Wyre and Preston North (UK Parliament constituency)
|Wyre and Preston North|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Wyre and Preston North in Lancashire.
Location of Lancashire within England.
|Electorate||71,612 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Thornton, Poulton-Le-Fylde, Garstang, St Michael's On Wyre, Catterall, Fulwood|
|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 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:
- From Preston - Cadley, College, Garrison, Greyfriars, Preston Rural East, Preston Rural North, Sharoe Green
- From Wyre - Breck, Brock, Cabus, Calder, Carleton, Catterall, Garstang, Great Eccleston, Hambleton and Stalmine-with-Staynall, Hardhorn, High Cross, Norcross, Staina, Tithebarn.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Wyre and Preston North|
|Liberal Democrat||John Potter||2,712||5.4||-16.1|
|General Election 2010: Wyre and Preston North|
|Liberal Democrat||Danny Gallagher||11,033||21.5||+5.4|
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.
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Wyre & Preston North". BBC News Online. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- "Wyre & Preston North". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
- "Alfie McKenzie: It might have been illegal, but I voted with my conscience". The Guardian (London). 2010-05-09.