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Luton South (UK Parliament constituency)

Luton South is a constituency[n 1] in Bedfordshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Gavin Shuker. Shuker was a member of the Labour Party and the Co-operative Party until 19 February 2019, when he resigned his membership to sit as part of Change UK - The Independent Group. Shuker left the party in June 2019 and now sits as an independent. [n 2]

Luton South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Luton South in Bedfordshire.
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Location of Bedfordshire within England.
CountyBedfordshire
Electorate66,055 (2018)[1]
Major settlementsLuton
Current constituency
Created1983
Member of ParliamentGavin Shuker (Independent)
Number of membersOne
Created fromLuton East, Luton West and Bedfordshire South[2]
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyEast of England

Contents

HistoryEdit

This seat was created in 1983, primarily from the former seat of Luton East.

The constituency and its predecessors the Luton East and Luton constituencies were long considered a bellwether (they had elected an MP from the winning party in each election since the 1951 general election). Margaret Moran, who was the Labour MP from 1997, stood down at the 2010 general election after falsifying claims for her expenses.[3] Bellwether status ended in the 2010 general election, when the constituency elected a Labour MP while the Conservatives were the largest party in the House of Commons. As a result, its new MP Gavin Shuker became one of just two Labour MPs elected in 2010 in the East of England, alongside Kelvin Hopkins, the MP for the Luton North seat. Shuker and Hopkins have served as MPs for the two divisions of Luton since then, with their majorities increasing in both elections since, although the majority in South has not been larger than that of North since 2001.

Boundaries and boundary changesEdit

1983–1997: The Borough of Luton wards of Biscot, Crawley, Dallow, Farley, High Town, Putteridge, Saints, South, and Stopsley, and the District of South Bedfordshire wards of Caddington and Slip End.[4]

New Borough Constituency incorporating the abolished Borough Constituency of Luton East.  Also included southern-most parts of the abolished Borough Constituency of Luton West and small part in the south-east of the abolished County Constituency of South Bedfordshire.

1997–2010: The Borough of Luton wards of Biscott, Crawley, Dallow, Farley, High Town, Putteridge, South, and Stopsley, and the District of South Bedfordshire wards of Caddington and Slip End.[5]

The Saints ward of the Borough of Luton transferred to Luton North.

2010–present: The Borough of Luton wards of Biscot, Crawley, Dallow, Farley, High Town, Round Green, South, Stopsley, and Wigmore, and the District of South Bedfordshire ward of Caddington, Hyde and Slip End.[6]

Marginal changes due to revision of local authority wards.

NB: the wards of the District of South Bedfordshire now form the bulk of the Caddington ward of the Central Bedfordshire unitary authority, the former wards having been abolished at the conversion to unitary councils in Bedfordshire in 2009.

Changes proposed for 2022Edit

The Boundary Commission for England submitted their final proposals in respect of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies (the 2018 review) in September 2018. If these proposals are approved by Parliament they will reduce the total number of MPs from 650 to 600 and come into effect at the next UK general election which is due to take place in May 2022 under the terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.

The Commission recommended that the Borough of Luton ward of Barnfield be transferred from Luton North and the part of the Central Bedfordshire ward of Caddington not in the constituency be transferred from South West Bedfordshire.[7]

Members of ParliamentEdit

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 2010sEdit

General election 2017: Luton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Gavin Shuker 28,804 62.4 +18.2
Conservative Dean Russell 14,879 32.3 +1.6
Liberal Democrat Andy Strange 1,056 2.3 -5.3
UKIP Ujjawal Ub 795 1.7 -10.4
Green Marc Scheimann 439 1.0 -2.0
Independent Abid Ali 160 0.3 N/A
Majority 13,925 30.1 +27.6
Turnout 46,233 68.83 +6.03
Labour hold Swing +8.3
General election 2015: Luton South[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Gavin Shuker 18,660 44.2 +9.3
Conservative Katie Redmond 12,949 30.7 +1.3
UKIP Muhammad Rehman 5,129 12.1 +9.8
Liberal Democrat Ashuk Ahmed 3,183 7.5 −15.1
Green Simon Hall 1,237 2.9 +2.1
Independent Attiq Malik 900 2.1 N/A
Liberty GB Paul Weston 158 0.4 N/A
Majority 5,711 13.5 +8.0
Turnout 42,216 62.8 −2.0
Labour hold Swing
General election 2010: Luton South[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Gavin Shuker 14,725 34.9 −7.9
Conservative Nigel Huddleston 12,396 29.4 +1.3
Liberal Democrat Qurban Hussain 9,567 22.7 +0.1
Independent Esther Rantzen 1,872 4.4 N/A
BNP Tony Blakey 1,299 3.1 N/A
UKIP Charles Lawman 975 2.3 −0.1
Independent Stephen Rhodes 463 1.1 N/A
Green Marc Scheimann 366 0.9 −1.2
Independent Joe Hall 264 0.6 N/A
Independent Faruk Choudhury 130 0.3 N/A
Independent Stephen Lathwell 84 0.2 N/A
Workers Revolutionary Frank Sweeney 75 0.2 −0.1
Majority 2,329 5.5 -9.0
Turnout 42,216 64.8 +11.0
Labour hold Swing −4.6

