Barnsley East (UK Parliament constituency)

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"Barnsley East" redirects here. For the constituency from 1997 to 2010, see Barnsley East and Mexborough (UK Parliament constituency).
Barnsley East
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Barnsley East in South Yorkshire in 2010.
Outline map
Location of South Yorkshire within England.
County South Yorkshire
Electorate 68,243 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Wombwell
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of Parliament Michael Dugher (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Barnsley East and Mexborough
19831997
Replaced by Barnsley East
Created from Barnsley and Dearne Valley
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Barnsley East is a constituency[n 1] in South Yorkshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Michael Dugher of the Labour Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

The seat was created as Barnsley East in 1983 and abolished to create Barnsley East and Mexborough in 1997. It was recreated as Barnsley East at the 2010 general election.

Eight candidates competed for the seat in the 2010 general election however the largest two opposition parties failed to gain more than 18.2% each and the winning candidate Michael Dugher managed to obtain 47% of all votes despite the presence of a candidate from the Socialist Labour Party, and although the percentage decline in the Labour vote was the largest in the country (at nearly 24%), they still won the seat safely.

Constituency profile[edit]

Both between 1983 and 1997, and at the 2010 general election, this constituency has been a safe seat for the Labour Party, as indeed was its temporary replacement, Barnsley East and Mexborough.

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley wards of Brierley, Cudworth, Darfield, Dearne South, Dearne Thurnscoe, Wombwell North, and Wombwell South.

2010-present: The Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley wards of Cudworth, Darfield, Hoyland Milton, North East, Rockingham, Stairfoot, Wombwell, and Worsbrough.

Following their review of parliamentary representation in South Yorkshire for the 2010 general election, the Boundary Commission for England divided the existing Barnsley East and Mexborough seat to split off Barnsley East from Mexborough, to create the new Barnsley East constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1983–1997[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1983 Terry Patchett Labour
1996 by-election Jeff Ennis Labour
1997 Constituency abolished: see Barnsley East and Mexborough
and Barnsley Central

MPs since 2010[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
2010 Michael Dugher Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Barnsley East[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Dugher 18,059 47.0 −23.9
Liberal Democrat John Brown 6,969 18.2 +4.1
Conservative James Hockney 6,329 16.5 +3.8
BNP Colin Porter 3,301 8.6 N/A
UKIP Tony Watson 1,731 4.5 N/A
Independent Kevin Hogan 712 1.9 N/A
Independent Eddie Devoy 684 1.8 N/A
Socialist Labour Ken Capstick 601 1.6 −0.7
Majority 11,090 28.9
Turnout 38,396 56.1 +7.3
Labour hold Swing −14.0

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Following the death of Terry Patchett on 11 October 1996, a by-election was held on 12 December 1996. The replacement Labour candidate Jeff Ennis held the seat for the party despite a low voter turnout.

Barnsley East by-election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jeff Ennis 13,683 76.4 −0.8
Liberal Democrat David Willis 1,502 8.4 −0.2
Conservative Jane Ellison 1,299 7.3 −6.9
Socialist Labour Ken Capstick 949 5.3 N/A
UKIP Count Nikolai Tolstoy 378 2.1 N/A
Socialist Equality Julie Hyland 89 0.5 N/A
Majority 12,181 68.0 +5.0
Turnout 33.7 −39.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Barnsley East[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Terry Patchett 30,346 77.2 +2.7
Conservative John M. Procter 5,569 14.2 +0.2
Liberal Democrat Mrs Sylvia Anginotti 3,399 8.6 −2.9
Majority 24,777 63.0 +2.5
Turnout 39,314 72.9 +0.2
Labour hold Swing +1.3

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Barnsley East[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Terry Patchett 29,948 74.5 +8.2
Conservative James Clappison 5,437 14.0 −1.9
Liberal G.J. Griffiths 4,482 11.5 −7.3
Majority 23,511 60.5 +12.0
Turnout 39,867 72.6 +5.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Barnsley East[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Terry Patchett 23,905 66.3 N/A
Liberal Peter Tomlinson 6,413 17.8 N/A
Conservative George England 5,749 15.9 N/A
Majority 17,492 48.5 N/A
Turnout 36,067 67.3 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

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.
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 Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "UK > England > Yorkshire & the Humber > Barnsley East". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1987. Politics Resources. 11 June 1987. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1983. Politics Resources. 9 June 1983. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 

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