Doncaster North

2015 Result:
Conservative: 7235 (18.3%)
Labour: 20708 (52.4%)
Lib Dem: 1005 (2.5%)
Green: 757 (1.9%)
UKIP: 8928 (22.6%)
TUSC: 258 (0.7%)
Loony: 162 (0.4%)
Others: 448 (1.1%)
MAJORITY: 11780 (29.8%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

Geography: Yorkshire, South Yorkshire. Part of the Doncaster council area.

Main population centres: Mexborough, Adwick le Street, Bentley, Carcroft, Moorends, Askern, Stainforth.

Profile: The more rural northern part of Doncaster borough, studded with former pit towns and villages. This is a traditional mining seat but most of the collieries are now gone, bringing with it the strains of deprivation and unemployment and the slow transition from pit villages to commuter towns for Doncaster and Barnsley. Coal continues to be mined at Hatfield, one of the few remaining coal mines operating in Yorkshire, and a new carbon-capture coal fired power station is planned in the area.

Politics: Like other South Yorkshire mining seats Doncaster North is a solid Labour seat. At a local level Doncaster`s political history is more interesting. A corruption scandal in the 1990s led to the growth of independent groups on the council and ultimately Labour`s loss of control of the council. While Labour have since regained a majority on the council, Doncaster has an elected mayor and in 2009 returned the populist English Democrat candidate Peter Davies (the father of Conservative MP Philip Davies). In 2010 the dysfunctional state of the council was such that the Secretary of State appointed a Chief Executive and appointed Commissioners to oversee the running of the council.

Current MP
ED MILIBAND (Labour) Born 1969, St Pancras, younger brother of David Miliband. Educated at Haverstock Comprehensive and Oxford University. Former Treasury advisor. First elected as MP for Doncaster North in 2005. Parliamentary secretary to the Cabinet Office from 2006-2007, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with responsibility for the next manifesto 2007-2008, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 2008-2010, Leader of the Opposition 2010-2015. Miliband became leader of the Labour party in 2010,defeating his own brother for the leadership.
Past Results
Con: 8728 (21%)
Lab: 19637 (47%)
LDem: 6174 (15%)
BNP: 2818 (7%)
Oth: 4126 (10%)
MAJ: 10909 (26%)
Con: 4875 (15%)
Lab: 17531 (56%)
LDem: 3800 (12%)
BNP: 1506 (5%)
Oth: 3866 (12%)
MAJ: 12656 (40%)
Con: 4601 (15%)
Lab: 19788 (63%)
LDem: 3323 (11%)
UKIP: 725 (2%)
Oth: 2926 (9%)
MAJ: 15187 (48%)
Con: 5906 (15%)
Lab: 27843 (70%)
LDem: 3369 (8%)
Oth: 1181 (3%)
MAJ: 21937 (55%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
MARK FLETCHER (Conservative) Educated at Ridgewood Comprehensive School and Cambridge University.
EDWARD MILIBAND (Labour) See above.
PENNY BAKER (Liberal Democrat) Sheffield councillor 2007-2011 and since 2012.
KIM PARKINSON (UKIP) Born 1953, Doncaster. Educated at Nottingham University. Business consultant.
PETER KENNEDY (Green) Educated at Bridgewater High School and Sheffield University.
DAVID ALLEN (English Democrat) Born Doncaster. Former sales manager. Contested South Yorkshire police election 2012.
MARY JACKSON (TUSC) Advice worker.
NICK THE FLYING BRICK (Loony) , real name Nick Delves. Educated at Cheltenham Arts College. Contested Derbyshire West 1997, 2001, 2005, Crewe and Nantwich by-election 2008, Derbyshire Dales 2010, Oldham East and Saddleworth 2011 by-election, Newark 2014 by-election. Shadow minister for abolition of gravity.
Comments - 605 Responses on “Doncaster North”
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  1. Does anyone have any insight into what’s going to happen with the mayoral election in May? I don’t know much at all about Doncaster politically, save for the fact the town can’t seem to catch a break with bad governance. Guess they hoped more with Peter Davies, but that hasn’t worked out. Is Davies even running for re-election?

  2. Van Fleet – Davies just lost as an Ind, after recounts. Ward by-election here on Thursday in Askbern Spa: Labour 1,165, LibDem 261, UKIP 231, Cons 225, EngDem 170, Ind 106, Spoilt 24.

  3. Lol, considering I made that post in March I did end up working out what happened, but thanks anyway. 😛

  4. I must say Ed Miliband has done himself no favours in the long term during the international crisis on the syria issue. He may well be talked up about winning a point in the political game by saying one thing in front of the media and closed doors and then changing his position entirely.

