Barnsley Central (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°33′14″N 1°28′48″W / 53.554°N 1.480°W / 53.554; -1.480

Barnsley Central
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Barnsley Central in South Yorkshire.
Outline map
Location of South Yorkshire within England.
County South Yorkshire
Electorate 64,732 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Barnsley, Royston
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Dan Jarvis[2] (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Barnsley, Wakefield
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Barnsley Central is a constituency[n 1] in South Yorkshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2011 by Dan Jarvis of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

Barnsley Central is generally an urban seat and has a large majority of its population on middle or low incomes, with most of the large former mill town's social housing contained within it.[3] It has been held by the Labour Party since 1983 on large majorities, like its main predecessor, making it a safe seat.

History[edit]

Created in 1983, Barnsley Central covers a similar area to that of the former Barnsley constituency. The seat was held by almost a year from May 2010 by Eric Illsley as an independent MP after he was suspended from the Labour party over the expenses row and he led to its becoming vacant on 8 February 2011.[4]

On 12 January 2011 having admitted the crime of fraud over his expenses, Illsley announced the intention to stand down from Parliament, necessitating a by-election in early 2011.[5] On 8 February 2011 Ilsley resigned his seat[n 3] before he was due to be sentenced for fraudulently claiming parliamentary expenses.[6] The by-election was held on 3 March 2011 and was won by Dan Jarvis for the Labour Party. The Labour majority and share of the vote rose to give an absolute majority, on a turnout 20% lower than in the General Election, meanwhile the Conservative share of the vote fell steeply to just 8.3%, less than UKIP on 12.2%.[2]

Boundaries[edit]

Barnsley Central constituency covers most of the town of Barnsley. It is bordered by the constituencies of Wakefield, Hemsworth, Barnsley East, and Penistone and Stocksbridge.

After latest boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in South Yorkshire, the Boundary Commission for England created a modified Barnsley Central constituency, first contested at the 2010 general election.

The newly drawn constituency is made up of eight electoral wards from Barnsley Borough Council:

Members of Parliament[edit]

The constituency has had three Members of Parliament since its creation in 1983, all of whom have been from the Labour Party.

Election Member[7] Party
1983 Roy Mason Labour
1987 Eric Illsley Labour
2010 Independent[4]
2011 by-election Dan Jarvis Labour

Elections[edit]

General Election 2015: Barnsley Central[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dan Jarvis
General election results since 1983
Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
Barnsley Central by-election, 2011 [9]
Turnout: 24,219 (36.5%) -19.6
Labour hold
Majority: 11,771 (48.6%) +18.6
Dan Jarvis Labour 14,724 60.8 +13.5
Jane Collins UKIP 2,953 12.2 +7.5
James Hockney Conservative 1,999 8.3 -9.0
Enis Dalton BNP 1,463 6.0 -2.9
Tony Devoy Independent 1,266 5.2 +3.6
Dominic Carman Liberal Democrat 1,012 4.2 -13.1
Kevin Riddiough English Democrats 544 2.2 N/A
Howling Laud Hope Monster Raving Loony 198 0.8 N/A
Michael Val Davies Independent 60 0.2 N/A
General Election 2010 [10][11]
Turnout: 37,001 (56.5%) +8.8
Labour hold
Majority: 11,093 (30.0%) −14.5
Swing: 5.5% from Lab to Lib Dem
Eric Illsley Labour 17,487 47.3 −10.4
Christopher Wiggin Liberal Democrat 6,394 17.3 +0.7
Piers Tempest Conservative 6,388 17.3 +2.5
Ian Sutton BNP 3,307 8.9 +4.4
David Silver UKIP 1,727 4.7 N/A
Donald Wood Independent 732 2.0 -2.1
Tony Devoy Independent 610 1.6 N/A
Terence Robinson Socialist Labour 356 1.0 N/A
General Election 2005 [12]
Turnout: 28,615 (47.2%) +1.4
Labour hold
Majority: 12,732 (44.5%) −10.4
Swing: 5.2% from Lab to Lib Dem
Eric Illsley Labour 17,478 61.1 −8.5
Miles Crompton Liberal Democrat 4,746 16.6 +1.9
Peter Morel Conservative 3,813 13.3 +0.2
Geoffrey Broadley BNP 1,403 4.9 N/A
Donald Wood Independent 1,175 4.1 N/A
General Election 2001 [13]
Turnout: 27,543 (45.8%) −13.8
Labour hold
Majority: 15,130 (54.9%) −12.7
Swing: 6.3% from Lab to Con
Eric Illsley Labour 19,181 69.6 −7.4
Alan Hartley Liberal Democrat 4,051 14.7 +5.2
Ian McCord Conservative 3,608 13.1 +3.3
Henry Rajch Socialist Alliance 703 2.6 N/A
General Election 1997 [14][15][16]
Turnout: 36,485 (59.7%) −10.8
Labour hold
Majority: 24,501 (67.2%) +17.6
Swing: 7.5% from Con to Lab
Eric Illsley Labour 28,090 77.0 +6.2
Simon Gutteridge Conservative 3,589 9.8 −8.7
Darren Finlay Liberal Democrat 3,481 9.5 −1.2
James Walsh Referendum Party 1,325 3.6 N/A
General Election 1992 [17]
Turnout: 39,056 (70.5%) +0.5
Labour hold
Majority: 19,361 (49.6%) +0.9
Swing: 0.5% from Con to Lab
Eric Illsley Labour 27,048 69.3 +2.5
David N. Senior Conservative 7,687 19.7 +1.6
Stephen R. Cowton Liberal Democrat 4,321 11.1 −4.1
General Election 1987 [18]
Turnout: 37,548 (70.0%) +3.7
Labour hold
Majority: 19,051 (48.7%) +9.9
Eric Illsley Labour 26,139 66.8 +7.0
Mrs. Vivien Prais Conservative 7,088 18.1 −2.9
Mrs. Susan A.M. Holland Liberal 4,321 15.1 −4.1
General Election 1983 [19]
Turnout: 36,532 (66.3%) N/A
Labour hold
Majority: 14,173 (38.8%) N/A
Roy Mason Labour 21,847 59.8 N/A
Howard S. Oldfield Conservative 7,674 21.0 N/A
Rev. Geoffrey C. Reid Liberal 7,011 19.2 N/A

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough 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.
  3. ^ By the time-honoured tradition of accepting appointment as Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Labour win Barnsley Central by-election". BBC News (BBC). 3 March 2011. Archived from the original on 4 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b "Labour MP charged over expenses". BBC News (BBC). 19 May 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  5. ^ BBC News Website, 12 January 2011
  6. ^ "Expenses fraud Barnsley Central MP Eric Illsley resigns" (Press release). BBC. 8 February 2011. Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  7. ^ *Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ "By election result for Barnsley Central". BBC. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 4 March 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  10. ^ Barnsley Central UKPolling
  11. ^ "UK general election 2010: Results for Barnsley Central". Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  12. ^ BBC Election 2005 "Vote 2005". Vote 2005. BBC News. 5 May 2005. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  13. ^ BBC Election 2001 "Vote 2001". Vote 2001. BBC News. 7 June 2001. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  14. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  15. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.25 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  16. ^ The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
  17. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  18. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1987. Politics Resources. 11 June 1987. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  19. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1983. Politics Resources. 9 June 1983. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 

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