Penrith and The Border (UK Parliament constituency)


Penrith and The Border (UK Parliament constituency)

UK constituency infobox
Name = Penrith and the Border
Map1 = PenrithTheBorder
Map2 = Cumbria
Entity = Cumbria
Type = County
County = Cumbria
Year = 1950
MP = David Maclean
Party = Conservative
EP = North West England

Penrith and The Border is a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It is represented by one Member of Parliament (MP) elected by the first past the post system of election.

The constituency was created in 1950 by merging part of Penrith and Cockermouth with North Cumberland. The constituency was enlarged in the 1980s by taking first most of the northern part of the former Westmorland constiuency and later the Kirkby Stephen/Tebay area of the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency.

In the 1990s a small part of Penrith and The Border was transferred to the Carlisle borough constituency.

Boundaries

The constituency corresponds to the Eden district, along with parts of the City of Carlisle district outside Carlisle itself and a small part of Allerdale borough around the town of Wigton.

Penrith and The Border is the largest constituency by area in England. Despite the name it only includes part of the English border with Scotland. The neighbouring constituency of Hexham (together with Berwick-upon-Tweed) also takes in the border area. The name stems from the fact that when the constituency was first created it consisted of the Penrith Rural and Urban Districts, the Border Rural District and also the Alston with Garrigill Rural District

Boundary review

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Cumbria, the Boundary Commission for England have created a modified Penrith seat to reflect population changes.

The electoral wards used in the creation of this seat, to be fought for the first time at the Next United Kingdom general election are;

*The entire district of Eden
*Brampton, Great Corby and Geltsdale, Hayton, Irthing, Longtown and Rockcliffe, Lyne and Stanwix Rural from Carlisle
*Warnell, and Wigton from Allerdale

Members of Parliament

*Preceded by Penrith and Cockermouth

Election results

Elections in the 2000s

Election box begin
title=General Election 2005: Penrith and The Border
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = David Maclean
votes = 24,046
percentage = 51.3
change = –3.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Geyve Walker
votes = 12,142
percentage = 25.9
change = +4.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Michael Boaden
votes = 8,958
percentage = 19.1
change = +0.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = William Robinson
votes = 1,187
percentage = 2.5
change = +0.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Legalise Cannabis Alliance
candidate = Mark Gibson
votes = 549
percentage = 1.2
change = –0.8
Election box majority
votes = 11,904
percentage = 25.4
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 46,882
percentage = 66.1
change = +1.6
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing = –3.9
Election box begin
title=General Election 2001: Penrith and The Border
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = David Maclean
votes = 24,302
percentage = 54.9
change = +7.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Geyve Walker
votes = 9,625
percentage = 21.8
change = –4.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Michael Boaden
votes = 8,177
percentage = 18.5
change = –3.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Thomas Lowther
votes = 938
percentage = 2.1
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Legalise Cannabis Alliance
candidate = Mark Gibson
votes = 870
percentage = 2.0
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = John Moffat
votes = 337
percentage = 0.8
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 14,677
percentage = 33.1
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 44,249
percentage = 64.5
change = –9.1
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

Elections in the 1980s

Election box begin
title=Penrith and The Border by-election, 28 July 1983
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = David Maclean
votes = 17,530
percentage = 46.0
change = –12.8
Election box candidate with party link
party = SDP-Liberal Alliance
candidate = Michael Young
votes = 16,978
percentage = 44.6
change = +16.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Lindsay Williams
votes = 2,834
percentage = 7.4
change = –5.8
Election box candidate with party link
party = Official Monster Raving Loony Party
candidate = David Sutch
votes = 412
percentage = 1.1
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate
party = Retired Naval Officer
candidate = Eric Morgan
votes = 150
percentage = 0.4
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate
party = Death off Roads: Freight on Rail
candidate = Helen Anscomb
votes = 72
percentage = 0.2
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate
party = Independent Socialist
candidate = John Connell
votes = 69
percentage = 0.2
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = New Britain Party
candidate = Peter Smith
votes = 35
percentage = 0.1
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 552
percentage = 1.4
change = –29.5
Election box turnout
votes = 38,080
percentage = 55.9
change = –17.2
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing = –14.8
Election box begin
title=General Election, May 1983: Penrith and The Border
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = William Whitelaw
votes = 29,304
percentage = 58.8
change = –2.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = SDP-Liberal Alliance
candidate = Michael Young
votes = 13,883
percentage = 27.9
change = +11.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = W Williams
votes = 6,612
percentage = 13.3
change = –9.1
Election box majority
votes = 15,421
percentage = 30.1
change = –8.7
Election box turnout
votes = 49,799
percentage = 73.1
change = –3.9
Election box hold with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

ee also

* Penrith and the Border by-election, 1983
* List of Parliamentary constituencies in Cumbria


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