2015 Result:
Conservative: 25762 (49.5%)
Labour: 16579 (31.9%)
Lib Dem: 2130 (4.1%)
Green: 1845 (3.5%)
UKIP: 5704 (11%)
MAJORITY: 9183 (17.7%)

Category: Semi-marginal Conservative seat

Geography: East Midlands, Leicestershire. Part of the Charnwood council area.

Main population centres: Loughborough, Shepsted, Sileby, Quorn, Barrow upon Soar,.

Profile: The seat consists of the town of Loughborough, most widely associated with its famously sporty university, the dormitory town of Shepsted on the M1 to the west and smaller villages of the Soar valley to the east, including Sileby, Quorn and Barrow upon Soar. Quorn is associated with the famous Quorn hunt, although it actually left the village a century ago and is based elsewhere in Leicestershire. The meat substitute Quorn is also reportedly named after the village, but has no other connection to it.

Politics: Loughborough is a key marginal, having been won by the party that received the most seats at every general election since February 1974. Before that the seat contained part of the Leicestershire coalfield and was a safe Labour seat.

Current MP
NICKY MORGAN (Conservative) Born 1972, Kingston on Thames. Educated at Surbiton High School and Oxford University. Former solicitor. Contested Islington South 2001, Loughborough 2005. First elected as MP for Loughborough in 2010. Economic Secretary 2013-2014, Financial Secretary 2014. Education Secretary since 2014.
Past Results
Con: 21971 (42%)
Lab: 18227 (34%)
LDem: 9675 (18%)
BNP: 2040 (4%)
Oth: 925 (2%)
MAJ: 3744 (7%)
Con: 17102 (37%)
Lab: 19098 (41%)
LDem: 8258 (18%)
UKIP: 1094 (2%)
Oth: 588 (1%)
MAJ: 1996 (4%)
Con: 15638 (35%)
Lab: 22016 (50%)
LDem: 5667 (13%)
UKIP: 933 (2%)
MAJ: 6378 (14%)
Con: 19736 (38%)
Lab: 25448 (49%)
LDem: 6190 (12%)
MAJ: 5712 (11%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
NICKY MORGAN (Conservative) See above.
MATTHEW O`CALLAGHAN (Labour) Educated at Ashby-de-la-Zouch Grammar School. Business consultant. Melton councillor and former Leicestershire councillor.
STEVE COLTMAN (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Selhurst Grammar School and Southampton University. Retired chemical projects manager.
BILL PIPER (UKIP) Educated at Royal Latin School.
Comments - 397 Responses on “Loughborough”
  1. Would have to agree on Morgan – I can’t see her as a tenable leadership candidate. She doesn’t really seem of cabinet-level to me, based on the interviews I’ve witnessed.

    In the interests of balance, I would have to say that Labour’s new Chief Secretary to the Trustee is equally out of her depth – I watched an interview with her and Andrew Neil during the Labour conference and she was absolutely feeble – vacuous doesn’t come close.

  2. Sorry.. I meant Chief Secretary to the Treasury….

  3. ‘I would have to say that Labour’s new Chief Secretary to the Trustee is equally out of her depth’

    Sadly for Labour there’s no shortage of shadow cabinet ministers who seem out of their depth in Corbyn’s front-bench team, although I think Kerry McCarthy’s appointment as Shadow Farming Minister is the most short sighted given she’s compared meat eaters to smokers

  4. Hemmelig,

    Fair point. Although I would offer the partial defence that when I said that, it did look as though it was true. There was a direct switch from Burnham to Corbyn in quite a big way as the campaign went on.

    However, I will accept that Jarvis could be hated by the grassroots and be an awful leader if he did win. Nothing seems certain about the party any more.

  5. Nicky Morgan could be the dark horse of the Conservative leadership contest – reaches out beyond the Tory cory vote. Certainly one to watch over the next few years.

