Ashfield (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.
Location of Nottinghamshire within England.
|Population||101,914 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||77,049 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Sutton in Ashfield, Kirkby in Ashfield and Eastwood|
|Member of parliament||Gloria De Piero (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||East Midlands|
To date almost always a Labour Party seat since its creation for the 1955 general election, the Ashfield constituency has been served by a former Secretary of State, Geoff Hoon, and since its creation for only two years has been served by one member of another party, Tim Smith of the Conservative Party, from 1977 to 1979. Ashfield's results indicate quite large Labour majorities. In 2010, the seat had a marginal majority of only 192 over the Liberal Democrats, but this was increased to 8,820 in 2015 after a collapse in the Liberal vote,with the Conservatives finishing second. In 2017,there was another narrow margin of victory for Labour after an 8.9 swing to the Conservatives, who squeezed most of the fairly substantial UKIP vote from two years earlier, and also a large vote for the Ashfield Independent candidate of nearly 10%, but Labour did just enough to hang on by just over 400 votes.
1955-1974: The Urban Districts of Eastwood, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, and Sutton-in-Ashfield, and in the Rural District of Basford the parishes of Annesley, Bestwood Park, Brinsley, Felley, Linby, Newstead, Papplewick, and Selston.
1974-1983: The Urban Districts of Hucknall, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, and Sutton-in-Ashfield, and in the Rural District of Basford the parishes of Annesley, Felley, and Selston.
1983-2010: The District of Ashfield wards of Jacksdale, Kirkby-in-Ashfield Central, Kirkby-in-Ashfield East, Kirkby-in-Ashfield West, Selston, Sutton-in-Ashfield Central, Sutton-in-Ashfield East, Sutton-in-Ashfield North, Sutton-in-Ashfield West, Underwood, and Woodhouse, and the Borough of Broxtowe wards of Brinsley, Eastwood East, Eastwood North, and Eastwood South.
2010-present: The District of Ashfield wards of Jacksdale, Kirkby-in-Ashfield Central, Kirkby-in-Ashfield East, Kirkby-in-Ashfield West, Selston, Sutton-in-Ashfield Central, Sutton-in-Ashfield East, Sutton-in-Ashfield North, Sutton-in-Ashfield West, Underwood, and Woodhouse, and the Borough of Broxtowe wards of Brinsley, Eastwood North and Greasley Beauvale, and Eastwood South.
Members of ParliamentEdit
The former Cabinet minister Geoff Hoon represented the seat for the Labour Party from 1992, when he succeeded the three-term Labour member Frank Haynes, to 2010 when he retired. Ashfield is now represented by Gloria De Piero, who came close to losing the seat after a 17.2% swing to the Liberal Democrats in 2010 but increased her majority again in 2015, only for it to be reduced to 441 in 2017.
|1977 by-election||Tim Smith||Conservative|
|2010||Gloria De Piero||Labour|
Elections in the 2010sEdit
|Labour||Gloria De Piero||21,285||42.6||1.6|
|Ashfield Independents||Gail Turner||4,612||9.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Bob Charlesworth||969||1.9||12.9|
|Labour||Gloria De Piero||19,448||41.0||+7.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Philip Smith||7,030||14.8||−18.5|
|Justice for Men and Boys||Mike Buchanan||153||0.3||N/A|
The Liberal Democrats had again selected Jason Zadrozny. But a few weeks prior to the election, Zadrozny stood down following an allegation made against him and he was replaced by Philip Smith. Zadrozny was eventually cleared of all charges in October 2017.
|Labour||Gloria De Piero||16,239||33.7||−15.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Jason Zadrozny||16,047||33.3||+19.5|
|English Democrat||Tony Ellis||1,102||2.3||N/A|
Elections in the 2000sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Wendy Johnson||5,829||13.9||+2.6|
|Ashfield Independents||Roy Adkins||2,292||5.5||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||William Smith||4,428||11.3||+1.6|
|Socialist Alliance||George Watson||589||1.5||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Katrina R. Howse||380||1.0||N/A|
Elections in the 1990sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||William E. Smith||4,882||9.7||−2.8|
|Referendum||Martin I. Betts||1,896||3.8||N/A|
|BNP||Steven E. Belshaw||595||1.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||James S. Turton||7,291||12.5||−12.2|
Elections in the 1980sEdit
Elections in the 1970sEdit
|National Front||W. Annable||397||0.6||N/A|
|National Front||George Herrod||1,734||3.8||N/A|
|Socialist Workers||June Hall||453||1.0||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||20.8|
Elections in the 1960sEdit
Elections in the 1950sEdit
|Conservative||Julian GW Sandys||14,690||29.31|
|Conservative||Alan S Plane||12,836||28.06|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Notes and referencesEdit
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- "BBC News - Ex-cabinet minister Geoff Hoon to stand down as an MP". news.bbc.co.uk.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 3)
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Conservatives choose Ashfield candidate for General Election". www.chad.co.uk.
- Ashfield Liberal Democrats name new candidate Nottingham Post 2 April 2015 Retrieved 2015-04-07
- correspondent, Rowena Mason Political (26 March 2015). "Lib Dem election candidate arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse" – via The Guardian.
- "Nottinghamshire councillor Jason Zadrozny's child sex case thrown out". BBC News. 30 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "BBC News - Election 2010 - Constituency - Ashfield". news.bbc.co.uk.
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- Youngs, Frederic A., Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol II, Northern England, London, 1991