Bury South (UK Parliament constituency)

Last updated

Bury South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Bury South (UK Parliament constituency)
Interactive map of boundaries from 2024
North West England - Bury South constituency.svg
Boundary of Bury South in North West England
County Greater Manchester
Population97,842 (2011 census) [1]
Electorate 75,140 (December 2010) [2]
Major settlements Prestwich, Radcliffe, Whitefield
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Christian Wakeford (Labour)
SeatsOne
Created from Middleton and Prestwich & Bury and Radcliffe

Bury South is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. At the 2019 General Election it was the 10th most marginal seat in the country, [3] with a majority of 402 for the Conservative Party candidate Christian Wakeford. Wakeford defected to the Labour Party on 19 January 2022. [4]

Contents

Boundaries

The constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the former seats of Middleton and Prestwich & Bury and Radcliffe, both of which were Labour-Conservative marginals, held by Labour on slim majorities at the 1979 election. It covers the suburban towns of Radcliffe, Whitefield and Prestwich. The constituency does not contain any area of the town of Bury itself (which is in Bury North), apart from Unsworth, but only towns in the south of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury.

1983–2010: The Metropolitan Borough of Bury wards of Besses, Holyrood, Pilkington Park, Radcliffe Central, Radcliffe North, Radcliffe South, St Mary's, and Sedgley.

2010–2024: The Metropolitan Borough of Bury wards of Besses, Holyrood, Pilkington Park, Radcliffe East, Radcliffe North, Radcliffe West, St Mary's, Sedgley, and Unsworth.

2024–present: The Metropolitan Borough of Bury wards of Besses; Holyrood; Pilkington Park; Radcliffe East; Radcliffe West; St. Mary’s; Sedgley; and Unsworth, and the City of Salford ward of Kersal & Broughton Park. [5]

The Radcliffe North ward was transferred to Bury North, offset by the gain of the City of Salford ward of Kersal & Broughton Park from the abolished Blackley and Broughton.

History

Between 1997 and 2019, the seat was represented by Ivan Lewis. Lewis belonged to the Labour Party and was a minister during the Blair and Brown governments, but was suspended in 2018 due to allegations of indecent behaviour. He stood unsuccessfully as an independent in the 2019 election. Prior to 1997, it had been represented by Conservative David Sumberg since the constituency's creation in 1983.

The seat was contested by future cabinet minister Hazel Blears in 1992, narrowly losing and would later be elected in her hometown in nearby Salford the following election until retiring in 2015. The 2017 General Election saw Robert Largan as the runner-up Conservative candidate, who would later be elected for High Peak at the following general election in 2019.

Constituency profile

The seat covers Prestwich, Whitefield and Radcliffe, towns that were absorbed into the Metropolitan Borough of Bury in 1974, plus, since 2024, the ward of Kersal and Broughton Park from the City of Salford. The western border along the Irwell Valley contains much of Bury's green belt land including Philips Park in Whitefield, Prestwich Clough and Drinkwater Park, making up 500 acres of green space. Prestwich, Whitefield and Broughton Park are residential areas with one of the largest Jewish communities outside London. Radcliffe is a former mill town which declined after the loss of industry, with its only secondary school shut down; it is attempting regeneration as a commuter suburb and features a large park-and-ride Metrolink station. Simister to the east of Prestwich opposite Heaton Park still has some farmland, which has been under threat from development. Overall this is an economically diverse area, as there are pockets of social housing in each town, while houses in areas such as Ringley Road in Whitefield, and Sheepfoot Lane in Prestwich, facing Heaton Park, can sell for over £1 million, with mostly owner-occupied semi-detached housing in between. The proportion of graduates and those employed in managerial/professional occupations is slightly above the national average. [6]

At local elections, Prestwich mostly returns Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors, with some historic Conservative representation in Sedgley. Whitefield is a mix of safe Conservative and safe Labour, and Unsworth marginally Labour. Radcliffe was generally Labour with the exception of Radcliffe North, however a localist party, Radcliffe First, has taken from Labour all of the Radcliffe seats within this constituency. The Kersal and Broughton Park ward of Salford has returned mostly Conservative or Independent councillors.

Members of Parliament

ElectionMember [7] [8] Party
1983 David Sumberg Conservative
1997 Ivan Lewis Labour
November 2017 Independent
2019 Christian Wakeford Conservative
January 2022 Labour

Elections

Elections in the 2020s

General election 2024: Bury South [9] [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Reform UK Jeff Armstrong
Workers Party Sameera Ashraf
Independent Michael Elston
English Democrat Stephen Morris
Liberal Democrats Andrew Page
Communist Dan Ross
Conservative Arnie Saunders
Labour Christian Wakeford
Green Michael Welton
Turnout
Majority
Turnout
Swing

