South Leicestershire

2010 Result:
Conservative: 27000 (49.5%)
Labour: 11392 (20.9%)
Lib Dem: 11476 (21%)
BNP: 2721 (5%)
UKIP: 1988 (3.6%)
MAJORITY: 15524 (28.4%)

Category: Very safe Conservative seat

Geography: East Midlands, Leicestershire. Most of Blaby council area and part of Harborough council area.

Main population centres: Braunstone Town, Blaby, Lutterworth, Broughton Astley, Narborough, Whetstone.

Profile: South Leicestershire is a slice of Leicestershire to the south of Leicester itself, with most of the population in commuter towns and villages clustered close to Leicester itself, both in the suburb of Braunstone Town, including the large modern development of Thorpe Astley, and commuter villages like Whetstone, Blaby and Narborough. Further south it is more rural, with the largest settlement the old market town of Lutterworth. Nearby is the former site of RAF Bitteswell, since redeveloped as Magna Park, one of the largest distribution centres in Europe.

Politics: The constituency name of South Leicestershire was new for 2010, but the seat was not massively change from the old Blaby division. Both this as its predecessor are safe Tory seats held by the party since Blaby`s creation in 1974. The best known MP to represent the area is the former Chancellor Nigel Lawson.

Outgoing MP
ANDREW ROBATHAN (Conservative) Born 1951, Surrey. Educated at Merchant Taylors School and Oxford University. Former army officer. Hammersmith and Fulham councillor 1990-1991. First elected as MP for Blaby in 1992. Opposition deputy chief whip 2005-2010. Under-secretary of state for Defence 2010-2012, Minister of State for Defence 2012-2013, Minister of State for Northern Ireland 2013-2014.
Past Results
Con: 22487 (46%)
Lab: 14614 (30%)
LDem: 9382 (19%)
BNP: 1704 (3%)
Oth: 1201 (2%)
MAJ: 7873 (16%)
Con: 22104 (46%)
Lab: 15895 (33%)
LDem: 8286 (17%)
BNP: 1357 (3%)
MAJ: 6209 (13%)
Con: 24564 (46%)
Lab: 18090 (34%)
LDem: 8001 (15%)
Oth: 920 (2%)
MAJ: 6474 (12%)
Con: 39498 (58%)
Lab: 14151 (21%)
LDem: 13780 (20%)
NatL: 521 (1%)
Oth: 260 (1%)
MAJ: 25347 (37%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005, name changed from Blaby
**There were boundary changes after 1992

2015 Candidates
ALBERTO COSTA (Conservative) Educated at Glasgow University. Solicitor. Contested Angus 2010.
GEOFFREY WELSH (Liberal Democrat)
Comments - No Responses on “Leicestershire South”
  1. Only a few leafy villages? There are large numbers of them in this constituency.

  2. Yes, I phrased this badly. The point I was trying to make was that the bulk of the population live in either Braunstone or the Blaby/Narborough/Littlethorpe/Enderby conurbation. There are a good few villages, but most of them are either small or semi detached from the main population centres.

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