Northampton South (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
|Major settlements||Northampton (part)|
|Member of Parliament||Andrew Lewer (Conservative Party (UK))|
Northampton South is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2017 by Andrew Lewer, a Conservative.[n 2]
This constituency was created for the election of February 1974 when the old constituency of Northampton was split into Northampton South and Northampton North.
Since creation it is generally a marginal and in elections since 1979 but one, in 2005, has been a bellwether, electing an MP from the winning (or largest governing) party.
The one-time Deputy Speaker of the House, Michael Morris, a Conservative, held this seat from its creation in 1974 until 1997, when Tony Clarke defeated Morris in a surprise result (one of many in the Labour landslide of that year) to gain the seat for Labour with a majority of just 744. The Almanac of British Politics described Labour's gain of the seat as "one of the most unexpected results of the 1997 election", despite the fact that Labour had come close to winning the seat in both 1974 elections. Clarke only just increased his majority in 2001, but Brian Binley defeated Clarke to regain the seat for the Conservatives in 2005 with a comfortable majority, and held it until 2015 when he retired and fellow Conservative David Mackintosh held the seat. Mackintosh retired at the 2017 snap election after just one Parliament, after facing the prospect of being deselected by his local constituency party, and Andrew Lewer took over with a decreased majority from 2015 of over 1,000.
1974–1983: The County Borough of Northampton wards of Castle, Delapre, Duston, St Crispin, South, and Weston.
1983–1997: The Borough of Northampton wards of Billing, Castle, Delapre, Nene Valley, New Duston, Old Duston, St Crispin, South, and Weston, and the District of South Northamptonshire wards of Blisworth, Brafield, Bugbrooke, Cogenhoe, Gayton, Hackleton, Harpole, Heyford, Kislingbury, Milton, Roade, Salcey, and Yardley.
1997–2010: The Borough of Northampton wards of Billing, Castle, Delapre, Nene Valley, New Duston, Old Duston, St Crispin, South, and Weston, and the District of South Northamptonshire wards of Brafield, Cogenhoe, Hackleton, Harpole, Kislingbury, Milton, Roade, Salcey, and Yardley.
2010–present: The Borough of Northampton wards of Billing, Castle, Delapre, Ecton Brook, New Duston, Old Duston, St Crispin, St James, Spencer, and Weston.
South Northamptonshire is the 2010-created constituency in the county which absorbed the southern part of the 1997 version of this constituency. Following the 2010 redistribution, the constituency is once again entirely within the Borough of Northampton as opposed to 1983 to 2010 when it also took in outlying rural parts outside the town.
The constituency has income, social housing and unemployment statistics close to the national average and a varied and dynamic service and engineering-centred economy typical of the East Midlands with significant foodstuffs, clothing and consumables manufacturing and processing operations. Health inequality is high, with the life expectancy gap between the least deprived and most deprived men in northampton reaching over 10.2 years. Additionally, the constituency is 'considerably worse than [the] England average' in violent crime, self harm, under 18 conception and GCSE achievement.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||Michael Morris||Conservative||Chairman of Ways and Means of the House of Commons, 1992-97|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Jill Hope||2,482||6.1||+2.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Jill Hope||1,405||3.4||−0.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Sadik Chaudhury||1,673||4.3||-15.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Varnsverry||7,579||19.4||+5.9|
|English Democrat||Kevin Sills||618||1.6||New|
|Northampton Save our Public Services||Dave Green||325||0.8||New|
|Scrap Members' Allowances||Liam Costello||59||0.2||New|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Kevin Barron||8,327||15.3||+2.8|
|S O S! Voters Against Overdevelopment of Northampton||John Harrison||437||0.8||New|
|Monster Raving Loony||John Percival||354||0.6||New|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+5.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Andrew Simpson||6,355||12.5||+1.4|
|Liberated Party||Tina Harvey||362||0.7||New|
|ProLife Alliance||Clare Johnson||196||0.4||New|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Anthony W Worgan||6,316||11.1||-3.1|
|Referendum||Christopher C Petrie||1,405||2.5||New|
|Natural Law||Graham D Woollcombe||541||0.9||New|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+14.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Graham A G Mabbutt||9,912||14.9||−3.7|
Elections in the 1980s
Elections in the 1970s
|National Front||M James||407||1.06||New|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
- ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- ^ 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.
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