Doncaster North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°34′37″N 1°03′18″W / 53.577°N 1.055°W / 53.577; -1.055

Doncaster North
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Doncaster North in South Yorkshire
Outline map
Location of South Yorkshire within England
CountySouth Yorkshire
Electorate71,348 (December 2019)[1]
Major settlementsMexborough, Stainforth[2]
Current constituency
Created1983
Member of ParliamentEd Miliband (Labour)
Number of membersOne
Created fromDon Valley and Goole[3]

Doncaster North is a constituency[n 1] in South Yorkshire, England, represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Ed Miliband of the Labour Party. From 2010 until 2015, he was Leader of the Opposition before he lost the 2015 general election to David Cameron and the Conservatives.[n 2]

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the former constituencies of Don Valley and Goole, and was a Labour stronghold until the 2019 general election, when Labour held the seat with a significantly reduced majority of 2,370 votes. Ed Miliband has served as the MP for the constituency since 2005, and he also served as Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition from 2010 until stepping down after the 2015 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

1983–1997: The Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster wards of Adwick, Askern, Bentley Central, Bentley North Road, Hatfield, Stainforth, and Thorne.

1997–2010: The Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster wards of Adwick, Askern, Bentley Central, Bentley North Road, Stainforth, and Thorne.

2010–present: The Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster wards of Adwick, Askern Spa, Bentley, Great North Road, Mexborough, Sprotbrough, Stainforth and Moorends.

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency covers largely rural areas north of Doncaster, stretching to partly suburban Mexborough in the west, Bentley that lies on the northern banks of the River Don and Adwick which is farther north. The seat is an area with moderate typical incomes which has yet to fully recover from the almost total end of the local coal mining industry;[n 3] however, large numbers of constituents work in construction and manufacturing.[4][5][6][7]

Doncaster North has returned Labour MPs since 1983, when the constituency was created. The preceding constituencies had returned Labour MPs at every general election since at least 1935.

At the EU referendum held on 23 June 2016, Doncaster voted to leave the European Union. This was a contrast to the views of the constituency's MP Ed Miliband, who advocated a "Remain" vote. Miliband was re-elected on 13 December with a significantly reduced majority of 2,370 votes at the 2019 general election, which is attributed to Brexit Party candidate Andy Stewart picking up 8,294 votes and finishing in third place with 20.4% of the vote.[8]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
1983 Michael Welsh Labour
1992 Kevin Hughes
2005 Ed Miliband

Elections[edit]

General election results 1983–2017

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Doncaster North[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ed Miliband[10] 15,740 38.7 -22.1
Conservative Katrina Sale 13,370 32.6 +5.2
Brexit Party Andy Stewart 8,294 20.4 N/A
Liberal Democrats Joe Otten 1,476 3.6 +2.0
Yorkshire Party Stevie Manion[11] 959 2.4 +0.6
English Democrat Frank Calladine 309 0.8 -0.1
No description Eddie Todd 220 0.5 N/A
Independent Wendy Bailey 188 0.5 N/A
Independent Neil Wood 142 0.4 N/A
Majority 2,370 6.1 -27.1
Turnout 41,229 56.2 -2.3
Labour hold Swing -13.7
General election 2017: Doncaster North[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ed Miliband[13] 25,711 60.8 +8.3
Conservative Shade Adoh 11,687 27.6 +9.3
UKIP Kim Parkinson 2,738 6.5 -16.1
Yorkshire Party Charlie Bridges 741 1.8 N/A
Liberal Democrats Robert Adamson 706 1.7 -0.9
Independent Frank Calladine 366 0.9 N/A
English Democrat David Allen 363 0.9 -0.2
Majority 14,024 33.2 +3.3
Turnout 42,312 58.5 +2.8
Labour hold Swing -0.5
General election 2015: Doncaster North[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ed Miliband 20,708 52.4 +5.1
UKIP Kim Parkinson 8,928 22.6 +18.3
Conservative Mark Fletcher 7,235 18.3 -2.7
Liberal Democrats Penny Baker 1,005 2.5 -12.3
Green Pete Kennedy 757 1.9 N/A
English Democrat David Allen 448 1.1 -4.0
TUSC Mary Jackson 258 0.7 +0.2
Monster Raving Loony Nick the Flying Brick 162 0.4 N/A
Majority 11,780 29.8 +3.5
Turnout 39,501 55.7 -1.6
Labour hold Swing -6.1
General election 2010: Doncaster North[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ed Miliband 19,637 47.3 -8.8
Conservative Sophie Brodie 8,728 21.0 +6.8
Liberal Democrats Ed Sanderson 6,174 14.9 -0.8
BNP Pamela Chambers 2,818 6.8 +2.8
English Democrat Wayne Crawshaw 2,148 5.2 +3.7
UKIP Liz Andrews 1,797 4.3 +2.1
TUSC Bill Rawcliffe 181 0.4 N/A
Majority 10,909 26.3 -12.7
Turnout 41,483 57.3 +4.7
Labour hold Swing -2.8