  6. With the greatest of respect to Nicky Morgan, she comes across as Nicola Murray from The Thick Of It but an actual real person. She’s not exactly the best at interviews, misunderstands education statistics and I haven’t seen anything from her that suggests she’s anything more than an average Conservative MP. Frankly, she’s probably over-promoted as it is.

  7. Loughborough boundary history:

    1885-1918: The Sessional Division of Loughborough except the civil parishes of Cossington, Seagrave, and Sileby, and parts of the Sessional Divisions of Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Leicester.

    1918-1950: The Municipal Borough of Loughborough, the Urban Districts of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Ashby Woulds, and Shepshed, the Rural Districts of Castle Donington and Loughborough, and the Rural District of Ashby-de-la-Zouch except the civil parish of Bardon.

    1950-1955: The Municipal Borough of Loughborough, the Urban Districts of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Ashby Woulds, and Shepshed, and the Rural Districts of Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Castle Donington.

    1955-1974: The Municipal Borough of Loughborough, the Urban Districts of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Ashby Woulds, and Shepshed, the Rural District of Ashby-de-la-Zouch as constituted by the County of Leicester (Coalville Urban District) Confirmation Order 1953, and the Rural District of Castle Donington.

    1974-1983: The Municipal Borough of Loughborough, the Urban Districts of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Ashby Woulds, and Shepshed, the Rural District of Ashby-de-la-Zouch as altered by the West Midland Counties Order 1965, and the Rural District of Castle Donington as altered by the East Midland Counties Order 1965.

    1983-1997: The Borough of Charnwood wards of Ashby, Barrow upon Soar and Quorndon, Birstall Goscote, Birstall Greengate, Birstall Netherhall, Birstall Riverside, Birstall Stonehill, Garendon, Hastings, Hathern, Lemyngton, Nanpantan, Mountsorrel and Rothley, Outwoods, Sileby, Southfields, Storer, The Wolds, Thurcaston, Woodhouse and Swithland, and Woodthorpe.

    1997-2010: The Borough of Charnwood wards of Ashby, Barrow upon Soar and Quorndon, Garendon, Hastings, Hathern, Lemyngton, Nanpantan, Outwoods, Shepshed East, Shepshed West, Sileby, Southfields, Storer, The Wolds, and Woodthorpe.

    2010-present: The Borough of Charnwood wards of Barrow and Sileby West, Loughborough Ashby, Loughborough Dishley and Hathern, Loughborough Garendon, Loughborough Hastings, Loughborough Lemyngton, Loughborough Nanpantan, Loughborough Outwoods, Loughborough Shelthorpe, Loughborough Southfields, Loughborough Storer, Quorn and Mountsorrel Castle, Shepshed East, Shepshed West, Sileby, and The Wolds.

  8. Post by my dad on Facebook:

    “Just got back from Loughborough Market where I overheard the most amazing conversations. One woman was convinced that they were going to build a new hospital every week. Another thought prices would go down to “what they were in the ’70s”.”

    Funny, but does raise an interesting point. When the UK doesn’t become a land of milk and honey, the more generally pissed off section of the population who voted Leave will find some other way to express their disappointment. What will that be?

  9. Who knows really.

    On another note, I see Nicky Morgan has intimated that she will run for the leadership. No chance whatsoever.

  10. I like Nicky Morgan but I think she’d be best staying out of this one. She’ll probably still be in the cabinet whatever happens and is young enough that if in a few years time the party realises that they made a huge mistake and need to go back to the Cameroons she could have more of a chance then. She has said a few times that a woman should be on the ballot paper so I guess she might end up backing May, as I expect most Remain supporting MPs will (though some might take the view that the PM should be a Brexiter and back Boris despite not having supporting Leave).

  11. According to some reports I’ve seen many Cameron supporters are prepared to back a Leadsom leadership bid because they think a remainer wouldn’t be able to beat Boris in the membership vote.

  12. What do people think Leadsom be like as prime minister? Would she be any good? I confess I don’t know a lot about her. But I really hope that Boris is thwarted though.

