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Hemsworth (UK Parliament constituency)

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County  West Yorkshire
Created  1918
Number of members  One
Electorate  73,487 (December 2010)
Member of parliament  Jon Trickett (Labour)
Hemsworth (UK Parliament constituency)
Major settlements  South Wakefield, Hemsworth and Featherstone

Hemsworth is a constituency in West Yorkshire represented in the House of Commons since 1996 by Jon Trickett of the Labour Party.

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Constituency profile

The constituency comprises former coal mining towns and villages that also provided some of the workforce for the manufacturing bases of the town of Barnsley to the south and cities of Wakefield and Leeds to the northwest. Many constituents still commute to these today. Nearby to the east over the border in North Yorkshire is Kellingley Colliery, one of six functional coal mines and only three deep mines still in major production. It is the Labour Party's longest held seat, having elected its first Labour MP in 1918, and been in continuous existence since that date.

History

From the 1966 to February 1974 general elections (inclusive), Hemsworth was the safest seat for any party in the UK: the Labour vote had peaked in 1966 at 85.39% and consistently exceeded 80% from 1935 until October 1974 when the Liberal Party contested the seat for the first time since 1923. Successive boundary changes removed certain ex-mining communities to the new Barnsley East constituency in 1983: this and the addition of the highest income part of Wakefield in 1997 slightly reduced Labour's dominance, but Hemsworth remains a safe seat.

Present member

The incumbent member at Westminster is Jon Trickett, former Leader of City of Leeds Council.

Boundaries

1918-1950: The Urban Districts of Cudworth and Royston, the Rural District of Hemsworth, and part of the Rural District of Barnsley.

1950-1983: The Urban Districts of Cudworth, Dearne, Hemsworth, and Royston, and the Rural District of Hemsworth.

1983-1997: The City of Wakefield wards of Crofton and Ackworth; Featherstone; Hemsworth; South Elmsall; and South Kirkby.

1997-2010: The City of Wakefield wards of Crofton and Ackworth; Featherstone; Hemsworth; South Elmsall; South Kirkby; and Wakefield South.

2010-present: The City of Wakefield wards of Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton; Crofton, Ryhill and Walton; Featherstone; Hemsworth; South Elmsall and South Kirkby; and Wakefield South.

This constituency covers the towns of Hemsworth, Featherstone, South Kirkby & Moorthorpe and South Elmsall plus the southern part of Wakefield (Sandal, Agbrigg, Belle Vue) and the villages of Ackworth, Crofton, Fitzwilliam, Upton, Sharlston, Streethouse, Walton and Notton in the City of Wakefield district.

Elections in the 1940s

General Election 1939/40:

Another general election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

  • Labour: George Griffiths
  • Conservative:
  • Elections in the 1910s

  • endorsed by Coalition Government
  • References

    Hemsworth (UK Parliament constituency) Wikipedia


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