Lancaster and Fleetwood (UK Parliament constituency)


Lancaster and Fleetwood is a constituency[n 1] created in 2010 represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Cat Smith of the Labour Party.

Lancaster and Fleetwood
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Lancaster and Fleetwood in Lancashire for the 2010 general election
Location of Lancashire within England
CountyLancashire
Electorate67,305 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsLancaster, Fleetwood
Current constituency
Created2010
Member of ParliamentCat Smith (Labour)
Number of membersOne
Created fromBlackpool North and Fleetwood
Lancaster and Wyre

History


Creation

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Lancashire, the Boundary Commission created a new Wyre and Preston North constituency, fought at the 2010 general election, which split the previous linking of Lancaster and Wyre. As a consequence, Lancaster and the coastal town of Fleetwood have been attached for parliamentary purposes.

Summary of results to date

In 2010 the winning candidate was Eric Ollerenshaw, a Conservative. He was defeated in the 2015 general election by Labour's Cat Smith. The 2015 result gave the seat the 16th-smallest majority of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority.[2] Ollerenshaw attempted to regain the seat at the 2017 general election but was again defeated by Smith, who significantly increased her majority to over 6,500. At the 2019 General election Smith's majority was reduced to 2,380.

Boundaries


The new seat of Lancaster and Fleetwood was subject to public consultation following the decision to create a new seat in Lancashire in the run-up to the 2010 United Kingdom general election, which caused major consequential changes to the central and southern parts of the county. During the consultation process, the Wyre ward of Cabus was moved from Lancaster and Fleetwood to Wyre and Preston North.

The seat has electoral wards:

Members of Parliament


ElectionMember[3] Party
2010Eric OllerenshawConservative
2015Cat SmithLabour

Elections


Elections in the 2010s

General election 2019: Lancaster and Fleetwood [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cat Smith 21,184 46.8 -8.3
Conservative Louise Thistlethwaite 18,804 41.6 +1.0
Liberal Democrats Peter Jackson 2,018 4.5 +2.0
Brexit Party Leanne Murray 1,817 4.0 New
Green Caroline Jackson 1,396 3.1 +1.4
Majority 2,380 5.2 -9.3
Turnout 45,219 64.5 -3.8
Labour hold Swing
General election 2017: Lancaster and Fleetwood[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cat Smith 25,342 55.1 +12.8
Conservative Eric Ollerenshaw 18,681 40.6 +1.4
Liberal Democrats Robin Long 1,170 2.5 -0.8
Green Rebecca Novell 796 1.7 -3.3
Majority 6,661 14.5 +11.4
Turnout 45,989 68.7 +0.1
Labour hold Swing +5.7
General election 2015: Lancaster and Fleetwood[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cat Smith 17,643 42.3 +7.0
Conservative Eric Ollerenshaw 16,378 39.2 +3.1
UKIP Matthew Atkins 4,060 9.7 +7.3
Green Chris Coates 2,093 5.0 +0.6
Liberal Democrats Robin Long 1,390 3.3 −15.8
Northern Harold Elletson 174 0.4 New
Majority 1,265 3.1 N/A
Turnout 41,738 68.6 +7.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +1.9
General election 2010: Lancaster and Fleetwood[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Eric Ollerenshaw 15,404 36.1 +2.5
Labour Clive Grunshaw 15,071 35.3 −7.1
Liberal Democrats Stuart Langhorn 8,167 19.1 +3.5
Green Gina Dowding 1,888 4.4 −1.4
UKIP Fred McGlade 1,020 2.4 −0.1
BNP Debra Kent 938 2.2 New
Independent Keith Riley 213 0.5 New
Majority 333 0.8 N/A
Turnout 42,701 61.1 +1.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +4.8

See also


Notes


  1. A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer). As with all current seats, its electorate elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post voting system.

References


  1. "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.
  2. List of Labour MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
  3. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 1)
  4. "Statement of persons nominated 2019".
  5. "Lancaster & Fleetwood parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
  6. "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  7. "Lancaster & Fleetwood". BBC News. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  8. "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.