Penistone (UK Parliament constituency)

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Penistone
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County West Riding of Yorkshire
1918 (1918)1983 (1983)
Number of members One
Replaced by Barnsley West & Penistone and Sheffield Hillsborough
Created from Hallamshire and Holmfirth

Penistone was a Parliamentary constituency covering the town of Penistone in Yorkshire and surrounding countryside. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first-past-the-post voting system.

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election and abolished for the 1983 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

The area formerly covered by this constituency was then placed mostly in the Barnsley West and Penistone constituency and partly in the Sheffield Hillsborough constituency.

Following a later boundary review, the Penistone and Stocksbridge constituency which came into force in 2010 General Election rounghly covered a similar area to the old Penistone constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Sydney Arnold Liberal
1921 by-election William Gillis Labour
1922 William Pringle Liberal
1924 Rennie Smith Labour
1931 Clifford Glossop Conservative
1935 Henry McGhee Labour
1959 by-election John Mendelson Labour
1978 by-election Allen McKay Labour
1983 constituency abolished: see Barnsley West and Penistone

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Penistone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Allen McKay 28,010 49.1
Conservative I. Dobkin 18,309 32.1
Liberal D. Chadwick 10,772 18.9
Majority 9,701 17.0
Turnout 78.9
Labour hold Swing
Penistone by-election, 1978
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Allen McKay 19,424 45.5
Conservative I. Dobkin 14,053 32.9
Liberal D. Chadwick 9,241 21.6
Majority 5,371 12.6
Turnout 42,718
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Penistone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Jakob Mendelson 27,146 54.2
Conservative G. C. W. Harris 12,011 24.0
Liberal D. Chadwick 10,900 21.8
Majority 15,135 30.2
Turnout 74.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Penistone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Jakob Mendelson 27,797 49.7
Conservative A. D. Wilkinson 14,084 25.2
Liberal D. Chadwick 13,140 23.5
Campaign for Social Democracy M. Eaden 867 1.6
Majority 13,713 24.5
Turnout 84.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Penistone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Jakob Mendelson 31,615 58.7
Conservative A. Pickup 14,897 27.7
Liberal Derick Mirfin 7,347 13.6
Majority 16,718 31.0
Turnout 73.9
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Penistone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Jakob Mendelson 31,419 62.3
Conservative B. Askew 11,817 23.4
Liberal R. Swinden 7,191 14.3
Majority 19,602 38.9
Turnout 78.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Penistone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Jakob Mendelson 29,784 58.1
Conservative B. Askew 13,095 25.6
Liberal R. Swinden 8,372 16.3
Majority 16,689 32.6
Turnout 81.1
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Penistone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Jakob Mendelson 31,117 61.1
Conservative J. B. Deby 19,809 38.9
Majority 11,308 22.2
Turnout 83.0
Labour hold Swing
Penistone by-election, 1959
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Jakob Mendelson 25,315 64.1 +1.8
Conservative J. B. Deby 14,196 35.9 −1.8
Majority 11,119 28.1 +3.4
Turnout 39,511
Labour hold Swing +1.8
General Election 1955: Penistone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Henry George McGhee 29,432 62.3
Conservative L. B. Fulton 17,796 37.7
Majority 11,636 24.6
Turnout 80.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Penistone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Henry George McGhee 36,169 64.2
Conservative D. Hinchcliffe 20,145 35.8
Majority 16,024 28.5
Turnout 85.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Penistone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Henry George McGhee 34,979 62.0
Conservative D. Hinchcliffe 16,128 28.6
Liberal A. F. Smith 5,316 9.4
Majority 18,851 33.4
Turnout 87.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Penistone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Henry George McGhee 40,180 65.8
Conservative R. G. Davies 20,869 34.2
Majority 19,311 31.6
Turnout 75.1
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Penistone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Henry George McGhee 23,869 53.5
Conservative Clifford William Hudson Glossop 20,783 46.5
Majority 3,086 7.0
Turnout 73.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1931: Penistone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Clifford William Hudson Glossop 19,556 47.7
Labour Rennie Smith 14,584 35.6
Liberal T. Neville 6,821 16.7
Majority 4,972 12.1
Turnout 81.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Penistone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rennie Smith 17,286 45.2
Conservative F. G. Bibbings 10,640 27.9
Liberal Ashley Mitchell 10,277 26.9
Majority 6,646 17.3
Turnout 38,203 81.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1924: Penistone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rennie Smith 10,997 38.5
Conservative C. Hodgkinson 9,718 38.5
Liberal William Mather Rutherford Pringle 7,799 27.4
Majority 1,279 4.4
Turnout 28,514 80.6
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1923: Penistone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Mather Rutherford Pringle 9,164 36.9
Labour Rennie Smith 8,329 33.5
Conservative C. Hodgkinson 7,369 29.6
Majority 835 3.4
Turnout 24,862 71.8
Liberal hold Swing
William Pringle
General Election 1922: Penistone

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Mather Rutherford Pringle 8,924 35.8
Labour William Gillis 8,382 33.7
Conservative Charles Hodgkinson 7,600 30.5
Majority 542 2.1
Turnout 24,906 73.1
Liberal hold Swing
Penistone by-election, 1921
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Gillis 8,560 36.2
Liberal William Mather Rutherford Pringle 7,984 33.7
Coalition Liberal Sir James Peace Hinchcliffe 7,123 30.1
Majority 576 2.5
Turnout 23,667 71.7
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Sydney Arnold
General Election 1918: Penistone

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sydney Arnold 7,338 39.4
Conservative Maj. Phillip Gatty Smith 6,744 36.2
Independent Labour Frederick William Southern 4,556 24.4
Majority 594 3.2
Turnout 58.4
Liberal hold Swing

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