|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Founded||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district|
|• Governing body||Bassetlaw District Council|
|• Council Leader||Cllr Graham Oxby (Lab)|
|• MPs:||John Mann,
|• Total||246.3 sq mi (637.9 km2)|
|Population (2011 est.)|
|• Rank||Ranked 198th|
|• Density||460/sq mi (180/km2)|
|Time zone||Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||British Summer Time (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||37UC (ONS)
Bassetlaw is the northernmost district of Nottinghamshire, England, with a population according to the 2001 UK census of 107,713. The borough is predominantly rural, with two towns: Worksop, site of the borough offices, and Retford. The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the boroughs of Worksop and East Retford and most of Worksop Rural District and most of East Retford Rural District. It is named after the historic Bassetlaw wapentake of Nottinghamshire.
The two main settlements in Bassetlaw are Worksop and Retford. Smaller settlements include: Askham, Babworth, Beckingham, Bevercotes, Bircotes, Blyth, Bole, Bothamsall, Carburton, Carlton-in-Lindrick, Clarborough, Clayworth, Cotes, Cottam, Cuckney, Darlton, Dunham on Trent, East Drayton, East Markham, Eaton, Elkesley, Everton, Gamston, Gringley-on-the-Hill, Grove, Harwell, Harworth, Hayton, Headon, Langold, Lound, Low Marnham, Markham Moor, Marnham, Mattersey, Milton, Misson, Misterton, Normanton-on-Trent, North Leverton-with-Habblesthorpe, North Wheatley, Oldcotes, Ragnall, Rampton, Ranby, Ranskill, Rhodesia, Rockley, Saundby, Scrooby, Shireoaks, South Leverton, Sutton cum Lound, Sturton le Steeple, Torworth, Treswell, Tuxford, Walkeringham, West Drayton, West Markham, West Stockwith, Woodbeck
There are 68 parishes in Bassetlaw. The two main settlements of Retford and Worksop are the only areas of the district that are unparished.
Bassetlaw is split into 25 separate wards for elections.
The first elections to the council took place in 1973, with Labour gaining control. The party held power until 1976, with no party in overall control until 1979. Labour gained control again in 1979 and held overall control until 2004. From 2004 to 2006 no party had overall control, But in 2006 the Conservatives gained control of the council. John Mann, of the Labour party, has been MP of Bassetlaw since 2001.
The constituency was created in 1885 by the Redistribution of Seats Act. Bassetlaw is a safe seat for the Labour Party, with them having held it since 1935. In fact, Labour first won the seat in the 1929 general election. However its Member of Parliament Malcolm MacDonald was one of the few Labour MPs to join his father Ramsay MacDonald's National Government. MacDonald held the seat as a National Labour candidate in the 1931 election, but was defeated at the next election in 1935 by Labour's Frederick Bellenger.
Bassetlaw District Council was founded in 1973 with Labour first gaining control. From 1976 to 1979, no party had overall control, until the 1979 local elections in which Labour gained control. Labour controlled the council for 25 years, until once again no party had overall control. In 2006, the Conservatives gained control of the council, and held control until 2010 when a series of by-election defeats caused them to lose their majority. In 2011 Labour gained control of the council for the first time in seven years. One third of the council is elected each year, followed by one year without election.
Council political makeup
|Population of Bassetlaw (1811–2011)|
|Pre-1974 statistics were gathered from local government areas that now comprise Bassetlaw.
Source: Great Britain Historical GIS.
- A Vision of Britain through time, Bassetlaw District: Historical statistics: Population, retrieved 2011-04-18
- Office for National Statistics, Bassetlaw: Census Area Statistics, retrieved 2011-04-18