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Penistone and Stocksbridge (UK Parliament constituency)

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.
CountySouth Yorkshire
Electorate69,133 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsStocksbridge, Penistone
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentAngela Smith (The Independents)
Number of membersOne
Created fromSheffield Hillsborough (part) (still extant)
Barnsley West and Penistone (part)
European Parliament constituencyYorkshire and the Humber

Penistone and Stocksbridge is a constituency[n 1] in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament represented since its creation in 2010 by Angela Smith. As with all constituencies, adults qualifying to vote in the seat (its electorate) elect one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.

Elected as a member of the Labour Party, Smith quit the party in February 2019 and joined Change UK. She left the party in June 2019 and now sits with The Independents.



The Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley wards of Dodworth, Penistone East, and Penistone West, and the Sheffield wards of Stocksbridge and Upper Don, East Ecclesfield 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. In 2015, the Labour majority increased, partly due to a split right-wing vote between the Conservatives and UKIP, while the Liberal Democrats vote decline largely benefited Labour in the seat.

When the UKIP vote declined in 2017, with a large amount of those voters going to the Conservatives causing a swing of almost 6% against Labour, the seat became extremely marginal. It would take a swing of less than 2% for the Conservatives to take it in the future and would give them their first seat in South Yorkshire since before the 1997 general election.

Constituency profileEdit

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 specialises 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, Green Moor and Thurgoland occupied mostly by commuters to Sheffield (as well as those for 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 to 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; the third is Wentworth Castle, where an adult educational establishment, Northern College, is based.[n 2]

Members of ParliamentEdit


Elections in the 2010sEdit

General election 2017: Penistone and Stocksbridge[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Angela Smith 22,807 45.8 +3.8
Conservative Nicola Wilson 21,485 43.2 +15.5
UKIP John Booker 3,453 6.9 -16.0
Liberal Democrat Penny Baker 2,042 4.1 - 2.2
Majority 1,322 2.6 -11.7
Turnout 49,787 69.8 +3.9
Labour hold Swing -5.8
General election 2015: Penistone and Stocksbridge[4][5]
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 +7.7
Turnout 46,854 65.9 -2.4
Labour hold Swing
General election 2010: Penistone and Stocksbridge[6]
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 alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 1)
  3. ^ "Penistone and Stocksbridge". Sheffield City Council. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Penistone & Stocksbridge". BBC News. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.