2015 Result:
Conservative: 18792 (36.3%)
Labour: 23322 (45.1%)
Lib Dem: 1354 (2.6%)
Green: 1111 (2.1%)
UKIP: 6995 (13.5%)
Independent: 138 (0.3%)
MAJORITY: 4530 (8.8%)

Category: Semi-marginal Labour seat

Geography: North West, Lancashire. Part of the Chorley council area.

Main population centres: Chorley, Adlington, Whittle-le-Woods, Coppull, Euxton.

Profile: Chorley is divided between the town of Chorley itself and its more Conservative hinterland. Chorley is a historic market town that become important in the cotton industry in the nineteenth century. It forms a conurbation with Preston and Leyland and in the 1970s there were abortive plans for the towns it to form part of a new Central Lancashire new town. A major new development, Buckshaw Village, is currently being constructed in the North of the constituency on the site of the former Royal Ordnance Factory. Chorley is also the site of the largest Mormon temple outside of Salt Lake City.

Politics: A key marginal between Labour and the Conservatives, Chorley had been one of the more reliable bellwether seats in the country, having been won by the party that went on to form the government in every election since 1964. Labour`s success in holding the seat in 2010 left Dartford as the best bellwether.

Current MP
LINDSAY HOYLE (Labour) Born 1957, Chorley, son of former MP Doug Hoyle. Educated at Lords College, Bolton. Chorley councillor 1980-1998. First elected as MP for Chorley in 1997. Chairman of Ways and Means (Deputy Speaker) since 2010.
Past Results
Con: 18922 (38%)
Lab: 21515 (43%)
LDem: 6957 (14%)
UKIP: 2021 (4%)
Oth: 359 (1%)
MAJ: 2593 (5%)
Con: 17506 (35%)
Lab: 25131 (51%)
LDem: 6932 (14%)
MAJ: 7625 (15%)
Con: 16644 (35%)
Lab: 25088 (52%)
LDem: 5372 (11%)
UKIP: 848 (2%)
MAJ: 8444 (18%)
Con: 20737 (36%)
Lab: 30607 (53%)
LDem: 4900 (8%)
Oth: 143 (0%)
MAJ: 9870 (17%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
ROB LOUGHENBURY (Conservative) Educated at Durham University. Communications consultant.
LINDSAY HOYLE (Labour) See above.
STEPHEN FENN (Liberal Democrat) Born 1954. Educated at Northgate School and Bath University. Systems analyst. South Ribble councillor 1983-1985, Chorley councillor 2002-2004. Contested Manchester Wythenshawe 1992, Blackburn 1997, Chorley 2001, 2010.
MARK SMITH (UKIP) Works in electrical manufacting sector.
Comments - 58 Responses on “Chorley”
  1. I am a Tory but your moaning self regarding rants are equally parodic… You clearly took my remarks about undergrad guardian readers to heart. They weren’t aimed at anyone in particular

  2. I am a Tory but your moaning self regarding rants are equally parodic… You clearly took my remarks about undergrad guardian readers to heart. They weren’t aimed at anyone in particular… A Snowflake?

  3. My parents, my friends are guardian readers. It’s not a bad thing and it doesn’t make you ignorant. I don’t know if i could ever vote Tory. I don’t think i could live with the guilt.
    But i am sorry for snapping at you like that.

  4. Whoa folks lets calm down now don’t need to be throwing insults about.

  5. Hoyle seems to have bought into the same wrap arounds that the Tories have been doing.

    I’m told by the in laws he has a very convincing 4 page wrap around on the Chorley Guardian listing all his achievements over the years. Chorley Guardian is not a free paper so the audience it more limited but perhaps more inclined to take an interest in such things.

    I don’t have a UKPR reputation but if I did have one I would stake it on a Lab hold either bucking the national trend or simply within the UNS that existed even before that Yougov poll last night.

  6. Terrible news for his family

  7. Big day for Lindsay Hoyle – he is chairing PMQs for the first time, as Bercow is attending Michael Martin’s funeral.

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