Corby (UK Parliament constituency)


Corby (UK Parliament constituency)
Corby
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Corby in Northamptonshire.
Outline map
Location of Northamptonshire within England.
County Northamptonshire
Electorate 79,468 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1983 (1983)
Member of Parliament Louise Mensch (Conservative)
Created from Kettering and Wellingborough
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Corby 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 voting system, and is currently a marginal seat between Labour and the Conservatives.

Contents

Boundaries

The constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the seats of Kettering and Wellingborough. It is named after the town of Corby in Northamptonshire, and also covers most of the local government district of East Northamptonshire. The seat is a highly marginal contest between the Tories and Labour. Corby itself is the most Labour-voting area; many speak with a Scottish accent after the migration of workers in the 1930s from north of the border to the town's former steelworks; the rest of the constituency, consisting of a number of smaller towns including Irthlingborough, Thrapston, Raunds, Oundle and the rural villages, is mostly Conservative.

Boundary review

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Northamptonshire, the Boundary Commission for England has created a new seat in the county, meaning consequential changes to the existing constituencies.

The electoral wards used to create the modified constituency are;

  • The borough of Corby
  • The East Northamptonshire wards of Barnwell, Dryden, Fineshade, Irthlingborough, King’s Forest, Lower Nene, Lyveden, Oundle, Prebendal, Raunds Saxon, Raunds Windmill, Ringstead, Stanwick, Thrapston and Woodford.

Members of Parliament

Election Member [2] Party
1983 William Powell Conservative
1997 Phil Hope Labour Co-operative
2010 Louise Mensch[3] Conservative

Elections

Elections in the 2010s

General Election 2010: Corby[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Louise Mensch (then Bagshawe) 22,886 42.2 +2.3
Labour Phil Hope 20,935 38.6 -4.5
Liberal Democrat Portia Wilson 7,834 14.5 +1.7
BNP Roy Davies 2,525 4.7 N/A
Majority 1,951 3.6
Turnout 54,180 69.2 +3.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 3.4

Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2005: Corby
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Phil Hope 20,913 43.1 -6.2
Conservative Andrew Griffith 19,396 40.0 +2.7
Liberal Democrat David Radcliffe 6,184 12.7 +2.7
UKIP Ian Gillman 1,278 2.6 +0.8
Socialist Labour Steven Carey 499 1.0 -0.6
Independent John Morris 257 0.5
Majority 1,517 3.1
Turnout 47,727 65.6 +0.6
Labour Co-op hold Swing 4.5
General Election 2001: Corby
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Phil Hope 23,283 49.3 -6.1
Conservative Andrew Griffith 17,583 37.2 +3.8
Liberal Democrat Kevin Scudder 4,751 10.1 +2.6
UKIP Ian Gillman 855 1.8 +0.9
Socialist Labour Andrew Dickson 750 1.6 N/A
Majority 5,700 12.1
Turnout 47,222 65.0 -12.6
Labour Co-op hold Swing 5.0

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1997: Corby
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Phil Hope 29,888 55.4 +11.5
Conservative William Powell 18,028 33.4 -11.1
Liberal Democrat Ian Hankison 4,045 7.5 -2.7
Referendum Party Sebastian Riley-Smith 1,356 2.5 N/A
UKIP Ian Gillman 507 0.9 N/A
Natural Law Jane Bence 133 0.2 N/A
Majority 11,860 22.0
Turnout 53,957 77.9 -5.0
Labour Co-op gain from Conservative Swing -11.3
General Election 1992: Corby[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Rhys Powell 25,203 44.5 +0.2
Labour Harry Feather 24,861 43.9 +3.0
Liberal Democrat Melvyn Roffe 5,792 10.2 -4.6
Liberal J.I. Wood 784 1.4 N/A
Majority 342 0.6 -2.8
Turnout 56,640 82.9 +3.3
Conservative hold Swing -1.4

Elections in the 1980s

General Election 1987: Corby
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Rhys Powell 23,323 44.3 +1.7
Labour Harry Feather 21,518 40.9 +4.8
Liberal T.G. Whittington 7,805 14.8 -5.5
Majority 1,805 3.4 -3.1
Turnout 52,646 79.6 +2.1
Conservative hold Swing -1.5
General Election 1983: Corby
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Rhys Powell 20,827 42.6
Labour William Homewood 17,659 36.1
Liberal T.G. Whittington 9,905 20.3
Ecology R.J. Stanning 505 1.0
Majority 3,168 6.5
Turnout 48,896 77.5
Conservative win (new seat)

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. http://www.boundarycommissionforengland.org.uk/electoral-figures/electoral-figures.htm. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 5)
  3. ^ Known at the time of her election as Louise Bagshawe.
  4. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated, Corby Borough Council
  5. ^ Corby UKPolling
  6. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge92/ge92index.htm. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 

Coordinates: 52°29′N 0°32′W / 52.48°N 0.53°W / 52.48; -0.53


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