Elections in the 2010s

General election 2019: Bury South [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Christian Wakeford 22,034 43.8 Increase2.svg 2.2
Labour Lucy Burke21,63243.0Decrease2.svg 10.3
Liberal Democrats Richard Kilpatrick2,3154.6Increase2.svg 2.5
Brexit Party Andrea Livesey1,6723.3New
Independent Ivan Lewis withdrawn1,3662.7New
Green Glyn Heath8481.7New
Independent Michael Boyle2770.6New
Women's Equality Gemma Evans1300.3New
Majority4020.8N/A
Turnout 50,27466.9Decrease2.svg 2.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase2.svg 6.3
General election 2017: Bury South
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Ivan Lewis 27,165 53.3 Increase2.svg 8.2
Conservative Robert Largan [12] 21,20041.6Increase2.svg 7.0
UKIP Ian Henderson1,3162.6Decrease2.svg 10.7
Liberal Democrats Andrew Page1,0652.1Decrease2.svg 1.5
Independent Peter Wright2440.5New
Majority5,96511.7Increase2.svg 1.2
Turnout 50,99069.2Increase2.svg 5.3
Labour hold Swing Increase2.svg 0.7
General election 2015: Bury South [13] [14]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Ivan Lewis 21,272 45.1 Increase2.svg 4.7
Conservative Daniel Critchlow16,35034.6Increase2.svg 1.0
UKIP Séamus Martin6,29913.3Increase2.svg 11.2
Liberal Democrats Paul Ankers1,6903.6Decrease2.svg 14.6
Green Glyn Heath1,4343.0Increase2.svg 2.0
English Democrat Valerie Morris1700.4Decrease2.svg 0.6
Majority4,92210.5Increase2.svg 3.7
Turnout 47,21563.9Decrease2.svg 1.7
Labour hold Swing Increase2.svg 1.8
General election 2010: Bury South [15] [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Ivan Lewis 19,508 40.4 Decrease2.svg 10.5
Conservative Michelle Wiseman16,21633.6Increase2.svg 5.5
Liberal Democrats Victor D'Albert8,79618.2Increase2.svg 1.1
BNP Jean Purdy1,7433.6New
UKIP Paul Chadwick1,0172.1Decrease2.svg 0.5
English Democrat Valerie Morris4941.0New
Green George Heron4931.0New
Majority3,2926.8Decrease2.svg 16.0
Turnout 48,26765.6Increase2.svg 7.1
Labour hold Swing Decrease2.svg 8.0

Elections in the 2000s

General election 2005: Bury South [17]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Ivan Lewis 19,741 50.4 Decrease2.svg 8.8
Conservative Alexander Williams10,82927.7Increase2.svg 0.8
Liberal Democrats Victor D'Albert6,96817.8Increase2.svg 3.9
UKIP Jim Greenhalgh1,0592.7New
Independent Yvonne Hossack5571.4New
Majority8,91222.7Decrease2.svg 9.6
Turnout 39,15458.5Decrease2.svg 0.3
Labour hold Swing Decrease2.svg 4.8
General election 2001: Bury South [18]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Ivan Lewis 23,406 59.2 Increase2.svg 2.3
Conservative Nicola Le Page10,63426.9Decrease2.svg 5.4
Liberal Democrats Tim Pickstone5,49913.9Increase2.svg 5.5
Majority12,77232.3Increase2.svg 7.7
Turnout 39,53958.8Decrease2.svg 16.6
Labour hold Swing Increase2.svg 3.9

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1997: Bury South [19]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Ivan Lewis 28,658 56.9 Increase2.svg 12.3
Conservative David Sumberg 16,27732.3Decrease2.svg 13.7
Liberal Democrats Victor D'Albert4,2278.4Decrease2.svg 0.5
Referendum Bryan Slater1,2162.4New
Majority12,38124.6N/A
Turnout 50,37875.4Decrease2.svg 6.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Increase2.svg 13.0
General election 1992: Bury South [20] [21]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative David Sumberg 24,873 46.0 Steady2.svg 0.0
Labour Hazel Blears 24,08544.6Increase2.svg 3.7
Liberal Democrats Adrian Cruden4,8328.9Decrease2.svg 4.2
Natural Law Norma Sullivan2280.4New
Majority7881.4Decrease2.svg 3.7
Turnout 54,01882.1Increase2.svg 2.4
Conservative hold Swing Decrease2.svg 1.9

Elections in the 1980s

General election 1987: Bury South [22]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative David Sumberg 23,878 46.0 Increase2.svg 2.0
Labour Derek Boden21,19940.9Increase2.svg 4.4
SDP Derek Eyre6,77213.1Decrease2.svg 6.4
Majority2,6795.1Decrease2.svg 2.4
Turnout 51,84979.7Increase2.svg 3.6
Conservative hold Swing Decrease2.svg 1.2
General election 1983: Bury South [23]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative David Sumberg 21,718 44.0
Labour Derek Boden17,99836.5
SDP Keith Evans9,62819.5
Majority3,7207.5
Turnout 49,34476.1
Conservative win (new seat)

