Wyre and Preston North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Wyre and Preston North
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Wyre and Preston North in Lancashire.
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Location of Lancashire within England.
County Lancashire
Electorate 71,612 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Thornton, Poulton-Le-Fylde, Garstang, St Michael's On Wyre, Catterall, Fulwood
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Ben Wallace (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Ribble Valley,
Lancaster and Wyre
European Parliament constituency North West England

Wyre and Preston North is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Created in the most recent fifth periodic review of constituencies by the Boundary Commission for England, it elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post voting system.

It was formed of parts of the Ribble Valley, Fylde and Lancaster and Wyre constituencies.


It was created as the sixteenth seat of the county of Lancashire by the Boundary Commission for England prior to the 2010 general election. It contains the Fulwood and rural areas of Preston and many small towns and villages of Wyre.

The seat of Wyre and Preston North contains the Wyre towns of Thornton, Poulton-Le-Fylde, Garstang, St Michael's On Wyre and Catterall. From Preston are added the suburban Fulwood area and the rural parishes such as Woodplumpton, Barton, Broughton, Goosnargh and Grimsargh. The electoral wards used in the creation are:

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
2010 Ben Wallace Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Wyre and Preston North[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ben Wallace 26,528 53.2 +0.8
Labour Ben Whittingham 12,377 24.8 +3.5
UKIP Kate Walsh 6,577 13.2 +8.4
Liberal Democrat John Potter 2,712 5.4 -16.1
Green Anne Vivienne Power 1,699 3.4 +3.4
Majority 14,151 28.4 -2.5
Turnout 49,893 70.6 -1.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 2010: Wyre and Preston North[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ben Wallace 26,877 52.4 +10.4
Liberal Democrat Danny Gallagher 11,033 21.5 +5.4
Labour Catherine Jane Smith 10,932 21.3 -5.9
UKIP Nigel Cecil 2,466 4.8 +2.7
Majority 15,844 30.9
Turnout 51,308 72.1 +8.8
Conservative hold Swing

Alfie McKenzie[edit]

The constituency hit the headlines after the May 2010 general election when it emerged that 14-year-old Alfie McKenzie had successfully cast a vote there by dressing "as much like a Tory as [he] could manage: a trench coat, reading glasses, sharp shoes". He voted Liberal Democrat.[5]

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Coordinates: 53°54′11″N 2°46′19″W / 53.903°N 2.772°W / 53.903; -2.772