Cumbria (European Parliament constituency)

Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in Great Britain. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

European Parliament constituency
Member stateUnited Kingdom

Created for the 1979 European Parliament elections in 1979, Cumbria was a single-member constituency formed from the grouping of numerous neighbouring British Parliament constituencies.

The constituency saw only one election under the chosen boundaries, with the county of Cumbria and electors in Westminster constituencies as far south as the Fylde coast electing its MEP as one constituency in 1979 only. In subsequent elections, the constituency became the expanded Cumbria and Lancashire North.


  • Barrow-in-Furness; Carlisle; Fylde North; Lancaster; Morecambe and Lonsdale; Penrith and the Border; Westmorland; Whitehaven; Workington

Members of the European Parliament

1979 Elaine Kellett-Bowman Conservative

Election results

European Parliament election, 1979: Cumbria
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Elaine Kellett-Bowman 104,471 56.4
Labour H Little 62,485 33.7
Liberal E M Graham 16,631 9.0
Independent E Burrows 1,596 0.9
Majority 41,986 22.7
Turnout 183,587 34.9
Conservative win