Morley and Outwood (UK Parliament constituency)
|Morley and Outwood|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Morley and Outwood in West Yorkshire.
Location of West Yorkshire within England.
|Electorate||75,163 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Andrea Jenkyns (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Morley and Rothwell, Normanton|
|European Parliament constituency||Yorkshire and the Humber|
The Morley and Outwood constituency was first contested in 2010. It consists of the town of Morley, in the City of Leeds metropolitan district, and around Outwood in the City of Wakefield district. It is largely a successor to the previous Morley and Rothwell seat, which existed from 1997 until 2010; Rothwell was transferred to a new Elmet and Rothwell seat, while Outwood was previously part of the abolished Normanton constituency. At the same time, the Leeds suburb of Middleton was transferred to Leeds Central. The remainder of the former Normanton constituency was divided between the Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford constituency and the Wakefield constituency.
At the 2010 general election, Morley and Outwood was won by Ed Balls of the Labour Party, who had been MP for Normanton since 2005, and served as Labour's Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2011 until 2015. Balls narrowly lost the seat at the 2015 general election to Conservative Andrea Jenkyns which was described by Larry Elliott of The Guardian as the Portillo moment of the election.
Parliament approved the recommendation of the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies to create this new ("cross-border") constituency as a consequence of West Yorkshire losing one parliamentary seat following more rapid population increase in other regions.
The constituency comprises the following electoral wards:
- From the City of Leeds: Ardsley and Robin Hood; Morley North; Morley South.
- From the City of Wakefield: Stanley and Outwood East; Wrenthorpe and Outwood West.
Members of Parliament
|2010||Ed Balls||Labour Co-op|
|General Election 2015 
Turnout: 48,250 (63.3%) -2.5
|Conservative gain from Labour Co-op
Majority: 422 (0.9%)
Swing: 1.6% from Labour Co-op to Con
|Ed Balls||Labour Co-op||18,354||38.0||+0.4|
|Rebecca Taylor||Liberal Democrat||1,426||3.0||−13.8|
|Arnie Craven||Yorkshire First||479||1.0||+1.0|
|General Election 2010 
Turnout: 48,855 (65.8%) +7.4
|Labour Co-op hold
Majority: 1,101 (2.3%) -18.7
Swing: 9.3% from Labour Co-op to Con
|Ed Balls||Labour Co-op||18,365||37.6||−8.4|
|James Monaghan||Liberal Democrat||8,186||16.8||+6.7|
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in West Yorkshire
- Leeds South East
- Morley and Leeds South
- Morley and Rothwell
- Elmet and Rothwell
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Elliott, Larry (8 May 2015). "Defeat of Ed Balls gives Tories their 'Portillo moment'". The Guardian (London).
- 2011 census interactive maps
- 2010 post-revision map Greater London and metropolitan areas of England
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Ed Balls (MP for Morley & Outwood)". The co-operative party. Retrieved 6 July 2010. Note that other sources and the "Statement of persons nominated" refer to Balls as "Labour".
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Morley & Outwood". BBC News. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.