The 2015 General Election threw up more surprises than expected with a clear majority for the Conservative party, the domination of Scotland by the Scottish National Party, the catastrophic performance by the Liberal Democrats and the impressive total vote count for UKIP which amazingly resulted in just a single Parliamentary Seat!
Following the confirmed election results we have updated our core Postcode to Parliamentary Constituency data products and look at the impact of the May General Election in the United Kingdom from a Postcode Point Of View.
With so many key seats changing hands, obviously many constituencies found themselves with new Members of Parliament for the next term. In fact, we had a change of 185 MP's across the country as a result of seats being won and lost or just a change of MP within the party. As a result, this meant that a staggering 510,591 current Postcodes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland now have a new MP - this is almost 30% of the entire number of Postcodes in the Country.
The largest proportion of changes was obviously in Scotland where the Scottish National Party swept (almost) all before them but the actual number of Postcodes with a new MP by country is shown as follows:
Northern Ireland: 15,238
Similarly, we can determine that 367,475 Postcodes across the UK (21%) now have a new party representing them in Westminster. Breaking this figure down to show the Postcodes gained by each political party shows the impact of the SNP on the 2105 Election.
Democratic Unionist: 2,064
Labour Co-op: 57,069
Scottish National: 132,161
Ulster Unionist Party: 7,509
The absence of parties including the Liberal Democrats just shows that these parties did not gain any new Postcodes as a result of the election. To confirm, the above figures are the total number of Postcodes acquired - not the net gain of Postcodes.
Data such as the Postcode to Parliamentary Constituency database has become invaluable to companies analysing their own geographic and political footprint and also within the Public and Government Relations arenas. It underpins common questions such as "which constituencies are most important to our business" and "what constituency am I in by Postcode?"
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