Amber Valley (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Amber Valley in Derbyshire.
Location of Derbyshire within England.
|Population||87,883 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||69,538 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Nigel Mills (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Belper, Derbyshire South East and Ilkeston|
|European Parliament constituency||East Midlands|
The constituency was created in 1983, and was held by Phillip Oppenheim of the Conservative Party from its creation until Judy Mallaber of the Labour Party won the seat in 1997. She was narrowly defeated in 2010 by Nigel Mills, a Conservative, who increased his majority in 2015 and 2017.
1983-1997: The District of Amber Valley wards of Aldercar, Alfreton East, Alfreton West, Codnor, Denby and Horsley Woodhouse, Heage and Ambergate, Heanor and Loscoe, Heanor East, Heanor West, Holbrook and Horsley, Kilburn, Riddings, Ripley, Ripley and Marehay, Shipley Park, Somercotes, Swanwick, and Wingfield, and the Borough of Erewash wards of Breadsall and Morley, Little Eaton, and Stanley.
1997-2010: The Borough of Amber Valley wards of Aldercar, Alfreton East, Alfreton West, Codnor, Crich, Denby and Horsley Woodhouse, Heage and Ambergate, Heanor and Loscoe, Heanor East, Heanor West, Holbrook and Horsley, Kilburn, Riddings, Ripley, Ripley and Marehay, Shipley Park, Somercotes, Swanwick, and Wingfield, and the Borough of Erewash wards of Breadsall and Morley, Little Eaton, and Stanley.
2010-present: The Borough of Amber Valley wards of Alfreton, Codnor and Waingroves, Heage and Ambergate, Heanor and Loscoe, Heanor East, Heanor West, Ironville and Riddings, Kilburn, Denby and Holbrook, Langley Mill and Aldercar, Ripley, Ripley and Marehay, Shipley Park, Horsley and Horsley Woodhouse, Somercotes, Swanwick, and Wingfield.
The Amber Valley constituency covers the Derbyshire market and manufacturing towns of Alfreton, Heanor and Ripley; in a majority of council elections from 1960 to 2012, these were favourably disposed to the Labour Party. The constituency also contains many rural and suburban wards, which during the same period generally had a majority in support of the Conservatives. The constituency stretches from the edge of the Peak District to the northern edge of Derby, which forms another set of neighbourhoods more favourably disposed to the Conservatives.
With the exception of a single year (2014/15), Amber Valley Borough Council has been controlled by the Conservatives since 2000; they narrowly retained it during their government coalition with the Liberal Democrats in May 2012. Prior to this, the council was held by Labour or under no overall control for all but three years from its formation in 1973.
Despite swinging towards the Conservatives in local elections since 2000, the constituency's generally small majorities in recent elections (an exception being the 2017 result) and bellwether status since 1983 (being won by the party that nationally holds the most parliamentary seats) means Amber Valley is, by most common measures, a marginal seat.
Members of ParliamentEdit
Elections in the 2010sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Kate Smith||1,100||2.4||-0.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Kate Smith||1,360||3.0||-11.5|
Going into the 2015 general election, this was the 24th most marginal constituency in Great Britain, Labour requiring a swing from the Conservatives of 0.6% to take the seat (based on the result of the 2010 general election).
|Liberal Democrat||Tom Snowdon||6,636||14.4||+2.1|
|Monster Raving Loony||Sam Thing||265||0.6||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+6.9|
Elections in the 2000sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Kate Smith||6,225||13.1||+0.7|
|Liberal Democrat||Kate Smith||5,538||12.4||+4.7|
Elections in the 1990sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Roger Shelley||4,219||7.7||−1.4|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||11.7|
|Liberal Democrat||Graham Brocklebank||5,294||8.9||−5.3|
Elections in the 1980sEdit
|Conservative win (new seat)|
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