Barnsley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Barnsley
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County South Yorkshire
18851983
Number of members One
Replaced by Barnsley Central, Barnsley East and Barnsley West & Penistone[1]
Created from Southern West Riding of Yorkshire

Barnsley was a Parliamentary constituency covering the town of Barnsley in England. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post voting system.

History[edit]

The constituency was created under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election and abolished in 1983. It was a Liberal seat in its early years, but by the time of its abolition it had become a Labour stronghold.

Boundaries[edit]

The area formerly covered by this constituency is now mostly in the Barnsley Central constituency and partly in the Barnsley East constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Courtney Stanhope Kenny Liberal Party
1889 by-election Earl Compton Liberal Party
1897 by-election Sir Joseph Walton Liberal Party
1922 John Potts Labour
1931 Richard John Soper Liberal National
1935 John Potts Labour
1938 by-election Frank Collindridge Labour
1951 Sidney Schofield Labour
1953 by-election Roy Mason Labour
1983 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1885: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Courtney Kenny 6,705 71.1 n/a
Conservative Bruce Vernon-Wentworth 2,722 28.9 n/a
Majority 3,983 42.2 n/a
Turnout 85.4 n/a
Liberal win
Wentworth
General Election 1886: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Courtney Kenny 5,425 65.0 -6.1
Conservative Bruce Vernon-Wentworth 2,917 35.0 +6.1
Majority 2,508 30.0 -12.2
Turnout 75.6 -9.8
Liberal hold Swing -6.1
Earl Compton
Barnsley by-election, 1889
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Compton 6,232 62.2 -2.8
Conservative Bruce Vernon-Wentworth 3,781 37.8 +2.8
Majority 2,451 24.4 -5.6
Turnout 79.5 -3.9
Liberal hold Swing -2.8

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Compton 6,739 65.8 +3.6
Liberal Unionist Francis Foljambe 3,498 34.2 -3.6
Majority 3,241 31.6 +7.2
Turnout 75.0 -4.5
Liberal hold Swing 3.6
General Election 1895: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Compton 6,820 59.4 -6.4
Conservative Ronald Greville 4,653 40.6 +6.4
Majority 2,167 18.8 -12.8
Turnout 80.9 +5.9
Liberal hold Swing -6.4
Curran
Barnsley by-election, 1897
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Walton 6,744 59.7 +0.3
Conservative James Blyth 3,454 30.6 -10.0
Ind. Labour Party Pete Curran 1,091 9.7 n/a
Majority 3,290 29.1 +10.3
Turnout 76.3 -4.6
Liberal hold Swing +5.2

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election January 1900: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Walton 7,549 63.4 +3.7
Liberal Unionist Arthur William Groser 4,356 36.6 -3.7
Majority 3,193 26.8 +7.4
Turnout 74.6 -1.7
Liberal hold Swing +3.7

In the 1906 UK general election, Joseph Walton was elected unopposed.

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Walton 12,425 71.1 n/a
Conservative Arthur William Groser 5,053 28.9 n/a
Majority 7,372 42.2 n/a
Turnout 83.8 n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a

In the December 1910 UK general election and the 1918 UK general election, Joseph Walton was elected unopposed.

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Barnsley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Potts 14,728 55.1
National Liberal Maurice Moore 12,011 44.9
Majority 2,717 10.2
Turnout 75.7
Labour gain from National Liberal Swing
General Election 1923: Barnsley [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Potts 12,674 48.0 -7.1
Unionist William Craven-Ellis 6,884 26.0 n/a
Liberal John Neal 6,881 26.0 n/a
Majority 5,790 22.0 +11.8
Turnout 74.1 -1.6
Labour hold Swing n/a
General Election 1924: Barnsley [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Potts 14,738 51.7
Liberal John Neal 13,785 48.5
Majority 953 3.4
Turnout 78.2
Labour hold Swing
Sutherland
General Election 1929: Barnsley [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Potts 21,855 53.8 +2.1
Liberal William Sutherland 12,517 30.8 -17.7
Unionist William Craven-Ellis 6,265 15.4 n/a
Majority 9,388 23.0 +19.6
Turnout 82.3 +4.1
Labour hold Swing +9.8

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Richard John Soper 21,392 50.9
Labour John Potts 20,622 49.1
Majority 770 1.8
Turnout 84.2
Liberal National gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Potts 25,318 58.9
Liberal National Richard John Soper 17,683 41.1
Majority 7,635 17.8
Turnout 82.6
Labour gain from Liberal National Swing
Barnsley by-election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frank Collindridge 23,566 64.4 +5.5
Liberal National Seymour Howard 13,052 35.6 −5.5
Majority 10,514 28.8 +11.0
Turnout 36,618 72.7 −9.9
Labour hold Swing +5.5

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frank Collindridge 30,614 72.9
Liberal National Richard John Soper 11,382 27.1
Majority 19,232 45.8
Turnout 80.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Barnsley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frank Collindridge 42,008 68.6
Liberal Geoffrey Howard Walker 10,779 17.6
National Liberal and Conservative Charles Gordon-Spencer 8,480 13.8
Majority 31,209 51.0
Turnout 61,267 88.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Barnsley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sidney Schofield 37,523 69.7 +1.1
Conservative and National Liberal Geoffrey Whittaker 9,296 17.3 +3.5
Liberal Geoffrey Howard Walker 7,002 13.0 −4.6
Majority 28,227 52.5 +1.5
Turnout 53,821 77.2 −11.7
Labour hold Swing
Barnsley by-election, 1953
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roy Mason 29,283 72.9 +3.2
Conservative Geoffrey Whittaker 10,905 27.1 +9.8
Majority 18,378 45.7 −6.6
Turnout 40,188
Labour hold Swing −3.3
General Election 1955: Barnsley[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roy Mason 39,485 72.8
Conservative and National Liberal R. Anthony Wilson 14,776 27.2
Majority 24,709 45.5
Turnout 78.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roy Mason 42,565 73.7
Conservative John Philip Howard Bent 15,189 26.3
Majority 27,376 47.4
Turnout 82.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roy Mason 37,250 66.8
Conservative Joan Hall 9,417 16.9
Liberal John Herbert Dossett 9,089 16.3
Majority 27,833 49.9
Turnout 80.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roy Mason 38,744 75.7
Conservative Joan Hall 12,456 24.3
Majority 26,288 51.3
Turnout 73.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roy Mason 34,956 64.8
Conservative Robert Godber 10,811 20.0
Liberal John Herbert Dossett 8,186 15.2
Majority 24,145 44.8
Turnout 71.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roy Mason 40,595 71.8
Conservative George England 15,969 28.2
Majority 24,626 43.5
Turnout 74.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roy Mason 34,212 65.3
Conservative George England 9,400 18.0
Liberal P. Tomlinson 8,753 16.7 N/A
Majority 24,812 47.4
Turnout 68.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1979: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roy Mason 36,276 64.0
Conservative George England 13,654 24.1
Liberal Wilfred Whitaker 5,751 10.2
Troops Out of Ireland B. Gallagher 638 1.1
Workers Revolutionary J. Davis 348 0.6
Majority 22,622 39.9
Turnout 72.9
Labour hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Barnsley', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 15 March 2016. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.
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