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.
County West Yorkshire
Electorate 75,163 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Andrea Jenkyns (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Morley and Rothwell, Normanton
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire 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]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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[5] Party
2010 Ed Balls Labour Co-op[6]
2015 Andrea Jenkyns Conservative

Election results[edit]

Elections of the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Morley and Outwood[7][8]
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 First 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[9]
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. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Elliott, Larry (8 May 2015). "Defeat of Ed Balls gives Tories their 'Portillo moment'". The Guardian. London. 
  3. ^ 2011 census interactive maps
  4. ^ 2010 post-revision map Greater London and metropolitan areas of England
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ "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".
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Morley & Outwood". BBC News. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.