Oldham West and Royton (UK Parliament constituency)

Oldham West and Royton (UK Parliament constituency)
Oldham West and Royton
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Oldham West and Royton in Greater Manchester.
Outline map
Location of Greater Manchester within England.
County Greater Manchester
Electorate 72,402 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997 (1997)
Member of Parliament Michael Meacher (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Oldham West and Oldham Central & Royton
European Parliament constituency North West England

Oldham West and Royton is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.



The constituency is one of three covering the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham. It covers most of the western part of the borough, including Chadderton and Royton, but not Failsworth which is in the Ashton-under-Lyne constituency.


In July 2006 fourteen representations were received by the Boundary Commission for England, which called for the inclusion of Chadderton in the name of the Oldham West and Royton parliamentary constituency. Many of the objectors pointed out that Chadderton was much larger and more populous than Royton.

However the commission rejected the proposed alternative name (Oldham West, Chadderton and Royton) because it was too long and they did not believe that there was a significant amount of support for a name change.[2]


The present constituency was formed in 1997, from parts of the former Oldham Central and Royton and Oldham West constituencies. It is a safe seat for the Labour Party, having been held by Michael Meacher since the 1997 general election. Meacher had previously been the MP for Oldham West since 1970.

The constituency gained a level of notoriety at the 2001 general election when the leader of the far-right British National Party (BNP), Nick Griffin, stood as a candidate. Griffin received 6,552 votes (a 16.4% share), beating the Liberal Democrats to third place, and finishing narrowly behind the Conservatives in second. This was widely interpreted to be a reaction to the serious race riots that had occurred in Oldham (and other northern towns) a few months earlier. Because of the heightened tension, the Returning Officer took the decision not to allow any candidates to make speeches after the declaration of the results. This led to Griffin and fellow BNP candidate Michael Treacy, who ran in the neighbouring constituency of Oldham East and Saddleworth, symbolically gagging themselves on the platform wearing T-shirts bearing the slogan "Gagged for Telling the Truth".[3]

In the immediate aftermath of the riots, the BNP have received considerable support in the two wards of Royton North and Royton South. However, the BNP share of the vote has sharply declined since then, with BNP and former BNP candidates coming in third or fourth in Royton North and other Oldham West and Royton Wards.[4]

At the 2005 election, the BNP's share of the vote declined (although they still retained their deposit), and Labour's Michael Meacher still won comfortably.

There has never been a BNP councillor in the constituency, nor on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council as a whole.

Members of Parliament

Election Member[5] Party
1997 Michael Meacher Labour


Elections in the 2010s

General Election 2010: Oldham West and Royton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Meacher 19,503 45.5 -2.9
Conservative Kamran Ghafoor 10,151 23.7 +2.6
Liberal Democrat Mark Alcock 8,193 19.1 -2.1
BNP Dave Joines 3,049 7.1 +0.3
UKIP Helen Roberts 1,387 3.2 +0.7
Respect Shahid Miah 627 1.5 N/A
Majority 9,352 21.8 -5.3
Turnout 42,910 59.1 +5.1
Labour hold Swing -2.7

Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2005: Oldham West and Royton[citation needed]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Meacher 18,452 49.1 -2.1
Conservative Sean Moore 7,998 21.3 +3.6
Liberal Democrat Stuart Bodsworth 7,519 20.0 +7.6
BNP Anita Corbett 2,606 6.9 -9.5
UKIP David Short 987 2.6 +2.6
Majority 10,454 27.8
Turnout 37,562 53.3 -4.3
Labour hold Swing -2.8
General Election 2001: Oldham West and Royton[citation needed]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Meacher 20,441 51.2 -7.6
Conservative Duncan Reed 7,076 17.7 -5.7
BNP Nick Griffin 6,552 16.4 N/A
Liberal Democrat Marc Ramsbottom 4,975 12.4 +0.6
Green David Roney 918 2.3 N/A
Majority 13,365 33.5
Turnout 39,962 57.6 -8.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1997: Oldham West and Royton[citation needed]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Meacher 26,894 58.8 +9.7
Conservative Jonathan Lord 10,693 23.4 -14.7
Liberal Democrat Howard Cohen 5,434 11.9 +0.4
Socialist Labour Gias Choudhury 1,311 2.9 N/A
Referendum Party Peter Etherden 1,157 2.5 N/A
Natural Law Sheila Dalling 249 0.5 N/A
Majority 16,201 35.4
Turnout 66.1
Labour hold Swing

See also

  • List of Parliamentary constituencies in Greater Manchester

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. http://www.boundarycommissionforengland.org.uk/electoral-figures/electoral-figures.htm. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Final Recommendations for Parliamentary Counstituency Boundaries in Greater Manchester, Boundary Commission for England, published July 19, 2006. URL accessed October 24, 2006.
  3. ^ BNP: Under the Skin, BBC News. URL accessed December 11, 2006.
  4. ^ [1], Oldham Council Election Results 2008.
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "O"
  6. ^ Guardian Online

Coordinates: 53°36′N 2°06′W / 53.6°N 2.1°W / 53.6; -2.1

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