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Barnsley (UK Parliament constituency)

Barnsley
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County South Yorkshire
18851983
Number of members One
Replaced by Barnsley Central, Barnsley East & Mexborough and Barnsley West & Penistone
Created from Southern West Riding of Yorkshire

Barnsley was a Parliamentary constituency covering the town of Barnsley in England. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post voting system.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Boundaries 2
  • Members of Parliament 3
  • Elections 4
    • Elections in the 1880s 4.1
    • Elections in the 1890s 4.2
    • Elections in the 1900s 4.3
    • Elections in the 1910s 4.4
    • Elections in the 1920s 4.5
    • Elections in the 1930s 4.6
    • Elections in the 1940s 4.7
    • Elections in the 1950s 4.8
    • Elections in the 1960s 4.9
    • Elections in the 1970s 4.10
  • See also 5
  • References 6

History

The constituency was created under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election and abolished in 1983. It was a Liberal seat in its early years, but by the time of its abolition it had become a Labour stronghold.

Boundaries

The area formerly covered by this constituency is now mostly in the Barnsley Central constituency and partly in the Barnsley East constituency.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1885 Courtney Stanhope Kenny Liberal Party
1889 by-election Earl Compton Liberal Party
1897 by-election Sir Joseph Walton Liberal Party
1922 John Potts Labour
1931 Richard John Soper Liberal National
1935 John Potts Labour
1938 by-election Frank Collindridge Labour
1951 Sidney Schofield Labour
1953 by-election Roy Mason Labour
1983 constituency abolished

Elections

Elections in the 1880s

General Election 1885: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Courtney Stanhope Kenny 6,705 71.1
Conservative Bruce Canning Vernon-Wentworth 2,722 28.9
Majority 3,983 42.2
Turnout 85.4
Liberal hold Swing
Wentworth
General Election 1886: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Courtney Stanhope Kenny 5,425 65.0
Conservative Bruce Canning Vernon-Wentworth 2,917 35.0
Majority 2,508 30.0
Turnout 75.6
Liberal hold Swing
Earl Compton
Barnsley by-election, 1889
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Earl Compton 6,232 62.2
Conservative Bruce Canning Vernon-Wentworth 3,781 37.8
Majority 2,451 24.4
Turnout 75.9
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s

General Election 1892: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Earl Compton 6,739 65.8
Majority 3,241 31.6
Turnout 75.0
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1895: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 2,167 18.8 -12.8
Turnout 80.9 +5.9
Liberal hold Swing
Barnsley by-election, 1897
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 3,290 29.1 +10.3
Turnout 76.3 -4.6
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s

General Election January 1900: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 3,193 26.8
Turnout 74.6
Liberal hold Swing

In the 1906 UK general election, Joseph Walton was elected unopposed.

Elections in the 1910s

General Election January 1910: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 7,372 42.2
Turnout 83.8
Liberal hold Swing

In the December 1910 UK general election and the 1918 UK general election, Joseph Walton was elected unopposed.

Elections in the 1920s

General Election 1922: Barnsley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 2,717 10.2
Turnout 75.7
Labour gain from Swing
General Election 1923: Barnsley [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 5,790 22.0 +11.8
Turnout 74.1 -1.6
Labour hold Swing n/a
General Election 1924: Barnsley [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 953 3.4
Turnout 78.2
Labour hold Swing
Sutherland
General Election 1929: Barnsley [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 9,388 23.0 +19.6
Turnout 82.3 +4.1
Labour hold Swing +9.8

Elections in the 1930s

General Election 1931: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 770 1.8
Turnout 84.2
General Election 1935: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 7,635 17.8
Turnout 82.6
Barnsley by-election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 10,514 28.8 +11.0
Turnout 36,618 72.7 −9.9
Labour hold Swing +5.5

Elections in the 1940s

General Election 1945: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 19,232 45.8
Turnout 80.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General Election 1950: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 31,209 51.0
Turnout 61,267 88.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 28,227 52.5 +1.5
Turnout 53,821 77.2 −11.7
Labour hold Swing
Barnsley by-election, 1953
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 18,378 45.7 −6.6
Turnout 40,188
Labour hold Swing −3.3
General Election 1955: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 24,709 45.5
Turnout 78.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 27,376 47.4
Turnout 82.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General Election 1964: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 27,833 49.9
Turnout 80.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 26,288 51.3
Turnout 73.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General Election 1970: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 24,145 44.8
Turnout 71.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 24,626 43.5
Turnout 74.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 24,812 47.4
Turnout 68.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1979: Barnsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Troops Out of Ireland B. Gallagher 638 1.1
Majority 22,622 39.9
Turnout 72.9
Labour hold Swing

See also

References

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)
  • Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources (Election results since 1951)
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