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Ribble Valley is a constituency represented in the House of Commonsmarker of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker. It elects one Member of Parliament 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 Clitheroemarker 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 Lancashiremarker, the Boundary Commission for England created a new seat of Wyre and Preston Northmarker. 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 Ribblemarker 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 Ribblemarker 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


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