Blackburn is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The town currently elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. It has elected Labour MPs since its re-creation in 1955.
Following the review of parliamentary representation in Lancashire, including the unitary authority of Blackburn with Darwen, the Boundary Commission for England made minor boundary changes to the existing constituency. No name change was proposed or made.
The electoral wards in the Blackburn seat to be fought at the next UK general election in either 2009 or 2010 are entirely within the district of Blackburn with Darwen.
Blackburn was first enfranchised by the Reform Act 1832, as a two-member constituency, and was first used at the 1832 general election. It was abolished for the 1950 general election, when it was then replaced by two new single-member constituencies, Blackburn East and Blackburn West.
Blackburn was re-established as a single-member constituency for the 1955 general election, partially replacing the Blackburn East and Blackburn West constituencies which had been created only five years earlier. After its re-establishment in 1955, The constituency was initially a marginal, but Blackburn is now considered to be a Labour Party stronghold.
|Year||1st Member||1st Party||2nd Member||2nd Party|
|1832||constituency created with two seats by the Great Reform Act|
|1832||William Feilden||Liberal||William Turner||Liberal|
|1853||Montague Joseph Feilden||Liberal|
|1857||William Henry Hornby||Conservative|
|1869||Henry Master Feilden||Conservative||Edward Kenworthy Hornby||Conservative|
|1874||William Edward Briggs||Liberal|
|1880||Sir William Coddington||Conservative|
|1885||Sir Robert Peel||Conservative|
|1886||Sir William Henry Hornby||Conservative|
|1910||Sir Thomas Barclay||Liberal|
|1910||Sir Henry Norman||Liberal|
|1918||Percy Thompson Dean||Coalition Conservative||Coalition Liberal|
|1922||Sir Sydney Herbert Holcroft Henn||Conservative||National Liberal|
|1929||Thomas Harry Gill||Labour||Mary Agnes Hamilton||Labour|
|1931||Sir George Sampson Elliston||Conservative||Sir Walter Dorling Smiles||Conservative|
|1945||Lewis John Edwards||Labour||Barbara Castle||Labour|
|Year||Member for Blackburn East||Party|
|Year||Member for Blackburn West||Party|