Barnsley Central (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Barnsley Central in South Yorkshire.
Location of South Yorkshire within England.
|Electorate||64,732 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Barnsley, Royston|
|Member of Parliament||Dan Jarvis (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Barnsley, Wakefield|
|European Parliament constituency||Yorkshire and the Humber|
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. It has been held by the Labour Party since 1983 on large majorities, like its main predecessor, making it a safe seat.
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.
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. On 8 February 2011 Ilsley resigned his seat[n 3] before he was due to be sentenced for fraudulently claiming parliamentary expenses. 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%.
After latest boundary review
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
|2011 by-election||Dan Jarvis||Labour|
|Barnsley Central by-election, 2011 
Turnout: 24,219 (36.5%) -19.6
Majority: 11,771 (48.6%) +18.6
|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 
Turnout: 37,001 (56.5%) +8.8
Majority: 11,093 (30.0%) −14.5
Swing: 5.5% from Lab to Lib Dem
|Christopher Wiggin||Liberal Democrat||6,394||17.3||+0.7|
|Terence Robinson||Socialist Labour||356||1.0||N/A|
|General Election 2005 
Turnout: 28,615 (47.2%) +1.4
Majority: 12,732 (44.5%) −10.4
Swing: 5.2% from Lab to Lib Dem
|Miles Crompton||Liberal Democrat||4,746||16.6||+1.9|
|General Election 2001 
Turnout: 27,543 (45.8%) −13.8
Majority: 15,130 (54.9%) −12.7
Swing: 6.3% from Lab to Con
|Alan Hartley||Liberal Democrat||4,051||14.7||+5.2|
|Henry Rajch||Socialist Alliance||703||2.6||N/A|
|General Election 1997 
Turnout: 36,485 (59.7%) −10.8
Majority: 24,501 (67.2%) +17.6
Swing: 7.5% from Con to Lab
|Darren Finlay||Liberal Democrat||3,481||9.5||−1.2|
|James Walsh||Referendum Party||1,325||3.6||N/A|
|General Election 1992 
Turnout: 39,056 (70.5%) +0.5
Majority: 19,361 (49.6%) +0.9
Swing: 0.5% from Con to Lab
|David N. Senior||Conservative||7,687||19.7||+1.6|
|Stephen R. Cowton||Liberal Democrat||4,321||11.1||−4.1|
|General Election 1987 
Turnout: 37,548 (70.0%) +3.7
Majority: 19,051 (48.7%) +9.9
|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 
Turnout: 36,532 (66.3%) N/A
Majority: 14,173 (38.8%) N/A
|Howard S. Oldfield||Conservative||7,674||21.0||N/A|
|Rev. Geoffrey C. Reid||Liberal||7,011||19.2||N/A|
Notes and references
- A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- By the time-honoured tradition of accepting appointment as Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Labour win Barnsley Central by-election". BBC News (BBC). 3 March 2011. Archived from the original on 4 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
- "Labour MP charged over expenses". BBC News (BBC). 19 May 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
- BBC News Website, 12 January 2011
- "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.
- *Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "By election result for Barnsley Central". BBC. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 4 March 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- Barnsley Central UKPolling
- "UK general election 2010: Results for Barnsley Central". Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
- BBC Election 2005 "Vote 2005". Vote 2005. BBC News. 5 May 2005. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
- BBC Election 2001 "Vote 2001". Vote 2001. BBC News. 7 June 2001. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
- C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.25 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
- The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1987. Politics Resources. 11 June 1987. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1983. Politics Resources. 9 June 1983. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
- Guardian Unlimited Politics (Election results from 1992 to the present)