Nottingham North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Nottingham North
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Nottingham North in Nottinghamshire.
Outline map
Location of Nottinghamshire within England.
County Nottinghamshire
Electorate 64,578 (December 2010)
Current constituency
Created 1955
Member of parliament Graham Allen (Labour)
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Nottingham North is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1987 by Graham Allen of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election since when it is made up of the following electoral wards of the City of Nottingham: Aspley, Basford, Bestwood, Bilborough, Bulwell, Bulwell Forest

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency consists mostly of residential areas, a majority of neighbourhoods of which were council housing. Of these a slight majority, rather than being social housing, is now private under the Right to Buy, such as Bulwell. Overall its census Super Output Areas have the lowest income of the three Nottingham constituencies,[1] and has become the safest seat for the Labour Party. Male unemployment in 2010 was significantly higher than female unemployment in this constituency, which had the highest overall percentage of claimants in the county of Nottinghamshire, slightly more than Nottingham East.[2]

Causes of Unemployment

The decline of coalmining and the textile industry in the area in 1970-2000 brought the highest unemployment in the county to Nottingham North, with a peak of 12.8% of its residents being registered unemployed in 2009.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1955 and elected Labour candidates as MPs until Richard Ottaway[n 3] surprisingly gained it for the Conservative Party in their landslide victory of 1983, before narrowly losing in 1987 to Graham Allen, for Labour, who has held it since then.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party Notes
1955 James Harrison Labour Died May 1959; seat remained vacant until general election in October
1959 Bill Whitlock Labour
1983 Richard Ottaway Conservative MP for Croydon South 1992-2015
1987 Graham Allen Labour Present incumbent

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Nottingham North[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graham Allen 19,283 54.6 +6.0
Conservative Louise Burfitt-Dons 7,423 21.0 -3.8
UKIP Stephen Crosby[5] 6,542 18.5 +14.6
Green Katharina Boettge[6] 1,088 3.1 +3.1
Liberal Democrat Tony Sutton 847 2.4 -14.7
TUSC Cathy Meadows 160 0.5 +0.5
Majority 11,860 33.6
Turnout 34,285 53.6 -0.6
Labour hold Swing

Class War Party originally announced Ben Turff as candidate, but he failed to stand.[7]

General Election 2010: Nottingham North[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graham Allen 16,648 48.6 -10.6
Conservative Martin Curtis 8,508 24.8 +6.7
Liberal Democrat Tim Ball 5,849 17.1 -0.3
BNP Simon Brindley 1,944 5.7 +5.7
UKIP Irenea Marriott 1,338 3.9 -1.5
Majority 8,138 23.7
Turnout 34,285 54.2 +5.8
Labour hold Swing −8.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Nottingham North[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graham Allen 17,842 58.7 −5.8
Conservative Priti Patel 5,671 18.7 −5.1
Liberal Democrat Tim Ball 5,190 17.1 +6.5
UKIP Irena Marriott 1,680 5.5 N/A
Majority 12,171 40.1
Turnout 30,383 49.1 +2.4
Labour hold Swing −0.3
General Election 2001: Nottingham North[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graham Allen 19,392 64.5 -1.2
Conservative Martin Wright 7,152 23.8 +3.5
Liberal Democrat Rob Lee 3,177 10.6 +2.6
Socialist Labour Andrew Botham 321 1.1 N/A
Majority 12,240 40.7
Turnout 30,042 46.7 -16.3
Labour hold Swing −2.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Nottingham North[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graham Allen 27,203 65.71
Conservative G Shaw 8,402 20.29
Liberal Democrat R Oliver 3,301 7.97
Referendum Party J Neal 1,858 4.49
Socialist Alternative A Belfield 637 1.54
Majority 18,801 45.41
Turnout 41,401 62.98
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Nottingham North[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graham Allen 29,052 55.7 +10.8
Conservative Ian G. Bridge 18,309 35.1 −6.5
Liberal Democrat Anthony Skelton 4,477 8.6 −3.1
Natural Law Alwyn C. Cadman 274 0.5 N/A
Majority 10,743 20.6 +17.3
Turnout 52,112 75.0 +2.4
Labour hold Swing +8.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Graham Allen 22,713 44.93 +6.25
Conservative Richard Ottaway 21,048 41.64 +2.19
SDP–Liberal Alliance S C Fernando 5,912 11.69 -7.69
Communist John H Peck 879 1.74 -0.75
Majority 1,665 3.29
Turnout 69,620 72.61
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1983: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Ottaway 18,730 39.45 -1.66
Labour William Charles Whitlock 18,368 38.68 -8.18
SDP–Liberal Alliance L Williams 9,200 19.38 +10.21
Communist John H Peck 1,184 2.49 +0.48
Majority 362 0.76
Turnout 71,807 66.12
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +3.26

