Thornaby (UK Parliament constituency)

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Thornaby
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Major settlements Thornaby-on-Tees
1974 (1974)1983
Number of membersOne
Replaced by Stockton South and Middlesbrough [1]
Created from Middlesbrough West

Thornaby was a parliamentary constituency centred on the former borough of Thornaby-on-Tees in Teesside. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

United Kingdom constituencies electoral area in the UK (do not use in P31; use subclasses of this instead)

In the United Kingdom (UK), each of the electoral areas or divisions called constituencies elect one member to a parliament or assembly, with the exception of European Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly constituencies which are multi member constituencies.

Thornaby-on-Tees town in North Yorkshire. England

Thornaby-on-Tees is a royal charter town, civil parish and former borough in North Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the North Riding of Yorkshire, Thornaby is situated on the south bank of the River Tees, directly south-east of Stockton-on-Tees and 4 mi (6 km) southwest of Middlesbrough. It has a population of 24,741 according to the 2011 census and is in the unitary authority of Stockton-on-Tees.

Teesside Place in England

Teesside is a conurbation around Middlesbrough on the River Tees in North East England which also includes Billingham, Redcar, Stockton-on-Tees and Thornaby. It is a centre for heavy industry, although the number of people employed has declined. Traditional industries, primarily steelmaking and chemical manufacture, have been replaced to a large extent by high technology activities, science development and service sector roles.

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The constituency was created for the February 1974 general election, mostly from the old seat of Middlesbrough West. It was abolished for the 1983 general election.

February 1974 United Kingdom general election general election

The February 1974 United Kingdom general election was held on the 28th day of that month. The Labour Party led by former Prime Minister Harold Wilson made moderate gains, but was short of an overall majority. The Conservative Party led by incumbent Edward Heath lost 37 seats, but achieved a slightly higher share of the vote than Labour. This resulted in a hung parliament; Heath resigned when he found himself unable to form a coalition, and Wilson became Prime Minister for a second time. Labour won 301 seats, 17 short of a majority.

Middlesbrough West was a parliamentary constituency in the town of Middlesbrough in North East England. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first-past-the-post voting system.

1983 United Kingdom general election election for members of the British House of Commons

The 1983 United Kingdom general election was held on Thursday 9 June 1983. It gave the Conservative Party under the leadership of Margaret Thatcher the most decisive election victory since that of the Labour Party in 1945.

Boundaries

The County Borough of Teesside wards of Acklam, Ayresome, Gresham, Linthorpe, Thornaby East, and Thornaby West.

Members of Parliament

ElectionMemberParty
Feb 1974 Ian Wrigglesworth Labour
1981 SDP
1983 constituency abolished

Results

Elections in the 1970s

General Election February 1974: Thornaby
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Ian Wrigglesworth 21,50343.8
Conservative John Sutcliffe 19,78540.3
Liberal R Tennant7,82715.9
Majority1,7183.50
Turnout 79.6
Labour win
General Election October 1974: Thornaby
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Ian Wrigglesworth 22,13049.1
Conservative John Sutcliffe 17,48238.8
Liberal R Tennant5,44212.1
Majority4,64810.32
Turnout 72.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1979: Thornaby
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Ian Wrigglesworth 23,59751.1
Conservative J Jeffreys18,07339.1
Liberal N Patmore4,2559.2
National Front M Evans2510.5
Majority5,52411.96
Turnout 74.7
Labour hold Swing

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References

  1. "'Thornaby', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 24 March 2016.