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Nuneaton (UK Parliament constituency)

County constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Nuneaton in Warwickshire.
Location of Warwickshire within England.
County Warwickshire
Electorate 68,288 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created [[United Kingdom general election, 1885#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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Member of parliament Marcus Jones (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from South Warwickshire
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Nuneaton is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Marcus Jones, a Conservative.[n 2]


1918-1945: The Municipal Borough of Nuneaton; the Rural Districts of Atherstone, Coventry, Foleshill, and Nuneaton; and the Urban District of Bulkington.

1945-1955: The Municipal Borough of Nuneaton; the Urban District of Bedworth; and the Rural District of Atherstone.

1955-1974: The Municipal Borough of Nuneaton; and the Urban District of Bedworth.

1974-1983: The Municipal Borough of Nuneaton; and the Urban District of Bedworth as altered by the Coventry Order 1965.

1983-2010: The Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth wards of Abbey, Arbury, Attleborough, Bulkington, Camp Hill, Chilvers Coton, Galley Common, St Nicolas, Stockingford, Weddington, and Whitestone; and the Borough of Rugby wards of Earl Craven, Fosse, and Wolvey.

2010-present: The Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth wards of Abbey, Arbury, Attleborough, Bar Pool, Camp Hill, Galley Common, Kingswood, St Nicolas, Weddington, Wem Brook, and Whitestone; and the Borough of North Warwickshire wards of Arley and Whitacre and Hartshill.

The boundary changes which took effect for the 1983 general election removed the town of Bedworth, which was transferred to the newly created North Warwickshire constituency. As a result the sitting MP Les Huckfield declined to stand and unsuccessfully sought nomination in other constituencies such as Wigan[2] and Sedgefield.[3]


Parliament created the seat in the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 in an area whose population had expanded as coal workers poured in from other parts of the country. At one time 20 collieries operated in the area and now one of three major British coal mines continued with operations in the constituency at Daw Mill atop the Warwickshire Coalfield (known as the Warwickshire Thick) in the north of the county until 2012 when it closed. The associated heavy industry and mining-centred economy coupled with the Representation of the People Act 1918 (Fourth Reform Act) led to Nuneaton being held by the Labour Party for nearly 50 years until lost in the 1983 Conservative Landslide to Lewis Stevens, a Conservative who retained the seat in 1987.

Labour regained the constituency at the 1992 election. Bill Olner beat Stevens and retained the seat in 2001 and 2005. Olner announced in 2007 that he would not be contesting the 2010 general election and would be standing down at the end of the 2005-2010 parliament.[4] Former Nuneaton and Bedworth Council Leader, Marcus Jones was successful in taking the seat for the Conservative Party at the 2010 election.

Members of Parliament

Election Member[5] Party
1885 Jasper Wilson Johns Liberal
1886 John Stratford Dugdale Conservative
1892 Francis Newdigate, from 1902 Francis Newdigate-Newdegate Conservative
1906 William Johnson Liberal
1909 Labour
1914 Liberal
1918 Sir Henry Maddocks Coalition Conservative
1923 Herbert Willison Liberal
1924 Arthur Hope Conservative
1929 Francis Smith Labour
1931 Edward North Conservative
1935 Reginald Fletcher Labour
1942 by-election Frank Bowles Labour
1965 by-election Frank Cousins Labour
1967 by-election Les Huckfield Labour
1983 Lewis Stevens Conservative
1992 Bill Olner Labour
2010 Marcus Jones Conservative


