Bassetlaw (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bassetlaw
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of Nottinghamshire within England.
County Nottinghamshire
Electorate 78,306 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Worksop and Retford
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of Parliament John Mann (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from North Nottinghamshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Bassetlaw /ˈbæsɨtˌlɔː/ is a constituency[n 1] in Nottinghamshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by John Mann of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The Bassetlaw constituency covers the north of Nottinghamshire, including the towns of Worksop and Retford. It shares the name of the Bassetlaw district.

The constituency includes these 22 electoral wards of Bassetlaw District Council:

  • Beckingham, Blyth, Carlton, Clayworth, East Retford East, East Retford North, East Retford South, East Retford West, Everton, Harworth, Langold, Misterton, Ranskill, Sturton, Sutton, Welbeck, Worksop East, Worksop North, Worksop North East, Worksop North West, Worksop South, Worksop South East.

Latest boundary changes[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary boundaries in Nottinghamshire, the Boundary Commission for England made changes to the constituency for the 2010 general election to allow for population changes, most noticeably by moving the small town of Market Warsop into Mansfield constituency

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1885 by the Redistribution of Seats Act.

Boundaries' history[edit]

The Bassetlaw Division (named after one of the ancient Wapentakes of the county) as originally constituted included the borough of East Retford, the petty sessional divisions of Retford and Worksop and part of Mansfield petty sessional division.

In 1918, the number of parliamentary divisions in Nottinghamshire was increased from four to five, with resulting changes in boundaries. Bassetlaw Division was now defined as containing the Borough of East Retford, the Urban Districts of Warsop and Worksop and the Rural Districts of Blyth & Cuckney, Misterton and East Retford, with the civil parish of Sookholme from the Skegby Rural District.

In 1948, the five Parliamentary Divisions of Nottinghamshire were reorganised as six County Constituencies. The boundaries of Bassetlaw County Constituency were virtually unchanged, though local government changes in the 1930s now meant that it was defined as comprising the Boroughs of East Retford and Worksop, the Urban District of Warsop and the Rural Districts of East Retford and Worksop.

The constituency's boundaries then remained unchanged until 1983. In that year, the town of East Retford and the neighbouring areas were transferred to the Newark constituency. Bassetlaw constituency then comprised Worksop and surrounding areas in the Bassetlaw district as well as the town of Warsop in the Mansfield district. There were only minor boundary changes in 1997.

From the 1997 to the 2005 General Elections inclusive, the constituency comprised the Bassetlaw district wards:

  • Beckingham, Blyth, Carlton, Clayworth, Everton, Harworth East, Harworth West, Hodsock, Misterton, Rampton, Ranskill, Sturton, Sutton, Welbeck, Worksop East, Worksop North, Worksop North East, Worksop North West, Worksop South, Worksop South East.
  • Birklands, Meden (both in Warsop area, Mansfield District) were transferred to Mansfield constituency in 2010.

Electoral history[edit]

A graph showing the election results for Bassetlaw

Bassetlaw is a safe seat for the Labour Party, with their candidates 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.