    But in terms of leadership it is pretty weak. I find the comparison with Iraq baffling given Saddam did not use WMD in 2003 but a decade earlier IIRC.

    So it may well be the case that for polling reasons Miliband has stopped intervention. His leadership will now be tainted by any further bloodshed IMO. Labour have done themselves a grave diservice once again on matters related to the military.

  5. I don’t pretend to have any deep knowledge of the Syria crisis but I’m not sure that’s entirely fair.

    It seemed to me that Milliband is urging caution and stressing the importance of international consensus, both of which seem prudent to me in this case given the volatility of the situation and the apparent difficulty in knowing, if we support the rebels, exactly who we are supporting (I know the proposed air strikes are supposed to be a deterrent to the regime and not an intervention in the civil war, but the reality is that it’s not likely to harm the rebel’s cause).

    I think that there are times when unilateral or bilateral action, bypassing the UN, is justified when atrocities are taking/about to take place and countries with vested interests are blocking any form of action. I’m just not sure this is one of them.

  6. I am going to stick as closely as I can to psephology here. Whatever one might think about Miliband’s motives, his position is closer to that of the public-at large than that of the Prime Minister. Look at the poll Anthony discussed on this site today. And I don’t think further bloodshed will change that.

  7. We will doubtless get plenty of polls in the next few days as to how current events in and about Syria have affected the political stansings of the UK party leaders. Patience!

  8. Great sports documentary set in this constituency:

  9. It looks as though there is some damage to the government but within moe. People seem to realise that even if they don’t want us involved, there are good reasons for doing so. I’m not sure it’ll have the effect the bbc and this mp made it a bit obvious beyond the village that they wanted it to. I think we should bomb military non chemical targets if they can be identified with minimum risk to anyone else.

  10. This morning’s poll is more encouraging for the Tories & they may have avoided long-term problems. It rather depends on whether Ed Miliband uses this as a platform to relaunch his leadership, look more energetic, and make some proper policy statements. He has looked more with it in the last week but things could have been a lot worse for Cameron – it was a dreadful night for him & yet he may well have got away with it scot-free.

  11. Polls are sometimes up sometimes down.
    Tomorrow may be back to the lucky/unlucky 8%.

    Perhaps people think the issue is just too serious for it to make a lot of difference.

  12. Ed may have done a bit better out of it
    if hadn’t made it quite so obvious
    it was an attempt to embarrass the Government
    over a very serious matter.

    But they could still pick up 30 or so marginal seats (or even a majority)
    unless there is a full pick up in the Government’s position.

  13. ed may have money problems if others follow the GMB and cut the money they give

  14. Ed will remain.

  15. The BBC were furious on Sunday interviewing someone who they assumed would say it’s Black Wednesday for the Gvt.
    When he didn’t ,the interviewer got quite petulant.

  16. “I think we should bomb military non chemical targets if they can be identified with minimum risk to anyone else.”

    Any particular side or will any do?

  17. No – places where the Syrian Government keeps conventional weapons.
    It would demoralise them if they lost a lot of their other equipment.
    This isn’t jingoistic or reckless,
    but looking at it in a measured way as the US Secretary of State is doing.
    I really don’t think we can just let this outrage stand, and the message that sends out.

    But we have to accept there are good reasons for not being involved and Parliament has spoken with regards to the UK

  18. I am surprised Joe, I never had you down as an Al Qaeda sympathiser.

    I presume you now favour withdrawal from fighting Al Qaeda in Afghanistan?

  19. I know that is what you were getting at, Richard.

  20. Did you have a look at that sports link I provided Joe?

    Not your sort of rugby 😉

    But the ground where it takes place fell just within what is now Sprotborough ward, which appears to be the most inner urban Conservative ward in northern industrial areas.

  21. Ignorance again. We have not been fighting AQ in Afghanistan since 2001. We foolishly changed the mission to fighting the Taliban and building democracy. We have lost and are already withdrawing from Afghanistan in 2014. The Taliban are as strong as ever and will reemerge once we have left. You cannot destroy a pashtun nationalist movement that sees itself as fighting an occupier & impose democracy by B52. Watch Rory Stewarts documentary of Afghanistan to see the folly of trying to remake that country.

    Bombing Assad will not ‘demoralise’ him. He has survived the worst of it. Why is it so difficult for West to understand that this is a sectarian civil war to the death. A negotiated settlement is the only solution and that will have to include elements of the current regime, however, distasteful the opposition finds that idea.

  22. you do have some valid points there but on balance I still favour action

  23. There are tabloid reports that Jeremy Clarkson is considering standing here as an independent. He has family in the area as was seen on Who Do You Think You Are?

