Lancashire Central (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 England, Scotland and Wales. 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.

Lancashire Central
European Parliament constituency
Member stateUnited Kingdom
Created1979
Dissolved1999
MEPs1
Sources

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

Boundaries


Members of the European Parliament


ElectedMemberParty
1979 Michael Welsh Conservative
1994 Mark Hendrick Labour

Election results


European Parliament election, 1979: Lancashire Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Welsh 91,355 51.1
Labour I J Taylor 63,709 37.7
Liberal A D Sanders 13,821 8.2
Majority 27,646 16.4
Turnout 168,885 31.6
Conservative win (new seat)
European Parliament election, 1984: Lancashire Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Welsh 82,370 50.4 -0.7
Labour Helen Jones 56,175 34.4 -3.3
SDP Michael Gallagher 24,936 15.2 New
Majority 26,195 16.0 -0.4
Turnout 163,481 31.2 -0.4
Conservative hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1989: Lancashire Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Welsh 81,125 42.1 -8.3
Labour G Smith 75,437 39.2 +4.8
Green H Ingham 28,777 14.9 New
SLD J Ross-Mills 7,378 3.8 -9.4
Majority 5,688 2.9 -13.1
Turnout 192,717 35.8 +4.6
Conservative hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1994: Lancashire Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Hendrick 73,420 43.9 +4.7
Conservative Michael Welsh 61,229 36.6 -5.5
Liberal Democrats Janet Ross-Mills 20,578 12.3 +8.5
Independent British Home Rule D Hill 6,751 4.0 New
Green C Maile 4,169 2.5 -12.4
Natural Law J Aycliffe 1,127 0.7 New
Majority 12,191 7.3 N/A
Turnout 93,854 33.2 -2.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing