Yorkshire South West (European Parliament constituency)

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Yorkshire South West
European Parliament constituency


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Created 1979
Dissolved 1999
MEP(s) 1
Member State United Kingdom
Source(s) United Kingdom Election Results

Yorkshire South West was a European Parliament constituency covering the southern parts West Yorkshire in England and, at times, part of South Yorkshire.

Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

The constituency of Yorkshire South West was one of them.

When it was created in England in 1979, it consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Colne Valley, Dewsbury, Hemsworth, Huddersfield East, Huddersfield West, Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford and Wakefield. In 1984, Barnsley West and Penistone was added, while Huddersfield East and Huddersfield West were replaced by Huddersfield. In 1994, Barnsley West and Penistone was replaced by Batley and Spen.[1]

The area is now included in the Yorkshire and the Humber European Parliament Constituency, which was represented by seven members in 1999-2004 and six from 2004 onwards.

Members of the European Parliament[edit]

Elected Name Party
1979 Thomas Megahy Labour

Results[edit]

European Parliament election, 1979: Yorkshire South West[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Megahy 75,473 51.9 N/A
Conservative J. F. Chambers 52,157 35.8 N/A
Liberal P. Waudby 17,850 12.3 N/A
Majority 23,316 16.1 N/A
Turnout 29.0 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
European Parliament election, 1984: Yorkshire South West[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Megahy 88,464 55.4 +3.5
Conservative A. J. A. Lodge 44,291 27.7 -8.1
Liberal J. F. Crossley 29,964 16.9 +4.6
Majority 44,173 27.7 +11.6
Turnout 30.8 +1.8
Labour hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1989: Yorkshire South West[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Megahy 108,444 58.0 +2.6
Conservative G. T. A. W. Horton 42,543 22.8 -4.9
Green S. Leyland 25,677 13.7 N/A
Social and Liberal Democrats David Ridgway 10,352 5.5 -11.4
Majority 65,901 35.2 +7.5
Turnout 35.7 +4.9
Labour hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1994: Yorkshire South West[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Megahy 94,025 59.2 +1.2
Conservative C. M. J. M. A. Adamson 34,463 21.7 -1.1
Liberal Democrat David Ridgway 21,595 13.6 +8.1
Green Andy Cooper 7,163 4.5 -9.2
Natural Law G. S. Mead 1,674 1.0 N/A
Majority 59,562 37.5 +2.5
Turnout 29.0 -6.7
Labour hold Swing

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