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Doncaster North[18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ed Miliband 17,531 55.5 -7.6
Conservative Martin Drake 4,875 15.4 +0.7
Liberal Democrats Doug Pickett 3,800 12.0 +1.4
Community Group Martin Williams 2,365 7.5 N/A
BNP Lee Hagan 1,506 4.8 N/A
UKIP Robert Nixon 940 3.0 +0.7
English Democrat Michael Cassidy 561 1.8 N/A
Majority 12,656 40.1 -8.3
Turnout 31,578 51.1 +0.6
Labour hold Swing -4.2
General election 2001: Doncaster North[20][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kevin Hughes 19,788 63.1 -6.7
Conservative Anita Kapoor 4,601 14.7 -0.1
Liberal Democrats Colin Ross 3,323 10.6 +2.1
Independent Martin Williams 2,926 9.3 N/A
UKIP John Wallis 725 2.3 N/A
Majority 15,187 48.4 -6.6
Turnout 31,363 50.5 -12.8
Labour hold Swing -3.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Doncaster North[22][23][24][25][26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kevin Hughes 27,843 69.8 +8.0
Conservative Peter Kennerley 5,906 14.8 -7.5
Liberal Democrats Michael Cook 3,369 8.4 -4.5
Referendum Ron Thornton 1,589 4.0 N/A
Anti Sleaze Labour Neil Swan 1,181 3.0 N/A
Majority 21,937 55.0 +12.9
Turnout 39,888 63.3 -10.6
Labour hold Swing +6.6
General election 1992: Doncaster North[27][28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kevin Hughes 34,135 61.8 +0.0
Conservative Robert C Light 14,322 25.9 +1.5
Liberal Democrats Steve Whiting 6,787 12.3 N/A
Majority 19,813 35.9 -1.5
Turnout 55,244 73.9 +0.8
Labour hold Swing -0.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1987: Doncaster North[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Welsh 32,950 61.8 +9.0
Conservative Richard Shepherd 13,015 24.4 -3.2
SDP Peter Norwood 7,394 13.9 -5.8
Majority 19,935 37.4 +12.2
Turnout 53,359 73.1 +3.4
Labour hold Swing +6.1
General election 1983: Doncaster North[30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Welsh 26,626 52.8 N/A
Conservative Michael Stephen 13,915 27.6 N/A
SDP D Orford 9,916 19.7 N/A
Majority 12,711 25.2 N/A
Turnout 50,457 69.9 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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.
  3. ^ See British Coal

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007. The National Archives. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  3. ^ "'Doncaster North', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Check Browser Settings". statistics.gov.uk.
  5. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 2)
  6. ^ Guardian Unlimited Politics Election results from 1992 to the present
  7. ^ Politics Resources Archived 26 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine Election results from 1945 to present
  8. ^ "UK backs leaving EU as Doncaster votes two to one to get out". Doncaster Free Press.
  9. ^ https://dmbcwebstolive01.blob.core.windows.net/media/Default/Council%20and%20Democracy/Elections/SOPN%20Doncaster%20North_A3.pdf
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  11. ^ "Yorkshire Party announces first candidates". Yorkshire Party. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
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  13. ^ "General Election 2017: Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband to stand". 19 April 2017 – via www.bbc.com.
  14. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
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  18. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
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  20. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  21. ^ "BBC NEWS > VOTE 2001 > RESULTS & CONSTITUENCIES > Doncaster North". Vote 2001. BBC News. 7 June 2001. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  22. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  23. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Archived from the original on 14 June 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  24. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.67 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  25. ^ The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
  26. ^ "BBC NEWS>VOTE 2001>Results and Constituencies>Doncaster North". Vote 2001. BBC News. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  27. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  28. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  29. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  30. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

Sources[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Camberwell and Peckham
Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
2010–2015
Succeeded by
Camberwell and Peckham