Bassetlaw (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bassetlaw
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of Nottinghamshire within England.
County Nottinghamshire
Population 103,808 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate 78,306 (December 2010)[2]
Major settlements Worksop and Retford
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of parliament John Mann (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from North Nottinghamshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Bassetlaw /ˈbæstˌlɔː/ is a constituency[n 1] in Nottinghamshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by John Mann of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The Bassetlaw constituency covers the north of Nottinghamshire, including the towns of Worksop and Retford. It shares the name of the Bassetlaw district.

The constituency includes 22 electoral wards from Bassetlaw District Council:

  • Beckingham, Blyth, Carlton, Clayworth, East Retford East, East Retford North, East Retford South, East Retford West, Everton, Harworth, Langold, Misterton, Ranskill, Sturton, Sutton, Welbeck, Worksop East, Worksop North, Worksop North East, Worksop North West, Worksop South, Worksop South East.

Latest boundary changes[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary boundaries in Nottinghamshire, the Boundary Commission for England made changes to the constituency for the 2010 general election to allow for population changes, most noticeably by moving the small town of Market Warsop into Mansfield constituency.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1885 by the Redistribution of Seats Act.

History of boundaries[edit]

The Bassetlaw Division (named after one of the ancient Wapentakes of the county) as originally created in 1885 consisted of the municipal borough of East Retford, the petty sessional divisions of Retford and Worksop and part of Mansfield petty sessional division.

In 1918, the number of parliamentary divisions in Nottinghamshire was increased from four to five, with resulting changes in boundaries. Bassetlaw Division was now defined as containing the Municipal Borough of East Retford, the Urban Districts of Warsop and Worksop, and the Rural Districts of Blyth & Cuckney, Misterton and East Retford, with the civil parish of Sookholme from Skegby Rural District.

In 1950, the five Parliamentary Divisions of Nottinghamshire were reorganised as six County Constituencies. Local government boundary changes in the 1930s now meant that Bassetlaw County Constituency was defined as comprising the Municipal Boroughs of East Retford and Worksop, the Urban District of Warsop and the Rural Districts of East Retford and Worksop.

The constituency's boundaries then remained unchanged until 1983. In that year, the town of East Retford and the neighbouring areas were transferred to the redrawn Newark constituency. Bassetlaw constituency then comprised Worksop and surrounding areas in the Bassetlaw district as well as the town of Warsop in the Mansfield district (see list of wards during this period below). There were no boundary changes in 1997.

From 1983 to 2010, the constituency comprised the following Bassetlaw district wards:

  • Beckingham, Blyth, Carlton, Clayworth, Everton, Harworth East, Harworth West, Hodsock, Misterton, Rampton, Ranskill, Sturton, Sutton, Welbeck, Worksop East, Worksop North, Worksop North East, Worksop North West, Worksop South, Worksop South East

along with two Mansfield district wards:

  • Birklands, Meden (both in the Warsop area). These wards were transferred to Mansfield constituency in 2010.

Electoral history[edit]

A graph showing the election results for Bassetlaw

Bassetlaw is a safe seat for the Labour Party, with their candidates having held it since 1935. In fact, Labour first won the seat in the 1929 general election. However, its Member of Parliament Malcolm MacDonald was one of the few Labour MPs to join his father Ramsay MacDonald's National Government. MacDonald held the seat as a National Labour candidate in the 1931 election, but was defeated at the next election in 1935 by Labour's Frederick Bellenger.

