Sherwood (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Sherwood in Nottinghamshire.
Location of Nottinghamshire within England.
|Electorate||72,111 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Mark Spencer (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Newark, Carlton, Ashfield|
|European Parliament constituency||East Midlands|
The constituency is in central Nottinghamshire, covering parts of three local government authorities: the Ashfield district, parts of the Gedling borough, and the western part of the Newark and Sherwood district, the largest geographical area of the seat.
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the General Election 2010 since which it has electoral wards:
- Bilsthorpe, Blidworth, Boughton, Clipstone, Edwinstowe, Farnsfield, Ollerton and Rainworth in Newark and Sherwood District
- Hucknall Central, Hucknall East, Hucknall North and Hucknall West in Ashfield District
- Bestwood Village, Calverton, Lambley, Newstead, Ravenshead, and Woodborough in the Borough of Gedling
The seat is an area of many contrasts such as Ravenshead, home to some of Nottinghamshire's most affluent residents, numerous smaller rural villages, one mining village and many ex-mining villages, and the town of Hucknall, the largest in the constituency, now a commuter town but with a long mining tradition. Thoresby, Edwinstowe contains a large operational coal mine underground, see Coalfield Resources plc.
- In Statistics
The constituency consists of Census Output Areas of three local government districts with similar characteristics: a working population whose income is close to the national average and lower than average reliance upon social housing. At the end of 2012 the unemployment rate in the constituency stood as 3.5% of the population claiming jobseekers allowance, compared to an identical regional average which was below the national average. Taking Newark and Sherwood that contributes to the seat: a slightly below average 18.6% of its population are without a car, a medium 25.1% of the population are without qualifications and a high 24.2% have level 4 qualifications or above (2011). In terms of tenure 70.2% of homes are owned outright or on a mortgage by occupants as at the 2011 census across that district.
On the constituency's creation in 1983, Andy Stewart won it for the Conservatives in their landslide victory that year with a majority of just 637. The Nottinghamshire miners drifted further from Labour during the 1984 strike and Stewart was re-elected with an increased majority in 1987. However in 1992 the seat was gained for Labour by Paddy Tipping, who held it until he retired in 2010, when the seat was regained for the Conservatives by Mark Spencer, by a majority of 214.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Sherwood|
|Liberal Democrat||Kevin Moore||7,283||14.9||+1.4|
|NOTA (None of the Above)||Russ Swan ||219||0.4||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+8.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Sherwood|
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Harris||6,384||13.5||+1.6|
|General Election 2001: Sherwood|
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Harris||5,473||11.9||+3.3|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Sherwood|
|Liberal Democrat||Bruce Moult||4,889||8.6|
|Referendum Party||Lee Slack||1,882||3.3|
|General Election 1992: Sherwood|
|Liberal Democrat||JW Howard||6,039||9.6||−6.3|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+6.2|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Sherwood|
|Social Democrat||SR Thompstone||9,343||15.98|
|General Election 1983: Sherwood|
|Social Democrat||Margaret E. Cooper||10,172||19.3||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and References
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- 2001 Census
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- 2011 census interactive maps
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- BBC - Election 2010 - Sherwood
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.