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Lancashire Central (European Parliament constituency)


Lancashire Central (European Parliament constituency)

Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

Created for the 1979 European Parliament elections in 1979, Lancashire Central was a single-member constituency formed from the grouping of numerous neighbouring UK Parliament constituencies.


Members of the European Parliament

Elected Member Party
1979 Michael Welsh Conservative
1994 Mark Hendrick Labour

Election results

European Parliament election, 1979: Lancashire Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Welsh 91,355 51.1
Labour I J Taylor 63,709 37.7
Liberal A D Sanders 13,821 8.2
Majority 27,646 16.4
Turnout 31.6
European Parliament election, 1984: Lancashire Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Welsh 82,370 50.4
Labour H M Jones 56,175 34.4
Social Democratic Michael Gallagher 24,936 15.2
Majority 26,195 16.0
Turnout 31.2
European Parliament election, 1989: Lancashire Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Welsh 81,125 42.1
Labour G Smith 75,437 39.2
Green H Ingham 28,777 14.9
Social and Liberal Democrats J Ross-Mills 7,378 3.8
Majority 5,688 2.9
Turnout 35.8
Conservative hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1994: Lancashire Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Hendrick 73,420 43.9
Conservative Michael Welsh 61,229 36.6
Liberal Democrat Janet Ross-Mills 20,578 12.3
Independent British Home Rule D Hill 6,751 4.0
Green C Maile 4,169 2.5
Natural Law J Aycliffe 1,127 0.7
Majority 12,191 7.3
Turnout 33.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

External links

  • David Boothroyd's United Kingdom Election Results
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