Mansfield (UK Parliament constituency)

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Mansfield
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire.
Outline map
Location of Nottinghamshire within England.
County Nottinghamshire
Electorate 79,849 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Mansfield
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of Parliament Sir Alan Meale (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from North Nottinghamshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Mansfield is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1987 by Sir Alan Meale of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers the town of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

Latest boundary review[edit]

The Boundary Commission for England caused changes to constituency to allow for regional and local population changes, noticeably by moving the small town of Market Warsop from Bassetlaw into Mansfield constituency. The boundaries since the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies (since the 2010 general election) were coterminous with the Borough of Mansfield, to have wards:

  • Berry Hill, Broom Hill, Cumberlands, Eakring, Forest Town East, Forest Town West, Grange Farm, Ladybrook, Leeming, Lindhurst, Oak Tree, Pleasley Hill, Portland, Priory, Ravensdale, Robin Hood, Sherwood.[2]
  • Birklands and Meden were added from 2010 having previously been part of Bassetlaw constituency

Mansfield's elected Executive Mayor Tony Egginton unilaterally decided to reduce the number of ward councillors (from 46 to 36) whilst simultaneously increasing the number of wards from 17 + 2 (shown above) to 36 by applying to the Boundary Commission to re-structure ward layout and boundaries from 2011:[3]

  • Abbott, Berry Hill, Brick Kiln, Broom Hill, Bull Farm and Pleasley Hill, Carr Bank, Eakring, Grange Farm, Holly, Hornby, King's Walk, Kingsway, Ladybrook, Lindhurst, Ling Forest, Manor, Market Warsop, Maun Valley, Meden, Netherfield, Newgate, Newlands, Oak Tree, Oakham, Park Hall, Peafields, Penniment, Portland, Racecourse, Ransom Wood, Sandhurst, Sherwood, Warsop Carrs, Woodhouse, Woodlands, Yeoman Hill

History[edit]

The seat was created in the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 and is a constituency with a coal mining tradition that has been held by the Labour Party for generations. Since 1923 Mansfield has usually been regarded as a safe seat for them, however in the general elections of the 1980s they came close to losing to the Conservative Party. At the 1983 election, they held the seat by just over 2,000 votes. However, at the 1987 election their majority was just 56. That election was set against the background of the Miners Strike of 1984, which was not supported by the majority of miners in Nottinghamshire.

In the elections after 1987, the Labour MP Alan Meale has held Mansfield with relatively large majorities. He was officially Knighted in 2012 by Prince Charles after receiving the award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.[4]

At the 2005 general election, Mansfield was notable for the Independent candidate Stewart Rickersey, an Independent member of Mansfield District Council, receiving 17% of the vote and finishing in third place.

At the 2010 general election, Andre Camilleri, another candidate from Mansfield Independent Forum and previously a local councillor with special responsibility as a Cabinet Member for Mansfield District Council during 2003 to 2007, was placed fourth with 9% of the vote, above the 5% deposit threshold.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
1885 Cecil George Savile Foljambe Liberal
1892 John Carvell Williams Liberal
1900 Arthur Basil Markham[6] Liberal
1916 by-election Sir Charles Seely, Bt. Liberal
1918 William Carter Labour
1922 Albert James Bennett Liberal
1923 Frank Bradley Varley Labour
1929 Charles Brown Labour
1941 by-election Bernard Taylor Labour
1966 Don Concannon Labour
1987 Sir Alan Meale Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Mansfield[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour
Conservative
Liberal Democrat
UKIP David Hamilton
General Election 2010: Mansfield[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Meale 18,753 38.7 -11.4
Conservative Tracy Critchlow 12,741 26.3 +7.6
Liberal Democrat Michael Wyatt[8] 7,469 15.4 +1.4
Mansfield Independent Forum Andre Camilleri 4,339 9.0 +9.0
UKIP David Hamilton 2,985 6.2 +6.2
BNP Rachel Hill 2,108 4.4 +4.4
Majority 6,012 12.4
Turnout 48,395 60.4 +3.5
Labour hold Swing -9.5

