Ashfield (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.
Location of Nottinghamshire within England.
|Population||101,914 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||77,049 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Sutton in Ashfield, Kirkby in Ashfield and Eastwood|
|Member of parliament||Gloria De Piero (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||East Midlands|
- 1 Constituency profile
- 2 Boundaries
- 3 After latest boundary review
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
- 8 Sources
To date almost always a Labour Party seat which was created in 1955, Ashfield has been served by a former Secretary of State, Geoff Hoon, and since its creation for only two years has been served by one member of another party, Tim Smith of the Conservative Party, from 1977 to 1979. Ashfield's results indicate quite large Labour majorities. In 2010 the seat had a marginal majority of only 192, but this was increased to 8,820 in 2015.
Ashfield County Constituency was created in 1955. At that time it covered the areas of the Nottinghamshire Urban Districts of Hucknall, Kirkby in Ashfield and Sutton in Ashfield, together with three Civil Parishes (Annesley, Felley and Selston) in Basford Rural District.
In 1974 a Local Government District called Ashfield was formed that had the same boundaries as the constituency.
In 1983 the boundary of the constituency was significantly altered. The town of Hucknall was transferred to the new Sherwood constituency, while the town of Eastwood and the ward of Brinsley were added, having previously been in the Beeston constituency, which was abolished at that time.
After latest boundary review
In their most recent review of parliamentary boundaries in Nottinghamshire, the Boundary Commission for England made only minor changes to the existing constituency to allow for population changes. The wards of the modified constituency contested at the 2010 General Election were:
- From the district of Ashfield - Jacksdale, Kirkby in Ashfield Central, Kirkby in Ashfield East, Kirkby in Ashfield West, Selston, Sutton in Ashfield Central, Sutton in Ashfield East, Sutton in Ashfield North, Sutton in Ashfield West, Underwood and Woodhouse
- From the Borough of Broxtowe - Brinsley, Eastwood North and Greasley (Beauvale) and Eastwood South
Members of Parliament
The former Cabinet minister Geoff Hoon represented the seat for the Labour Party from 1992, when he succeeded the three-term Labour member Frank Haynes, to 2010 when he retired. Ashfield is now represented by Gloria De Piero, who came close to losing the seat after a 17.2% swing to the Liberal Democrats in 2010 but increased her majority again in 2015.
|1977 by-election||Tim Smith||Conservative|
|2010||Gloria De Piero||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Ashfield|
|Labour||Gloria De Piero||19,448||41.0||+7.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Philip Smith||7,030||14.8||-18.5|
|Justice for Men and Boys||Mike Buchanan||153||0.3||+0.3|
|General Election 2010: Ashfield|
|Labour||Gloria De Piero||16,239||33.7||−15.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Jason Zadrozny||16,047||33.3||+19.5|
|English Democrats||Tony Ellis||1,102||2.3||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Ashfield|
|Liberal Democrat||Wendy Johnson||5,829||13.9||+2.6|
|Ashfield Independents||Roy Adkins||2,292||5.5||N/A|
|General Election 2001: Ashfield|
|Conservative||Julian C.T. Leigh||9,607||24.4||+4.2|
|Liberal Democrat||William E. Smith||4,428||11.3||+1.6|
|Socialist Alliance||George Watson||589||1.5||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Miss Katrina R. Howse||380||1.0||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Ashfield|
|Conservative||Mark Jonathon Mortlock Simmonds||10,251||20.3||−12.3|
|Liberal Democrat||William E. Smith||4,882||9.7||−2.8|
|Referendum Party||Martin I. Betts||1,896||3.8||N/A|
|BNP||Steven E. Belshaw||595||1.2||N/A|
|General Election 1992: Ashfield|
|Liberal Democrat||James S. Turton||7,291||12.5||−12.2|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Ashfield|
|Conservative||Barry George Coleman||18,412||33.6|
|Liberal||Frances Barbara Stein||13,542||24.7|
|General Election 1983: Ashfield|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Ashfield|
|National Front||W Annable||397||0.6|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|By-election 1977: Ashfield|
|National Front||George Herrod||1,734||3.8||N/A|
|Socialist Workers||June Hall||453||1.0||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||20.8|
|General Election October 1974: Ashfield|
|General Election February 1974: Ashfield|
|General Election 1970: Ashfield|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: Ashfield|
|General Election 1964: Ashfield|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: Ashfield|
|General Election 1955: Ashfield|
Notes and references
- "Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Alamanac of British Politics, 3rd edition, Robert Waller
- BBC News; Ex-cabinet minister Geoff Hoon to stand down as an MP
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- Ashfield Liberal Democrats name new candidate Nottingham Post 2 April 2015 Retrieved 2015-04-07
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- BBC - Election 2010 - Ashfield
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Youngs, Frederic A., Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol II, Northern England, London, 1991