  13. Personally I’d rather Boris than Leadsom. Though she’s obviously not incapable she lacks the stature or experience to lead at such a tricky time for me. Remember, she’s number two at the department of Energy at the moment. I also find her somewhat annoying for some reason. In any case I expect the main Vote Leave MPs to all support Boris, on the promise of big roles afterwards (Leadsom would probably be Chancellor given her past experience as a junior Treasury minister and in the city).

  14. I also think Leadsom is being somewhat overrated. Her performance in the debates was fairly good- certainly unflappable and stuck relentlessly to the script- but wasn’t inspiring or interesting enough for her to be a serious contender. Jack- you may have found her repetitive speech patterns rather annoying (it wasn’t just the ‘take back control’ mantra), plus she has a habit of smiling even when trying to make a serious point.

  15. Like many current high-profile Tories (Osborne, Javid, Grayling, to a lesser extent Gove) – Leadsome seems to lack that human sympathy that I think Tory leaders really need to make a success of the job. Cameron certainly had it

    She’s too fright wing to be a unity candidate and besides I don’t think uniting the country would feature high on her wish list of things to do should she get the job

    Morgan has it to – and she’s also impeccably normal which is a big bonus nowadays, but she’s not leadership material – not remotely

    May represents the Tories best hope of avoiding election someone who would ultimately be as damaging to his party as he will to his country

    I think many Tories actually share the belief that Johnson must be stopped – by any means necessary

    Johnson looked shell shocked yesterday – the look of a man who knew he had played a big part in something he knows full well could go on to inflict terrible damage on the country he seeks to govern

  16. I couldn’t work out if the downbeat manner Johnson displayed was tiredness, shock, trying to appear gracious or perhaps pangs of regret over what had happened. Combination of all four?

  17. Although I am a hardline Brexiteer, I wouldn’t be averse to supporting a moderate Remainer for the leadership. If it was Boris vs May I’d probably opt for May.

  18. Difficult one. Crabb was quite active in the Remain campaign. I’d have to hear what his position is in light of the vote. But I wouldn’t necessarily to be averse to voting for someone like him and I like the fact that his background is non-metropolitan.

  19. First Tory leader since the 1800’s to have a beard?

  20. Apart from May I think he’s the only remotely conceivable Remain candidate. But it may have come a bit too soon – he’s hardly got his feet under the table at DWP and is still very unproven as a front-line politician.

  21. True re Cameron and Blair, and of course Boris has no ministerial experience either. But they had come from Leader of the Oppo and Boris has been Mayor of London for 8 years and a very significant national figure for longer. Historically PMs that take over mid-term have been experienced figures in top roles: Major (Chancellor), Callaghan (Foreign Sec, previously Chancellor and Home Sec), Douglas-Home (Foreign Sec), Macmillan (Chancellor, previously Foreign Sec), Eden (Foreign Sec). This could be different but whoever gets it needs to be ready to take on very challenging situation.

  22. Is there any possibility that any of the names being thrown about wouldn’t really want the job? Overseeing a long, tedious withdrawal from the EU, potential issues in Scotland again etc etc.

  23. Nicky Morgan’s leadership bid seems to have evaporated.

  24. I think she would have rather liked to have run. But just not enough support for a committed Remainer pitching to the left of the party given Crabb’s bid and the referendum result. Plus, I think the whole forced academisation business damaged her stock somewhat – before then she was very popular with 2010/2015 intake MPs. I don’t get her logic in backing Gove, though she’s always been very defensive of him (especially in her early days as Education Sec when she had a job to do to convince Gove’s fans that she was a worthy successor).

  25. Nicky Morgan thought to be sacked. Very surprising if so. May not have been helped by her bizarre movements a couple of weeks ago – going round TV studios calling for a woman to be PM and for liberal attitudes to immigration, then supporting Gove.

