Salford and Eccles (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 53°31′N 2°20′W / 53.51°N 2.34°W / 53.51; -2.34
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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
CountyGreater Manchester
Electorate76,863 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsSwinton, Eccles, Salford
Current constituency
Created2010; 13 years ago (2010)
Member of ParliamentRebecca Long-Bailey (Labour Party (UK))
Created fromSalford

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]

Further to the completion of the 2023 Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies, the seat will be subject to boundary changes which will involve the loss of Eccles. As a consequence, its name will revert to Salford, to be first contested at the next general election.[2]


The constituency was created following the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies (ended 2008), and was first contested at the 2010 general election. The review led to the loss of one seat in Greater Manchester, and the Salford and Eccles seat covers parts of the previous Salford and Eccles constituencies.

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.

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 has undergone significant regeneration since the decline of the textile industry. Salford Quays became Britain's Media City as the home of the BBC and ITV in the North of England and the University of Salford commenced a £150 million redevelopment in 2008. Aside from the flagship MediaCityUK complex whose housing consists of exclusive apartments, the nearby deprived areas such as Weaste and Seedley which are undergoing regeneration. Also in the seat are Swinton, a residential suburb and the administrative headquarters of Salford City Council, and Eccles, though its outskirts are in Worsley and Eccles South.

The constituency and the overall City of Salford voted to Leave the European Union although the Ordsall (Salford Quays) and Eccles wards voted Remain.[citation needed]

In statistics

The constituency consists of 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] In 2017, has risen to over 60% for the first time since 1992 for this area, taking into account previous seats. In 2001 the turnout for the previous Salford seat was just 41%, though the national election turnout was also lower than average that year.


Map of current boundaries

The electoral wards included in the Salford and Eccles constituency in the City of Salford are:[6]

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

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[7] Party
2010 Hazel Blears Labour
2015 Rebecca Long-Bailey Labour


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Salford and Eccles[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rebecca Long-Bailey 28,755 56.8 Decrease8.8
Conservative Attika Choudhary 12,428 24.5 Decrease0.8
Brexit Party Matt Mickler 4,290 8.5 New
Liberal Democrats Jake Overend 3,099 6.1 Increase3.4
Green Bryan Blears 2,060 4.1 Increase2.4
Majority 16,327 32.3 Decrease8.0
Turnout 50,632 61.6 Increase0.8
Labour hold Swing Decrease3.9
General election 2017: Salford and Eccles
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rebecca Long-Bailey 31,168 65.6 Increase 16.2
Conservative Jason Sugarman 12,036 25.3 Increase 4.9
UKIP Christopher Barnes 2,320 4.9 Decrease 13.1
Liberal Democrats John Reid 1,286 2.7 Decrease 1.0
Green Wendy Olsen 809 1.7 Decrease 3.5
Majority 19,132 40.3 Increase 11.3
Turnout 47,619 60.8 Increase 2.6
Labour hold Swing Increase 5.6
General election 2015: Salford and Eccles[9][10]
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 Democrats Charlie Briggs 1,614 3.7 −22.6
We are the Reality Party Mark "Bez" Berry 703 1.6 New
TUSC Noreen Bailey 517 1.2 −0.6
Pirate Sam Clark 183 0.4 New
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[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hazel Blears* 16,655 40.1 −15.3
Liberal Democrats Norman Owen 10,930 26.3 +3.5
Conservative Matthew Sephton 8,497 20.5 +3.6
BNP Tina Wingfield 2,632 6.3 New
UKIP Duran O'Dwyer 1,084 2.6 −2.3
TUSC David Henry 730 1.8 New
English Democrat Stephen Morris 621 1.5 New
Independent Richard Carvath 384 0.9 New
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]


  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


  1. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ "The 2023 Review of Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries in England – Volume one: Report – North West | Boundary Commission for England". Retrieved 31 July 2023.
  3. ^ "Local statistics - Office for National Statistics".
  4. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  5. ^ "2011 census interactive maps". Archived from the original on 29 January 2016.
  6. ^ 2010 post-revision map Greater London and metropolitan areas of England (PDF). GOV.UK.
  7. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 1)
  8. ^ "Salford & Eccles Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Salford & Eccles Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  12. ^ "BBC News - Election 2010 - Constituency - Salford & Eccles".

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