About Morecambe and Lunesdale Constituency Labour Party
The constituency was formerly Morecambe and Lonsdale but gained a new name when the boundaries were adjusted in 1983. Since 1979 the constituency has been a bellwether and includes the seaside town and many villages as well as the north bank of the City of Lancaster, which is largely Skerton. This seat brings together northern semi-rural reaches of Lancashire bisected by the M6, including seaside Silverdale and Carnforth south of the Cumbria border, the seaside resort of Morecambe and the nuclear power station/ferry port village of Heysham which provides a direct east-west service to Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland. Separating Morecambe from Lancaster is a narrow belt of parkland, houses and the White Lund industrial estate.
"In 2017, following the unexpected announcement of a General Election, Vikki Singleton was chosen as the candidate for Morecambe and Lunesdale. Despite the extremely short notice, significantly shorter than in a normal General Election cycle, Vikki and her team managed a very strong campaign, cutting the incumbent Tory MP's majority of 4,590 to only 1399 votes.
Morecambe and Lunesdale is now classed as a marginal seat."
In January 2018, following Vikki's decision not to continue as PPC due to family commitments, experienced Lancashire County Councillor and NHS Campaigner Lizzi Collinge was chosen by the Constituency Party to represent Morecambe and Lunesdale as their Parliamentary Candidate.
The Current situation
Labour hold Lancaster City Council with a minority administration. There are 38 council seats in wards within the Morecambe & Lunesdale constituency. Of these Labour hold 20, making it the largest local government political party within the constituency. Additionally, Labour also has an outright majority on the Morecambe Town Council where it holds 14 of the 26 seats. The Town Council Leader is Darren Clifford.
Morecambe & Lunesdale Constituency Labour Party (MLCLP) is fortunate to have its own premises in a well-maintained Labour Hall on Battismore Road that is used for meetings. Although, with a growing membership it isn’t large enough to host a meeting if the majority of members decided to come along.
- Chair - Mandy Wildman
- Vice Chair (Campaigns) - Tom Long
- Vice Chair (Membership) - Phil Blundell
Secretary - Phillip Black
- Treasurer - Paula Oliver
- Women's Officer - Claire Cozler
- Political Education - David Whitaker
- Trades Union Liaison - Jean Yates
- Young Labour - Becca Snow / Jack Hanna
- Disabilities - Jean Withers
- LGBT - Currently Vacant
- BAME - Naley Alobari
- IT Officer - Joanne Ainscough
- Auditors - Philip Blundell
MLCLP is very active in the community. Individual councillors represent their constituents on a variety of issues. Recent constituency wide campaigns have included apposing the privatisation of local NHS services and seeking to increase voter registration across the district.