Don Valley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°29′31″N 1°07′59″W / 53.492°N 1.133°W / 53.492; -1.133

Don Valley
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Don Valley in South Yorkshire.
Outline map
Location of South Yorkshire within England.
County South Yorkshire
Electorate 73,674 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Hatfield, Thorne, and Conisbrough.
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of parliament Caroline Flint (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Doncaster
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Don Valley is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Caroline Flint of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

Created in 1918, Don Valley is a former coal mining area which has elected only Labour MPs since 1922. The current MP is Caroline Flint, first elected in 1997 who is Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and through the Blair Ministry and Brown Ministry served successively as a Health, Employment/Welfare, Housing and Europe Minister of State, her current shadow secretary of state position follows Ed Davey in his cabinet role.

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1950: The Urban Districts of Mexborough and Tickhill, and the Rural Districts of Doncaster and Thorne.

1950-1983: The Urban Districts of Adwick-le-Street, Bentley with Arksey, and Tickhill, and the Rural District of Doncaster.

1983-1997: The Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster wards of Conisbrough, Edlington and Warmsworth, Mexborough, Richmond, Rossington, South East, and Southern Parks.

1997-2010: The Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster wards of Conisbrough, Edlington and Warmsworth, Hatfield, Rossington, South East, and Southern Parks.

2010–present: The Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster wards of Conisbrough and Denaby, Edlington and Warmsworth, Finningley, Hatfield, Rossington, Thorne, and Torne Valley.

The current constituency consists of the southern Borough of Doncaster, from Hatfield and the Humberhead Peatlands Nature Reserve in the north and northeast, through Branton, Auckley, and Rossington, to the Torne Valley electoral ward which consists of Wadworth, Tickhill, Braithwell, and in the west Conisbrough.

In boundary changes which took effect at the 2010 election, Sprotbrough was moved to Doncaster North, while in the east the town of Thorne was moved from Doncaster North into Don Valley.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party Notes
1918 James Walton Coalition National Democratic
1922 Tom Williams Labour Shadow Minister of Agriculture (1951–1959)
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1945–1951)
1959 Richard Kelley Labour
1979 Michael Welsh Labour
1983 Martin Redmond Labour
1997 Caroline Flint Labour Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (7 October 2011 – 14 September 2015)
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (8 October 2010 – 7 October 2011)
Minister of State for Europe (3 October 2008 – 5 June 2009)
Minister of State for Housing and Planning (24 January 2008 – 3 October 2008)
Minister of State for Employment (28 June 2007 – 24 January 2008)
Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber (28 June 2007 – 24 January 2008)
Minister of State for Public Health (5 May 2005 – 28 June 2007)

Elections[edit]

