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Barnsley Central (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 53°33′14″N 1°28′48″W / 53.554°N 1.480°W / 53.554; -1.480

Barnsley Central
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Barnsley Central in South Yorkshire
Outline map
Location of South Yorkshire within England
CountySouth Yorkshire
Population85,714 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate64,732 (December 2010)[2]
Major settlementsBarnsley, Royston
Current constituency
Created1983
Member of ParliamentDan Jarvis[3] (Labour)
Number of membersOne
Created fromBarnsley, Wakefield
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyYorkshire and the Humber

Barnsley Central is a constituency[n 1] in South Yorkshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2011 by Dan Jarvis of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Constituency profileEdit

Barnsley Central is generally an urban seat and has a large majority of its population on middle or low incomes, with most of the large former mining towns' social housing contained within it.[4] It has been held by the Labour Party since 1983 on large majorities, like its main predecessor, making it a safe seat.

HistoryEdit

Created in 1983, Barnsley Central covers a similar area to that of the former Barnsley constituency. The seat was held by almost a year from May 2010 by Eric Illsley as an independent MP after he was suspended from the Labour party over the expenses row and he led to its becoming vacant on 8 February 2011.[5]

On 12 January 2011 having admitted the crime of fraud over his expenses, Illsley announced the intention to stand down from Parliament, necessitating a by-election in early 2011.[6] On 8 February 2011 Ilsley resigned his seat[n 3] before he was due to be sentenced for fraudulently claiming parliamentary expenses.[7] The by-election was held on 3 March 2011 and was won by Dan Jarvis for the Labour Party. The Labour majority and share of the vote rose to give an absolute majority, on a turnout 20% lower than in the General Election, meanwhile the Conservative share of the vote fell steeply to just 8.3%, less than UKIP on 12.2%.[3]

BoundariesEdit

1983-1997: The Borough of Barnsley wards of Ardsley, Athersley, Central, Monk Bretton, North West, Royston, and South West.

1997-2010: The Borough of Barnsley wards of Ardsley, Athersley, Central, Cudworth, Monk Bretton, North West, Royston, and South West.

2010–present: The Borough of Barnsley wards of Central, Darton East, Darton West, Kingstone, Monk Bretton, Old Town, Royston, and St Helens.

Barnsley Central constituency covers most of the town of Barnsley. It is bordered by the constituencies of Wakefield, Hemsworth, Barnsley East, and Penistone and Stocksbridge.

Members of ParliamentEdit

The constituency has had three Members of Parliament since its creation in 1983, all of whom have been from the Labour Party.

Election Member[8] Party
1983 Roy Mason Labour
1987 Eric Illsley Labour
2010 Independent[5]
2011 by-election Dan Jarvis Labour

ElectionsEdit

General election 2019: Barnsley Central[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Iftikhar Ahmed
Brexit Party Victoria Felton
Green Tom Heyes
Labour Dan Jarvis
Liberal Democrats Will Sapwell
Yorkshire Party Ryan Williams[10]
Independent Donald Wood
General election 2017: Barnsley Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dan Jarvis 24,982 63.9 +8.2
Conservative Amanda Ford 9,436 24.1 +9.1
UKIP Gavin Felton 3,339 8.5 -13.2
Green Richard Trotman 572 1.5 -1.1
Liberal Democrats David Ridgway 549 1.4 -0.7
English Democrat Stephen Morris 211 0.5 -0.8
Majority 15,546 39.8 +5.8
Turnout 39,089 60.6 +3.9
Labour hold Swing
General election 2015: Barnsley Central[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dan Jarvis 20,376 55.7 +8.5
UKIP Lee Hunter 7,941 21.7 +17.1
Conservative Kay Carter 5,485 15.0 -2.3
Green Michael Short 938 2.6 N/A
Liberal Democrats John Ridgway 770 2.1 -15.2
TUSC Dave Gibson 573 1.6 N/A
English Democrat Ian Sutton 477 1.3 N/A
Majority 12,435 34.0 +4.0
Turnout 36,560 56.7 +0.2
Labour hold Swing -4.3
 