See also

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Beckenham (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1950 onwards

Beckenham is a constituency in Greater London represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Bob Stewart, a member of the Conservative Party.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Metropolitan Borough of Bury</span> Borough of Greater Manchester, England

The Metropolitan Borough of Bury is a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester in England. It is north of Manchester, to the east of Bolton and west of Rochdale. The borough is centred around the town of Bury but also includes other towns such as Ramsbottom, Tottington, Radcliffe, Whitefield and Prestwich. Bury bounds the Lancashire districts of Rossendale and Blackburn with Darwen to the north. With a population of 194,606 in 2022, it is the smallest borough in Greater Manchester.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Whitefield, Greater Manchester</span> Town in Greater Manchester, England

Whitefield is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Greater Manchester, England. It lies on undulating ground above the Irwell Valley, along the south bank of the River Irwell, 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast of Bury, and 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of Manchester. Prestwich and the M60 motorway lie just to the south.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Workington (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1918 onwards

Workington was a constituency in Cumbria represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Prestwich</span> Town in Greater Manchester

Prestwich is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Greater Manchester, England, 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Manchester, 3 miles (5 km) north of Salford and 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Bury.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Salford (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1997–2010

Salford was a borough constituency in Greater Manchester represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. The borough constituency dated from 1997 and was abolished in 2010, replaced by Salford and Eccles.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bolton South East (UK Parliament constituency)</span> UK Parliament constituency in England since 1983

Bolton South East was a constituency in the House of Commons.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bury North (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1983 onwards

Bury North is a borough constituency in Greater Manchester, created in 1983 and represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. With a Conservative majority of 105 votes, it is the most marginal constituency for a sitting MP in the United Kingdom as of the 2019 general election.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Manchester Blackley (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1918–2010

Manchester, Blackley was a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which existed from 1918 to 2010. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. In boundary changes for the 2010 general election it was replaced by Blackley and Broughton.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Manchester Withington (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1918 onwards

Manchester Withington is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Jeff Smith of Labour. Of the 30 seats with the highest percentage of winning majority in 2017, the seat ranks 25th with a 55.7% margin, and is the only one of the twenty nine of these seats won by the Labour Party in which the second-placed candidate was a Liberal Democrat, rather than Conservative. This is despite being a Conservative seat right up to 1987, then becoming relatively safely Labour, then Liberal Democrat from 2005 to 2015 before they lost on a large swing in 2015, after which Smith substantially increased his majority.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Stretford and Urmston (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1997 onwards

Stretford and Urmston is a constituency in Greater Manchester represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since a 2022 by-election by Andrew Western, a Labour MP.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dudley North (UK Parliament constituency)</span> UK Parliament constituency since 1997

Dudley North is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Marco Longhi, of the Conservative Party.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dudley South (UK Parliament constituency)</span> UK Parliament constituency since 1997

Dudley South is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Mike Wood of the Conservative Party.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Reigate (UK Parliament constituency)</span> United Kingdom parliamentary constituency

Reigate is a constituency in Surrey represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Crispin Blunt, originally of the Conservative Party, but as of October 2023, sitting as an Independent, after having the whip suspended.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Blackley and Broughton (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 2010 onwards

Blackley and Broughton is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Graham Stringer. He was first elected in 1997 for the former Manchester Blackley and prior to this was Leader of Manchester City Council. The constituency covers north Manchester and east Salford.

Salford East was a parliamentary constituency in the City of Salford in Greater Manchester. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Middleton and Prestwich was a parliamentary constituency centred on the Middleton and Prestwich districts of Greater Manchester. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

References

  1. "Bury South: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. 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. "Commons Briefing Paper 8749. General Election 2019: results and analysis" (PDF). London: House of Commons Library. 28 January 2020. p. 72. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 November 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  4. "Tory MP Christian Wakeford defects to Labour". BBC News . 19 January 2022. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  5. "The Parliamentary Constituencies Order 2023". Schedule 1 Part 5 North West region.
  6. "Labour Market Profile – Nomis – Official Labour Market Statistics".
  7. "Bury South 1983–". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) . Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  8. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 6)
  9. Bury South
  10. "STATEMENT OF PERSONS NOMINATED AND NOTICE OF POLL". Bury Council. Retrieved 12 June 2024.
  11. Sansome, Jessica; Otter, Saffron (14 November 2019). "All the Greater Manchester General Election 2019 candidates". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  12. "Norfolk North and Penistone & Stocksbridge choose their candidates. Latest selection news. | Conservative Home". Conservative Home.
  13. "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. "Bury South". BBC News. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  15. "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  16. "Election 2010 | Constituency | Bury South". news.bbc.co.uk.
  17. "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  18. "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  19. "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  20. "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  21. "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  22. "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  23. "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

53°34′48″N2°17′56″W / 53.580°N 2.299°W / 53.580; -2.299