Don Valley general election results

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Don Valley[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Caroline Flint 24,351 53.0 Increase 6.8
Conservative Aaron Bell 19,182 41.7 Increase 16.4
Yorkshire Party Stevie Manion 1,599 3.5 Increase 3.5
Liberal Democrat Anthony Smith 856 1.9 Decrease 1.6
Majority 5,169 11.2 Decrease 9.7
Turnout 45,988 62.2 Increase 2.9
Labour hold Swing Decrease 4.8
General Election 2015: Don Valley[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Caroline Flint 19,621 46.2 Increase 8.2
Conservative Carl Jackson 10,736 25.3 Decrease 4.4
UKIP Guy Aston 9,963 23.5 Increase 19.1
Liberal Democrat Rene Paterson 1,487 3.5 Decrease 13.6
TUSC Steve Williams 437 1.0 Increase 1.0
English Democrat Louise Dutton 242 0.6 Decrease 3.5
Majority 8,885 20.9 Increase 12.6
Turnout 42,486 59.6 Increase 0.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election 2010: Don Valley[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Caroline Flint 16,472 37.9 Decrease 18.6
Conservative Matt Stephens 12,877 29.7 Increase 2.7
Liberal Democrat Edwin Simpson 7,422 17.1 Increase 0.6
BNP Erwin Toseland 2,112 4.9 Increase 4.9!
UKIP William Shaw 1,904 4.4 Increase 4.4
English Democrat Bernie Aston 1,756 4.0 Increase 4.0
Independent Martin Williams 887 2.0 Increase 2.0
Majority 3,595 8.3 Decrease 15.0
Turnout 43,430 59.3 Increase 4.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Don Valley[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Caroline Flint 19,418 52.7 Decrease 1.9
Conservative Adam Duguid 10,820 29.4 Increase 0.8
Liberal Democrat Stewart Arnold 6,626 18.0 Increase 6.8
Majority 8,598 23.3 Decrease 2.7
Turnout 36,864 55 Decrease 0.7
Labour hold Swing Decrease 1.3
General Election 2001: Don Valley[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Caroline Flint 20,009 54.6 Decrease 3.6
Conservative James Browne 10,489 28.6 Increase 4.0
Liberal Democrat Philip Smith 4,089 11.2 Increase 1.4
Independent Terry Wilde 800 2.2 Increase 2.2
UKIP David Cooper 777 2.1 Increase 2.1
Socialist Labour Nigel Ball 466 1.3 Decrease 1.1
Majority 9,520 26.0 Decrease 7.7
Turnout 36,630 54.8 Decrease 11.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Don Valley[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Caroline Flint 25,376 58.3 Increase 3.3
Conservative Clare H. Gledhill 10,717 24.6 Decrease 7.1
Liberal Democrat Paul Johnston 4,238 9.7 Decrease 2.2
Referendum Paul R. Davis 1,379 3.2 Increase 3.2
Socialist Labour Nigel Ball 1,024 2.4 Increase 2.4
Green Stephen Platt 493 1.1 Decrease 0.3
ProLife Alliance Claire D. Johnson 330 0.8 Increase 0.8
Majority 14,659 33.7 Increase 10.4
Turnout 43,557 66.4 Decrease 9.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Don Valley[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Martin Redmond 32,008 55.0 Increase 1.5
Conservative N Paget-Brown 18,474 31.7 Decrease 0.5
Liberal Democrat M Jevons 6,920 11.9 Decrease 2.7
Green TS Platt 803 1.4 Increase 1.4
Majority 13,534 23.3 Increase 2.4
Turnout 58,205 76.3 Increase 2.5
Labour hold Swing Increase 1.2

