North Warwickshire (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of North Warwickshire in Warwickshire.
Location of Warwickshire within England.
|Electorate||70,544 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Atherstone, Bedworth, Coleshill and Polesworth|
|Member of parliament||Craig Tracey (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Number of members||Two|
|Type of constituency||County constituency|
|European Parliament constituency||West Midlands|
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 History
- 3 Constituency profile
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
1983–2010: The Borough of North Warwickshire, and the Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth wards of Exhall, Heath, Mount Pleasant, and Poplar.
2010–present: The Borough of North Warwickshire wards of Atherstone Central, Atherstone North, Atherstone South and Mancetter, Baddesley and Grendon, Coleshill North, Coleshill South, Curdworth, Dordon, Fillongley, Hurley and Wood End, Kingsbury, Newton Regis and Warton, Polesworth East, Polesworth West, and Water Orton, and the Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth wards of Bede, Exhall, Heath, Poplar, and Slough.
The North Warwickshire constituency was created for the 1832 general election, when the Great Reform Act divided the former Warwickshire constituency into two new divisions: North Warwickshire and South Warwickshire.
Under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, North Warwickshire was abolished for the 1885 general election, when Warwickshire was divided into four new single-member constituencies: Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford-on-Avon and Tamworth.
The current North Warwickshire county constituency was created for the 1983 general election, replacing outlying parts of the Meriden and Nuneaton constituencies. The seat was won by Francis Maude of the Conservative Party at the 1983 general election, who held it until 1992, when it was taken by Mike O'Brien of Labour. Labour held the seat comfortably until 2010.
On 8 March 2007, former Army Officer and polar explorer Dan Byles was selected at an open primary to contest North Warwickshire for the Conservative Party. At the 2010 general election, Byles won the seat off Mike O'Brien by just 54 votes, making him the Conservative Member of Parliament with the smallest majority in the country.
Warwickshire North has wards which are the most "working-class" (lowest average income) and industrial of the six constituencies in the county, politically frequently with the best returns locally for Labour candidates. In the 2010 election all six Warwickshire constituencies were won by the Conservative party, this constituency was the most marginal, falling on a substantial swing of 8.1% from Labour to the Conservatives (compared to a national swing of 5%).
Like much of the county, the area includes many rural villages which can today be classified as 'commuter' and 'retirement' south of the National Forest, south east of Tamworth and the small cathedral city of Lichfield and centred less than 10 miles (16 km) east of Birmingham which provides some work locally in the creative and international export sectors. Many towns and villages have a history of coal mining and heavy industry and with that a strong Labour vote.
Members of Parliament
|Election||1st Member||1st Party||2nd Member||2nd Party|
|1832||William Stratford Dugdale||Conservative||Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, Bt||Conservative|
|1843 by-election||Charles Newdigate Newdegate||Conservative|
|1864 by-election||William Bromley-Davenport||Conservative|
|1884 by-election||Philip Muntz||Conservative|
|1885||Constituency abolished: see Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford-on-Avon and Tamworth|
MPs since 1983
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Alan Beddow||978||2.1||-9.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Martin||5,481||11.6||-1.9|
|English Democrat||David Lane||411||0.9||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+8.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Jerry Roodhouse||6,212||13.2||+1.8|
|Liberal Democrat||William Powell||5,052||11.4||+4.0|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||William Powell||4,040||7.4||-2.9|
|Berties Party||Ian Moorecroft||178||0.3||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Noel R Mitchell||6,161||10.3||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+3.7|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||SJ Neale||8,382||14.85||-6.09|
|Social Democratic||H Kerry||11,207||20.94||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- Arley and Whitacre and Hartshill, moved in 2010 to Nuneaton
- This saw considerable population expansion from 1995–2010
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- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
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- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
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- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.