  26. Morgan has now confirmed this on Twitter. She is ‘disappointed’ – i.e. she was sacked.

  27. Ouch. May’s ruthlessness may eventually be her downfall in the long term.

  28. Christ…I guess my hunch about Nicky staying on at Education was dead wrong.

    She had been carrying on Gove’s path but seemed more palatable to the teaching profession. Wonder what May’s reasoning was for this sacking.

  29. Nicky Morgan thought to be sacked. Very surprising if so. ‘

    Very surprising

    She has been one of the rising stars on the Left of the party and one of the last government’s more popular figures

    Maybe payback for backing Gove – who deserved to be sacked

  30. Yes. Of all the sackings, this is the most surprising.

  31. Of all of them Morgan could be the most dangerous on the backbenches. The others have had a good run. She’s only been in the cabinet two years and until recently was seen as the standout of the 2010 intake, along with Javid.

  32. Hmm. She appears reasonably well liked amongst MP’s too. She’ll certainly be annoyed that the likes of Truss have survived and she hasn’t.

  33. All the sackings are now done for the day. The Prime Minster has returned to Downing Street. Sackings are done in her commons office to avoid the walk of shame while appointments are done in Downing Street.

  34. “MPs go up to heaven in their early 40s then come crashing back down to earth shortly thereafter”
    (Alan Clark)

  35. Proof that a damp squib leadership bid does not come without risks.

  36. As a side note. Such a radical change in the cabinet and presumably in government direction will only increase calls for an early election.

  37. what was this about, seriously?

  38. “Hard Brexit will breed new bigotry, warns former Tory minister

    Nicky Morgan raises fears on eve of party conference that lurch to the right could encourage attitudes like those of Donald Trump”


  39. Sadly such attitudes already exist in some segments of the Tory party and have done for decades, what’s most alarming is that they are being pushed to the forefront.

  40. Nicky Morgan continues to confirm the widespread, cross-party, opinion of her i.e. that she is brain-dead.

  41. @rivers The hard right are nowhere near taking over the Conservative Party the party structure makes it far to difficult for them to gain too much influence the same of course can’t be said for Labour where the nastiest, most unpleasant sections of the left have virtually seized control of the entire party with the last holdouts being the PLP and the NEC (narrowly).

  42. Morgan exemplifies so much that is wrong with modern politics. She is pretty mediocre. She is not known as a thinker, nor is she eloquent. Like so many modern political types, she has no achievements inside or outside politics- in short she has no demonstrable skills outside being an overpromoted Cameroon puppet. She was the fall girl who was forced to announce the retreat from the academicisation project which Osborne proudly announced to the house of commons at his last budget.

    She is making a fool of herself. I agree with Runnymede. Under normal circumstances she would be an under secretary of state nobody had ever heard of.

  43. Quite. One of the worst parts of the of the Cameron project was that it attracted New Labour-like PC daleks like Morgan into the Tory party and sped their advancement.

  44. Nicky Morgan seems to have already established herself as the leader of the new awkward squad. She is to May’s government what Peter Bone, Bill Cash et al were to Cameron’s.

  45. Her time as an MP will be limited

  46. Don’t really know what to make of this: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/dec/09/morgan-cut-from-meeting-with-may-after-criticising-pms-leather-trousers

    Spats between politicians are extremely healthy when they concern fundamental differences of opinion over how the country should be governed. But falling out over fashion choices is incredibly childish.

    Also I apologise that in the photo at the top of the article, Theresa May has her milk factories on display. No-one wants to see those.

  47. Morgan again showing herself to be a pathetic nonentity

  48. ‘She is making a fool of herself.’.

    She’s standing up for what she believes in which is surely the whole point of going into politics

    Her sniping at May does seem to have a personal edge – she obviously feels bitter about her sacking – and she’s not the most eloquent, but I think her and others on the Left of the party are representing the concerns of a significant amount of Tory voters – who might otherwise be tempted to follow the example of their counterparts in Richmond Park

  49. I’m not sure what she believes in

  50. Her main motive appears to be remaining firmly lodged up George Osborne’s rear end.

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