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Coordinates: 53°52′23″N 2°23′28″W / 53.873°N 2.391°W / 53.873; -2.391

Ribble Valley
County constituency
Ribble Valley shown within Lancashire, and Lancashire shown within England
Created: 1983
MP: Nigel Evans
Party: Conservative
Type: House of Commons
County: Lancashire
EP constituency: North West England

Ribble Valley is a 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.

It was created in 1983 from the former seat of Clitheroe.



One of the few truly safe Conservative seats in North West England, this constituency contains pleasing rural areas, and small market towns (of which Clitheroe is the largest). The Conservatives actually lost the seat in the 1990s in a by-election during a period of mid-term unpopularity to the Lib Dems, who have a respectable presence on the local council, but it has since returned safely to the Conservative fold. Labour can usually have only one ward in their favour here: Edisford and Low Moor.


Boundary review

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Lancashire, the Boundary Commission for England created a new seat of Wyre and Preston North. This creation caused major changes to neighbouring seats, including Ribble Valley.

As the Prestonian wards to the west of the existing Ribble Valley seat are now moved elsewhere, this seat has taken electoral wards from the south of the River Ribble for the first time. This brings a substantial urban character to the largely farming and rural mix of the existing seat.

The entire district of Ribble Valley is attached to ten wards from South Ribble for the creation of this new seat. No name change was suggested.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1983 David Waddington Conservative
1991 by-election Michael Carr Liberal Democrat
1992 Nigel Evans Conservative

Election results

Confirmed candidates for the next UK general election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Evans
Labour Paul Foster
Liberal Democrat Allan Knox
General Election 2005: Ribble Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Evans 25,834 51.9 +0.4
Liberal Democrat Julie Young 11,663 23.4 -5.2
Labour Jack Davenport 10,924 22.0 +2.1
UKIP Kevin Henry 1,345 2.7 N/A
Majority 14,171 28.5
Turnout 49,776 65.7 -0.5
Conservative hold Swing +2.8
General Election 2001: Ribble Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Evans 25,308 51.5 +4.8
Liberal Democrat Mike Carr 14,070 28.6 -6.4
Labour Marcus Johnstone 9,793 19.9 +4.2
Majority 11,238 22.9
Turnout 49,171 66.2 -12.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1997: Ribble Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Evans 26,702 46.7 -5.9
Liberal Democrat Mike Carr 20,062 35.1 -3.2
Labour Marcus Johnstone 9,013 15.7 +7.0
Referendum Party J. Parkinson 1,297 2.3
Natural Law N. M. Holmes 147 0.2
Majority 6,640 11.6
Turnout 78.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Ribble Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Evans 29,178 52.4
Liberal Democrat Mike Carr 22,636 40.6
Labour R. Pickup 3,649 6.5
Raving Loony Green Giant Clitheroe Kid D. Beesley 152 0.3
Natural Law N. M. Holmes 112 0.2
Majority 6,542 11.8
Turnout 85.7
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Ribble Valley by-election, 1991
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Michael Carr 22,377 48.5 +27.1
Conservative Nigel Evans 17,776 38.5 -22.3
Labour Josephine Farrington 4,356 9.5 -8.3
Independent Conservative David Brass 611 1.3
Green Halldora Ingham 466 1.0
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 278 0.6
Liberal Simon Taylor 133 0.3
Independent - Corrective Party Lindi St Claire 72 0.2
Raving Loony Green Giant Clitheroe Kid Stuart Hughes 60 0.1
Majority 4,601 10.0
Turnout 46,129 71.1
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing


  1. ^ Ribble Valley, UKPollingReport

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