Pontefract and Castleford (UK Parliament constituency)
|Pontefract and Castleford|
|Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Pontefract and Castleford in West Yorkshire for the 2005 general election.
Location of West Yorkshire within England.
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Normanton, Pontefract & Castleford|
Pontefract and Castleford was a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom until the 2010 general election. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
1974-1983: The Municipal Boroughs of Castleford and Pontefract, and the Urban District of Featherstone.
1983-2010: The City of Wakefield wards of Castleford Ferry Fryston, Castleford Glasshoughton, Castleford Whitwood, Knottingley, Pontefract North, and Pontefract South.
The constituency covered the West Yorkshire towns of Pontefract and Castleford. It was a very safe Labour seat, made up of former mining towns and villages. The MP from 1997 until its abolition in 2010, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, is married to former fellow Labour MP, former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.
Following their review of parliamentary representation in West Yorkshire, the number of seats in West Yorkshire were reduced by one due to population decline by the Boundary Commission for England. A new, geographically larger, constituency called Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford was created in 2010 including the whole of this constituency.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||Joe Harper||Labour|
|1978 by-election||Sir Geoffrey Lofthouse||Labour|
|2010||Constituency abolished: see Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Wesley Paxton||3,942||12.0||+4.6|
|Alliance for Green Socialism||Bob Hague||470||1.4||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Wesley Paxton||2,315||7.4||+0.1|
|Socialist Labour||Trevor Bolderson||605||1.9||N/A|
|Socialist Alliance||John Gill||330||1.1||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Wesley Paxton||3,042||7.4||−1.8|
|Liberal Democrat||DL Ryan||4,410||9.2||−2.1|
Elections in the 1980s
|SDP–Liberal Alliance||Michael Taylor||5,334||11.3|
|Red Front||Daniel McFarlane-Lees||295||0.6|
|SDP–Liberal Alliance||D. Dale||7,452||17.1|
Elections in the 1970s
|Workers Revolutionary||T. Parsons||457||1.1||-1.1|
|Workers Revolutionary||B. Lavery||991||2.2||N/A|
Notes and references
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.