Barnsley West and Penistone (UK Parliament constituency)
|Barnsley West and Penistone|
|Former County constituency|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Barnsley West and Penistone in South Yorkshire in 2005.
Location of South Yorkshire within England.
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Barnsley Central, Penistone & Stocksbridge|
|Created from||Barnsley and Penistone|
Barnsley West and Penistone was a parliamentary constituency in South Yorkshire which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first-past-the-post voting system.
The Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley wards of Darton, Dodworth, Hoyland East, Hoyland West, Park, Penistone East, Penistone West, and Worsbrough.
Barnsley West and Penistone constituency was created in 1983 when the former Barnsley constituency was split into three divisions. This seat also contained parts of the former Penistone constituency, which was abolished in the same boundary review: in total it covered the western part of the Borough of Barnsley and included the town of Penistone. It bordered the constituencies of Sheffield Hillsborough, Wentworth, Barnsley East and Mexborough, Barnsley Central, Hemsworth, Wakefield, Colne Valley, and High Peak. Penistone itself provides the highest Tory vote in the Borough of Barnsley (although not always a majority - see for instance Barnsley Council election, 1998 and Barnsley Council election, 2008), but the other small towns and villages, mostly former mining areas, are safely Labour.
Following the Boundary Commission for England's report on South Yorkshire's Parliamentary constituencies in 2004 and the subsequent inquiry in 2005 it was announced that the constituency of Barnsley West and Penistone would be abolished for future elections. The revisions split the constituency in two: the easternmost wards were to become part of a revised Barnsley Central constituency, while the western most wards, around Penistone, would be combined with the northern wards from the Sheffield Hillsborough constituency. This new constituency was to be named Penistone and Stocksbridge, and covers a similar area to the historic Penistone constituency.
Members of Parliament
|2010||constituency abolished: see Barnsley Central and Penistone and Stocksbridge|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Barnsley West & Penistone|
|Liberal Democrat||Alison Brelsford||7,422||20.1||+1.5|
|General Election 2001: Barnsley West & Penistone|
|Liberal Democrat||Miles Crompton||6,428||18.6||+0.6|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Barnsley West & Penistone|
|Liberal Democrat||Winifred Knight||7,613||18.0||+6.3|
|Referendum Party||Joyce Miles||1,828||4.3||N/A|
|General Election 1992: Barnsley West and Penistone|
|Labour Co-op||Michael Clapham||27,965||58.3||+0.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Hugh Nicolson||5,610||11.7||−4.3|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||−0.2|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Barnsley West & Penistone|
|Social Democratic||Richard Hall||7,409||16.0|
The first general election in this constituency was won by Allen McKay, who had been the MP for the abolished Penistone constituency since 1978.
|General Election 1983: Barnsley West & Penistone|
|SDP–Liberal Alliance||J. Evans||9,624||21.7|
|New creation: Labour gain.||Swing||N/A|
Notes and references
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2010-12-25.
- C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.120 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.
- BBC Election 2005
- BBC Vote 2001
- Guardian Unlimited Politics (Election results from 1992 to the present)
- Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources (1983 and 1987 results)