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Charles Whitlock 25,028 46.86 -1.24
Conservative P Waine 21,956 41.11 +6.33
Liberal J Stockley 4,900 9.17 -5.38
Communist John H Peck 1,071 2.01 +0.99
National Front R Pratt 454 0.85 -0.69
Majority 3,072 5.75
Turnout 78,996 67.61
Labour hold Swing -3.79
General Election October 1974: Nottingham North (new boundaries)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Charles Whitlock 24,694 48.10
Conservative M F Spungin 17,853 34.78
Liberal M Crew-Gee 7,470 14.55
National Front D Caine 792 1.54
Communist John H Peck 525 1.02
Majority 6,841 13.33
Turnout 76,490 67.11
Labour hold Swing

(Boundary changes for 1974)

General Election February 1974: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Charles Whitlock 25,435 44.78
Conservative M F Spungin 20,990 36.95
Liberal P Edwards 9,623 16.94
Communist John H Peck 754 1.33
Majority 4,445 7.83
Turnout 75,866 74.87
General Election 1970: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Charles Whitlock 25,898 52.83
Conservative W Derbyshire 18,616 37.98
Liberal M V Edwards 3,763 7.68
Communist John H Peck 741 1.51
Majority 7,282 14.86
Turnout 70,672 69.36
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Charles Whitlock 30,260 60.62
Conservative J N L Tillett 18,590 37.24
Communist John H Peck 1,070 2.14
Majority 11,670 23.38
Turnout 67,321 74.15
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Charles Whitlock 29,535 57.14
Conservative Peter Derek Fry 20,578 39.81
Communist John H Peck 1,579 3.05
Majority 8,957 17.33
Turnout 66,477 77.76
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Charles Whitlock 24,005 47.19
Conservative A G Blake 18,952 37.26
Liberal S Thomas 6,581 12.94
Communist John H Peck 1,331 2.62
Majority 5,053 9.93
Turnout 59,638 85.30
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Nottingham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Harrison 26,552 55.40
Conservative I G Colvin 20,462 42.69
Communist John H Peck 916 1.91
Majority 6,090 12.71
Turnout 60,234 79.57

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough 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.
  3. ^ MP for Croydon South 1992–2015
References
  1. ^ "2011 census interactive maps". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Simon Rogers, John Burn-Murdoch and Ami Sedghi (15 May 2013). "Unemployment: the key UK data and benefit claimants for every constituency". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "Nottingham North". BBC News. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Margot Parker (26 November 2014). "Margot Parker - Praise For Latest Nottingham Candidate". UK Independence Party. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/news/local/greens-challenge-mp-allen-1-7072172
  7. ^ https://yournextmp.com/person/4742/ben-turff
  8. ^ "Election 2010: Nottingham North". BBC News. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Election 2005: Nottingham North". BBC News. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Vote 2001: Nottingham North". BBC News. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Politics Resources. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 

Coordinates: 53°00′N 1°11′W / 53.00°N 1.19°W / 53.00; -1.19