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Yorkshire South (European Parliament constituency)


Yorkshire South (European Parliament constituency)

Yorkshire South was a European Parliament constituency covering most of South Yorkshire in England.

Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

When the constituency was created in 1979, it consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Barnsley, Dearne Valley, Doncaster, Don Valley, Penistone, Rotherham and Rother Valley. In 1984, Barnsley, Dearne Valley, Doncaster and Penistone were replaced by Barnsley Central, Barnsley East, Doncaster Central, Doncaster North and Wentworth, and the boundaries of the other constituencies changed. Boundary changes again occurred in 1994.[1]

The area is now included in the Yorkshire and the Humber European Parliament Constituency, which was represented by seven members in 1999-2004 and six from 2004 onwards.

Members of the European Parliament

Elected Name Party
1979 Brian Key Labour
1984 Norman West Labour
1998 (b) Linda McAvan Labour


European Parliament election, 1979: Yorkshire South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brian Key 83,490 58.3 N/A
Conservative M. N. F. Robinson 46,656 32.6 N/A
Liberal W. P. Capstick 13,025 9.1 N/A
Majority 36,834 25.7 N/A
Turnout 27.0 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
European Parliament election, 1984: Yorkshire South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Norman West 98,020 66.4 + 8.1
Conservative R. P. N. Pockley 30,271 20.5 - 12.1
Social Democratic D. Eden 19,306 13.1 + 4.0
Majority 67,749 45.9 + 20.2
Turnout 28.6 + 1.6
Labour hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1989: Yorkshire South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Norman West 121,060 69.4 + 3.0
Conservative James Clappison 29,276 16.8 - 3.7
Green A. J. Grace 19,063 10.9 N/A
Social and Liberal Democrats B. J. Boulton 5,039 2.9 - 10.2
Majority 91,784 52.6 + 6.7
Turnout 33.5 + 4.9
Labour hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1994: Yorkshire South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Norman West 109,004 72.7 + 3.3
Conservative J. L. Howard 20,695 13.0 - 3.0
Liberal Democrat C. Roderick 11,798 7.9 + 5.0
UKIP Peter Davies 3,948 2.6 N/A
Green J. H. Waters 3,775 2.5 - 8.4
Natural Law N. J. Broome 681 0.5 N/A
Majority 88,309 58.9 + 6.3
Turnout 28.6 - 4.9
Labour hold Swing
Yorkshire South by-election, 1998[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Linda McAvan 62,275 52.2 - 20.5
Liberal Democrat Diana Wallis 22,051 18.5 + 10.6
Conservative Robert Goodwill 21,085 17.7 + 4.7
UKIP Peter Davies 13,830 11.6 + 9.0
Majority 40,224 33.7 - 25.2
Turnout 23.4 - 5.2
Labour hold Swing


  1. ^ "European Parliamentary Boundaries, David Boothroyd's United Kingdom Election Results". Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d e United Kingdom European Parliamentary Election results 1979-99: England: Part 2

External links

  • David Boothroyd's United Kingdom Election Results

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