General Election 2015: Nuneaton [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Marcus Jones 20,827 45.5 +4.0
Labour Vicky Fowler 15,945 34.9 -2.0
style="background-color: Template:UKIP/meta/color; width: 5px;" | [[UKIP|Template:UKIP/meta/shortname]] Alwyn Waine [7] 6,582 14.4 +14.4
Greens Keith Kondakor [8] 1,281 2.8 +2.8
Liberal Democrat Christina Jebb [9] 816 1.8 -13.6
TUSC Paul Riley[10] (Paul Reilly[11]) 194 0.4 +0.4
English Democrats Steve Paxton 104 0.2 +0.2
Majority 4,882 10.7
Turnout 67.2
Conservative hold Swing 3.0
Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General Election 2010 [12]
Turnout: 44,646 (65.8%) +6.9
Conservative gain from Labour
Majority: 2,069 (4.6%) -0.4
Swing: 7.2% from Lab to Con
Marcus JonesConservative18,53641.5+4.6
Jayne Innes Labour16,46736.9-9.8
Christina Jebb Liberal Democrat6,84615.3+2.8
Martyn Findley BNP2,7976.3N/A
General Election 2005 [13]
Turnout: 45,279 (61.7%) +1.6
Labour hold
Majority: 2,280 (5.0%) -12.4
Swing: 6.2% from Lab to Con
Bill OlnerLabour19,94544.0-8.1
Mark Pawsey Conservative17,66539.0+4.3
Ali Asghar Liberal Democrat5,88413.0+1.9
Keith Tyson UKIP1,7863.9+1.9
General Election 2001 [14]
Turnout: 43,312 (60.1%) −14.3
Labour hold
Majority: 7,535 (17.4%) -7.9
Swing: 4.0% from Lab to Con
Bill OlnerLabour22,57752.1-4.1
Mark Lancaster Conservative15,04234.7+3.8
Tony Ferguson Liberal Democrat4,82011.1+2.3
Brian James UKIP8732.0+1.5
General Election 1997
Turnout: 53,513 (74.4%) −8.6
Labour hold
Majority: 13,540 (25.3%) +22.5
Bill OlnerLabour30,08056.2+10.5
Richard Blunt Conservative16,54030.9-12.1
Ron Cockings Liberal Democrat4,7328.8-2.4
Roy English Referendum Party1,5332.9N/A
David Bray Independent3900.7N/A
Peter Everitt UKIP2380.5N/A
General Election 1992 [15]
Turnout: 59,354 (83.0%) +2.7
Labour gain from Conservative
Majority: 1,631 (2.8%) -7.5
Swing: 6.6% from Con to Lab
Bill OlnerLabour27,15745.8+11.2
Lewis Stevens Conservative25,52643.0-1.9
Ruth Merritt Liberal Democrat6,67111.2-8.0
General Election 1987
Turnout: 54,874 (80.3%) +2.7
Conservative hold
Majority: 5,655 (10.3%) +0.4
Lewis StevensConservative24,63044.9+4.4
Valerie Veness Labour18,97534.6+4.0
Andrew Trembath Liberal10,55019.2-8.8
John Morrissey Green7191.3N/A
General Election 1983
Turnout: 51,039 (77.3%) -1.2
Conservative gain from Labour
Majority: 5,061 (9.9%) N/A
Lewis StevensConservative20,66640.5N/A
John Haynes Labour15,60530.6N/A
Ruth Levitt Social Democratic14,26428.0N/A
G.E. Davies Independent5041.0N/A
General Election 1979
Turnout: 62,959 (78.5%) +4.6
Labour hold
Majority: 7,688 (12.2%) -18.6
Les HuckfieldLabour31,40349.9-6.2
Lewis Stevens Conservative23,71537.7+12.5
C.E.G. Williams Liberal6,1849.8-8.8
R.P. Matthews National Front1,0281.6N/A
G.E. Davies Independent5041.0N/A
General Election October 1974 [16]
Electorate: 77,892
Turnout: 57,584 (73.9%)
Labour hold
Majority: 17,761 (30.8%)
Les HuckfieldLabour32,30856.1
R Freeman Conservative14,54725.3
N Hawkins Liberal10,72918.6
General Election February 1974
Electorate: 77,189
Turnout: 82.41%
Labour hold
Majority: 17,493 (27.50%)
Les HuckfieldLabour34,25853.85
D Samuel Conservative16,76526.35
D Inman Liberal12,59119.79
General Election 1970
Electorate: 75,131
Turnout: 76.20%
Labour hold
Majority: 14,108 (24.64%)
Les HuckfieldLabour32,87757.43
SM Lewis-Smith Conservative18,76932.79
ADN Harrison Liberal5,6029.79
By Election 1967
Turnout: 67.90%
Labour hold
Majority: 4,054
Les HuckfieldLabour18,23942.08
David Knox Conservative14,18532.73
Alan Meredith Liberal7,64417.64
John Creasey All Party Alliance2,7556.36
Donald Clifford Tyndall Bennett Independent5171.19
General Election 1966
Electorate: 63,826
Turnout: 79.68%
Labour hold
Majority: 11,403 (22.42%)
Frank CousinsLabour27,45253.98
David S Marland Conservative16,04931.56
Alan Meredith Liberal7,35614.46
By Election 1965
Turnout: 60.80%
Labour hold
Majority: 5,241
Frank CousinsLabour18,32548.92
David S Marland Conservative13,08434.93
John Campbell Liberal6,04716.14
General Election 1964
Electorate: 61,627
Turnout: 80.11%
Labour hold
Majority: 11,702 (23.70%)
Francis George BowlesLabour26,05952.78
David S Marland Conservative14,35729.08
John Campbell Liberal8,95318.13
General Election 1959
Turnout: 81.80%
Labour hold
Majority: 9,540 (20.09%)
Francis George BowlesLabour24,89452.44
CG Miller Conservative15,35432.34
John Campbell Liberal7,22715.22
General Election 1955
Turnout: 79.69%
Labour hold
Majority: 10,284 (22.86%)
Francis George BowlesLabour25,11255.83
R Dermott D Griffith Conservative14,82832.96
John Beeching Frankenburg Liberal5,04811.22
General Election 1951
Turnout: 85.02%
Labour hold
Majority: 18,295 (30.80%)
Francis George BowlesLabour35,65160.03
JE Tippett Conservative17,35629.22
GC Middleton Liberal6,38610.75
General Election 1950
Turnout: 87.31%
Labour hold
Majority: 18,641 (31.18%)
Francis George BowlesLabour35,12958.75
PG Spencer Conservative16,48827.57
Jack A Harris Liberal8,17713.68

