Ashfield (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.
Location of Nottinghamshire within England.
|Population||101,914 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||77,049 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Sutton in Ashfield, Kirkby in Ashfield and Eastwood|
|Member of parliament||Gloria De Piero (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||East Midlands|
- 1 Constituency profile
- 2 Boundaries
- 3 After latest boundary review
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
- 8 Sources
To date almost always a Labour Party seat which was created in 1955, Ashfield has been served by a former Secretary of State, Geoff Hoon, and since its creation for only two years has been served by one member of another party, Tim Smith of the Conservative Party, from 1977 to 1979. Ashfield's results indicate quite large Labour majorities. The seat currently has a marginal majority of only 192.
Ashfield County Constituency was created in 1955. At that time it covered the areas of the Nottinghamshire Urban Districts of Hucknall, Kirkby in Ashfield and Sutton in Ashfield, together with three Civil Parishes (Annesley, Felley and Selston) in Basford Rural District.
In 1974 a Local Government District called Ashfield was formed that had the same boundaries as the constituency.
In 1983 the boundary of the constituency was significantly altered. The town of Hucknall was transferred to the new Sherwood constituency, while the town of Eastwood and the ward of Brinsley were added, having previously been in the Beeston constituency, which was abolished at that time.
After latest boundary review
In their most recent review of parliamentary boundaries in Nottinghamshire, the Boundary Commission for England made only minor changes to the existing constituency to allow for population changes. The wards of the modified constituency contested at the 2010 General Election were:
- From the district of Ashfield - Jacksdale, Kirkby in Ashfield Central, Kirkby in Ashfield East, Kirkby in Ashfield West, Selston, Sutton in Ashfield Central, Sutton in Ashfield East, Sutton in Ashfield North, Sutton in Ashfield West, Underwood and Woodhouse
- From the Borough of Broxtowe - Brinsley, Eastwood North and Greasley (Beauvale) and Eastwood South
Members of Parliament
The former Cabinet minister Geoff Hoon represented the seat for the Labour Party from 1992, when he succeeded the three-term Labour member Frank Haynes, to 2010 when he retired. Ashfield is now represented by Gloria De Piero, who came close to losing the seat after a 17.2% swing to the Liberal Democrats.
|1977 by-election||Tim Smith||Conservative|
|2010||Gloria De Piero||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Ashfield|
|Justice for Men & Boys||Mike Buchanan|
|Labour||Gloria De Piero|
|Liberal Democrat||Jason Zadrozny|
Going into the 2015 general election, this is the eleventh most marginal constituency in Great Britain, the Liberal Democrats requiring a swing from Labour of 0.2% to take the seat (based on the result of the 2010 general election).
|General Election 2010: Ashfield|
|Labour||Gloria De Piero||16,239||33.7||−15.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Jason Zadrozny||16,047||33.3||+19.5|
|English Democrats||Tony Ellis||1,102||2.3||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Ashfield|
|Liberal Democrat||Wendy Johnson||5,829||13.9||+2.6|
|Ashfield Independents||Roy Adkins||2,292||5.5||N/A|
|General Election 2001: Ashfield|
|Conservative||Julian C.T. Leigh||9,607||24.4||+4.2|
|Liberal Democrat||William E. Smith||4,428||11.3||+1.6|
|Socialist Alliance||George Watson||589||1.5||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Miss Katrina R. Howse||380||1.0||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Ashfield|
|Conservative||Mark Jonathon Mortlock Simmonds||10,251||20.3||−12.3|
|Liberal Democrat||William E. Smith||4,882||9.7||−2.8|
|Referendum Party||Martin I. Betts||1,896||3.8||N/A|
|BNP||Steven E. Belshaw||595||1.2||N/A|
|General Election 1992: Ashfield|
|Liberal Democrat||James S. Turton||7,291||12.5||−12.2|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Ashfield|
|General Election 1983: Ashfield|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Ashfield|
|National Front||W Annable||397||0.6|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|By-election 1977: Ashfield|
|National Front||George Herrod||1,734||3.8||N/A|
|Socialist Workers||June Hall||453||1.0||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||20.8|
|General Election October 1974: Ashfield|
|General Election February 1974: Ashfield|
|General Election 1970: Ashfield|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: Ashfield|
|General Election 1964: Ashfield|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: Ashfield|
|General Election 1955: Ashfield|
Notes and references
- "Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Alamanac of British Politics, 3rd edition, Robert Waller
- BBC News; Ex-cabinet minister Geoff Hoon to stand down as an MP
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Ransome Mpini; Charlotte Thornton; John Walton; Marcelo Zanni (24 February 2014). "Election 2015: The political battleground". BBC News. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- BBC - Election 2010 - Ashfield
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.
- Youngs, Frederic A., Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol II, Northern England, London, 1991