Derby North

2015 Result:
Conservative: 16402 (36.7%)
Labour: 16361 (36.6%)
Lib Dem: 3832 (8.6%)
Green: 1618 (3.6%)
UKIP: 6532 (14.6%)
MAJORITY: 41 (0.1%)

Category: Ultra-marginal Conservative seat

Geography: East Midlands, Derbyshire. Part of the Derby council area.

Main population centres: Derby.

Profile: Derby is a manuacturing city. Originally it was a railway town, the base of the Midland Railway, and while this is far less important these days Bombardier remains an important employer, and one that has been politically important in recent years when its failure to secure the contract for the new Thameslink carriages resulted in local job losses. In modern times the aerospace and automobile industries have been more important, with Rolls Royce and Toyota the largest local employers. Derby north contains some of the more suburban and residential parts of the city, although it lost some of the most affluent Derby suburbs in the 2010 boundary changes. It covers affluent suburbs like Littleover, council estates like Mackworth and denser Victorian terraces towards the city centre.

Politics: While Labour have held Derby North more most of its history it has often been a tight marginal between Labour and the Conservatives. It was won by only 1293 votes in February 1974 and 214 votes in 1979 before falling to the Conservatives in 1983. Labour regained the seat in 1997. The boundary changes in 2010 were favourable to Labour, delaying the Conservative victory to 2015.


Current MP
AMANDA SOLLOWAY (Conservative) Educated at Bramcote Hills Grammar. Former management consultant. First elected as MP for Derby North in 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 14283 (32%)
Lab: 14896 (33%)
LDem: 12638 (28%)
BNP: 2000 (4%)
Oth: 1263 (3%)
MAJ: 613 (1%)
2005*
Con: 15515 (35%)
Lab: 19272 (44%)
LDem: 7209 (16%)
UKIP: 864 (2%)
Oth: 958 (2%)
MAJ: 3757 (9%)
2001
Con: 15433 (35%)
Lab: 22415 (51%)
LDem: 6206 (14%)
MAJ: 6982 (16%)
1997
Con: 19229 (34%)
Lab: 29844 (53%)
LDem: 5059 (9%)
Oth: 195 (0%)
MAJ: 10615 (19%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
AMANDA SOLLOWAY (Conservative) Educated at Bramcote Hills Grammar. Management consultant.
CHRIS WILLIAMSON (Labour) Born 1956, Derby. Educated at St Thomas More School, Allenton and Leicester Polytechnic. Welfare rights officer. Derby councillor 1991-2011, former leader of Derby council. MP for Derby North 2010 to 2015.
LUCY CARE (Liberal Democrat) Born Derby. Educated at Durham University. Contested Derby South 2005, Derby North 2010.
TILLY WARD (UKIP) Educated at Derby University.
ALICE MASON-POWER (Green)
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Comments - 368 Responses on “Derby North”
  1. I don’t decline to use companies because of their orientation. I do so because they are major donors to the Tories. I make a distinction between the views of company directors (which will inevitably mostly be pro-Tory) and bankrolling the party which I am dedicated to defeat.
    Meanwhile Labour has moved into a 5% lead over the Tories, according to Survation. Lab 43 C 38 LD 7 UKIP 4.

  2. But didn’t you run a shop in Richmond? Would you have been happy for the 90% of Richmond who are Tories or Liberals not to even consider coming into your shop purely because you are a fervent Labour supporter/donor?

  3. I never donated money from my business to the Labour Party. Indeed although many customers knew that I was a Labour supporter, I expressly forbade any political posters etc. being displayed in the shop. If some people decided to shop elsewhere based on my personal political views, that was their prerogative. As it happens, the only sitting MP ever to use the shop was my local LD MP at the time, Susan Kramer, though Seema Malhotra, whom I’ve known for years, was a customer before she was elected to parliament (which didn’t happen until I closed down). Any donations to the Labour Party from me have been small (albeit regular) and purely from myself as a private person. Not that many local Tories would mind me donating to my particular CLP, of course! Another customer was Lord True whose wife bought a flute off me once.

  4. Er… UKIP have just unseated the leader of Derby City Council.

    How on Earth has that happened?

  5. Having Chris Williamson on tv all of the time won’t have helped.

    But seriously it happens a lot – scalps of Leaders and deputies esp by smaller Parties and Inds.

    Sefton’s LD Group leader lost to the Southport Party years ago and last night the chair of Planning lost to an Ind in Rainhill, St Helens.

  6. Less to do with Chris more to do with the effiency savings review to teaching assistants pay. I went out door knocking with Derby Labour and teaching assistants told me they’ll never vote Labour again.

  7. Chris Williamson facing his own deselection battle – he is diverse within Derby North CLP and his attacks on the Trade Unions have offended many union members here.

  8. This news has made my day. I know deselection threats rarely come to fruition, but I’m really crossing my fingers this time. In light of his continual agitation for the removal of MPs with far more integrity than he will ever have, Williamson deserves everything he gets.

  9. This is what he wanted. ‘Everyone should face reselection including me’

  10. But seriously, nothing will happen. I’d imagine this is more of an empty threat, to try to scare him into better behaviour.

  11. ‘In light of his continual agitation for the removal of MPs with far more integrity than he will ever have, Williamson deserves everything he gets.’

    Totally agree – a taste of his own medicine

  12. However in one way it can be said to suit him to be deselcted in marginal Derby North and then move to safe seat – plenty of ClP’s will have a membership in favour of him as their candidate.

  13. I’m not so sure of that, bm11. Chris Williamson may be many things but he’s no carpet-bagger. He genuinely loves the people of Derby, he worked his way up in politics through the thankless task of local government, and chose to fight Derby North again in 2017 when it looked very unlikely he’d win it back, and when he probably could have found himself a safe seat if he’d wanted to. I don’t think he’d ever want to represent anywhere else.

  14. “Chris Williamson may be many things but he’s no carpet-bagger. He genuinely loves the people of Derby, he worked his way up in politics through the thankless task of local government, and chose to fight Derby North again in 2017 when it looked very unlikely he’d win it back, and when he probably could have found himself a safe seat if he’d wanted to. I don’t think he’d ever want to represent anywhere else.”

    That’s a steaming pile of horseshit I’m afraid, and very easily debunked as Chris Williamson got himself on the shortlist for the Oldham by-election, but couldn’t get selected. Given half a chance he’d switch to a safe seat like a rat up a drainpipe.

    I feel vindicated as I posted on this site a few months ago how Derby North had traditionally been a moderate CLP dominated by the NUR…seems that history hasn’t been totally erased over time. Irritatingly I can’t remember which seat I posted it on.

  15. I believe Derby South is a moderate CLP so It’s why I believe the reports that a sizable element of Derby North CLP will be willing to remove him.

  16. I’ve campaigned in Derby North & South. The members I met seemed quite left wing to me. Their Youth Officer is a momentum backed East Midlands Youth rep. Their follow their campaign coordinator spent most of the time singing the praises of Corbyn but is quite critical on twitter of many Corbynites. The candidate I was campaigning for I would say was a corbynite but is broadly quite corbynsceptic since the anti semitism stuff, he spoke at conference on the Palestine debate as a Jewish man who hates Netanyahu and spent much of his speech denouncing Blair.

    On Chris he did certainly work his way up from bricklayer to council leader and still held surgeries when he lost in 2015

  17. ‘That’s a steaming pile of horseshit I’m afraid’.

    LOL

  18. I think Rule 66 will really empower right wing & left wing trade unionists. The article is a bit lazy in saying the bust up with Len will lead to his deselection.

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