Penistone and Stocksbridge (UK Parliament constituency)

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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
County South Yorkshire
Electorate 70,311 (December 2019) [1]
Major settlements Stocksbridge, Penistone
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of Parliament Miriam Cates (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created from Sheffield Hillsborough (part) (still extant)
Barnsley West and Penistone (part)

Penistone and Stocksbridge is a constituency [n 1] in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament represented since 2019 by Miriam Cates, a Conservative. 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.

Boundaries

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.

History

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.

Elected as a member of the Labour Party, MP Angela Smith quit the party in February 2019 and joined Change UK. She left this party in June 2019 and joined The Independents. She departed the parliamentary group in September 2019 and joined the Liberal Democrats. Smith chose not to defend her seat at the 2019 election; she instead contested Altrincham and Sale West for the Liberal Democrats, failing to gain the seat. In this election, the Conservatives gained Penistone and Stocksbridge to gain one of three seats in South Yorkshire, their first since before the 1997 general election.

Constituency profile

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 Parliament

ElectionMember [2] Party
2010 Angela Smith Labour
2019 Change UK
Independent
The Independents
Liberal Democrats
2019 Miriam Cates Conservative

Elections

Elections in the 2010s

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General election 2019: Penistone and Stocksbridge [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Miriam Cates 23,688 47.8 Increase2.svg 4.6
Labour Francyne Johnson16,47833.3Decrease2.svg 12.5
Liberal Democrats Hannah Kitching5,05410.2Increase2.svg 6.1
Brexit Party John Booker4,3008.7New
Majority7,21014.5N/A
Turnout 49,52069.8Steady2.svg
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase2.svg 8.6
General election 2017: Penistone and Stocksbridge [4]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Angela Smith 22,807 45.8 Increase2.svg 3.8
Conservative Nicola Wilson21,48543.2Increase2.svg 15.5
UKIP John Booker3,4536.9Decrease2.svg 16.0
Liberal Democrats Penny Baker2,0424.1Decrease2.svg 2.2
Majority1,3222.6Decrease2.svg 11.7
Turnout 49,78769.8Increase2.svg 3.9
Labour hold Swing Decrease2.svg 5.8
General election 2015: Penistone and Stocksbridge [5] [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Angela Smith 19,691 42.0 Increase2.svg 4.2
Conservative Steven Jackson12,96827.7Decrease2.svg 3.5
UKIP Graeme Waddicar10,73822.9Increase2.svg 18.7
Liberal Democrats Rosalyn Gordon2,9576.3Decrease2.svg 14.8
English Democrat Colin Porter5001.1Steady2.svg
Majority6,72314.3Increase2.svg 7.7
Turnout 46,85465.9Decrease2.svg 2.0
Labour hold Swing
General election 2010: Penistone and Stocksbridge [7]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Angela Smith* 17,565 37.8 Decrease2.svg 7.4
Conservative Spencer Pitfield14,51631.2Increase2.svg 7.5
Liberal Democrats Ian Cuthbertson9,80021.1Decrease2.svg 3.7
BNP Paul James2,2074.7New
UKIP Grant French1,9364.2Increase2.svg 2.5
English Democrat Paul McEnhill4921.1New
Majority3,0496.6
Turnout 46,51667.9Increase2.svg 5.8
Labour win (new seat)
*Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament

See also

Notes and references

Notes
  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.
References
  1. "Constituency data: electorates – House of Commons Library". Parliament UK. 15 June 2020. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  2. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 1)
  3. "Penistone & Stocksbridge Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  4. "Penistone and Stocksbridge". Sheffield City Council. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  5. "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. "Penistone & Stocksbridge". BBC News. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  7. "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.

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