Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (UK Parliament constituency)
|Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford in West Yorkshire
Location of West Yorkshire within England
|Electorate||83,284 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Normanton, Castleford and Pontefract|
|Member of Parliament||Yvette Cooper (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Pontefract and Castleford, Normanton|
|European Parliament constituency||Yorkshire and the Humber|
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which recommended this constituency for the 2010 general election in the district of the city of Wakefield. Due to less increase in population than elsewhere the Commission had to reduce constituencies in the county by one, resulting in the "merger" of Normanton and Pontefract/Castleford seats, however some wards of both went to other neighbouring seats to give the correct size electorate.
The Commission had great difficulty in naming the constituency, with "Normanton and Pontefract" and "Pontefract and Castleford" both suggested. On 24 May 2006 the modified name was chosen following further public consultation. The only other three-place constituency in England in terms of name is Ruislip, Northwood, and Pinner in Middlesex.
- Airedale and Ferry Fryston, Altofts and Whitwood, Castleford Central and Glasshoughton, Knottingley, Normanton, Pontefract North, and Pontefract South.
The area has the three retail towns, Pontefract being the most touristic — producing liquorice as well as Pontefract cakes — the wider economy includes self-employed trades, work in local manufacturing and jobs in creative industry, retail, public sector and corporate headquarters including in Leeds and Wakefield.
Well recovered from economic decline from the loss of most local mines, the rate of jobseeking benefits claimed is lower than the Yorkshire and Humber average (4.6%) at 4.4% however this slightly exceeds the national average and is over twice that of six constituencies in the region.[n 3]
Members of Parliament
|2010||Yvette Cooper||Labour||Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2009-2010)|
|Brexit Party||Deneice Florence-Jukes|
|Liberal Democrat||Tom Gordon|
|Yorkshire Party||Laura Walker|
Elections in the 2010s
|Yorkshire Party||Daniel Gascoigne*||1,431||2.9||+2.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Clarke Roberts*||693||1.4||-1.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Edward McMillan-Scott*||1,330||2.9||−13.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Chris Rush||7,585||16.4||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
* = Lost deposit
EU Referendum 2016
The results for the EU referendum were not returned by individual Parliamentary constituency, but the Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford area is estimated to have voted by a 69.3% – 30.7% margin to Leave the EU.
Notes and references
- A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- York Outer, Elmet and Rothwell, Sheffield Hallam, Harrogate and Knaresborough, Skipton and Ripon and, Thirsk and Malton
- "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.
- "UK's last deep coal mine Kellingley Colliery capped off". BBC News Online. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire closed in December, bringing to an end centuries of deep coal mining in Britain.
- Unemployment statistics The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 2)
- Florence-Jukes, Deneice [@FlorenceJukes] (28 August 2019). "Proud to be standing as the Brexit Party Parliamentary Candidate for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford. Ready to deliver real democracy where @YvetteCooperMP has failed...miserably!" (Tweet). Retrieved 1 October 2019 – via Twitter.[better source needed]
- "Good luck Tom Gordon, our new candidate for Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Normanton, Pontefract & Castleford!". Facebook.[better source needed]
- "Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidates". Mark Pack. 9 September 2019.
- "Yorkshire Party announces first candidates". Yorkshire Party. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Normanton, Pontefract & Castleford". BBC News. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election 2017 dashboard". Democratic Dashboard.