Lincoln (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||72,662 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Karl McCartney (Conservative)|
|Number of members||Two until 1885, then one|
Since the split of the seat City of York with effect from the 2010 general election, Lincoln has been the oldest constituency in continuous existence in the UK – established in 1265. Lincoln was a bellwether between 1974 and 2017. The seat bucked the national Conservative victory in 1970 by electing a Labour MP, as it did in 2017.
The seat has been considered relative to others an ultra-marginal seat, as well as a swing seat, since 2005 as its winner's majority has not exceeded 6.9% of the vote since the 12.5% majority won in 2005 and the seat has changed hands three times since that year.