2015 Result:
Conservative: 12259 (34.2%)
Labour: 15393 (42.9%)
Lib Dem: 770 (2.1%)
Green: 887 (2.5%)
UKIP: 6329 (17.7%)
Independent: 206 (0.6%)
MAJORITY: 3134 (8.7%)

Category: Semi-marginal Labour seat

Geography: Yorkshire and the Humber, Humberside. Part of North Lincolnshire council area.

Main population centres: Scunthorpe.

Profile: Consists of the town of Scunthorpe itself and a stretch of flat countryside and small villages to the south of the M180. Scunthorpe itself is a gritty industrial town, dominated by the steel industry and its support services. Tata Steel are by far the biggest local employer.

Politics: Scunthorpe is a reliable Labour seat, held by the party since 1987. The former MP Elliot Morley was one of those caught up in the expenses scandal, accused of continuing to claim interest on a mortgage after the mortgage itself had been paid off. Morley stood down at the 2010 election and was later prosecuted and sentenced to sixteen months imprisonment for false accounting.

Current MP
NICHOLAS DAKIN (Labour) Born 1955. Educated at Longslade Upper School and Hull University. Former teacher. Leader of North Lincolnshire Council 1997-2003. First elected as MP for Scunthorpe in 2010.
Past Results
Con: 12091 (33%)
Lab: 14640 (40%)
LDem: 6774 (18%)
UKIP: 1686 (5%)
Oth: 1843 (5%)
MAJ: 2549 (7%)
Con: 8392 (26%)
Lab: 17355 (53%)
LDem: 5556 (17%)
UKIP: 1361 (4%)
MAJ: 8963 (27%)
Con: 9724 (29%)
Lab: 20096 (60%)
LDem: 3156 (9%)
Oth: 649 (2%)
MAJ: 10372 (31%)
Con: 10934 (26%)
Lab: 25107 (60%)
LDem: 3497 (8%)
Oth: 399 (1%)
MAJ: 14173 (34%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
JO GIDEON (Conservative) Businesswoman and communications consultant. Thanet councillor since 2003.
NICHOLAS DAKIN (Labour) See above.
SIMON DODD (Liberal Democrat) Solicitor.
STEPHEN HOWD (UKIP) Educated at Westminster School and Oxford University. Barrister. Contested Cleethorpes 2001 for the Conservative party.
PAUL ELSOM (Independent) Lorry driver.
DES COMERFORD (Independent) Retailler.
Comments - 53 Responses on “Scunthorpe”
  1. Yet more industry is disappearing. There ws little enough already.

    If anything happens to the financial sector the UK will be in deep, deep, trouble.

    At the individual level, this means that people who don’t have a narrow set of skills are written off, unless they can get jobs through contacts instead of ability.

    I used to be interested as a student in psychometric tests to identify career interests, but what is the point when so many jobs are all the same? And when politicians show so little interrest in helping people to develop worthwhile careers matching their interests, is it surprising that so many people are so disillusioned with politics?

  2. Tata is looking to divest the Scunthorpe plant so most likely it will eventually suffer Redcar’s fate.

    As well as the halving of UK steel demand since 2000 which I discussed on the Redcar thread, the problem at Scunthorpe is that the steelworks is inland. Almost all raw materials are imported so this incurs expensive transport costs. Most competitive integrated steelworks today are on the coast, as Port Talbot and Redcar both are. As Frederic mentioned, in the end this comes down to decades of underinvestment. For a sustainable future the plant should have been relocated 20 miles to the coast decades ago.

  3. Con gain

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