South Leicestershire

2015 Result:
Conservative: 28700 (53.2%)
Labour: 11876 (22%)
Lib Dem: 3987 (7.4%)
UKIP: 9363 (17.4%)
MAJORITY: 16824 (31.2%)

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.


Current MP
ALBERTO COSTA (Conservative) Educated at Glasgow University. Former solicitor. Contested Angus 2010. First elected as MP for Leicestershire South in 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 27000 (49%)
Lab: 11392 (21%)
LDem: 11476 (21%)
BNP: 2721 (5%)
Oth: 1988 (4%)
MAJ: 15524 (28%)
2005*
Con: 22487 (46%)
Lab: 14614 (30%)
LDem: 9382 (19%)
BNP: 1704 (3%)
Oth: 1201 (2%)
MAJ: 7873 (16%)
2001
Con: 22104 (46%)
Lab: 15895 (33%)
LDem: 8286 (17%)
BNP: 1357 (3%)
MAJ: 6209 (13%)
1997
Con: 24564 (46%)
Lab: 18090 (34%)
LDem: 8001 (15%)
Oth: 920 (2%)
MAJ: 6474 (12%)

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

Demographics
2015 Candidates
ALBERTO COSTA (Conservative) Educated at Glasgow University. Solicitor. Contested Angus 2010.
AMANDA HACK (Labour)
GEOFFREY WELSH (Liberal Democrat)
BARRY MAHONEY (UKIP)
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Comments - 59 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.

  3. Conservative Hold. 12,000 majority. Labour 2nd.

  4. A pretty good Conservative result here

    Con 53.2 (+3.7)
    Lab 22.0 (+1.1)
    UKIP 17.4 (+13.7)
    LD 7.4 (-13.6)

    Con majority 16,824 (31.2%) swing 1.3% Lab to Con

  5. Impressive considering there was a new Tory candidate without any incumbency bonus.

  6. Just looked at the local elections which were held on the same day as the general election and was slightly amazed to see that the ward covering Braunstone Town was uncontested with 3 Labour councillors being elected unopposed.

  7. Was there a cock up with the nomination papers?

  8. Sounds like it!

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