Bassetlaw (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire for the 2010 general election.
Location of Nottinghamshire within England.
|Population||103,808 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||78,306 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Worksop and Retford|
|Member of Parliament||John Mann (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||North Nottinghamshire|
|European Parliament constituency||East Midlands|
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 History
- 3 Members of Parliament
- 4 Elections
- 4.1 Elections in the 2010s
- 4.2 Elections in the 2000s
- 4.3 Elections in the 1990s
- 4.4 Elections in the 1980s
- 4.5 Elections in the 1970s
- 4.6 Elections in the 1960s
- 4.7 Elections in the 1950s
- 4.8 Election in the 1940s
- 4.9 Election in the 1930s
- 4.10 Election in the 1920s
- 4.11 Election in the 1910s
- 4.12 Elections in the 1900s
- 4.13 Elections in the 1890s
- 4.14 Elections in the 1880s
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes and references
- 7 Sources
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
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.
The constituency was created in 1885 by the Redistribution of Seats Act.
History of boundaries
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.
On the historical measure this is a very safe seat for the Labour Party, with their or related candidates having held it since the 1929 general election. On the size-of-majority measure, it is a low to medium safe seat. Its first 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. A by-election followed. The seat was retained for the Labour Party by Joe Ashton with a slender 1.72% majority, the narrowest since the 1920s. He held the seat until retirement at the 2001 general election. The current MP, since 2001, is John Mann.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Leon Duveen||1,154||2.2||−0.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Leon Duveen||1,331||2.7||-8.5|
|Liberal Democrat||David Dobbie||5,570||11.2||-2.4|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||David Dobbie||5,485||13.6||+0.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Neil Taylor||4,942||12.7||+2.5|
|Socialist Labour||Kevin Meloy||689||1.8||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Kerringan||4,950||10.3||−1.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike J. Reynolds||6,340||11.6||−2.8|
Elections in the 1980s
Elections in the 1970s
|The Christian Party||A Storkey||408||0.76|
|Liberal||Malcolm Anthony Haydon-Baillie||3,125||5.92|
Elections in the 1960s
|Conservative||Robert William Martin Orme||17,195||38.37|
|Conservative||Robert William Martin Orme||19,167||40.97|
Elections in the 1950s
|Conservative||Kathleen Voilet Maiden||19,375||41.89|
|Conservative||John James Cawdell Irving||17,622||32.16|
|Liberal||William GE Dyer||5,590||10.20|
Election in the 1940s
Election in the 1930s
|National Labour||Malcolm MacDonald||20,764||48.67|
|Labour gain from National Labour||Swing|
|National Labour||Malcolm MacDonald||27,136||66.64|
|Labour||Harold Mostyn Watkins||13,582||33.36|
|National Labour gain from Labour||Swing|
Election in the 1920s
|Labour gain from Unionist||Swing||+11.3|
|Labour||Henry Joseph Odell||10,502||44.8||n/a|
Election in the 1910s
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the 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;
- Unionist: Ellis Hume-Williams
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+4.2|
Elections in the 1900s
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||N/A|
Elections in the 1890s
|Liberal||Robert Eadon Leader||3,621||42.6||-5.0|
|Liberal||John William Mellor||3,653||45.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1880s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
- "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.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)
- "STATEMENT OF PERSONS NOMINATED" (PDF). Bassetlaw District Council. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "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. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 6 December 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.
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
- Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
- The Liberal Year Book, 1907
- Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
- "Election Intelligence, Nottinghamshire (Bassetlaw Division): Result Of The Poll". The Times. 17 December 1890.
- The Constitutional Year Book, 1904, published by Conservative Central Office, page 151 (175 in web page)
- Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1886
- UK General Election 1945 results
- UK General Election 1950 results
- UK General Election 1951 results
- UK General Election 1955 results
- UK General Election 1959 results
- UK General Election 1964 results
- UK General Election 1966 results
- UK General Election 1970 results
- UK General Election February 1974 results
- UK General Election October 1974 results
- UK General Election 1979 results
- UK General Election 1983 results
- UK General Election 1987 results
- UK General Election 1992 results
- UK General Election 1997 results
- UK General Election 2001 results
- UK General Election 2005 results
- UK General Election 2010 results (BBC)