2015 Result:
Conservative: 20636 (42.7%)
Labour: 17052 (35.3%)
Lib Dem: 1658 (3.4%)
Green: 1184 (2.5%)
UKIP: 7792 (16.1%)
MAJORITY: 3584 (7.4%)

Category: Marginal Conservative seat

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

Main population centres: Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Sandiacre, Breaston, Draycott.

Profile: Erewash is a suburban seat in the south eastern corner of Derbyshire, but very much within the the orbit of Nottingham - it is part of the Nottingham conurbation and parts of the seat like Long Eaton have Nottingham addresses and postcodes. Historically the area was industrial, with iron making, coal mining and lace making all important local industries, but in more modern times it has become an affluent residential and commuter area.

Politics: Erewash has been a bellwether seat since its creation in 1983, being won by the Tories through the 1980s, falling to Labour in 1997 and returning to the Conservatives in 2010. In 2005 the seat was contested by Robert Kilroy-Silk for his Veritas party, formed after he failed to become leader of UKIP. He narrowly held his deposit, resigning as leader of his own party shortly afterwards.

Current MP
MAGGIE THROUP (Conservative) Born 1957, Shipley. Educated at Bradford Girls Grammar and Manchester University. Former marketing and PR consultant. Contested Colne Valley 2005, Solihill 2010. First elected as MP for Erewash in 2015.
Past Results
Con: 18805 (39%)
Lab: 16304 (34%)
LDem: 8343 (18%)
BNP: 2337 (5%)
Oth: 1853 (4%)
MAJ: 2501 (5%)
Con: 15388 (30%)
Lab: 22472 (44%)
LDem: 7073 (14%)
BNP: 1319 (3%)
Oth: 4301 (9%)
MAJ: 7084 (14%)
Con: 16983 (35%)
Lab: 23915 (49%)
LDem: 5586 (11%)
UKIP: 692 (1%)
Oth: 1420 (3%)
MAJ: 6932 (14%)
Con: 22061 (37%)
Lab: 31196 (52%)
LDem: 5181 (9%)
Oth: 496 (1%)
MAJ: 9135 (15%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
MAGGIE THROUP (Conservative) Born 1957, Shipley. Educated at Bradford Girls Grammar and Manchester University. Marketing and PR consultant. Contested Colne Valley 2005, Solihill 2010.
CATHERINE ATKINSON (Labour) Educated at Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith and Edinburgh University. Barrister. Kensington and Chelsea councillor 2006-2010. Contested Kensington and Chelsea 2005.
MARTIN GARNETT (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Bentley Grammar School and University college Swansea. Associate Professor. Contested Erewash 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010.
PHILIP ROSE (UKIP) Educated at Wilsthorpe school. Erewash councillor for the Conservative party 2007-2009.
Comments - 117 Responses on “Erewash”
  1. Seeing all the results come through on the night from these Midlands marginals was hugely symbolic in terms of what the final result was- I just knew whenever a declaration came through from the East or West Midlands what was going to happen- Nuneaton, North Warwickshire, Erewash and Broxtowe for example- a clear pattern emerged and places like these do typically end up voting how the country do.

  2. The one exception was Enoch Powell’s former constituency of Wolverhampton SW, a very divided constituency between ultra-wealthy Tory suburbs and the inner-city areas.

  3. Since this incident took place in Sawley:

    God, how many times is going to happen in Labour? The PC identity politics has been harming the party for 20 odd years now.

  4. I’m surprised that an MP who probably has many similarly-minded constituents in NW Durham would slip up like that. But not at all surprised to find a Labour politician slipping into the default liberal elite setting of completely failing to engage with the arguments made by large sections of the working class that Labour claim to speak for.

  5. Yes, that was idiotic. I grew up a couple of miles from Sawley and it’s the sort of place that might well have been voting Labour 20 years ago. A completely pointless own goal by someone who should know better.

  6. My cousin and his wife are starting a family here. Went to visit them in the charming village of Stanton-by-Dale – while maybe this was one of the Torier areas of the seat, it boggles the mind that in the early noughties Labour were dominant in areas like this. My hosts, who are in no way politically radical, may have been among the most left-leaning inhabitants of the village, purely because of their profession – they are junior doctors at Nottingham Hospital.

  7. Interestingly enough there was a swing of nearly 0.9% to the Tories here, in line with their better performance across the East Midlands than nationally overall- indeed, there were also increased majorities in seats such as Amber Valley, South Derbyshire, North West Leicestershire and Corby. These seats all have a lot in common demographically. Elsewhere, in Bosworth David Tredinnick’s majority dramatically shot up.

  8. ‘indeed, there were also increased majorities in seats such as Amber Valley, South Derbyshire, North West Leicestershire and Corby. These seats all have a lot in common demographically. Elsewhere, in Bosworth David Tredinnick‚Äôs majority dramatically shot up.’

    It shows how popular the Tories now are in the UK’s rust belt seats

  9. correct me if I’m wrong but does the term rust belt not refer to the ex steel works states rather than ex-mining

  10. If that was the case Corby would most definitely fall into that bracket I think, as would at least one or two more?

  11. They were I think you’re right. Rother Valley, Don Valley, Mansfield, Penistone and Stocksbridge, Bassetlaw, Ashfield etc. are all headed towards the Tories demographically and although they only picked up the third seat out of that lot they should keep fighting hard to win these seats. Also, in Derbyshire besides Derby North and High Peak they did very well, in holding Amber Valley, Erewash and South Derbyshire to a lesser extent, and of course gaining North East Derbyshire. Also, they cut Dennis Skinner’s majority substantially in Bolosver…

  12. If your lifetime will be roughly the same length as mine, I suspect I may see these future Tory breakthroughs.

  13. And further progress perhaps in other seaside towns such as Scarborough and Whitby and possibly Southend. Bournemouth and- a long shot, Clacton?

  14. Of course Scarborough went Labour in 1997 and wasn’t won back by the Tories until 2005(?) so they do have a recent history of success in that seat

  15. I can see a lot of Sussex becoming better for Labour over time increasingly, because of a probable Brighton effect damaging the Tories.

  16. Labour selection for next GE:

    Catherine Atkinson for a third time.

  17. Jezza is in this constituency today, talking to residents about local bus services. My first reaction was to laugh, but it does show that while the Tories are masturbating themselves over Brexit, Labour is campaigning on bread and butter issues in key seats. Even in strong WWC Leave areas like this which really dislike Corbyn.

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