2015 Result:
Conservative: 8231 (18.1%)
Labour: 21829 (47.9%)
Lib Dem: 6301 (13.8%)
Green: 1352 (3%)
UKIP: 7523 (16.5%)
TUSC: 202 (0.4%)
Others: 129 (0.3%)
MAJORITY: 13598 (29.8%)

Category: Safe Labour seat

Geography: East Midlands, Derbyshire. Part of the Chesterfield council area.

Main population centres: Chesterfield, Brimington, Whittington.

Profile: Chesterfield is a compact urban seat, mostly surrounded by the North East Derbyshire constituency. Chesterfield is an old market town, set in the middle of the Derbyshire coalfield. The coal industry has long departed, along with many of the other big industrial and manufacturing employers in Chesterfield, making way for service industry and modern housing developments.

Politics: Historically Chesterfield was a safe Labour seat, but the Liberals built up strength here during the 1980s when the seat was famously represented by Tony Benn. When Benn retired in 2001 to spend more time in politics it was gained by the Liberal Democrats and held by Paul Holmes for two terms until his defeat in 2010. It was one of only three Labour gains at the 2010 general election, and the only one without unusual circumstances (the other two gains were Blaenau Gwent from People`s Voice and Bethnal Green and Bow where George Galloway had promised only to serve one term.).

Current MP
TOBY PERKINS (Labour) Born 1970, Reading. Educated at Silverdale Comprehensive School. Former sales rep and recruitment manager. Chesterfield councillor 2003-2011. First elected as MP for Chesterfield in 2010.
Past Results
Con: 7214 (16%)
Lab: 17891 (39%)
LDem: 17342 (38%)
UKIP: 1432 (3%)
Oth: 1960 (4%)
MAJ: 549 (1%)
Con: 3605 (8%)
Lab: 17830 (40%)
LDem: 20875 (47%)
UKIP: 997 (2%)
Oth: 814 (2%)
MAJ: 3045 (7%)
Con: 3613 (8%)
Lab: 18663 (42%)
LDem: 21249 (48%)
Oth: 916 (2%)
MAJ: 2586 (6%)
Con: 4752 (9%)
Lab: 26105 (51%)
LDem: 20330 (40%)
Oth: 202 (0%)
MAJ: 5775 (11%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
MARK VIVIS (Conservative) Educated at Chesham Grammar School. Solicitor. Chilton councillor since 2011.
TOBY PERKINS (Labour) See above.
JULIA CAMBRIDGE (Liberal Democrat) Born Cyprus. Educated at Royal College of Art. Fashion designer.
STUART YEOWART (UKIP) Born 1959. Educated at Tupton Hall School. Driving instructor and former police officer.
MATTHEW GENN (Green) Educated at Newbold Community School and York University. Environmental consultant.
TOMMY HOLGATE (Peace) Journalist.
Comments - 174 Responses on “Chesterfield”
  1. Hadn’t previously realised that Liz Kendall came runner up to Reg Race in the contest for the ’05 Labour nomination here:

    Arguably both Kendall and Toby Perkins are to the right of erstwhile MP Paul Holmes.

  2. Race certainly isn’t though. He was one of Tony Benn’s most loyal supporters in the early 80s, which presumably got him the nomination here. I wonder if that is why he unexpectedly lost in 2001.

  3. I actually thought this was a disappointing result for Labour. They should surely have expected more than 50% of the vote here. The size of the majority, caused by an equally split opposition and a very strong Tory performance, obscures the lacklustre vote share.

  4. “Hadn’t previously realised that Liz Kendall came runner up to Reg Race in the contest for the ’05 Labour nomination here”.

    Of course that should have said the ’01 nomination.

    Similar factors that have led NE Derbyshire to become marginal mean this seat won’t see Varley sized Labour vote shares again any time soon. However I don’t see any other party being able to mount any sort of challenge.

    Labour’s opponents all have small activist bases, as evidenced by the former’s dominance at council level. All but two borough wards are now represented by at least one Labour councillor. That includes areas like West and Brockwell that I wouldn’t have thought have ever elected Labour councillors prior to this year.

