Boston and Skegness (UK Parliament constituency)


Boston and Skegness (UK Parliament constituency)

UK constituency infobox
Name = Boston and Skegness
Map1 = BostonSkegness
Map2 = Lincolnshire
Type = County
Year = 1997
Entity = Lincolnshire
County = Lincolnshire
EP = East Midlands
MP = Mark Simmonds
Party = Conservative

Boston and Skegness is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries

Boston and Skegness shares a boundary with Louth and Horncastle to the north, Sleaford and North Hykeham to the west and South Holland and The Deepings to the south.

Following a Boundary Commission review in 2001, the constituency boundaries are expected to change at the Next United Kingdom general election, bringing in the two rural wards of Stickey and Croft from Louth and Horncastle.

History

Boston and Skegness was created in 1997, from parts of the (then) Holland with Boston and East Lindsey constituencies. Parts of the more rural south were separated from the former, to create South Holland and The Deepings. It is a safe seat for the Conservative Party. Despite this its first MP Sir Richard Body, only held the seat at the 1997 general election with a wafer thin majority, in part attributed to his own popularity locally. This was due to him having previously been the MP for the former county division of Holland with Boston from 1966 to 1997.

After retiring from Parliament Body left the Conservatives and joined the UK Independence Party. UKIP came third in Boston and Skegness in the 2005 election, with one of its strongest showings in the country.

Body was succeeded by Mark Simmonds at the 2001 general election. The seat remained a marginal between the Conservatives and Labour Party until 2005, when Simmonds was re-elected with a substantially increased majority. After his re-election Mark was made Shadow Minister for International Development, before being promoted to a Shadow Health Minister in July 2007.

Members of Parliament

"Before 1997, see Holland with Boston"

Election results

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Paul Kenny
votes =
percentage =
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Christopher Pain
votes =
percentage =
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Mark Simmonds
votes =
percentage =
change =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Mark Simmonds
votes = 19,329
percentage = 46.2
change = +3.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Paul Kenny
votes = 13,422
percentage = 32.1
change = −9.5
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Richard Horsnell
votes = 4,024
percentage = 9.6
change = +7.8
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Alan Riley
votes = 3,649
percentage = 8.7
change = −3.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = British National Party
candidate = Wendy Russell
votes = 1,025
percentage = 2.4
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Green Party of England and Wales
candidate = Marcus Petz

votes = 420
percentage = 1.0
change = −0.3
Election box majority
votes = 5,907
percentage = 14.1
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 41,869
percentage = 58.8
change = +0.5
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing = +6.4

Election box begin
title=General Election 2001: Boston and Skegness
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Mark Simmonds
votes = 17,298
percentage = 42.9
change = +0.5
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Elaine Bird
votes = 16,783
percentage = 41.6
change = +0.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Duncan Moffatt
votes = 4,994
percentage = 12.4
change = -4.2
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Cyril Wakefield
votes = 717
percentage = 1.8
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Green Party of England and Wales
candidate = Mark Harrison
votes = 521
percentage = 1.3
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 515
percentage = 1.3
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 40,313
percentage = 58.4
change = -10.6
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing = -0.1

Election box begin
title=General Election 1997: Boston and Skegness
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Richard Body
votes = 19,750
percentage = 42.4
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Philip McCauley
votes = 19,103
percentage = 41.0
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Jim Dodsworth
votes = 7,721
percentage = 16.6
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 647
percentage = 1.4
change = "N/A"
Election box turnout
votes = 46,574
percentage = 68.9
change = "N/A"
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing = "N/A"

See also

* List of Parliamentary constituencies in Lincolnshire

References


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