Ashfield (UK Parliament constituency)


Ashfield (UK Parliament constituency)

UK constituency infobox
Name = Ashfield
Map1 = Ashfield
Map2 = Nottinghamshire
Type = County
Year = 1955
Entity = Nottinghamshire
County = Nottinghamshire
EP = East Midlands
MP = Geoff Hoon
Party = Labour

Ashfield is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Former Secretary of State for Defence, Geoff Hoon, has represented the seat for the Labour Party since the 1992 general election, when he succeeded the three-term Labour member Frank Haynes. In normal circumstances a safe Labour area, the Conservatives pulled off a by-election upset in the seat in 1977, but at the general election two years later it was won back by Labour. However, there were strong Tory challenges at general elections in the 1980s.

Boundaries

Ashfield County Constituency was formed in 1970. At that date it covered the areas of the Urban Districts of Hucknall, Kirkby in Ashfield and Sutton in Ashfield, together with three Civil Parishes (Annesley, Felley and Selston) in Basford Rural District.

In 1974 a Local Government District called Ashfield was formed that had the same boundaries as the constituency.

In 1983 the boundary of the constituency was altered. The town of Hucknall was transferred to the new Sherwood constituency, while the town of Eastwood and the ward of Brinsley were added, having previously been in the Beeston constituency, which was abolished at this time.

Boundary review

Following their review of parliamentary boundaries in Nottinghamshire, the Boundary Commission for England has made only minor changes to the existing constituencies to allow for population changes. The boundaries of the modified constituency to be fought at the Next United Kingdom general election are:
*From the district of Ashfield - Jacksdale, Kirkby in Ashfield Central, Kirkby in Ashfield East, Kirkby in Ashfield West, Selston, Sutton in Ashfield Central, Sutton in Ashfield East, Sutton in Ashfield North, Sutton in Ashfield West, Underwood and Woodhouse
*From the Borough of Broxtowe - Brinsley, Eastwood North and Greasley (Beauvale) and Eastwood South.

Members of Parliament

Election results

Elections in the 2000s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Geoff Hoon
votes = 20,433
percentage = 48.6
change = -9.5
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Giles Inglis-Jones
votes = 10,220
percentage = 24.3
change = -0.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Wendy Johnson
votes = 5,829
percentage = 13.9
change = +2.6
Election box candidate
party = Ashfield Independents
candidate = Roy Adkins
votes = 2,292
percentage = 5.5
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = Kate Allsop
votes = 1,900
percentage = 4.5
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Veritas (political party)
candidate = Sarah Hemstock
votes = 1,108
percentage = 2.6
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = Eddie Grenfell
votes = 269
percentage = 0.6
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 10,213
percentage = 24.3
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 42,051
percentage = 57.3
change = +3.7

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Geoff Hoon
votes = 22,875
percentage = 58.1
change = -7.0
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Julian Leigh
votes = 9,607
percentage = 24.4
change = +4.2
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Bill Smith
votes = 4,428
percentage = 11.3
change = +1.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = Charlie Harby
votes = 1,471
percentage = 3.7
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Alliance (England)
candidate = George Watson
votes = 589
percentage = 1.5
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Katrina Howse
votes = 380
percentage = 1.0
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 13,268
percentage = 33.7
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 39,350
percentage = 53.6
change = -16.4
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)

Elections in the 1970s

Election box begin
title=United Kingdom Parliament: Ashfield by-election, 1977
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Tim Smith
votes = 19,616
percentage = 43.1
change = -20.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Michael Cowan
votes = 19,352
percentage = 42.5
change = +20.2
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = Hampton Flint
votes = 4,380
percentage = 9.6
change = -4.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = National Front (UK)
candidate = George Herrod
votes = 1,734
percentage = 3.8
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Workers Party (Britain)
candidate = June Hall
votes = 453
percentage = 1.0
change =
Election box majority
votes = 264
percentage = 0.6
change =
Election box gain with party link
winner = Conservative Party (UK)
loser = Labour Party (UK)
swing = 20.8

References

# Youngs, Frederic A., Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol II, Northern England, London, 1991

ee also

* Ashfield by-election, 1977
* List of Parliamentary constituencies in Nottinghamshire


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