Rother Valley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°25′48″N 1°21′25″W / 53.430°N 1.357°W / 53.430; -1.357

Rother Valley
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Rother Valley in South Yorkshire.
Outline map
Location of South Yorkshire within England.
County South Yorkshire
Electorate 73,068 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Maltby
Rotherham (part)
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of parliament Kevin Barron (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Doncaster, Hallamshire and Rotherham
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Rother Valley is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1983 by Kevin Barron, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

This constituency was created by the Representation of the People Act 1918. Unusually in the light of the events of the Labour Party's early 20th-century years, the seat has been represented by a member of that party continuously since the seat was formed. The size of the majorities never having been marginal[n 3] in the elections to date, this has been a safe seat for the party.

Boundaries[edit]

Rother Valley constituency covers an area in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham south of Rotherham itself. It is bordered by the constituencies of Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Derbyshire North East, Don Valley, Rotherham, Sheffield South East, and Wentworth and Dearne.

Boundary review[edit]

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election since which it has electoral wards:

  • Anston and Woodsetts, Dinnington, Hellaby, Holderness, Maltby, Rother Vale, Sitwell, and Wales in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

The constituency consists of Census Output Areas of one local government district: a working population whose income is on average slightly below the national average and close to average reliance upon social housing.[3] At the end of 2012 the unemployment rate in the constituency stood as 4.0% of the population claiming jobseekers allowance, compared to the regional average of 4.7%. This was considerably lower than the rate in the Rotherham constituency of 7% and 9.6% male unemployment.[4]

The borough contributing to the seat has a relatively 26.6% of its population without a car compared to 20.1% in Bassetlaw and 30.3% in Sheffield. In terms of extremes of education 29.8% of the population in 2011 were without qualifications contrasted with 17.4% with level 4 qualifications or above.

