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Wentworth and Dearne (UK Parliament constituency)

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County  South Yorkshire
Number of members  1
European Parliament constituency  Yorkshire and the Humber
Member of parliament  John Healey
Electorate  72,272 (December 2010)
Major settlements  Dearne Valley, Rawmarsh
Wentworth and Dearne (UK Parliament constituency)
Replaced by  Wentworth, Barnsley East and Mexborough
Created from  Wentworth, Barnsley East and Mexborough

Wentworth and Dearne is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by John Healey, a member of the Labour Party.

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History

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies recommending the creation of this constituency for the 2010 general election.

Political history

Most forerunner parts of the seat of Wentworth (which only existed in its second period from 1983 until 2010) matched its record of being a safe seat for Labour in South Yorkshire that unusually rarely has any marginal seats for the Conservative Party and has no safe seats.

Prominent frontbencher

The present member, John Healey held a continuous period of frontbench positions, withstanding during this time various rotations of the Labour frontbench - the positions were:

  • May 2002-May 2005 - Economic Secretary to the Treasury
  • May 2005-June 2007 - Financial Secretary to the Treasury
  • June 2007-June 2009 - Minister of State for Local Government
  • July 2007-June 2009 - Minister for Flood Recovery
  • June 2009–May 2010 - Minister of State for Housing
  • May 2010-October 2010 - Shadow Minister of State for Housing
  • October 2010 – October 2011 - Shadow Secretary of State for Health
  • In September 2015 he was appointed Shadow Minister for Housing (attending Shadow Cabinet)

    Boundaries

    The seat comprises satellite settlements to two large Yorkshire towns, separated by green buffers, in a band north of Rotherham and southeast of Barnsley and as such has electoral wards:

  • Hoober, Rawmarsh, Silverwood, Swinton, Wath and Wickersley in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham
  • Dearne: North and South wards in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley.
  • Most of the constituency succeeds Wentworth however the large settlement of Dearne was instead the largest in Barnsley East and Mexborough. The name of the seat stems from the village that shares its name with the largest private house in the country and listed gardens in the seat, Wentworth Woodhouse, in a similar manner, with a widened use of an otherwise scarcely populated settlement, as Sefton.

    Constituency profile

    The South Yorkshire settlements grew in the seat into primarily large town size developments from the large presence of coal leading to extensive mining in this area, coupled with convenient proximity to Sheffield, the canals and rivers network, as well as to Doncaster, York, Wakefield and Leeds. As the mining industry has suffered a decline (see UK Coal which has one mine left in this county) and agriculture employs few people, niche manufacturing, general processing (such as of food and raw materials) as well as retail and distribution are critical sectors of the economy to local employment. Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 5.6% of the population, based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.

    Elections in the 2010s

    This seat was fought for the first time at the 2010 general election.

    * Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament

    References

    Wentworth and Dearne (UK Parliament constituency) Wikipedia


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