  24. Clarkson should look at the experience of Esther Rantzen in 2010 and re-consider.

  25. He would make election night slightly more interesting, probably.

  26. Maybe. I do think he is one of those people who thinks he’s much more popular than he is, hence the comparison with Esther Rantzen. If he thinks he’d get more than 1000 votes here in the general election he’s deluded….a by election might be different, as might an election somewhere in the Tory south.

  27. I find him tiresome.

  28. Me too.

    Also the ideal candidate protesting against Ed Miliband being a parachuted Londoner is hardly likely to be a golf club bore type from Chipping Norton.

  29. These Independent candidates don’t generally work out – only in an election where the overall result nationally is in no doubt – hence Tatton, and Wyre Forest.

    Clarkson went up in my estimation when he took a custard tart attack with humerous good grace (unlike a Lib Dem would do)
    but the Luton South example is a warning.

  30. In Tatton or Wyre Forest the candidates involved had specific causes. hat would Jeremy Clarkson be standing for?

    Apart from Esther Rantzen, the other examples I can think of independent TV celebrity candidates are comedian Bernard Manning against Tony Benn at the Chesterfield by Election in the mid 1980s; also Robin Page of One-man- and-his- dog ” fame ” has stood several times for right wing parties against Andrew Lansley in Cambridgeshie South, so might be well placed to advise Clarkson.

  31. Labour votes, Doncaster North: (with some boundary changes)

    1983: 26,626
    2010: 17,531

  32. “…other examples I can think of independent TV celebrity candidates are comedian Bernard Manning against Tony Benn at the Chesterfield by Election in the mid 1980s…”

    Your thinking of Bill Maynard. He stood in the 1984 by-election.

  33. I imagine Bernard Manning could poll well in somewhere like Southall.

  34. I presume that’s a joke. If it isn’t, of course far right parties can’t do well in heavily non-white areas, even if every single white voter is an evil racist (which they tend not to be in such areas). They always do best in areas which are heavily white but are within fairly easy reach of areas with a strong non-white population.

  35. I never liked Bernard Manning but it’s very OTT to describe him as evil. His humour certainly was unacceptably racist by today’s standards, but the 1970s were a very different time. I’m not sure he himself was extremely racist even though his jokes sometimes came across that way.

  36. “I imagine Bernard Manning could poll well in somewhere like Southall.”

    About 40 or 50 years ago, yes.

  37. Just to be clear, I was jesting.

    Perhaps Charlie Williams would do better,,were he still with us

  38. How about Spike Milligan…he could do that ridiculous “Paki-Paddy” character he used to do in the 1970s with his face blacked up and a turban on.

    Apparently he was trying to send up the racists at the time but maybe it sent out the wrong impression.

  39. Or the chap who used to play Rangi Ram in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

  40. True…almost all dead now. Windsor Davies is still alive, and Warren Mitchell (Alf Garnett)

  41. Anyone know the political affiliation of Warren Mitchell, Rudolph Walker and Jack Smethurst?

  42. Warren mitchell was a communist

  43. Yes that’s true, and also the creator of Alf Garnett, Johnny Speight, was a left wing Labour supporter all his life.

    Most surviving episodes of Till Death Us Do Part and In Sickness And In Health are available free on You Tube. I was watching some recently. I never expected to say this, but if you ignore the racism and sexism, a lot of what Alf Garnett said actually looks sensible and forward thinking…clearly at the time it was written, these things were meant to look like absurd jokes. This is especially true in terms of how the trade unions are viewed today versus the 1970s, and nationalised industries.

  44. This will see an increased Labour majority – I suspect the LD vote will go into meltdown – too early yet to see what the Conservative vote will be.

    I suspect Clarkson will decide this isn’t the right seat for him but I have no way of knowing.

  45. According to wikipedia ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ was set in Twickenham.

    I’d always thought of it as being in Lambeth as a gasometer appeared in the opening credits, the racial aspect and the rather working class feel to the program.

    Its really not how I imagine JJB’s part of the world to have been.

  46. George & Mildred was set in Twickenham (Hampton Wick)

  47. I wasn’t aware of these 2 – I think there are quite a few media things in the area though – they make films in Teddington around some of the streets.

  48. yes, the fish-slapping dance in Monty Python was filmed in Teddington.

  49. I am confident that Ed Miliband will enter Downing Street in May 2015 because I am confident Labour will achieve 34.5% in England, 39% in Scotland and 42% in Wales in 2015.

  50. Ed Miliband was elected leader of Lab on my 22nd birthday.

    He will get his revenge on The Daily Mail and the Times.


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