Barnsley East (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||68,448 (December 2019)|
|Member of Parliament||Stephanie Peacock (Labour)|
|Number of members||1|
|Created from||Barnsley East & Mexborough, Barnsley West & Penistone and Barnsley Central|
|Replaced by||Barnsley East and Mexborough|
|Created from||Barnsley and Dearne Valley|
Eight candidates competed for the seat in the 2010 general election; however, the largest two opposition parties failed to gain more than 18.2% each and the winning candidate Michael Dugher managed to obtain 47% of all votes despite the presence of a candidate from the Socialist Labour Party. Although the percentage decline in the Labour vote was the largest in the country (at nearly 24%), they still won the seat safely.
In 2017, Stephanie Peacock succeeded Dugher as MP for Barnsley East.
Both between 1983 and 1997, and at the 2010 general election, this constituency has been a safe seat for the Labour Party, as indeed was its temporary replacement, Barnsley East and Mexborough. After the 2019 general election however, this constituency became a marginal seat, with Labour's vote share dropping by 21.9% and their majority cut to just 8.4%.
1983–1997: The Borough of Barnsley wards of Brierley, Cudworth, Darfield, Dearne South, Dearne Thurnscoe, Wombwell North, and Wombwell South.
2010–present: The Borough of Barnsley wards of Cudworth, Darfield, Hoyland Milton, North East, Rockingham, Stairfoot, Wombwell, and Worsbrough.
Following their review of parliamentary representation in South Yorkshire for the 2010 general election, the Boundary Commission for England divided the existing Barnsley East and Mexborough seat to split off Barnsley East from Mexborough, to create the new Barnsley East constituency.
Members of Parliament
|1996 by-election||Jeff Ennis||Labour|
|1997||Constituency abolished: see Barnsley East and Mexborough & Barnsley Central|
MPs since 2010
Elections in the 2010s
|Brexit Party||Jim Ferguson||11,112||29.2||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Sophie Thornton||1,330||3.5||1.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Nicola Turner||750||1.8||−1.4|
|English Democrat||Kevin Riddiough||287||0.7||−0.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Ruth Coleman-Taylor||1,217||3.2||−15.0|
|Yorkshire First||Tony Devoy||647||1.7||New|
|English Democrat||Kevin Riddiough||440||1.1||New|
|Vapers in Power||Billy Marsden||103||0.3||New|
|Liberal Democrats||John Brown||6,969||18.2||+4.1|
|Socialist Labour||Ken Capstick||601||1.6||−0.7|
Elections in the 1990s
Following the death of Terry Patchett on 11 October 1996, a by-election was held on 12 December 1996. The replacement Labour candidate Jeff Ennis held the seat for the party despite a low voter turnout.
|Liberal Democrats||David Willis||1,502||8.4||−0.2|
|Socialist Labour||Ken Capstick||949||5.3||New|
|Socialist Equality||Julie Hyland||89||0.5||New|
|Conservative||John M. Procter||5,569||14.2||+0.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Sylvia Anginotti||3,399||8.6||−2.9|
Elections in the 1980s
|Labour win (new seat)|
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