Leigh (UK Parliament constituency)
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Leigh is a
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in
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Greater Manchester
represented in the
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House of Commons
of the
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since 2019 by James Grundy of the
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Conservative Party
. Prior to this, the seat was represented by
Andy Burnham Andrew Murray Burnham (born 7 January 1970) is a British Labour Party (UK), Labour Party politician who has served as Mayor of Greater Manchester in the North of England since 2017 Greater Manchester mayoral election, 2017. He served in Gordon B ...

Andy Burnham
of the
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, who served as the MP from 2001, and
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in
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Jeremy Corbyn
's Shadow Cabinet until October 2016. Burnham stood down following his victory at the
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, and was succeeded by the Labour and Cooperative Party's
Jo Platt Joanne Marie Platt (born 15 June 1973) is a British Labour and Co-operative politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Leigh (UK Parliament constituency), Leigh from 2017 to 2019. She served on the opposition front bench as a Sha ...
who was MP from 2017 to 2019.


Boundaries

Leigh is a marginal seat within the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, with virtually all wards held by the Labour Party at local level, although it does contain the more Conservative-inclined area of Lowton East. Following the review of parliamentary representation in Greater Manchester in 2009, the Boundary Commission for England recommended alterations to constituencies in the Wigan area. The electoral wards used in the altered Leigh constituency are: *Astley, Greater Manchester, Astley, Mosley Common, Atherleigh, Golborne and Lowton West, Leigh East, Leigh South, Leigh West, Lowton East and Tyldesley all from the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan


History

The constituency was created in the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 as a result of the South West Lancashire (UK Parliament constituency), South West Lancashire constituency being divided into eight single member seats. Between 1922 and December 2019, candidates belonging to the
Labour Party Labour Party or Labor Party may refer to: Angola *MPLA, known for some years as "Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola – Labour Party" Antigua and Barbuda *Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party Argentina *Labour Party (Argentina) Armenia ...
had continuously served the seat, which for the political party made it one of their longest held constituencies. One recent Labour incumbent was
Andy Burnham Andrew Murray Burnham (born 7 January 1970) is a British Labour Party (UK), Labour Party politician who has served as Mayor of Greater Manchester in the North of England since 2017 Greater Manchester mayoral election, 2017. He served in Gordon B ...

Andy Burnham
,
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from September 2015 to October 2016.


Members of Parliament


Elections


Elections in the 2010s

The 2019 result saw the largest 2017 majority for a party overturned in the country. It also saw the largest fall in the UKIP vote share.


Elections in the 2000s


Elections in the 1990s


Elections in the 1980s


Elections in the 1970s


Elections in the 1960s


Elections in the 1950s


Election in the 1940s


Elections in the 1930s


Elections in the 1920s


Elections in the 1910s

General Election 1914/15 Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected: *Liberal: Peter Raffan *Unionist: Frank Hatchard *Labour: Thomas Greenall


Elections in the 1900s


Elections in the 1890s


Elections in the 1880s


See also

*List of Parliamentary constituencies in Greater Manchester


Notes


References

{{DEFAULTSORT:Leigh (Uk Parliament Constituency) Parliamentary constituencies in Greater Manchester Constituencies of the Parliament of the United Kingdom established in 1885 Politics of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan Leigh, Greater Manchester