Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°43′01″N 1°21′40″W / 53.717°N 1.361°W / 53.717; -1.361

Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford in West Yorkshire.
Outline map
Location of West Yorkshire within England.
County West Yorkshire
Electorate 83,284 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Normanton, Castleford and Pontefract
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of Parliament Yvette Cooper (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Pontefract and Castleford, Normanton
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Yvette Cooper of the Labour Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which recommended this constituency for the 2010 general election in the district of the city of Wakefield. Due to less increase in population than elsewhere the Commission had to reduce constituencies in the county by one, resulting in the "merger" of Normanton and Pontefract/Castleford seats, however some wards of both went to other neighbouring seats to give the correct size electorate.

The Commission had great difficulty in naming the constituency, with "Normanton and Pontefract" and "Pontefract and Castleford" both suggested. On May 24, 2006 the modified name was chosen following further public consultation. The other three-place constituencies in terms of name are Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough and; Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency first contested at the 2010 general election has electoral wards of the City of Wakefield:

  • Airedale and Ferry Fryston, Altofts and Whitwood, Castleford Central and Glasshoughton, Knottingley, Normanton, Pontefract North, and Pontefract South.

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency retains one of the two large deep coal mines in the UK at Knottingley run by Coalfield Resources PLC (formerly UK Coal), however the area has the three retail towns, Pontefract being the most touristic — producing liquorice as well as Pontefract cakes — the wider economy includes self-employed trades, work in local manufacturing and jobs in creative industry, retail, public sector and corporate headquarters including in Leeds and Wakefield.

Well recovered from economic decline from the loss of most local mines, the rate of jobseeking benefits claimed is lower than the Yorkshire and Humber average (4.6%) at 4.4% however this slightly exceeds the national average and is over twice that of six constituencies in the region.[n 3][2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
2010 Yvette Cooper Labour

Election results[edit]

General Election 2015: Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Yvette Cooper
Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General Election 2010
Electorate: 83,284
Turnout: 46,239 (56.2%) +2.9
Labour hold
Majority: 10,979 (23.7%)
Swing: -12.5% from Lab to Con
Yvette Cooper Labour 22,293 48.1 -17.1
Nick Pickles Conservative 11,314 24.4 +7.9
Chris Rush Liberal Democrat 7,585 16.4 +5.3
Graham Thewlis-Hardy BNP 3,846 8.3 +4.4
Gareth Allen Independent 1,183 2.6 N/A

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.
  3. ^ York Outer, Elmet and Rothwell, Sheffield Hallam, Harrogate and Knaresborough, Skipton and Ripon and, Thirsk and Malton
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