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Meale 18,400 48.1 −9.0
Conservative Anne Wright 7,035 18.4 −8.8
Independent Stewart Rickersey 6,491 17.0 N/A
Liberal Democrat Roger Shelley 5,316 13.9 −1.8
Veritas Michael Harvey 1,034 2.7 N/A
Majority 11,365 29.7
Turnout 38,276 55.4 +0.2
Labour hold Swing −0.1
General Election 2001: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Meale 21,050 57.1 -7.3
Conservative William Wellesley 10,012 27.2 +6.0
Liberal Democrat Tim Hill 5,790 15.7 +4.7
Majority 11,038 29.9
Turnout 36,852 55.2 -15.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Meale 30,556 64.4
Conservative Tim Frost 10,038 21.2
Liberal Democrat Phil Smith 5,244 11.1
Referendum Party J. Bogusz 1,588 3.3
Majority 20,518 43.3
Turnout 70.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Mansfield[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Meale 29,932 54.4 +16.9
Conservative Gary S. Mond 18,208 33.1 −4.3
Liberal Democrat Stuart R. Thompstone 6,925 12.6 −9.6
Majority 11,724 21.3 +21.2
Turnout 55,065 82.2 +3.8
Labour hold Swing +10.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Meale 19,610 37.5
Conservative Charles Hendry 19,554 37.4
Social Democrat Barry Answer 11,604 22.2
Moderate Labour Brian Marshall 1,580 3.0
Majority 56 0.1
Turnout 78.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Don Concannon 18,670 40.5
Conservative R.J. Wrenn 16,454 35.6
Social Democrat S.E. Taylor 11,036 23.9
Majority 2,216 4.9
Turnout 46,160 70.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Don Concannon 29,051 52.28
Conservative K Daly 17,720 31.89
Liberal DJ Chambers 8,536 15.36
National Front P Donovan 259 0.47
Majority 11,331 20.39
Turnout 77.34
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Don Concannon 28,964 57.41
Conservative JR Wood 11,685 23.16
Liberal D Chambers 9,358 18.55
Communist FC Westacott 448 0.89
Majority 17,279 34.25
Turnout 72.54
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Don Concannon 34,378 64.51
Conservative HJ Thompson 18,236 34.22
Communist FC Westacott 675 1.27
Majority 16,142 30.29
Turnout 77.35
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Don Concannon 30,554 66.12
Conservative CWH Morton 15,027 32.52
Communist FC Westacott 628 1.36
Majority 15,527 33.60
Turnout 68.67
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Don Concannon 28,849 64.24
Conservative Kenneth Clarke 9,987 22.24
Liberal R Strauther 5,483 12.21
Communist FC Westacott 590 1.31
Majority 18,862 42.00
Turnout 74.82
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bernard Taylor 29,055 63.57
Conservative Kenneth Clarke 10,021 21.93
Liberal R Strauther 6,628 14.50
Majority 19,034 41.65
Turnout 77.86
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bernard Taylor 31,066 67.88
Conservative MRV Eliot 14,700 32.12
Majority 16,366 35.76
Turnout 80.75
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bernard Taylor 29,543 68.46
Conservative IB Church 13,610 31.54
Majority 15,933 36.92
Turnout 78.15
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bernard Taylor 37,097 69.92
Conservative ME Williamson 15,961 30.08
Majority 21,136 39.84
Turnout 83.34
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bernard Taylor 36,224 66.65
Conservative HL Milliard 12,495 22.99
Liberal CHP Robinson 5,145 9.47
Communist WL Ellis 482 0.89
Majority 23,729 43.66
Turnout 85.83
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bernard Taylor 43,113 75.09
Conservative T Lynch 14,302 24.91
Majority 28,811 50.18
Turnout 75.93
Labour hold Swing
By Election 1941: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bernard Taylor unopposed
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Brown 31,803 68.01
Conservative AC Spearman 14,962 31.99
Majority 16,841 36.01
Turnout 69.54
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1931: Mansfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Brown 26,865 55.77
Conservative ESB Hopkin 21,303 44.23
Majority 5,562 11.55
Turnout 77.01
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1918: Mansfield[10]

Electorate 39,041

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Carter 8,957 43.6
National Democratic 6,678 32.6
Liberal Mrs Violet Rosa Carruthers 4,000 19.5
Independent Dr Nowroji M Tarachand 878 4.3
Majority 2,279 11.0
Turnout 52.5
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
  • denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.

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. ^ 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
  3. ^ http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/east-midlands/nottinghamshire/mansfield-electoral-review
  4. ^ [1] Chad. Local newspaper. Sir Alan Meale officially knighted. Retrieved 2013-05-11.
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ "Sir Arthur Basil Markham" Encyclopædia Britannica, 1911, accessed 22 August 2008
  7. ^ a b Mansfield UK Polling
  8. ^ "Michael Wyatt". Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  10. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig

Coordinates: 53°08′N 1°12′W / 53.14°N 1.20°W / 53.14; -1.20