North Swindon (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Location of Wiltshire within England
|Electorate||79,488 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Justin Tomlinson (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
North Swindon was created in 1997 and has been a bellwether since then. However, during the 2010s, the Conservatives did win the constituency by much higher numbers than their national popular vote margin.
1997–2010: The Borough of Thamesdown wards of Blunsdon, Covingham, Gorse Hill, Haydon Wick, Highworth, Moredon, St Margaret, St Philip, Western, and Whitworth, and the District of North Wiltshire ward of Cricklade.
2010–present: The Borough of Swindon wards of Abbey Meads, Blunsdon, Covingham and Nythe, Gorse Hill and Pinehurst, Haydon Wick, Highworth, Moredon, Penhill, St Margaret, St Philip, and Western.
The seat's boundaries encompass an area that before its creation made up parts of the former Swindon constituency and pre-1997 versions of North Wiltshire and Devizes. In the 2010 boundary changes Cricklade became part of the North Wiltshire constituency while this seat acquired parts of the South Swindon constituency.
The constituency covers much of urban and suburban Swindon, but also incorporates a substantial portion of the surrounding area, including Blunsdon and the market town of Highworth. North Swindon has an electorate of 79,488, the majority of whom live in the suburbs or close to Swindon's town centre. In 2001 52.9% of homes were into the categories of semi-detached or detached in the Swindon Local Authority area and seeing a 5.0% increase in flats/apartments in 2011 this figure had fallen slightly to 50.3%. In North Wiltshire a higher proportion of homes are detached (35.1%). In the same period those registered unemployed rose from 2.5% to 4.2% and those self-employed rose from 6.2% to 7.8%. In 2010 the unemployment rate for Swindon South was 2.6%, compared to 3.5% in Swindon North. This is one indicator of social deprivation and compares a rate of 11.0% in Birmingham Ladywood, the constituency with the highest rate nationally.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Katie Critchlow||4,408||8.0||4.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Liz Webster||1,962||3.6||0.3|
|Labour||Mark Dempsey ||14,509||27.8||2.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Janet Ellard||1,704||3.3||14.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Jane Lock||8,668||17.2||4.4|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||10.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Mike Evemy||6,831||15.2||3.6|
|Socialist Unity||Andy Newman||208||0.5|
|Liberal Democrats||David Nation||4,891||11.6||1.4|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Mike Evemy||6,237||12.9||N/A|
|Natural Law||Alexander Fisken||130||0.3||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Notes and references
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- "2011 census interactive maps". Archived from the original on 29 January 2016.
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- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)
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- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election 2010 - Constituency - Swindon North". BBC News.