Ashfield

2015 Result:
Conservative: 10628 (22.4%)
Labour: 19448 (41%)
Lib Dem: 7030 (14.8%)
UKIP: 10150 (21.4%)
Others: 153 (0.3%)
MAJORITY: 8820 (18.6%)

Category: Safe Labour seat

Geography: East Midlands, Nottinghamshire. The Ashfield council area and part of the Broxtowe council area.

Main population centres: Sutton-in-Ashfield, Kirkby in Ashfield, Eastwood.

Profile: Ashfield is a former mining consituency in West Nottinghamshire. With the closure of the mines came the economic difficulties often associated with the decline of the mining industry, and the area is now gradually transitioning towards being more of a commuter area for Nottingham. The area was aligned with the Union of Democratic Mineworkers during the 1980s miners strike.

Politics: Ashfield has a history of being a very safe Labour area, though it was briefly held by the Conservatives in the 1970s after a by-election win and became a marginal at the height of Tory popularity in the 1980s, and at the height of Lib Dem popularity in 2010. In 2015 Labour re-established their strong lead in the seat with the Liberal Democrats dropping to third place.


Current MP
GLORIA DE PIERO (Labour) Born 1972, Bradford. Educated at Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College and University of Central England. Former political correspondent for GMTV. First elected as MP for Ashfield in 2010. Shadow Minister for Women 2013-2015. Shadow Minister for Young people since 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 10698 (22%)
Lab: 16239 (34%)
LDem: 16047 (33%)
BNP: 2781 (6%)
Oth: 2431 (5%)
MAJ: 192 (0%)
2005*
Con: 10220 (24%)
Lab: 20433 (49%)
LDem: 5829 (14%)
Oth: 5569 (13%)
MAJ: 10213 (24%)
2001
Con: 9607 (24%)
Lab: 22875 (58%)
LDem: 4428 (11%)
Oth: 2440 (6%)
MAJ: 13268 (34%)
1997
Con: 10251 (20%)
Lab: 32979 (65%)
LDem: 4882 (10%)
Oth: 595 (1%)
MAJ: 22728 (45%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
HELEN HARRISON (Conservative) Educated at Our Lady and Pope John School and Liverpool University. Physiotherapist.
GLORIA DE PIERO (Labour) See above.
PHILIP SMITH (Liberal Democrat)
SIMON ASHCROFT (UKIP) Business consultant.
MIKE BUCHANAN (Justice for Men and Boys) Born 1957. Writer and publisher.
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Comments - 311 Responses on “Ashfield”
  1. ‘She has pre-empted herself losing the seat next time.’

    That was only likely if a general election were to take place before Brexit – which Johnson has already ruled out

  2. I was alluding more to the facts that her ex-sec is now the Tory PPC here and the fact that she only just clung on last time.

  3. The Labour selection here has been announced as an Open shortlist, contrary to the usual practice of Women replaced by women.

  4. @BM11

    I think it is AWS here along with Blyth Valley, Durham City, Poplar & Limehouse and Erith & Thamesmead.

  5. Yes BM11 has been misinformed

  6. That the Tories are favourites here at the next election just underlines how badly Corbyn performs with what was once Labour’s core vote – WWC

    There’s no way the Tories should even be remotely competitive in an impoverished, run down, post industrial seat like this one

  7. Given Labour had their best result amongst ABC1 and the Tories their best amongst C2DE, throw in Jason Zardonys hammering of Labour here. Is it any surprise

  8. Quite. Anyone who still thinks “poor = Labour, middle-class = Conservative” clearly hasn’t been paying attention to British politics at all.

    In a way, it is a good thing that people in this country are voting more according to values & beliefs rather than perceived self-interest; but this newly principled electorate is a problem for the old political class, as they are largely immune to the techniques that managerial politicians have used to quell awkward constituencies – triangulation and electoral bribery.

  9. ‘Anyone who still thinks “poor = Labour, middle-class = Conservative” clearly hasn’t been paying attention to British politics at all.’

    Maybe but was can Boris Johnson and his cabinet of southern millionaires offer those in seats like this

    My guess would be f*** all and really if such people want to vote for them, that’s a good thing too

  10. Tbf it’s the first time we’ve had State school Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Chancellor in years.

    Contrast that with public school Corbyn, McDonnell and foot-in-mouth Thornberry.

    Whilst there are, of course, still wealthy MPs in Govt, most of the millionaires – from Alan Duncan to Grayling – were in fact sacked by Boris for younger MPs. This is after May sacked a dozen from GO to Sir Hugo in Devon on her arrival. The peak of wealthy MPs in Govt was under Cameron. It’s why the Hon Ed Vaizey (baronet) hates the Govt so much. The wealthy Wets no longer run the Party and Cummings clearly hates them and isn’t shy about saying so and why.

  11. Dominic Cummings hated the “wealthy wets” but not for the reason you imply. Dominic Cummings hates everyone who isn’t Dominic Cummings for being insufficiently like Dominic Cummings.

    As for clearing out the millionaires – just remind me again, who put Jacob Rees-Mogg in the cabinet?

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