Wentworth and Dearne (UK Parliament constituency)
|Wentworth and Dearne|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Wentworth and Dearne in South Yorkshire.
Location of South Yorkshire within England.
|Electorate||72,272 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Dearne and Rawmarsh|
|Member of Parliament||John Healey (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
Barnsley East and Mexborough
|European Parliament constituency||Yorkshire and the Humber|
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies recommending the creation of this constituency for the 2010 general election.
- Political history
Most forerunner parts of the seat of Wentworth (which only existed in its second period from 1983 until 2010) matched its record of being a safe seat for Labour in the county that unusually rarely has any marginal seats for the Conservative Party and has no safe seats.
- Prominent frontbenchers
The present member, John Healey held a continuous period of frontbench positions, withstanding during this time various rotations of the Labour frontbench - the positions were:
- May 2002-May 2005 - Economic Secretary to the Treasury
- May 2005-June 2007 - Financial Secretary to the Treasury
- June 2007-June 2009 - Minister of State for Local Government
- July 2007-June 2009 - Minister for Flood Recovery
- June 2009–May 2010 - Minister of State for Housing
- May 2010-October 2010 - Shadow Minister of State for Housing
- October 2010 – Present - Shadow Secretary of State for Health
- Hoober, Rawmarsh, Silverwood, Swinton, Wath and Wickersley in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham
- Dearne: North and South wards in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley.
Most of the constituency succeeds Wentworth however the large settlement of Dearne was instead the largest in Barnsley East and Mexborough. The name of the seat stems from the village that shares its name with the largest private house in the country and listed gardens in the seat, Wentworth Woodhouse, in a similar manner, with a widened use of an otherwise scarcely populated settlement, as Sefton.
The South Yorkshire settlements grew in the seat into primarily large town size developments from the large presence of coal leading to extensive mining in this area, coupled with convenient proximity to Sheffield, the canals and rivers network, as well as to Doncaster, York, Wakefield and Leeds. As the mining industry has suffered a decline (see UK Coal which has one mine left in this county) and agriculture employs few people, niche manufacturing, general processing (such as of food and raw materials) as well as retail and distribution are critical sectors of the economy to local employment. Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 5.6% of the population, based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
This seat was fought for the first time at the 2010 general election.
|General Election 2010: Wentworth and Dearne|
|Liberal Democrat||Nick Love||6,787||16.1||−0.1|
- * Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament
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 Greater London and metropolitan areas of England
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Election results: Wentworth & Dearne". BBC News. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.