Ashfield (UK Parliament constituency)

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Ashfield
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.
Outline map
Location of Nottinghamshire within England.
County Nottinghamshire
Electorate 77,049 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Sutton in Ashfield, Kirkby in Ashfield and Eastwood
Current constituency
Created 1955
Member of Parliament Gloria De Piero (Labour)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Ashfield is a Nottinghamshire constituency [n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Gloria De Piero of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

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.

Boundaries[edit]

History[edit]

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[2] 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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[3] Ashfield is now represented by Gloria De Piero, who came close to losing the seat after a 17.2% swing to the Liberal Democrats.

Election Member[4] Party
1955 William Warbey Labour
1966 David Marquand Labour
1977 by-election Tim Smith Conservative
1979 Frank Haynes Labour
1992 Geoff Hoon Labour
2010 Gloria De Piero Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Ashfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gloria De Piero
Liberal Democrat Jason Zadrozny[5]
General Election 2010: Ashfield[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gloria De Piero 16,239 33.7 −15.0
Liberal Democrat Jason Zadrozny 16,047 33.3 +19.5
Conservative Garry Hickton 10,698 22.2 −2.2
BNP Edward Holmes 2,781 5.8 N/A
English Democrats Tony Ellis 1,102 2.3 N/A
UKIP Terry Coleman 933 1.9 N/A
Independent Eddie Smith 396 0.8 N/A
Majority 192 0.4 −23.9
Turnout 48,196 62.3 +5.2
Labour hold Swing −17.2

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Ashfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Geoff Hoon 20,433 48.6 −9.5
Conservative Giles Inglis-Jones 10,220 24.3 −0.1
Liberal Democrat Wendy Johnson 5,829 13.9 +2.6
Ashfield Independents Roy Adkins 2,292 5.5 N/A
Independent Kate Allsop 1,900 4.5 N/A
Veritas Sarah Hemstock 1,108 2.6 N/A
Independent Eddie Grenfell 269 0.6 N/A
Majority 10,213 24.3
Turnout 42,051 57.3 +3.7
Labour hold Swing  
General Election 2001: Ashfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Geoff Hoon 22,875 58.1 −7.0
Conservative Julian C.T. Leigh 9,607 24.4 +4.2
Liberal Democrat William E. Smith 4,428 11.3 +1.6
Independent Charlie Harby 1,471 3.7 N/A
Socialist Alliance George Watson 589 1.5 N/A
Socialist Labour Miss Katrina R. Howse 380 1.0 N/A
Majority 13,268 33.7
Turnout 39,350 53.6 −16.4
Labour hold Swing  

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Ashfield[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Geoff Hoon 32,979 65.1 +10.2
Conservative Mark J.M. 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
Majority 22,728 44.9
Turnout 50,603 70.0
Labour hold Swing +11.3
General Election 1992: Ashfield[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Geoff Hoon 32,018 54.9 +13.2
Conservative Laurence Robertson 19,031 32.6 −1.0
Liberal Democrat James S. Turton 7,291 12.5 −12.2
Majority 12,987 22.3 +14.2
Turnout 58,340 80.4 +3.2
Labour hold Swing +7.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Ashfield[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Haynes 22,812 41.7
Conservative C Coleman 18,412 33.6
Liberal F Stein 13,542 24.7
Majority 4,400 8.1
Turnout 70,937 77.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Ashfield[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Haynes 21,859 41.7
Conservative R Seligman 15,772 30.7
Liberal F Stein 13,812 26.8
Majority 6,087 11.8
Turnout 68,791 74.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Ashfield[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Haynes 33,116 52.8
Conservative Tim Smith 25,319 40.4
Liberal Hampton Flint 3,914 6.2
National Front W Annable 397 0.6
Majority 7,797 12.4
Turnout 77,878 80.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
By-election 1977: Ashfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Smith 19,616 43.1 +20.8
Labour Michael Cowan 19,352 42.5 −20.9
Liberal Hampton Flint 4,380 9.6 −4.7
National Front George Herrod 1,734 3.8 N/A
Socialist Workers June Hall 453 1.0 N/A
Majority 264 0.6
Turnout
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 20.8
General Election October 1974: Ashfield[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Marquand 35,367 63.4
Conservative R. Kemm 12,452 22.3
Liberal Hampton Flint 7,959 14.3
Majority 22,915 41.1
Turnout 74,683 74.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Ashfield[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Marquand 35,994 59.3
Conservative R. Kemm 14,206 23.4
Liberal Hampton Flint 10,534 17.3
Majority 21,788 35.9
Turnout 74,095 82.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Ashfield[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Marquand 32,372 68.2
Conservative R Kemm 15,089 31.8
Majority 17,283
Turnout 67,623 70.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Ashfield[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Marquand 33,477 73.63
Conservative ET Gibbons 11,991 26.37
Majority 21,486 47.26
Turnout 62,030 73.30
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Ashfield[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Warbey 34,841 72.84
Conservative TL Wright 12,989 27.16
Majority 21,852 45.69
Turnout 61,960 77.19
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Ashfield[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Warbey 35,432 70.69
Conservative JGW Sandys 14,690 29.31
Majority 20,742 41.38
Turnout 61,139 81.98
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Ashfield[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Warbey 32,905 71.94
Conservative AS Plane 12,836 28.06
Majority 20,069 43.88
Turnout 59,820 76.46
Labour hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References

Sources[edit]

  • Youngs, Frederic A., Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol II, Northern England, London, 1991

Coordinates: 53°07′N 1°16′W / 53.12°N 1.27°W / 53.12; -1.27