General election results since 1983
Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
2011 Barnsley Central by-election [13]
Turnout: 24,219 (36.5%) -19.6
Labour hold
Majority: 11,771 (48.6%) +18.6
Dan JarvisLabour14,72460.8+13.5
Jane Collins UKIP2,95312.2+7.5
James Hockney Conservative1,9998.3-9.0
Enis Dalton BNP1,4636.0-2.9
Tony Devoy Independent1,2665.2+3.6
Dominic Carman Liberal Democrats1,0124.2-13.1
Kevin Riddiough English Democrat5442.2N/A
Howling Laud Hope Monster Raving Loony1980.8N/A
Michael Val Davies Independent600.2N/A
General Election 2010 [14][15]
Turnout: 37,001 (56.5%) +8.8
Labour hold
Majority: 11,093 (30.0%) −14.5
Swing: 5.5% from Lab to Lib Dem
Eric IllsleyLabour17,48747.3−10.4
Christopher Wiggin Liberal Democrats6,39417.3+0.7
Piers Tempest Conservative6,38817.3+2.5
Ian Sutton BNP3,3078.9+4.4
David Silver UKIP1,7274.7N/A
Donald Wood Independent7322.0-2.1
Tony Devoy Independent6101.6N/A
Terence Robinson Socialist Labour3561.0N/A
General Election 2005 [16][17]
Turnout: 28,615 (47.2%) +1.4
Labour hold
Majority: 12,732 (44.5%) −10.4
Swing: 5.2% from Lab to Lib Dem
Eric IllsleyLabour17,47861.1−8.5
Miles Crompton Liberal Democrats4,74616.6+1.9
Peter Morel Conservative3,81313.3+0.2
Geoffrey Broadley BNP1,4034.9N/A
Donald Wood Independent1,1754.1N/A
General Election 2001 [18][19]
Turnout: 27,543 (45.8%) −13.8
Labour hold
Majority: 15,130 (54.9%) −12.7
Swing: 6.3% from Lab to Con
Eric IllsleyLabour19,18169.6−7.4
Alan Hartley Liberal Democrats4,05114.7+5.2
Ian McCord Conservative3,60813.1+3.3
Henry Rajch Socialist Alliance7032.6N/A
General Election 1997 [20][21][22][23]
Turnout: 36,485 (59.7%) −10.8
Labour hold
Majority: 24,501 (67.2%) +17.6
Swing: 7.5% from Con to Lab
Eric IllsleyLabour28,09077.0+6.2
Simon Gutteridge Conservative3,5899.8−8.7
Darren Finlay Liberal Democrats3,4819.5−1.2
James Walsh Referendum1,3253.6N/A
General Election 1992 [24][25]
Turnout: 39,056 (70.5%) +0.5
Labour hold
Majority: 19,361 (49.6%) +0.9
Swing: 0.5% from Con to Lab
Eric IllsleyLabour27,04869.3+2.5
David N. Senior Conservative7,68719.7+1.6
Stephen R. Cowton Liberal Democrats4,32111.1−4.1
General Election 1987 [26][27]
Turnout: 37,548 (70.0%) +3.7
Labour hold
Majority: 19,051 (48.7%) +9.9
Eric IllsleyLabour26,13966.8+7.0
Vivien Prais Conservative7,08818.1−2.9
Susan Holland Liberal4,32115.1−4.1
General Election 1983 [28][29]
New constituency
Turnout: 36,532 (66.3%) N/A
Labour win
Majority: 14,173 (38.8%) N/A
Roy MasonLabour21,84759.8N/A
Howard S. Oldfield Conservative7,67421.0N/A
Geoffrey C. Reid Liberal7,01119.2N/A

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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. ^ By the time-honoured tradition of accepting appointment as Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds
References
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  4. ^ "Local statistics - Office for National Statistics". neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk.
  5. ^ a b "Labour MP charged over expenses". BBC News. BBC. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  6. ^ "MPs' expenses: Eric Illsley is to stand down as MP". 12 January 2011 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Expenses fraud Barnsley Central MP Eric Illsley resigns" (Press release). BBC. 8 February 2011. Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
  8. ^ *Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)
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  17. ^ "Vote 2005". BBC News. 5 May 2005. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
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  23. ^ The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
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