Bellenger held his seat until his death in 1968. The subsequent by-election was won by Joe Ashton, who served as MP until his retirement at the 2001 general election. The current MP, since 2001, is John Mann.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1885 William Beckett-Denison Conservative
1890 by-election Frederick Milner Conservative
1906 Frank Newnes Liberal
1910 Ellis Hume-Williams Conservative
1929 Malcolm MacDonald Labour
1931 National Labour
1935 Frederick Bellenger Labour
1968 by-election Joe Ashton Labour
2001 John Mann Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Leon Duveen [3]
Labour John Mann [4]
General Election 2010: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Mann 25,018 50.5 -2.5
Conservative Keith Girling 16,803 33.9 -1.2
Liberal Democrat David Dobbie 5,570 11.2 -0.7
UKIP Andrea Hamilton 1,779 3.6 +3.6
Independent Graham Whitehurst 407 0.8 +0.8
Majority 8,215 16.6
Turnout 49,577 64.8 +4.0
Labour hold Swing 0.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Mann 22,847 56.6 +1.3
Conservative Jonathan Sheppard 12,010 29.8 -0.4
Liberal Democrat David Dobbie 5,485 13.6 +0.9
Majority 10,837 26.9
Turnout 40,342 58.1 +1.3
Labour hold Swing +0.9
General Election 2001: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Mann 21,506 55.3 -5.7
Conservative Alison Holley 11,758 30.2 +5.3
Liberal Democrat Neil Taylor 4,942 12.7 +2.5
Socialist Labour Kevin Meloy 689 1.8 N/A
Majority 9,748 25.1
Turnout 38,895 56.8 -13.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Ashton 29,298 61.1 +7.7
Conservative Martin Cleasby 11,838 24.7 −10.3
Liberal Democrat Mike Kerringan 4,950 10.3 −1.3
Referendum Party Roy Graham 1,838 3.8 N/A
Majority 17,460 36.4
Turnout 47,924 70.4 −8.1
Labour hold Swing +9.0
General Election 1992: Bassetlaw[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Ashton 29,061 53.4 +5.3
Conservative Caroline Spelman 19,064 35.0 −2.5
Liberal Democrat Mike J. Reynolds 6,340 11.6 −2.8
Majority 9,997 18.4 +7.7
Turnout 54,465 79.4 +1.9
Labour hold Swing +3.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Ashton 25,385 48.10
Conservative DRJ Selves 19,772 37.47
SDP–Liberal Alliance WG Smith 7,616 14.43
Majority 5,613 10.64
Turnout 52,773 77.56
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Ashton 22,231 45.60
Conservative M Cleasby 18,400 37.74
SDP–Liberal Alliance B Withnall 8,124 16.66
Majority 3,831 7.86
Turnout 48,755 74.18
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Ashton 29,426 50.23
Conservative DK Harris 22,247 37.97
Liberal A Wilkinson 6,913 11.80
Majority 7,179 12.25
Turnout 58,586 79.42
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Ashton 28,663 53.69
Conservative DK Harris 16,494 30.90
Liberal A Wilkinson 7,821 14.65
Christian A Storkey 408 0.76
Majority 12,169 22.79
Turnout 53,386 74.43
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Ashton 33,724 59.99
Conservative RC Heading 22,490 40.01
Majority 11,234 19.98
Turnout 56,214 79.05
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Ashton 28,959 54.87
Conservative Jim Lester 20,698 39.21
Liberal MH Haydon-Baillie 3,125 5.92
Majority 8,261 15.65
Turnout 52,782 76.44
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

By Election 31 October 1968: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Ashton 21,394
Conservative Jim Lester 20,654
Independent Thomas Lynch 1,053
Majority 740
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frederick Bellenger 27,623 61.63
Conservative RWM Orme 17,195 38.37
Majority 10,428 23.27
Turnout 73.29
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frederick Bellenger 27,612 59.03
Conservative RWM Orme 19,167 40.97
Majority 8,445 18.05
Turnout 77.00
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frederick Bellenger 27,875 58.03
Conservative Maurice Cowling 20,162 41.97
Majority 7,713 16.06
Turnout 80.19
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frederick Bellenger 26,873 58.11
Conservative KV Maiden 19,375 41.89
Majority 7,498 16.21
Turnout 79.46
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frederick Bellenger 32,850 60.71
Conservative WA Slime 21,257 39.29
Majority 11,593 21.43
Turnout 84.36
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frederick Bellenger 31,589 57.64
Conservative JJG Irving 17,622 32.16
Liberal William GE Dyer 5,590 10.20
Majority 13,967 25.49
Turnout 87.15
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frederick Bellenger 30,382 62.79
Conservative RE Laycock 18,005 37.21
Majority 12,377 25.58
Turnout 76.75
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 14 November 1935: Basselaw

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frederick Bellenger 21,903 51.33
National Labour Malcolm John Macdonald 20,764 48.67
Majority 1,139 2.67
Turnout 79.87
Labour gain from National Labour Swing
General Election 27 October 1931: Bassetlaw

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Labour Malcolm John Macdonald 27,136 66.64
Labour HM Watkins 13,582 33.36
Majority 13,554 33.29
Turnout 79.55
National Labour gain from Labour Swing

Election in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 30 May 1929:

Electorate 49,184

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Malcolm John Macdonald 23681
Conservative Sir William Hume-Williams 16670
Majority
Turnout
General Election 29 October 1924:

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir William Ellis Hume-Williams
Labour
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
Arthur Neal
General Election 6 December 1923:

Electorate 32,161

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir William Ellis Hume-Williams 10,419
Liberal Arthur Neal 7,247
Labour Malcolm John Macdonald 6,973
Majority
Turnout
General Election 15 November 1922:

Electorate ,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative
Liberal
Labour
Majority
Turnout

Election in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 14 December 1918

Electorate 30,919

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir W Ellis Hume-Williams unopposed
Majority
Turnout

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county 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. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 53°24′N 0°57′W / 53.40°N 0.95°W / 53.40; -0.95