Westmorland and Lonsdale (UK Parliament constituency)
|Westmorland and Lonsdale|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Westmorland and Lonsdale in Cumbria.
Location of Cumbria within England.
|Electorate||66,609 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Tim Farron (Liberal Democrat)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Morecambe and Lonsdale and Westmorland|
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
The constituency is based on the South Lakeland district of Cumbria. Important towns by size in the constituency include Kendal, Windermere and Kirkby Lonsdale.[n 2] It is named for the Westmorland and Lonsdale districts of Cumbria.
- Arnside and Beetham, Burneside, Burton and Holme, Cartmel, Coniston, Crooklands, Grange, Hawkshead, Holker, Kendal Castle, Kendal Far Cross, Kendal Fell, Kendal Glebelands, Kendal Heron Hill, Kendal Highgate, Kendal Kirkland, Kendal Mintsfeet, Kendal Nether, Kendal Oxenholme, Kendal Parks, Kendal Stonecross, Kendal Strickland, Kendal Underley, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lakes Ambleside, Lakes Grasmere, Levens, Lyth Valley, Milnthorpe, Natland, Sedbergh, Staveley-in-Cartmel, Staveley-in-Westmorland, Whinfell, Windermere Applethwaite, Windermere Bowness North, Windermere Bowness South and Windermere Town
This removed Broughton-in-Furness from the constituency.
Having been a Conservative seat since its creation in 1983, the 1997 election saw the Tory majority cut to less than than 5,000 votes. This was further reduced at the 2001 election. In 2005, the constituency featured among a list of seats held by high-profile Conservatives (in this case, the Education spokesperson Tim Collins) targeted by Liberal Democrats by deploying supporters from across each region in what was referred in the media as a "decapitation strategy". In the event, this was the only one of the "decapitation" seats to change hands in 2005, with Tim Farron gaining the seat by a marginal majority.
In the 2010 general election, this constituency recorded the largest swing from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats (11.1% Con-LD) in a seat where those two parties were in the top two positions. The constituency also produced the lowest share of the vote for Labour (2.2%, one of five lost deposits for Labour nationally). With 96.2% of votes cast for either the Conservative or Liberal Democrat candidates, Westmorland and Lonsdale also had the highest combined share of the vote cast for the Coalition parties.
Contrasting with its Conservative history the combined Conservative/UKIP vote narrowly failed to reach 40% in 2015. This was also the only constituency in that entire general election in which a Liberal Democrat candidate secured an absolute majority (i.e. over 50%) of all votes cast.
Members of Parliament
|2005||Tim Farron||Liberal Democrat|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Westmorland and Lonsdale|
|Liberal Democrat||Tim Farron||25,194||51.5||−8.5|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||−2.75|
|General Election 2010: Westmorland and Lonsdale|
|Liberal Democrat||Tim Farron||30,896||60.0||+14.1|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||+11.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Westmorland and Lonsdale|
|Liberal Democrat||Tim Farron||22,569||45.5||+5.1|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing||+3.5|
|General Election 2001: Westmorland and Lonsdale|
|Liberal Democrat||Tim Farron||19,339||40.4||+7.0|
|Labour||John Anthony Bateson||5,234||10.9||−9.7|
|Independent||Timothy John Bell||292||0.6||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Westmorland and Lonsdale|
|Liberal Democrat||Stanley Bernard Collins||16,492||33.4||+5.9|
|Referendum||Michael H. Smith||1,924||3.8||N/A|
|General Election 1992: Westmorland and Lonsdale|
|Liberal Democrat||Stanley Bernard Collins||15,362||27.5||−1.7|
|Labour||Dickon J. Abbott||8,436||15.1||+1.9|
|Natural Law||Robert Johnstone||287||0.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Westmorland and Lonsdale|
|Liberal||Stanley Bernard Collins||15,339||29.2||+2.1|
|Labour||Shaun Patrick Halfpenny||6,968||13.2||+3.3|
|General Election 1983: Westmorland and Lonsdale|
|Liberal||Dr. Ken Hulls||13,188||27.1||N/A|
|Ecology||Robert Anthony Gibson||805||1.7||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- Senior Tories Avoid LibDem "decaptitation" The Evening Standard 6 May 2005
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Westmorland & Lonsdale". BBC News. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- Westmorland and Lonsdale, UKPollingReport
- Westmorland and Lonsdale Conservatives, Westmorland and Lonsdale Conservatives
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.