North West Leicestershire

2015 Result:
Conservative: 25505 (49.5%)
Labour: 14132 (27.4%)
Lib Dem: 2033 (3.9%)
Green: 1174 (2.3%)
UKIP: 8704 (16.9%)
MAJORITY: 11373 (22.1%)

Category: Safe Conservative seat

Geography: East Midlands, Leicestershire. The whole of the North West Leicestershire council area.

Main population centres: Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Coalville, Ibstock, Measham, Castle Donnington.

Profile: North West Leicestershire is co-terminous with the local government district of the same name. Part of the seat is made up of former coal mining towns and villages like Coalville and Ibstock and these form the core of Labour`s support in the area and ,more recently, the base for some local success for the BNP. Elsewhere the seat contains more rural and Conservative voting villages in the National Forest and the market town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. In the northern part of the constituency lies the East Midlands Airport, Castle Donnington and the Donnington Park racing circuit and festival venue, which had been expected to host the British Grand Prix from 2010 until the company running the track went into administration in 2009.

Politics: This is a key marginal seat between the Conservatives and Labour. It was held by the Conservatives from its creation in 1983, represented by David Ashby who was caught up in the endless series of "Back to basics" scandals during the Major years - in his case over whether he was having an affair with another man, or was sharing a double bed with him to save on hotel bills. In 1997 it fell to the late David Taylor as part of the Labour landslide and remained in Labour hands until 2010.


Current MP
ANDREW BRIDGEN (Conservative) Born 1964, Burton on Trent. Educated at the Pingle School and Nottingham University. Former Royal Marines officer and director of family produce business in Derbyshire, AB Produce. First elected as MP for Leicestershire North West in 2010.
Past Results
2010
Con: 23147 (45%)
Lab: 15636 (30%)
LDem: 8639 (17%)
BNP: 3396 (7%)
Oth: 1134 (2%)
MAJ: 7511 (14%)
2005
Con: 16972 (36%)
Lab: 21449 (46%)
LDem: 5682 (12%)
UKIP: 1563 (3%)
Oth: 1474 (3%)
MAJ: 4477 (9%)
2001
Con: 15274 (34%)
Lab: 23431 (52%)
LDem: 4651 (10%)
UKIP: 1021 (2%)
Oth: 632 (1%)
MAJ: 8157 (18%)
1997
Con: 16113 (31%)
Lab: 29332 (56%)
LDem: 4492 (9%)
MAJ: 13219 (25%)

Demographics
2015 Candidates
ANDREW BRIDGEN (Conservative) See above.
JAMIE MCMAHON (Labour) Educated at Nottingham University. Regional director of a charity. Contested Gainsborough 2010.
MARK ARGENT (Liberal Democrat)
ANDY MCWILLIAM (UKIP) Educated at Skinners Grammar School and Newcastle University. Retired dentist.
BENJAMIN GRAVESTOCK (Green)
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Comments - 213 Responses on “Leicestershire North West”
  1. I’m sure Con Est. will tell me local results don’t mean a thing but the PPC contest in May saw Labour win in NW Leicestershire on first preferences by under 100 votes.

  2. IIRC Labour narrowly carried the constituency in the 2013 local elections and we all know what happened in 2015.

  3. Hey I’m not saying Labour will win the constituency

  4. Ha didn’t I say you’d say that!

  5. A stick of rhubarb could have predicted what was going to happen in 1997

  6. Cllr Leon Spence has defected to the Conservatives. He was elected as Labour, but has been sitting as an Ind for a few months.

    The County Cllr represents Whitwick.

  7. This was a third solid result in a row for Andrew Bridgen. He’s definitely helped here by the demographic trends which appear to be away from Labour in the long-term and he may enjoy a personal vote as well, probably making this seat his for as long as he wants it barring a huge Labour landslide in the near future.

  8. It certainly is. Just goes to show how much this seat has swung against them since and how areas such as this in the crucial Midlands battleground are no longer in play for them…

  9. Labour also got fairly close to Nicky Morgan but she held on comfortably enough in Loughborough. But otherwise I think it’s safe to say that all these seats in the East Midlands many have long said would trend away from Labour are indeed doing so, much to the Tories’ benefit at present. A similar situation of course exists in the post-industrial white working class seats scattered across County Durham and South Yorkshire. The results in North East Wales this time round appear to suggest to me that the likes of Wrexham, Clwyd South, Delyn and Alyn and Deeside may be better for Labour long-term than I and many may have first thought.

  10. It is of course naturally the UKIP collapse in itself that has finally given the Tories the chance to make real headway in these areas. Had that not happened at this election, I doubt they’d have got anywhere as near as they did to even winning Mansfield or North East Derbyshire like they did?

  11. Of those seats which swung strongly to the Tories, this and Morley and Outwood look like the odd ones out in that they were not overwhelmingly pro-Leave, but only just over 60%.

    The likes of Bolsover, Mansfield, Stoke-on-Trent South, Dudley North and Walsall North were all 70%+ leave, and therefore among the Top 20 pro-leave constituencies in the country.

  12. Andrew Bridgen is considering his future as an MP if the deal passes.

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