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Bury North (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 53°36′25″N 2°17′56″W / 53.607°N 2.299°W / 53.607; -2.299

Bury North
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bury North in Greater Manchester.
Outline map
Location of Greater Manchester within England.
CountyGreater Manchester
Population87,218 (2011 UK Census)[1]
Electorate67,911 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Created1983
Member of ParliamentJames Frith (Labour)
Number of membersOne
Created fromRossendale (part)
Bury & Radcliffe (part)
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyNorth West England

Bury North is a borough constituency in Greater Manchester, created in 1983 and represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. As with all extant seats its electorate elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system at least every five years. Since the snap election on 8 June 2017, its MP has been James Frith of the Labour Party who gained the seat from a Conservative.[3][4] Bury North is one of 23 seats won (held or gained) by a Labour candidate in 2017 from a total of 27 covering its county. Frith's 2017 win was one of 30 net gains of the Labour Party.

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HistoryEdit

Summary of results

Bury North is a marginal seat between Labour and the Conservatives, and a bellwether constituency throughout its existence — the winner of the seat has tended to win the general election. In forerunner seats, the town of Bury did not have a Labour MP until 1964, since when Bury North has become reported on as an important marginal seat.

The 2010 gain was the Conservative Party's sole gain in Greater Manchester . The 2015 result was narrower, which produced the 5th most marginal majority of the Conservative Party's 331 seats by percentage of majority.[5]

BoundariesEdit

1983-2010: The Metropolitan Borough of Bury wards of Church, East, Elton, Moorside, Ramsbottom, Redvales, Tottington, and Unsworth.

2010–present: The Metropolitan Borough of Bury wards of Church, East, Elton, Moorside, North Manor, Ramsbottom, Redvales, and Tottington.

The constituency of Bury North covers the towns of Ramsbottom, Tottington and Bury. It was created in 1983 from parts of the former seats of Rossendale and Bury and Radcliffe. In those boundary changes Ramsbottom was transferred from Rossendale to Bury North, while with the loss of Ramsbottom, Rossendale was linked with Darwen.

Constituency profileEdit

Despite its name Bury North includes the entirety of the town of Bury. A traditional Labour-Conservative marginal, Ramsbottom and Tottington are mostly Conservative, but in the case of Ramsbottom, not always overwhelmingly so, whereas the town of Bury itself (particularly the Bury East ward) is generally more favourable to Labour, with Elton being a marginal. Tottington, Church ward and the rural North Manor ward are safely Conservative, however Ramsbottom is now a Labour marginal, re-gained by the party in 2018. The 2011 Ramsbottom local election was famously a tie between the Labour and Conservative candidates, decided by drawing straws which Labour won and took control of the council.

The wards surrounding the town centre include some terraced and social housing and is ethnically diverse. The Bury town centre itself features two large sixth form colleges, the 'World Famous' market famed for Black Pudding as well as newer shopping and leisure developments such as The Rock. Tourist attractions include the East Lancashire Heritage Railway and Fusiliers Museum. North of Bury the area becomes more rural, approaching the provincial towns of Tottington and Ramsbottom, which are becoming increasingly desirable for Manchester commuters looking for quieter housing overlooking the West Pennines. Ramsbottom features Peel Monument, a tower on Holcombe Hill dedicated to former Conservative Prime Minister Robert Peel who was born in Bury. The tower is occasionally opened by volunteers, which offers views across Greater Manchester and as far out as Cheshire.

Members of ParliamentEdit

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 2010sEdit

General election 2017: Bury North[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Frith 25,683 53.6 +12.5
Conservative David Nuttall 21,308 44.5 +2.5
Liberal Democrat Richard Baum 912 1.9 -0.2
Majority 4,375 9.1
Turnout 47,903 70.9 +4.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +5.0
General election 2015: Bury North[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Nuttall 18,970 41.9 +1.8
Labour James Frith 18,592 41.1 +5.9
UKIP Ian Henderson 5,595 12.4 +9.5
Green John Southworth 1,141 2.5 +2.5
Liberal Democrat Richard Baum 932 2.1 −14.9
Majority 378 0.8 −4.2
Turnout 45,230 66.9 −0.4
Conservative hold Swing −2.1
General election 2010: Bury North[9][10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Nuttall 18,070 40.2 +3.7
Labour Maryam Khan 15,827 35.2 −7.8
Liberal Democrat Richard Baum 7,645 17.0 +1.9
BNP John Maude 1,825 4.1 +0.1
UKIP Stephen M. Evans 1,282 2.9 +1.8
Independent Bill Brison 181 0.4 N/A
Pirate Graeme P. Lambert 131 0.3 N/A
Majority 2,243 5.0 +10.0
Turnout 44,961 67.3 +5.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +5.8

Elections in the 2000sEdit

General election 2005: Bury North[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Chaytor 19,130 43.0 −8.2
Conservative David Nuttall 16,204 36.5 −0.2
Liberal Democrat Wilfred Davison 6,514 14.7 +2.5
BNP Stewart Clough 1,790 4.0 N/A
UKIP Philip Silver 476 1.1 N/A
Socialist Labour Ryan O'Neill 172 0.4 N/A
Veritas Ian Upton 153 0.3 N/A
Majority 2,926 6.6 −8.0
Turnout 44,439 61.5 −1.5
Labour hold Swing −4.0
General election 2001: Bury North[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Chaytor 22,945 51.2 −0.6
Conservative John Walsh 16,413 36.6 −0.9
Liberal Democrat Bryn Hackley 5,430 12.1 +3.9
Majority 6,532 14.6 +0.3
Turnout 44,788 63.0 −14.9
Labour hold Swing +0.1

Elections in the 1990sEdit

General election 1997: Bury North[14][15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Chaytor 28,523 51.8 +10.2
Conservative Alistair Burt 20,657 37.5 −12.1
Liberal Democrat Neville Kenyon 4,536 8.2 −0.3
Referendum Richard Hallewell 1,337 2.4 N/A
Majority 7,866 14.3 +6.2
Turnout 55,053 77.8 −6.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +11.2
General election 1992: Bury North[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alistair Burt 29,266 49.7 −0.4
Labour Jim Dobbin 24,502 41.6 +3.8
Liberal Democrat Colin McGrath 5,010 8.5 −3.6
Natural Law Michael Sullivan 163 0.3 N/A
Majority 4,764 8.1 −4.2
Turnout 58,941 84.8 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing −2.1

Elections in the 1980sEdit

General election 1987: Bury North[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alistair Burt 28,097 50.1 +4.6
Labour David Crausby 21,186 37.8 −2.4
Liberal David Vasmer 6,804 12.1 −2.2
Majority 6,911 12.3 +7.0
Turnout 56,087 82.5 +2.9
Conservative hold Swing +3.5
General election 1983: Bury North[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alistair Burt 23,923 45.5 N/A
Labour Frank White 21,131 40.2 N/A
Liberal Elisabeth Wilson 7,550 14.4 N/A
Majority 2,792 5.3 N/A
Turnout 52,604 79.6 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bury North: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Bury North". BBC News. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  5. ^ List of Conservative MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
  6. ^ "Bury North 1983-". Hansard 1803-2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  7. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 5)
  8. ^ "Bury North parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
  9. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "General Election Results 2010". Bury Council. 5 December 2005. Archived from the original on May 12, 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
  11. ^ "Election 2010 - Bury North". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  12. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
  16. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.45 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  17. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  19. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  20. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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