Scunthorpe (UK Parliament constituency)

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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
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]


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.

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency[n 3] for the 2010 general election since which it has electoral wards:

  • Ashby, Bottesford, Brumby, Crosby and Park, Froddingham, Kingsway with Lincoln Gardens, Ridge and Town In North Lincolnshire


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 in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Scunthorpe[6]
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
Turnout 36,941 57.7
Labour hold Swing +0.8
General Election 2010: Scunthorpe[7]
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
Turnout 37,034 58.7 +4.3
Labour hold Swing -9.2

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Scunthorpe
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 N/A
Turnout 32,664 54.3 -2.3
Labour hold Swing -1.7%
General Election 2001: Scunthorpe
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
Turnout 33,625 56.3 -12.5
Labour hold Swing -1.6%

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Scunthorpe
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]

  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.
  3. ^ Ridge before 2010 was partly in this constituency, it is since 2010 wholly in the constituency.

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