Penistone and Stocksbridge (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°30′29″N 1°36′25″W / 53.508°N 1.607°W / 53.508; -1.607

Penistone and Stocksbridge
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Penistone and Stocksbridge in South Yorkshire.
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Location of South Yorkshire within England.
County South Yorkshire
Electorate 69,133 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Stocksbridge, Penistone
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Angela Smith (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Sheffield Hillsborough (part) (still extant)
Barnsley West and Penistone (part)
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Penistone and Stocksbridge is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Angela Smith of the Labour Party.[n 2]


The Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley wards of Dodworth, Penistone East, and Penistone West, and the City of Sheffield wards of East Ecclesfield, Stocksbridge and Upper Don, and West Ecclesfield.


The seat largely resembles the old Penistone Constituency, which, following the election of a Conservative in the Conservative landslide in 1931, returned MPs representing the Labour Party through to its abolition in 1983.

In 1983, two new constituencies were formed, Sheffield Hillsborough and Barnsley West and Penistone, both of which returned Labour MPs at every election they were fought. The 2010 result was that of a marginal Labour majority.

Constituency profile[edit]

The seat is most heavily populated on its eastern fringe, with communities built largely on the coal and steel industries, such as the ex-mining village of Dodworth and the steelworking town of Stocksbridge. Penistone too has a history of steelworking at the David Brown and high-tech foundries although many local people are or have been employed at the Hepworth pipeworks (formerly Hepworth Iron Co./Hepworth Building Products) which specialising in the manufacture of pipes, mains and domestic and whose fortunes vary with demand in construction. Between these urban areas are rural villages including Oxspring, Wortley, Greenmoor and Thurgoland occupied mostly by commuters to Sheffield (also Leeds and Manchester). The western area of the constituency is in the Peak District National Park.

The seat contains three significant stately homes. Cannon Hall (home of the Spencer-Stanhope family of Pre-Raphaelites) is open-the-public as the 13th/18th Royal Hussars Museum, while Wortley Hall (ancestral home of the Wortley-Montagu family) is largely used by trade unions and their families, and the third is Wentworth Castle,where an adult educational establishment, Northern College, is based.[n 3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
2010 Angela Smith Labour


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Penistone and Stocksbridge[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Angela Smith 19,691 42.0 +4.3
Conservative Steven Jackson 12,968 27.7 -3.5
UKIP Graeme Waddicar 10,738 22.9 +18.8
Liberal Democrat Rosalyn Gordon 2,957 6.3 -14.8
English Democrat Colin Porter 500 1.1 0.0
Majority 6,723 14.3
Turnout 46,854 65.9
Labour hold Swing +3.9
General Election 2010: Penistone and Stocksbridge[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Angela Smith* 17,565 37.8 -7.4
Conservative Spencer Pitfield 14,516 31.2 +7.5
Liberal Democrat Ian Cuthbertson 9,800 21.1 -3.7
BNP Paul James 2,207 4.7 +0.0
UKIP Grant French 1,936 4.2 +2.5
English Democrat Paul McEnhill 492 1.1 +1.1
Majority 3,049 6.6
Turnout 46,516 67.9 +5.8
Labour hold Swing -7.5
* Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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.
  3. ^ These are open for most of the year, the former as a regimental museum and the latter for special events thus providing recreational and tourism income alongside the Peak District.
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Penistone & Stocksbridge". BBC News. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.