Elections in the 1940s

General Election 1945

Electorate 66,459

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Francis George Bowles 30,587 58.5
Conservative Com. John Maurice Fitzroy-Newdegate 12,267 23.4
Liberal Wing-Com. Peter John Ambrose Calvocoressi 8,986 17.2
Independent Leonard Melling 468 0.9
Majority 18,320 35.0
Turnout 78.7
Labour hold Swing
Nuneaton by-election, 1942


Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Francis George Bowles unopposed
Labour hold Swing

General Election 1939/40: Another general election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

Elections in the 1930s

General Election 1935

Electorate 90,422

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Reginald Thomas Herbert Fletcher 33,237 48.4
Conservative J Moores 28,000 40.8
Liberal William Thomas Stanton 7,384 10.8
Majority 5,237 7.6
Turnout 68,621 75.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1931

Electorate 79,517

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Edward Tempest Tunstall North 25,839 41.7
Labour Francis Samuel Smith 23,375 37.7
Liberal National Herbert Willison 12,811 20.6
Majority 2,464 4.0
Turnout 62,025 78.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920s

General Election 1929

Electorate 72,551

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Francis Samuel Smith 27,102 44.4
Liberal Herbert Willison 19,104 31.3
Unionist Arthur Oswald James Hope 14,189 24.3
Majority 7,998 13.1
Turnout 84.1
Labour gain from Unionist Swing
General Election 1924

Electorate 51,414

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Arthur Oswald James Hope 15,242 37.7
Labour Francis Samuel Smith 12,679 31.3
Liberal Herbert Willison 12,550 31.0
Majority 2,563 6.4
Turnout 78.7
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1923

Electorate 49,460

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Herbert Willison 14,518 40.4
Unionist Sir Henry H Maddocks 10,940 30.5
Labour Thomas Barron 10,437 29.1
Majority 3,578 9.9
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing
General Election 1922

Electorate 47,777

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Henry H Maddocks 12,765 38.3
Labour J Stevenson 10,842 32.5
Liberal T Slack 9,730 29.2
Majority 1,923 5.8
Turnout 69.8
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s

General Election 1918

Electorate 43,458

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist 11,198 46.2
Labour Ivor Gregory 6,269 25.8
Liberal William Henry Grant 5,707 23.5
National Democratic William Henry Dyson 1,101 4.5
Majority 4,929 20.4
Turnout 55.9
Unionist hold Swing
  • denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.

See also


Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.

Notes and references

  1. A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.

External links

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