Bellenger held the seat until he died in 1968. At the subsequent by-election, the seat was retained for the Labour Party by Joe Ashton, who remained the constituency's MP until his retirement at the 2001 general election. The current MP, since 2001, is John Mann.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1885 William Beckett-Denison Conservative
1890 Frederick Milner Conservative
1906 Frank Newnes Liberal
1910 Ellis Hume-Williams Conservative
1929 Malcolm MacDonald Labour
1931 National Labour
1935 Fred Bellenger Labour
1968 Joe Ashton Labour
2001 John Mann Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Bassetlaw[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Mann[5] 23,965 48.6 -1.8
Conservative Sarah Downes 15,122 30.7 -3.2
UKIP Dave Scott[6] 7,865 16.0 +12.4
Liberal Democrat Leon Duveen[5] 1,331 2.7 -8.5
Green Kristopher Wragg[7] 1,006 2.0 +2
Majority 8,843 17.9 +1.3
Turnout 49,289 63.6 -1.2
Labour hold Swing +0.7
General Election 2010: Bassetlaw[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Mann 25,018 50.5 -2.5
Conservative Keith Girling 16,803 33.9 -1.2
Liberal Democrat David Dobbie 5,570 11.2 -0.7
UKIP Andrea Hamilton 1,779 3.6 +3.6
Independent Graham Whitehurst 407 0.8 +0.8
Majority 8,215 16.6 -10.3
Turnout 49,577 64.8 +4.0
Labour hold Swing 0.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Bassetlaw[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Mann 22,847 56.6 +1.3
Conservative Jonathan Sheppard 12,010 29.8 -0.4
Liberal Democrat David Dobbie 5,485 13.6 +0.9
Majority 10,837 26.9 +1.8
Turnout 40,342 58.1 +1.3
Labour hold Swing +0.9
General Election 2001: Bassetlaw[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Mann 21,506 55.3 -5.7
Conservative Alison Holley 11,758 30.2 +5.3
Liberal Democrat Neil Taylor 4,942 12.7 +2.5
Socialist Labour Kevin Meloy 689 1.8 N/A
Majority 9,748 25.1 -11.3
Turnout 38,895 56.8 -13.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Bassetlaw[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joseph William Ashton 29,298 61.1 +7.7
Conservative Martyn Cleasby 11,838 24.7 −10.3
Liberal Democrat Mike Kerringan 4,950 10.3 −1.3
Referendum Roy Graham 1,838 3.8 N/A
Majority 17,460 36.4 +18.0
Turnout 47,924 70.4 −8.1
Labour hold Swing +9.0
General Election 1992: Bassetlaw[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joseph William Ashton 29,061 53.4 +5.3
Conservative Caroline Spelman 19,064 35.0 −2.5
Liberal Democrat Mike J. Reynolds 6,340 11.6 −2.8
Majority 9,997 18.4 +7.7
Turnout 54,465 79.4 +1.9
Labour hold Swing +3.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Bassetlaw[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joseph William Ashton 25,385 48.10
Conservative DRJ Selves 19,772 37.47
SDP–Liberal Alliance WG Smith 7,616 14.43
Majority 5,613 10.64
Turnout 52,773 77.56
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Bassetlaw[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joseph William Ashton 22,231 45.60
Conservative M Cleasby 18,400 37.74
SDP–Liberal Alliance B Withnall 8,124 16.66
Majority 3,831 7.86
Turnout 48,755 74.18
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joseph William Ashton 29,426 50.23
Conservative DK Harris 22,247 37.97
Liberal A Wilkinson 6,913 11.80
Majority 7,179 12.25
Turnout 58,586 79.42
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joseph William Ashton 28,663 53.69
Conservative DK Harris 16,494 30.90
Liberal A Wilkinson 7,821 14.65
The Christian Party A Storkey 408 0.76
Majority 12,169 22.79
Turnout 53,386 74.43
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joseph William Ashton 33,724 59.99
Conservative RC Heading 22,490 40.01
Majority 11,234 19.98
Turnout 56,214 79.05
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joseph William Ashton 28,959 54.87
Conservative James Theodore Lester 20,698 39.21
Liberal Malcolm Anthony Haydon-Baillie 3,125 5.92
Majority 8,261 15.65
Turnout 52,782 76.44
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

