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
CountyGreater Manchester
Electorate76,863 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentRebecca Long-Bailey (Labour)
Number of membersOne
Created fromSalford
European Parliament constituencyNorth 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]


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.


Salford and Eccles electoral wards.

The electoral wards included in the Salford and Eccles constituency in the City of Salford are:[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 and ITV in the North of England and the University of Salford commenced a £150 million redevelopment in 2008. Aside from the flagship MediaCity - Lowry Centre complex whose housing consists of exclusive apartments, the constituency also includes deprived inner-city areas such as Weaste and Seedley which are undergoing regeneration, and the town of Swinton, a residential suburb where the administrative headquarters of Salford City Council is based, at Salford Civic Centre. As the name suggests the town centre of Eccles, famed for its eponymous cake, is in the seat, though its outskirts fall under Worsley and Eccles South.

The constituency overall voted to Leave the European Union, as did the entire City of Salford, though in this seat the Ordsall (Salford Quays) and Eccles wards voted Remain.

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] 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.

Members of Parliament[edit]

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


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Salford and Eccles
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Bryan Blears[7]
Liberal Democrat Jake Overend[8]
General election 2017: Salford and Eccles
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rebecca Long-Bailey 31,168 65.6 Increase 16.1
Conservative Jason Sugarman 12,036 25.3 Increase 4.9
UKIP Christopher Barnes 2,320 4.9 Decrease 13.2
Liberal Democrat John Reid 1,286 2.7 Decrease 1.0
Green Wendy Olsen 809 1.7 Decrease 3.5
Majority 19,132 40.2 Increase 16.1
Turnout 47,619 60.8 Increase 2.2
Labour hold Swing +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 Democrat Charlie Briggs 1,614 3.7 −22.6
We are the Reality Party Mark "Bez" Berry 703 1.6 N/A
TUSC Noreen Bailey 517 1.2 −0.6
Pirate Sam Clark 183 0.4 N/A
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 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
  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. ^ 2010 post-revision map Greater London and metropolitan areas of England (pdf). GOV.UK.
  3. ^ "Local statistics - Office for National Statistics".
  4. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  5. ^ "2011 census interactive maps". Archived from the original on January 29, 2016.
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 1)
  7. ^ "Prospective General Election Candidates". Green Party. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidates". Mark Pack. Retrieved 28 October 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".

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