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
Con: 14283 (32%)
Lab: 14896 (33%)
LDem: 12638 (28%)
BNP: 2000 (4%)
Oth: 1263 (3%)
MAJ: 613 (1%)
Con: 15515 (35%)
Lab: 19272 (44%)
LDem: 7209 (16%)
UKIP: 864 (2%)
Oth: 958 (2%)
MAJ: 3757 (9%)
Con: 15433 (35%)
Lab: 22415 (51%)
LDem: 6206 (14%)
MAJ: 6982 (16%)
Con: 19229 (34%)
Lab: 29844 (53%)
LDem: 5059 (9%)
Oth: 195 (0%)
MAJ: 10615 (19%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

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.
Comments - 407 Responses on “Derby North”
  1. Chris Williamson was described as “just a crank, a sniffer as Orwell would say” on the Daily Politics today and none of the other guests came to his defence.

    Tim J – but, of course, even Israel’s Labor Party disassociate themselves from the UK Labour Party of today.

    Israel hasn’t changed – being the only democracy in the Middle East – what has changed is that the extremist fringe PLO/Sinn Fein/Troops Out lot from decades ago are now running the Labour Party. That is a first.

  2. The most obvious response to your point is that the Jewish community themselves in the UK have shifted from the Left to the Right over the past 50 years.

    It was the norm for those of Barnaby’s generation to be Labour, hence Robert Maxwell. Even Margaret Hodge’s only reason for remaining today was that it was the Party for her family as immigrants back then.

    As well as the fact that most then worked in manual jobs or had trades or shops whereas today most work in the professions.

  3. Lancs observer is wrong about Israel. There is no threat to it as it is militarily backed by the United States.
    What is anti Semitic about wanting a a single secular israel-palestine state in the long run where all religions can all live?
    Lancs observer clearly subscribes to the bizarre logic of modern day extremely forms of Zionism where someone can convert to judaism e.g. Ivanka trump and suddenly have a right to land in the west Bank which palestinians are currently living.

  4. Well said Peter. You have to be a brave man to say these things now, it seems.

    Further, Israeli treatment of Black refugees has been severely criticised as they seek to deport 40,000 black refugees fleeing persecution and war.

  5. Fake profiles on here could at least be coherent. Not that I stated Israel was under threat (although it remains a fact she is surrounded by States who have attacked her in the past).

    Judaism is in fact the only religion not to actively seek converts and it is very difficult to do so, so that really is a bonkers statement.

    However, the right for any Jewish people to return to their homeland is enshrined in law and it’s not surprising that the numbers moving from the UK have increased given the increased levels of hatred displayed here.

    The neo cons in America – who support Israel – are, of course, evangelical Christians.

  6. Believe it or not the reason the likes Reagan and w Bush were so pro Israeli had more to do with getting evangelical Christian votes as opposed to Jewish ones, who overwhelmingly back the Democrats. Whilst the while notion flies in the face of logic, it aays in the scriptures that Israelis are gods people which is why so many American Christians were breaking out the champagne when Israel pounded Gaza and murdering thousands of innocent women and children

  7. ‘Chosen people’ is Old Testament of course, so both believe that.

    Fake PC was trying to refer to Jewish people who move to Israel.

    The evangelical Christian Right do believe that has to happen before the end days in Revelation (New Testament obviously).

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