Salford and Eccles (UK Parliament constituency)

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Salford and Eccles
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Salford and Eccles in Greater Manchester.
Outline map
Location of Greater Manchester within England.
County Greater Manchester
Electorate 76,863 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Rebecca Long-Bailey (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Salford
European Parliament constituency North West England

Salford and Eccles is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Rebecca Long-Bailey, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]


As Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies (ended 2008) which created this constituency for the General Election 2010 Greater Manchester sustained the net loss of one seat before the 2010 election, the Salford and Eccles seat covers smaller versions of the predecessor seats.

The last MP for Salford was Hazel Blears, whereas the last MP for Eccles was Ian Stewart. Hazel Blears was chosen as the Labour Party candidate to represent the new constituency at the 2010 general election. Following Blears's retirement, Labour member Rebecca Long-Bailey was elected to replace her in 2015.


The constituency has electoral wards:

Claremont, Eccles, Irwell Riverside, Langworthy, Ordsall, Pendlebury, Swinton North, Swinton South and Weaste and Seedley in the City of Salford.[2]

Eccles was approximately bisected following the recommendations of the review; for its southern areas see Worsley and Eccles South.

Constituency profile[edit]

In an effort to reignite business development after the wholesale essentials textiles manufacturing industry declined, at the heart of the City of Salford[n 3] this constituency is springing modern industries and services. Salford Quays became Britain's Media City as the home of the BBC in the North of England and the University of Salford commenced a £150 million redevelopment in 2008.

In statistics

The constituency consists of Census Output Areas of the City of Salford: a working population whose income is below the national average and higher than average reliance upon social housing.[3] At the end of 2012 the unemployment rate in the constituency stood as 5.0% of the population claiming jobseekers allowance, compared to the regional average of 4.2%.[4] The borough contributing to the bulk of the seat has a high 44.5% of its population without a car, a close-to-average 23.1% of the population without qualifications and a high 28.9% with level 4 qualifications or above. In terms of tenure only 37.8% of homes are owned outright or on a mortgage as at the 2011 census across the City.[5]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
2010 Hazel Blears Labour
2015 Rebecca Long-Bailey Labour

Election results[edit]

General Election 2015: Salford and Eccles[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rebecca Long-Bailey 21,364 49.4 +9.3
Conservative Greg Downes 8,823 20.4 −0.1
UKIP Paul Doyle 7,806 18.0 +15.4
Green Emma Van Dyke 2,251 5.2 +5.2
Liberal Democrat Charlie Briggs 1,614 3.7 −22.6
We are the Reality Party Mark "Bez" Berry 703 1.6 +1.6
TUSC Noreen Bailey 517 1.2 −0.6
Pirate Sam Clark 183 0.4 +0.4
Majority 12,541 29.0 +15.2
Turnout 43,261 58.2 +3.2
Labour hold Swing +4.7
General Election 2010: Salford and Eccles[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hazel Blears* 16,655 40.1 −15.3
Liberal Democrat Norman Owen 10,930 26.3 +3.5
Conservative Matthew Sephton 8,497 20.5 +3.6
BNP Tina Wingfield 2,632 6.3 N/A
UKIP Duran O'Dwyer 1,084 2.6 −2.3
TUSC David Henry 730 1.8 N/A
English Democrat Stephen Morris 621 1.5 N/A
Independent Richard Carvath 384 0.9 N/A
Majority 5,725 13.8 −18.9
Turnout 41,533 55.0 +9.5
Labour hold Swing −9.4
* Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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. ^ which achieved that status in 1926

Coordinates: 53°31′N 2°20′W / 53.51°N 2.34°W / 53.51; -2.34