Morley and Outwood (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°44′56″N 1°36′07″W / 53.749°N 1.602°W / 53.749; -1.602

Morley and Outwood
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Morley and Outwood in West Yorkshire.
Outline map
Location of West Yorkshire within England.
CountyWest Yorkshire
Electorate75,163 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created2010
Member of parliamentAndrea Jenkyns (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromMorley and Rothwell, Normanton
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyYorkshire and the Humber

Morley and Outwood is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Andrea Jenkyns of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

Forerunners and boundaries[edit]

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.

Political history[edit]

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 to 2015. Balls narrowly lost the seat at the 2015 general election to the Conservative Party candidate Andrea Jenkyns which was described by Larry Elliott of The Guardian as a "Portillo moment".[2] The 2015 general election result gave the Conservatives that year their sixth-most marginal majority of their 331 seats won, by percentage of majority.[3] Third parties have not polled strongly in the seat to date — the combined votes of the two largest UK parties' candidates exceeded 72.9% of the total in 2010 and 2015, and in 2017 accounted for 97.4% of the total vote.

Boundaries[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5]

In the September 2016 Boundary Commission constituency proposals, this seat is set to disappear and its territory split between two new constituencies; Batley and Morley, & Normanton, Castleford and Outwood.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
Created from Morley and Rothwell and Normanton
2010 Ed Balls Labour Co-op[7]
2015 Andrea Jenkyns Conservative
2017

Election results[edit]

Elections of the 2010s[edit]

Election results for the Morley and Outwood UK Parliamentary constituency from 2010 to 2017

The 2017 snap election saw the Green Party stand aside in the Morley and Outwood constituency following discussions with the Labour candidate, in an attempt to prevent a victory for the Conservative candidate.[8] However, Andrea Jenkyns retained the seat for the Conservatives with an increased majority.

General Election 2017: Morley and Outwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrea Jenkyns 26,550 50.7 +11.8
Labour Co-op Neil Dawson 24,446 46.7 +8.7
Liberal Democrat Craig Dobson 1,361 2.6 -0.4
Majority 2,104 4.0 +3.1
Turnout 52,357 68.0 +4.7
Conservative hold Swing +1.6
General Election 2015: Morley and Outwood[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrea Jenkyns 18,776 38.9 +3.6
Labour Co-op Ed Balls 18,354 38.0 +0.4
UKIP David Dews 7,951 16.5 +13.4
Liberal Democrat Rebecca Taylor 1,426 3.0 −13.8
Green Martin Hemingway 1,264 2.6 N/A
Yorkshire Party Arnie Craven 479 1.0 N/A
Majority 422 0.9 N/A
Turnout 48,250 63.3 -2.5
Conservative gain from Labour Co-op Swing +1.6
General Election 2010: Morley and Outwood[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Ed Balls 18,365 37.6 N/A
Conservative Antony Calvert 17,264 35.3 N/A
Liberal Democrat James Monaghan 8,186 16.8 N/A
BNP Chris Beverley 3,535 7.2 N/A
UKIP David Daniel 1,505 3.1 N/A
Majority 1,101 2.3 N/A
Turnout 48,855 65.8 N/A
Labour Co-op 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. ^ Elliott, Larry (8 May 2015). "Defeat of Ed Balls gives Tories their 'Portillo moment'". The Guardian.
  3. ^ List of Conservative MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 29 January 2017
  4. ^ 2011 census interactive maps Archived 29 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ 2010 post-revision map Greater London and metropolitan areas of England
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 3)
  7. ^ "Ed Balls (MP for Morley & Outwood)". Co-operative Party. Retrieved 6 July 2010.[permanent dead link] Note that other sources and the "Statement of persons nominated" refer to Balls as "Labour".
  8. ^ 'Leeds Green Party announces General Election Candidates' (9 May 2017).
  9. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Morley & Outwood". BBC News. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.