Bassetlaw by-election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joseph William Ashton 21,394
Conservative James Theodore Lester 20,654
Independent Thomas Lynch 1,053
Majority 740
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick John Bellenger 27,623 61.63
Conservative Robert William Martin Orme 17,195 38.37
Majority 10,428 23.27
Turnout 73.29
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick John Bellenger 27,612 59.03
Conservative Robert William Martin Orme 19,167 40.97
Majority 8,445 18.05
Turnout 77.00
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick John Bellenger 27,875 58.03
Conservative Maurice John Cowling 20,162 41.97
Majority 7,713 16.06
Turnout 80.19
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick John Bellenger 26,873 58.11
Conservative Mrs. Kathleen Voilet Maiden 19,375 41.89
Majority 7,498 16.21
Turnout 79.46
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick John Bellenger 32,850 60.71
Conservative William Arnold Sime 21,257 39.29
Majority 11,593 21.43
Turnout 84.36
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick John Bellenger 31,589 57.64
Conservative John James Cawdell Irving 17,622 32.16
Liberal William GE Dyer 5,590 10.20
Majority 13,967 25.49
Turnout 87.15
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick John Bellenger 30,382 62.79
Conservative Robert Edward Laycock 18,005 37.21
Majority 12,377 25.58
Turnout 76.75
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Basselaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick John Bellenger 21,903 51.33
National Labour Malcolm John Macdonald 20,764 48.67
Majority 1,139 2.67
Turnout 79.87
Labour gain from National Labour Swing
General Election 1931: Bassetlaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Labour Malcolm John Macdonald 27,136 66.64
Labour Harold Mostyn Watkins 13,582 33.36
Majority 13,554 33.29
Turnout 79.55
National Labour gain from Labour Swing

Election in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Bassetlaw[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Malcolm John Macdonald 23,681 58.7 +17.7
Unionist Sir Ellis William Hume-Williams 16,670 41.3 -5.0
Majority 7,011 17.4 22.7
Turnout 40,351 82.0 +0.8
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +11.3
General Election 1924: Bassetlaw [16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir Ellis William Hume-Williams 12,732 46.3 +4.0
Labour Malcolm John Macdonald 11,283 41.0 +12.7
Liberal Arthur Neal 3,505 12.7 -16.7
Majority 1,449 5.3 -7.6
Turnout 81.8 +5.2
Unionist hold Swing -4.3
Neal
General Election 1923: Bassetlaw[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir Ellis William Hume-Williams 10,419 42.3 -12.9
Liberal Arthur Neal 7,247 29.4 n/a
Labour Malcolm John Macdonald 6,973 28.3 -16.5
Majority 3,172 12.9 +2.5
Turnout 76.6 +2.2
Unionist hold Swing n/a
General Election 1922: Bassetlaw[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir Ellis William Hume-Williams 12,944 55.2 n/a
Labour Henry Joseph Odell 10,502 44.8 n/a
Majority 2,442 10.4 n/a
Turnout 74.4 n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a

Election in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Bassetlaw[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist unopposed n/a n/a
  • endorsed by Coalition Government

General Election 1914/15:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

General Election December 1910: Bassetlaw [17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Ellis Hume-Williams 5,436
Liberal Stopford William Wentworth Brooke 5,221
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election January 1910: Bassetlaw [17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Ellis Hume-Williams 5,631
Liberal Frank Hillyard Newnes 5,290
Majority
Turnout
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Newnes
General Election 1906: Bassetlaw [18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Frank Hillyard Newnes 5,365 n/a
Conservative Rt Hon. Sir Frederick George Milner 4,834 n/a
Majority 531 n/a
Turnout n/a
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing n/a
General Election 1900: Bassetlaw [18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rt Hon. Sir Frederick George Milner unopposed n/a n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1895: Bassetlaw [18][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Frederick George Milner 4,874
Liberal Robert Eadon Leader 3,621
Majority 1,253
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
Yoxall
General Election 1892: Bassetlaw [18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Frederick George Milner 4,446
Liberal James Henry Yoxall 4,044
Majority 402
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
Mellor
Bassetlaw by-election, 1890 [21][22][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Frederick George Milner 4,381 n/a
Liberal John William Mellor 3,653 n/a
Majority 728 n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1886: Bassetlaw [18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Beckett-Denison unopposed n/a n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a
General Election 1885: Bassetlaw [18][23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Beckett-Denison 4,367 n/a
Liberal Francis John Savile Foljambe 4,072 n/a
Majority 295 n/a
Turnout n/a
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ 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.
References
  1. ^ "Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ https://my.greenparty.org.uk/candidates?display_name=Bassetlaw&display_name_1=&display_name_2=All&relationship_type=All[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  16. ^ a b c d e British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  17. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  18. ^ a b c d e f g The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  19. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  20. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  21. ^ "Election Intelligence, Nottinghamshire (Bassetlaw Division): Result Of The Poll". The Times. 17 December 1890. 
  22. ^ The Constitutional Year Book, 1904, published by Conservative Central Office, page 151 (175 in web page)
  23. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1886

Sources[edit]

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