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]
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Luton South in Bedfordshire.
Location of Bedfordshire within England.
|Member of Parliament||Gavin Shuker (Independent)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Luton East, Luton West and Bedfordshire South|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Members of ParliamentEdit
|2010||Gavin Shuker||Labour Co-op|
Elections in the 2010sEdit
|Labour Co-op||Gavin Shuker||28,804||62.4||+18.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Andy Strange||1,056||2.3||-5.3|
|Labour Co-op||Gavin Shuker||18,660||44.2||+9.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Ashuk Ahmed||3,183||7.5||−15.1|
|Liberty GB||Paul Weston||158||0.4||N/A|
|Labour Co-op||Gavin Shuker||14,725||34.9||−7.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Qurban Hussain||9,567||22.7||+0.1|
|Workers Revolutionary||Frank Sweeney||75||0.2||−0.1|
Elections in the 2000sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Qurban Hussain||8,778||22.6||+11.7|
|Workers Revolutionary||Arthur Lynn||98||0.3||+0.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Rabi Martins||4,292||10.9||+1.3|
|Socialist Alliance||Joseph Hearne||271||0.7||N/A|
|Workers Revolutionary||Robert Bolton||107||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1990sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Keith Fitchett||4,610||9.6||−1.6|
|Natural Law||Claire Perrin||86||0.2||−0.1|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Labour||William David McKenzie||25,101||43.5||+6.8|
|Liberal Democrat||David W. Rogers||6,020||10.4||−6.7|
|Natural Law||David Cooke||191||0.3||+0.3|
Elections in the 1980sEdit
|Labour||William David McKenzie||19,647||36.7||+3.4|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and referencesEdit
- "England Parliamentary electorates 2010-2018". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
- "'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.
- 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.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
- Boundary Commission for England, 2018 Review, Associated consultation documents (September 2018). "Final recommendations report".CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 4)
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- Statement of Persons Nominated Archived 4 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine Luton Borough Council
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Vote 2001: Luton South, BBC News
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.