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Don Valley[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Martin Redmond 29,200 53.1 Increase 8.0
Conservative Charles Gallagher 17,733 32.3 Decrease 0.1
Liberal Wilfrid Whitaker 8,027 11.9 Decrease 10.6
Majority 11,467 20.9 Increase 8.2
Turnout 73.8 Increase 3.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Don Valley[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Martin Redmond 23,036 45.1 Decrease 10.5
Conservative B. Utting 16,570 32.4 Increase 1.2
Liberal D. Lange 11,482 22.5 Increase 10.9
Majority 6,466 12.7 Decrease 11.7
Turnout 69.9 Decrease 4.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Welsh 39,603 55.6 Decrease 7.7
Conservative Roger Freeman 22,243 31.2 Increase 10.1
Liberal E. Simpson 8,238 11.6 Decrease 4.0
Workers Party I. Connelly 720 1.0 Increase 1.0
Workers Revolutionary T. McCabe 398 0.6 Increase 0.6?
Majority 17,360 24.4 Decrease 17.7
Turnout 74.7 Increase 1.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Kelley 41,187 63.3 Decrease 6.8
Conservative P. J. Le Bosquet 13,767 21.1 Decrease 8.8
Liberal E. Simpson 10,161 15.6 Increase 15.6
Majority 27,420 42.1 Increase 1.9
Turnout 73.6 Decrease 5.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Kelley 48,737 70.1 Increase 0.6
Conservative P. J. Le Bosquet 20,792 29.9 Decrease 0.6
Majority 27,945 40.2 Increase 1.2
Turnout 79.1 Increase 6.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Kelley 42,496 69.5 Decrease 5.4
Conservative Timothy Walter G Jackson 18,673 30.5 Increase 5.4
Majority 23,823 39.0 Decrease 10.8
Turnout 73.1 Decrease 5.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Kelley 43,973 74.9 Increase 3.0
Conservative Richard Storey 14,738 25.1 Decrease 3.0
Majority 29,235 49.8 Increase 6.0
Turnout 78.3 Decrease 2.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Kelley 42,452 71.9 Increase 1.0
Conservative David Philip Jeffcock 16,593 28.1 Decrease 1.0
Majority 25,859 43.8 Increase 2.0
Turnout 80.8 Decrease 3.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Kelley 40,935 70.9 Decrease 2.8
Conservative Geoffrey Dodsworth 16,787 29.1 Increase 2.8
Majority 24,148 41.8 Decrease 5.6
Turnout 83.8 Increase 2.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Williams 38,433 73.7 Decrease 0.4
Conservative Jack Victor Thornton 13,701 26.3 Increase 0.4
Majority 24,732 47.4 Decrease 0.8
Turnout 81.2 Decrease 4.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Williams 39,687 74.1 Increase 0.1
Conservative David S B Hopkins 13,862 25.9 Increase 1.8
Majority 25,825 48.2 Decrease 1.7
Turnout 85.9 Decrease 1.8
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Williams 39,789 74.0 Increase 2.3
Conservative Douglas Graham 12,982 24.1 Decrease 4.2
Communist Samuel Taylor 1,007 1.9 Increase 1.9
Majority 26,807 49.9 Increase 6.5
Turnout 87.7 Increase 14.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Williams 40,153 71.7 Increase 2.8
Conservative J. J. A. N. Ross 15,832 28.3 Decrease 2.8
Majority 24,321 43.4 Increase 5.6
Turnout 73.2 Increase 3.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Williams 33,220 68.9 Increase 10.3
Conservative John Arbuthnot 14,961 31.1 Decrease 10.3
Majority 18,259 37.8 Increase 20.6
Turnout 70.0 Decrease 1.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1931: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Williams 27,599 58.6 Decrease 14.7
Conservative Samuel Hardwick 19,506 41.4 Increase 14.7
Majority 8,093 17.2 Decrease 29.4
Turnout 71.2 Increase 1.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Williams 31,466 73.3 Increase 19.4
Unionist Walter Liddall 11,467 26.7 Decrease 19.4
Majority 19,999 46.6 Increase 38.8
Turnout 42,933 69.7 Decrease 3.1
Registered electors 61,604
Labour hold Swing Increase 19.4
General Election 1924: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Williams 14,958 53.9 Decrease 6.5
Unionist John Wells Reynolds 12,463 46.1 Increase 6.5
Majority 2,135 7.8 Decrease 13.0
Turnout 27,421 72.8 Increase 10.6
Registered electors 37,184
Labour hold Swing Decrease 6.5
General Election 1923: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Williams 12,898 60.4 Increase 13.4
Unionist John Wells Reynolds 8,451 39.6 N/A
Majority 4,447 20.8 Increase 1.4
Turnout 21,349 62.2 Decrease 3.2
Registered electors 34,339
Labour hold Swing N/A
General Election 1922: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Williams 9,903 47.0 Increase 22.5
National Democratic James Walton 5,797 27.6 Decrease 18.6
Liberal John Henry Freeborough 5,332 25.4 Decrease 3.9
Majority 4,106 19.4 N/A
Turnout 21,032 65.4 Increase 19.5
Registered electors 32,175
Labour gain from National Democratic Swing Increase 20.6

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Don Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Coalition National Democratic James Walton 6,095 46.2 N/A
Liberal Hastings Lees-Smith 3,868 29.3 N/A
Labour Edward Hough 3,226 24.5 N/A
Majority 2,227 16.9 N/A
Turnout 13,189 45.9 N/A
Registered electors 28,724
National Democratic 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. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 2)
  3. ^ "Don Valley parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  4. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Don Valley". BBC News. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Don Valley". BBC News, election 2010. BBC. 2010-05-06. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

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