  5. Reported here that the Lib Dem’s only county councillor representing a Chesterfield division is to retire this year:

    As I’ve mentioned on the S Derbyshire thread, the Walton & West division that he represents is one the harder Conservative targets. Whether they can take it might well decide whether they can get over the line and take overall control of Derbyshire CC in May as opposed to just be in gather largest party. The latter is a probable result.

  6. Yes! For the first time since 1991 a Conservative has won an election in Chesterfield.

    Derbyshire CC, Walton and West Division

    John David Lee Boult Conservative Party 1541
    Paul Adam Niblock Liberal Democrats 1403
    Gordon Alexander McLaren Labour Party 963

  7. Was that a Gain from the Lib Dems or from Labour?

  8. Lib Dems. Used to be represented by the above mentioned Keith Morgan who stood down this year.

  9. Tories have gained Derbyshire from Labour

  10. I don’;t mind Kieran celebrating a Tory Council election success in Chesterfield, he’s waited long enough. But whilst that gain was maybe expected, it was the only one of the 8 seats that were predominantly in Chesterfield that Labour didn’t win.

    We were disappointed to lose Chesterfield Borough seat Staveley N & Whittington (although 2/3rds of it are in the NE Derbyshire constituency) but 7 of 9 was still a pretty satisfactory return.

    Not including the SN&W seat the votes cast in Chesterfield were:

    Labour 11351 (51.1)
    CON 5797 (26.1)
    Lib Dem 5066 (22.8)
    Others 1548 (6.9)

  11. Thank you for the information Toby.

    Hope you’re re-elected as the MP for Chesterfield at the forthcoming General Election. Our party (Labour) really needs more moderate MPs like you for the party to have any chance of being in office again. You’ll be needed to pick up the pieces from 9th June! Good luck!

  12. Toby

    Your figures add up to 106.9% (exactly 100% without ‘Others’).


  13. I can’t remember an MP commenting on this site before. At the last election, I seem to remember there were a few PPCs in no-hope seats, but no actual sitting MPs.

    Good luck in the general!

  14. ” Toby
    Your figures add up to 106.9% (exactly 100% without ‘Others’).”

    Diane Abbot school of arithmetic?

  15. Toby- I’d be very interested to hear your views on the results in Derbyshire as a whole.

  16. Yes good luck to Toby, and in the wider democratic interest I hope your party sorts itself out.

  17. Charles Clark posted on here while Norwich S MP

  18. “Yes good luck to Toby, and in the wider democratic interest I hope your party sorts itself out”.

    I second that. Toby’s evident knowledge as to how to get floating voters to vote Labour is becoming a rare commodity in the Labour Party.

    His figures above highlight the fact that the Lib Dems performed disappointingly here last Thursday. Gaining one division, and not losing Walton & West would have been about par for them. A good night would have been gaining two and not losing any, while an excellent night would have been amber gain of three. Ultimately they fell well short of any of those targets.

    Almost uniquely in suburban and small town England Labour’s vote held up well here. It was a terrible performance in the south of Derbyshire, and a set of relatively narrow losses in High Peak, that ensured they lost control of the county council in the end by a comfortable margin.

  19. Dearie me that is a shame for Mr. Pitfield isn’t it just? Maybe one day he’ll be given another shot at Sheffield Hallam perhaps?!

  20. Tom Snowdon is the Liberal Democrat candidate. He previously stood in North East Derbyshire in 2005, Amber Valley in 2010, and South Northamptonshire in 2015.

  21. Lib Dem gain from Labour in Holmebrook by election yesterday. The victorious candidate also represented the same area from 1987 to 1995, and from 1999 to 2011. Consequently I am not sure it’s much of an indicator of how the Lib Dems are doing in this area at the moment.

  22. Yet more evidence that Vince Cable could indeed be Prime Minister 😉

  23. (In all seriousness, he’s not stupid, I’m pretty sure he said that because he realises that making eye-catching statements is the best way to get his beleaguered party a few headlines. It is better to be laughed at than to be ignored.)

  24. He ain’t gonna say anything else. No one is gonna say I will be Deputy PM

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