In terms of tenure 65.2% of homes are owned outright or on a mortgage as at the 2011 census across the borough.[5] In the 10 years to the April 2011 Census the social rented sector saw a 4.9% reduction and the private rented sector a 5.3% increase; outright ownership saw a 3.8% increase.[5]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1918 Thomas Walter Grundy Labour
1935 Edward Dunn Labour
1945 David Griffiths Labour
1970 Peter Hardy Labour
1983 Kevin Barron Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Rother Valley general election results
General Election 2015: Rother Valley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Barron 20,501 43.6 +2.7
UKIP Allen Cowles 13,204 28.1 +22.5
Conservative Gary Streeter 10,945 23.3 -5.1
Liberal Democrat Robert Teal 1,992 4.2 -13.1
English Democrats Sharon Pilling 377 0.8 +0.8
Majority 7,297 15.5
Turnout 47,019 63.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election 2010: Rother Valley[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Barron 19,147 40.9 -10.6
Conservative Lynda Donaldson 13,281 28.4 +5.3
Liberal Democrat Wesley Paxton[10] 8,111 17.3 +1.2
BNP William Blair 3,616 7.7 +2.8
UKIP Tina Dowdall 2,613 5.6 +1.3
Majority 5,866 12.5 -23.5
Turnout 46,768 64.2 +6.5
Labour hold Swing -8.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Barron 21,871 55.4 -6.7
Conservative Colin Phillips 7,647 19.4 -2.3
Liberal Democrat Phil Bristow 6,272 15.9 +3.4
BNP Nick Cass 2,020 5.1 N/A
UKIP Gordon Brown 1,685 4.3 +0.6
Majority 14,224 36.0
Turnout 39,495 58.1 +4.9
Labour hold Swing -2.2
General Election 2001: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Barron 22,851 62.1 -5.5
Conservative James Duddridge 7,969 21.7 +5.0
Liberal Democrat Win Knight 4,603 12.5 +0.9
UKIP David Cutts 1,380 3.7 N/A
Majority 14,882 40.4
Turnout 36,803 53.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Barron 31,184 67.6
Conservative Steven Stanbury 7,699 16.7
Liberal Democrat Stan Burgess 5,342 11.6
Referendum Party S. Cook 1,932 4.2
Majority 23,485 50.9
Turnout 67.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Rother Valley[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Barron 30,977 60.5 +4.1
Conservative G. Toby A.W. Horton 13,755 26.9 +1.9
Liberal Democrat Kevin A. Smith 6,483 12.7 −5.8
Majority 17,222 33.6 +2.2
Turnout 51,215 75.0 −0.6
Labour hold Swing +1.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Barron 28,292 56.4
Conservative P. R. Rayner 12,502 24.9
Social Democratic J. R. Boddy 9,240 18.4
Workers Revolutionary M. R. Driver 145 0.3
Majority 15,790 31.5
Turnout 75.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Barron 21,781 46.5
Conservative J. Derrick 13,156 28.1
Social Democratic J. R. Boddy 11,903 25.4
Majority 8,625 18.4
Turnout 71.9
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Hardy 45,986 62.2
Conservative R. Barber 19,984 27.0
Liberal C. Sykes 7,937 10.7
Majority 26,002 35.2
Turnout 74.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Hardy 44,670 67.3
Conservative Gary Peter Anthony Waller 11,893 17.9
Liberal G. Reid 9,828 14.8
Majority 32,777 49.4
Turnout 72.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Hardy 52,532 73.4
Conservative Gary Peter Anthony Waller 19,058 26.6
Majority 33,474 46.7
Turnout 78.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Hardy 44,322 71.8
Conservative Robert Anthony Bevis Durant 17,418 28.2
Majority 26,904 43.6
Turnout 70.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Griffiths 43,634 76.8
Conservative E. R. Cooke 11,925 30.3
Majority 30,467 53.6
Turnout 68.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Griffiths 43,101 74.4
Conservative Raymond Whitley Hadfield 14,813 25.6
Majority 28,288 48.8
Turnout 77.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Griffiths 43,962 74.1
Conservative W. A. V. Hoskins 15,369 25.9
Majority 28,593 48.2
Turnout 82.8
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Griffiths 39,968 75.6
Conservative W. A. V. Hoskins 12,916 24.4
Majority 27,052 51.2
Turnout 78.8
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Griffiths 41,990 75.7
Conservative R. Hall 13,470 24.3
Majority 28,520 51.4
Turnout 86.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Griffiths 42,222 76.6
Conservative W. R. A. Breare 12,887 23.4
Majority 29,335 53.2
Turnout 87.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Griffiths 44,449 75.2
Conservative J. H. Bull 14,669 24.8
Majority 29,830 50.4
Turnout 75.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Edward Dunn 33,271 72.0
Conservative A. G. Olliver 12,907 28.0
Majority 20,364 44.0
Turnout 73.8
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1931: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Edward Dunn 26,185 62.3
Conservative A. G. Olliver 15,812 37.7
Majority 10,373 24.6
Turnout 77.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929

Electorate 51,261

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Walter Grundy 30,405 76.3
Conservative Cecil Frederick Pike 9,460 23.7
Majority 20,945 52.6
Turnout 77.8
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1924: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Walter Grundy 18,750 65.3
Conservative F. R. Wade 9,985 34.7
Majority 8,765 30.6
Turnout 75.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1923: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Walter Grundy 15,967 68.6
Conservative F. R. Wade 7,323 31.4
Majority 8,644 37.2
Turnout 64.0
Labour hold Swing

In the 1922 UK general election, Thomas Walter Grundy was elected unopposed.

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Rother Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Walter Grundy 9,917 55.1
National Democratic Ernest George Bearcroft 4,894 27.2
Liberal Albert Edward Mann Turner 3,177 17.7
Majority 5,023 27.9
Turnout 56.3
Labour hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough 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. ^ The closest result was in 2010 — still greater than a 10% majority
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 2010 post-revision map Greater London and metropolitan areas of England
  3. ^ 2001 Census
  4. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  5. ^ a b 2011 census interactive maps
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  7. ^ "Rother Valley". BBC News. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated
  9. ^ "Election 2010: Rother Valley Constituency Results". BBC News. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Wesley Paxton". Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

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