Scunthorpe (UK Parliament constituency)

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Scunthorpe
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Scunthorpe in Humberside.
Outline map
Location of Humberside within England.
County North Lincolnshire
Electorate 61,445 (April 2015)[1]
Major settlements Scunthorpe and Bottesford
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Nic Dakin (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Glanford & Scunthorpe
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Scunthorpe is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Nic Dakin, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1997-2010: The Borough of Scunthorpe, and the Borough of Glanford wards of Bottesford Central, Bottesford East, Bottesford West, Kirton, Messingham, and South Ancholme.

2010-present: The Borough of North Lincolnshire wards of Ashby, Bottesford, Brumby, Crosby and Park, Frodingham, Kingsway with Lincoln Gardens, Ridge, and Town.

The constituency includes the whole of Scunthorpe, Bottesford, Yaddlethorpe, Messingham, Manton, Kirton-in-Lindsey, Redbourne, Hibaldstow, Cadney and the hamlets and communities within these parishes.

History[edit]

Although there was talk in a local newspaper in the 1930s that the town of Scunthorpe should have a parliamentary constituency named after it, it was only after the boundary reviews implemented in 1997 that a constituency of this name was created. Previous incarnations of a constituency containing the steel town and small towns and villages around it had been called (going backwards in time) Glanford and Scunthorpe, Brigg and Scunthorpe, and Brigg.

Constituency profile[edit]

Results to date indicate that the constituency has changed since creation from a safe seat for the Labour Party created at the incoming election for Prime Minister Tony Blair to somewhat of a marginal majority area for the party.

In statistics

The constituency consists of Census Output Areas of a local government district with: a working population whose income is below the national average and slightly higher than average reliance upon social housing.[2] At the end of 2012 the unemployment rate in the constituency stood as 5.7% of the population claiming jobseekers allowance, compared to the regional average of 4.7%.[3] The borough contributing to the seat had a middling 20.7% of its population without a car, 26.2% of the population without qualifications and 19.5% with level 4 qualifications or above. In terms of tenure 69.5% of homes are owned outright or on a mortgage as at the 2011 census across the district.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Nic Dakin was elected in the 2010 general election with a lower share of the vote than achieved under the Blair Ministry by his predecessor, with 39.5% of the votes.

Election Member[5] Party
1997 Elliot Morley Labour
2010 Nic Dakin Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Scunthorpe[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Nic Dakin 20,916 52.0 +10.4
Conservative Holly Mumby-Croft 17,485 43.5 +10.3
UKIP Andy Talliss 1,247 3.1 -14.0
Liberal Democrat Ryk Downes 554 1.4 -0.7
Majority 3,431 8.5 0.0
Turnout 40,202 65.3 +7.6
Labour hold Swing +0.0
General Election 2015: Scunthorpe[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Nic Dakin 15,393 41.7 +2.1
Conservative Jo Gideon 12,259 33.2 +0.5
UKIP Stephen Howd 6,329 17.1 +12.6
Independent Des Comerford 1,097 3.0 N/A
Green Martin Dwyer 887 2.4 +1.3
Liberal Democrat Simon Dodd 770 2.1 -16.2
Independent Paul Elsom 206 0.6 N/A
Majority 3,134 8.5 +1.6
Turnout 36,941 57.7 -1.0
Labour hold Swing +0.8
General Election 2010: Scunthorpe[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Nic Dakin 14,640 39.5 -12.5
Conservative Caroline Johnson 12,091 32.6 +5.8
Liberal Democrat Neil Poole 6,774 18.3 +1.2
UKIP Jane Collins 1,686 4.6 +0.5
BNP Douglas Ward 1,447 3.9 +3.9
Green Natalie Hurst 396 1.1 +1.1
Majority 2,549 6.9 -20.5
Turnout 37,034 58.7 +4.3
Labour hold Swing -9.2

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Scunthorpe[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Elliot Morley 17,355 53.1 -6.7
Conservative Julian Sturdy 8,392 25.7 -3.2
Liberal Democrat Neil Poole 5,556 17.0 +7.6
UKIP David Baxendale 1,361 4.2 N/A
Majority 8,963 27.4 -3.5
Turnout 32,664 54.3 -2.3
Labour hold Swing -1.7%
General Election 2001: Scunthorpe[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Elliot Morley 20,096 59.8 -0.6
Conservative Bernard Theobald 9,724 28.9 +2.6
Liberal Democrat Bob Tress 3,156 9.4 +1.0
Independent Michael Cliff 347 1.0 N/A
Independent David Patterson 302 0.9 N/A
Majority 10,372 30.9 -3.2
Turnout 33,625 56.3 -12.5
Labour hold Swing -1.6%

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Scunthorpe[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Elliot Morley 25,107 60.4 N/A
Conservative Martyn Fisher 10,934 26.3 N/A
Liberal Democrat Gordon Smith 3,497 8.4 N/A
Referendum Paul Smith 1,637 3.9 N/A
Socialist Labour Brian Hopper 399 1.0 N/A
Majority 14,173 34.1 N/A
Turnout 41,574 68.8 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county 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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2015 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  2. ^ 2001 Census
  3. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  4. ^ 2011 census interactive maps
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ "Scunthorpe parliamentary constituency". BBC News. 
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Scunthorpe". BBC News. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "UK > England > Yorkshire and the Humber > Scunthorpe". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

Coordinates: 53°30′N 0°34′W / 53.50°N 0.57°W / 53.50; -0.57