone||5,741||13.8||+4.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Cotton||3,817||9.2||−2.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||June Greenwell||5,614||11.4||N/A|
|Natural Law||David Walne||165||0.3||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+19.1|
|Labour||Ms Jean Elizabeth Yates||10,998||24.9||+2.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Anthony John Saville||9,584||21.7||−3.2|
|Morecambe Bay Independent||Mark Anthony Turner||916||2.1||N/A|
|Natural Law||Richard Malcolm Marriott||205||0.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative||Mark Lennox-Boyd||22, 327||52.7||−3.9|
|Social Democratic||June Greenwell||10,542||24.9||−0.3|
|Labour||David Smith||9, 535||22.5||+4.8|
|Social Democratic||Tom Clare||9,774||25.2||N/A|
|Labour||Abbott Clifton Bryning||6,882||17.7||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Morecambe and Lonsdale election results, 1950-79
Notes and references
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- Crewe, Ivor (1983). British Parliamentary constituencies - a statistical compendium. faber and faber. ISBN 0-571-13236-7.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Morecambe & Lunesdale". BBC News. Retrieved 11 May 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.
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- "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.