North West Leicestershire (UK Parliament constituency)
|North West Leicestershire|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of North West Leicestershire in Leicestershire
Location of Leicestershire within England
|Electorate||72,022 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Coalville and Ashby-de-la-Zouch|
|Member of Parliament||Andrew Bridgen (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Bosworth and Loughborough|
The constituency was created in 1983, and first won by the Conservative David Ashby. He stood down in 1997 and the seat was then won by Labour's David Taylor, who held the seat until he died of a heart attack in December 2009. Taylor had already announced that he would stand down at the 2010 general election. With the next election being due on 6 May 2010, it was considered uneconomic and (based on precedent) unnecessary to arrange a by-election. In the 2010 election, Andrew Bridgen took the seat for the Conservatives, with a swing of 12% from Labour to the Conservatives and with a smaller Lab-LD swing. Bridgen's majority was 7,511 or 14.5% of the total votes cast.
At the 2010 election, the BNP unusually succeeded in holding their deposit by winning more than 5% of the vote, and for the first time in the constituency they achieved fourth place.
The seat has been a bellwether since 1983, as the winning party has formed the government, North West Leicestershire's main settlements are the small towns of Coalville and Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The population is divided between Labour-inclined former mining areas with high rates of employment and low social housing dependency,[n 3] and Conservative-inclined rural villages, with most people focused close to the two towns named.
In 2011 Coalfield Resources plc were given permission to develop an opencast coal mining pit on the site of the former Minorca colliery on the outskirts of Measham in the seat which will be 1 mi (1.6 km) across and extract 1,250,000 tonnes (1,230,000 tons) of coal over five years, and 250,000 tonnes (about 245,000 tons) of clay. This will be one of three large mines all operated by the main UK coal-extracting company.
1983–1997: The District of North West Leicestershire, and the Borough of Charnwood wards of Shepshed East and Shepshed West.
1997–present: The District of North West Leicestershire.
Members of Parliament
|1997||David Taylor||Labour||Died December 2009|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Grahame Hudson||3,614||6.7||+0.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Wyatt||3,420||6.4||+2.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Mark Argent||2,033||3.9||−12.7|
Previously David Parsons was announced as the UKIP candidate for 2015.
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Reynolds||8,639||16.6||+4.6|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+12.0|
Elections in the 2000s
|Labour Co-op||David Taylor||21,449||45.5||−6.6|
|Conservative||Nicola Le Page||16,972||36.0||+2.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Roderick Keys||5,682||12.1||+1.8|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||−4.4|
|Labour Co-op||David Taylor||23,431||52.1||−4.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Charlie Fraser-Fleming||4,651||10.3||+1.7|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing|
Elections in the 1990s
|Labour Co-op||David Taylor||29,332||56.4||+12.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Stan Heptinstall||4,492||8.6||−1.7|
|Labour Co-op gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Jeremy Beckett||6,353||10.2||−7.0|
|Natural Law||David Fawcett||229||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- 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.
- This should be contrasted with most constituencies in County Durham, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire which historically had a similar but more densely populated mining population and which have higher Indicators of Multiple Deprivation and are Labour safe seats based on length of service by one political party
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