Elections in the 2000sEdit

General election 2005: Luton South[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Margaret Moran 16,610 42.7 −12.5
Conservative Richard Stay 10,960 28.2 −1.2
Liberal Democrat Qurban Hussain 8,778 22.6 +11.7
UKIP Charles Lawman 957 2.5 +1.0
Green Marc Scheimann 790 2.0 +0.0
Respect Mohammed Ilyas 725 1.9 N/A
Workers Revolutionary Arthur Lynn 98 0.3 +0.0
Majority 5,650 14.5 -11.3
Turnout 38,918 54.1 −1.0
Labour hold Swing −5.6
General election 2001: Luton South[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Margaret Moran 21,719 55.2 +0.3
Conservative Gordon Henderson 11,586 29.4 −1.9
Liberal Democrat Rabi Martins 4,292 10.9 +1.3
Green Marc Scheimann 798 2.0 +1.3
UKIP Charles Lawman 578 1.5 +0.7
Socialist Alliance Joseph Hearne 271 0.7 N/A
Workers Revolutionary Robert Bolton 107 0.3 N/A
Majority 10,133 25.8 +2.3
Turnout 39,351 55.1 −15.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990sEdit

General election 1997: Luton South[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Margaret Moran 26,428 54.8 +11.6
Conservative Graham Bright 15,109 31.4 −12.9
Liberal Democrat Keith Fitchett 4,610 9.6 −1.6
Referendum Clive Jacobs 1,205 2.5 N/A
UKIP Charlie Lawman 390 0.8 N/A
Green Marc Scheimann 356 0.7 −0.3
Natural Law Claire Perrin 86 0.2 −0.1
Majority 11,319 23.5 N/A
Turnout 48,184 70.4 -8.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General election 1992: Luton South[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Graham Bright 25,900 44.8 −1.4
Labour William David McKenzie 25,101 43.5 +6.8
Liberal Democrat David W. Rogers 6,020 10.4 −6.7
Green Lyn Bliss 550 1.0 +1.0
Natural Law David Cooke 191 0.3 +0.3
Majority 799 1.4 −8.2
Turnout 57,762 79.1 +3.5
Conservative hold Swing −4.1

Elections in the 1980sEdit

General election 1987: Luton South[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Graham Bright 24,762 46.2 +4.3
Labour William David McKenzie 19,647 36.7 +3.4
Liberal Peter Chapman 9,146 17.1 −7.8
Majority 5,115 9.6 +1.0
Turnout 53,555 75.2 −0.6
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1983: Luton South[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Graham Bright 22,531 41.9 N/A
Labour Ivor Clemitson 17,910 33.3 N/A
Liberal David Franks 13,395 24.9 N/A
Majority 4,621 8.6 N/A
Turnout 53,836 75.8 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
  1. ^ "England Parliamentary electorates 2010-2018". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. ^ "'Luton South', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  3. ^ Williams, Rob (14 December 2012). "Former Labour MP Margaret Moran escapes jail and criminal conviction despite fiddling £53,000 of expenses from taxpayer". The Independent. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  4. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  5. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  6. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  7. ^ Boundary Commission for England, 2018 Review, Associated consultation documents (September 2018). "Final recommendations report".CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 4)
  9. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  11. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated Archived 4 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine Luton Borough Council
  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. ^ Vote 2001: Luton South, BBC News
  15. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  18. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.