Mid Derbyshire

2015 Result:
Conservative: 24908 (52.2%)
Labour: 12134 (25.4%)
Lib Dem: 2292 (4.8%)
Green: 1898 (4%)
UKIP: 6497 (13.6%)
MAJORITY: 12774 (26.8%)

Category: Very safe Conservative seat

Geography: East Midlands, Derbyshire. Parts of Derby, Erewash and Amber Valley council areas.

Main population centres: Belper, Spondon, Oakwood, Allestree, Stanley, Duffield, West Hallam.

Profile: An unusually shaped seat, snaking around the north-east of Derby taking in the suburbs of the dormitory village of Spondon, the huge new development of Oakwood and Allestree, which includes the University of Derby. The seat then moves northwards, via the village of Duffield, to include the town of Belper. Belper is a former manufacturing town which used to be the base of Thorntons chocolates, but like most of this seat is based more around retail, services and residential areas. The only large industrial part of the seat is south of Spondon, where there is a gas power station and a large chemical works.

Politics: This was a new seat created for the 2010 election. Its first election was easily won by the Conservative party.

Current MP
PAULINE LATHAM (Conservative) Born 1948, Lincolnshire. Educated at Bramcote Hill Technical Grammar. Derbyshire county councillor 1992-1996. Contested East Midlands Region 1999 European Elections, Broxtowe 2001. First elected as MP for Mid Derbyshire in 2010.
Past Results
Con: 22877 (48%)
Lab: 11585 (24%)
LDem: 9711 (21%)
BNP: 1698 (4%)
Oth: 1471 (3%)
MAJ: 11292 (24%)

2015 Candidates
PAULINE LATHAM (Conservative) See above.
NICOLA HEATON (Labour) Nottingham councillor.
HILARY JONES (Liberal Democrat)
Comments - 56 Responses on “Derbyshire Mid”
  1. The same trend as elsewhere, such as Birmingham and the surrounding countryside. Edgbaston used to be a safe Tory seat, Cannock and Nuneaton safe Labour seats.

  2. You could even extrapolate that to London. Many outer London seats that were once ultra-safe Tory are now Labour or marginal, many around London that were once Labour or marginal are now safe Tory.

  3. Fair enough, and good on you for not caring, but in my opinion bridges are better burnt once they have been fully established and determined to be weak. Yes, I’m currently at Oxford, and 21. I’m personally a Tory/LibDem voter (probably the only such in my college) – but many of my friends are of more Leftward political persuasions. Much of the company OUCA brings with it is also not my cup of tea.

  4. (in case you’re worried, I’m the one that made the Wadham comment on your post!)

  5. South-east Derbyshire ** has shown a very strong swing to the Conservatives:

    1951 Lab lead by 41,952
    1970 Lab lead by 12,243
    1979 Con lead by 159
    1992 Con lead by 11,073
    2015 Con lead by 32,034

    ** Belper, Ilkeston and Derbyshire SE to Amber Valley, Erewash, Derbyshire M and Derbyshire S

  6. Pauline Latham has been appointed the PM’s trade envoy to Kenya.

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