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North West Leicestershire

2010 Results:
Conservative: 23147 (44.55%)
Labour: 15636 (30.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 8639 (16.63%)
BNP: 3396 (6.54%)
UKIP: 1134 (2.18%)
Majority: 7511 (14.45%)

2005 Results:
Labour: 21449 (45.5%)
Conservative: 16972 (36%)
Liberal Democrat: 5682 (12.1%)
Other: 3037 (6.4%)
Majority: 4477 (9.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 15274 (33.9%)
Labour: 23431 (52.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 4651 (10.3%)
UKIP: 1021 (2.3%)
Other: 632 (1.4%)
Majority: 8157 (18.1%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 16113 (31%)
Labour: 29332 (56.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 4492 (8.6%)
Referendum: 2088 (4%)
Majority: 13219 (25.4%)

No Boundary Changes:

Profile: North West Leicestershire is co-terminous with the local government district of the same name, and remains unchanged under the new boundaries. 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. More recently, the former coalfields have also seen 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 Castle Donnington, 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 and the East Midlands Airport.

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.

portraitCurrent MP: Andrew Bridgen (Conservative) Born 1964, Burton on Trent. Educated at the Pingle School and Nottingham University. Former Royal Marines officer. Director of family produce business in Derbyshire, AB Produce.

2010 election candidates:
portraitAndrew Bridgen (Conservative) Born 1964, Burton on Trent. Educated at the Pingle School and Nottingham University. Former Royal Marines officer. Director of family produce business in Derbyshire, AB Produce.
portraitRoss Willmott (Labour) Former regional director of a charity and university research fellow. Leicestershire county councillor 1985-1997. Leicester councillor since 1996, leader of Leicester city council 1999-2003 and since 2007. Contested Blaby 1997, East Midlands 2004 European elections.
portraitPaul Reynolds (Liberal Democrat) Professor of International Government at the University of Westminster
portraitMartin Green (UKIP)
portraitIan Meller (BNP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 85503
Male: 49.4%
Female: 50.6%
Under 18: 22%
Over 60: 21%
Born outside UK: 2.4%
White: 98.8%
Asian: 0.4%
Mixed: 0.5%
Other: 0.2%
Christian: 78.2%
Full time students: 2%
Graduates 16-74: 16.2%
No Qualifications 16-74: 33.2%
Owner-Occupied: 76.6%
Social Housing: 16.1% (Council: 12.8%, Housing Ass.: 3.3%)
Privately Rented: 4.7%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 3.3%

2010 By-election

David Taylor was intending to stand down from Parliament at the next election, but died of a heart attack on Boxing Day 2009. A date for a by-election (assuming it is not overtaken by the General Election) has yet to be announced.
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