Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (UK Parliament constituency)
|Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford in West Yorkshire.
Location of West Yorkshire within England.
|Electorate||83,284 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Normanton, Castleford and Pontefract|
|Member of parliament||Yvette Cooper (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Pontefract and Castleford, Normanton|
|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 Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper of the Labour Party.[n 2]
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.
- Airedale and Ferry Fryston, Altofts and Whitwood, Castleford Central and Glasshoughton, Knottingley, Normanton, Pontefract North, and Pontefract South.
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]
Members of Parliament
|General Election 2015: Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford|
|Liberal Democrat||Edward McMillan-Scott|
|General Election 2010
Turnout: 46,239 (56.2%) +2.9
Majority: 10,979 (23.7%)
Swing: -12.5% from Lab to Con
|Chris Rush||Liberal Democrat||7,585||16.4||+5.3|
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- York Outer, Elmet and Rothwell, Sheffield Hallam, Harrogate and Knaresborough, Skipton and Ripon and, Thirsk and Malton
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Unemployment statistics The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]