Barnsley Central (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
|Population||85,714 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||64,229 (December 2019)|
|Major settlements||Barnsley, Royston|
|Member of Parliament||Dan Jarvis (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Barnsley, Wakefield|
Barnsley Central is generally an urban seat and has a large majority of its population on middle or low incomes, with most of the large former mining town's social housing contained within it. It has been held by the Labour Party since 1983 and was consistently a safe seat, like its main predecessor, until 2019, when Labour's majority was cut to 9.7%.
Created in 1983, Barnsley Central covers a similar area to that of the former Barnsley constituency. The seat was held by almost a year from May 2010 by Eric Illsley as an independent MP after he was suspended from the Labour party over the expenses row and he led to its becoming vacant on 8 February 2011.
On 12 January 2011 having admitted the crime of fraud over his expenses, Illsley announced the intention to stand down from Parliament, necessitating a by-election in early 2011. On 8 February 2011 Ilsley resigned his seat[n 3] before he was due to be sentenced for fraudulently claiming parliamentary expenses. The by-election was held on 3 March 2011 and was won by Dan Jarvis for the Labour Party. The Labour majority and share of the vote rose to give an absolute majority, on a turnout 20% lower than in the General Election; meanwhile the Conservative share of the vote fell steeply to just 8.3%, less than UKIP's 12.2% vote-share. In the 2019 general election, Jarvis held onto his seat, but with a sharply reduced majority; it fell from 15,546 to 3,571. The Brexit Party came second with 11,233 votes, which was 30.4% of the vote, compared to Jarvis's 40.1%.
1983–1997: The Borough of Barnsley wards of Ardsley, Athersley, Central, Monk Bretton, North West, Royston, and South West.
1997–2010: The Borough of Barnsley wards of Ardsley, Athersley, Central, Cudworth, Monk Bretton, North West, Royston, and South West.
2010–present: The Borough of Barnsley wards of Central, Darton East, Darton West, Kingstone, Monk Bretton, Old Town, Royston, and St Helens.
Members of Parliament
|2011 by-election||Dan Jarvis||Labour|
Elections of the 2010s
|Brexit Party||Victoria Felton||11,233||30.4||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Will Sapwell||1,176||3.2||+1.8|
This was the highest Brexit Party vote share at the 2019 general election. It was also the highest vote share for any non Labour candidate in the seat's history.
|Liberal Democrats||David Ridgway||549||1.4||−0.7|
|English Democrat||Stephen Morris||211||0.5||−0.8|
|Liberal Democrats||John Ridgway||770||2.1||−15.2|
|English Democrat||Ian Sutton||477||1.3||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Dominic Carman||1,012||4.2||-13.1|
|English Democrat||Kevin Riddiough||544||2.2||New|
|Monster Raving Loony||Howling Laud Hope||198||0.8||New|
|Independent||Michael Val Davies||60||0.2||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Christopher Wiggin||6,394||17.3||+0.7|
|Socialist Labour||Terrence Robinson||356||1.0||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Miles Crompton||4,746||16.6||+1.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Alan Hartley||4,051||14.7||+5.2|
|Socialist Alliance||Henry Rajch||703||2.6||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Darren Finlay||3,481||9.5||-1.2|
|Conservative||David N. Senior||7,687||19.7||+1.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen R. Cowton||4,321||11.1||-4.1|
|Conservative||Howard S. Oldfield||7,674||21.0|
|Labour win (new seat)|
- A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
- By the time-honoured tradition of accepting appointment as Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds
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