Penistone & Stocksbridge

2015 Result:
Conservative: 12968 (27.7%)
Labour: 19691 (42%)
Lib Dem: 2957 (6.3%)
UKIP: 10738 (22.9%)
Others: 500 (1.1%)
MAJORITY: 6723 (14.3%)

Category: Safe Labour seat

Geography: Yorkshire and the Humber, South Yorkshire. Part of the Sheffield council area and part of the Barnsley council area.

Main population centres: Penistone, Stocksbridge, Chapeltown, Dodworth.

Profile: The seat covers the north-western suburbs of Sheffield and the steel town of Stocksbridge, set to the north west of Sheffield on the edge of the moors. The northern part of the seat drawn from the borough of Barnsley covers the rural villages in the foothills of the pennines around the market town of Penistone and, to the east, the former mining village of Dodworth. Most of the seat is made up of traditional industrial areas, loyal to Labour, though with the decline of coal and steel and the old allegiences that went with it, there is more new build housing and commuters into Sheffield and Barnsley.

Politics: By the standards of South Yorkshire, one of Labour`s most reliable bedrocks in England, this counts as a marginal. Labour have only just over 40% of the vote and it is only the division of opposition support - once between Conservative and Liberal Democrat, now between Conservatives and UKIP that keeps the seat in Labour hands..

Current MP
ANGELA SMITH (Labour) Born 1961, Grimsby. Educated at Tollbar Secondary and Nottingham University. Former College Lecturer. Former Sheffield councillor. First elected as MP for Sheffield Hillsborough in 2005. PPS to Yvette Cooper 2007-2010.
Past Results
Con: 14516 (31%)
Lab: 17565 (38%)
LDem: 9800 (21%)
BNP: 2207 (5%)
Oth: 2428 (5%)
MAJ: 3049 (7%)
Con: 6890 (15%)
Lab: 23477 (51%)
LDem: 12234 (27%)
BNP: 2010 (4%)
Oth: 1273 (3%)
MAJ: 11243 (25%)
Con: 7801 (18%)
Lab: 24170 (57%)
LDem: 9601 (23%)
UKIP: 964 (2%)
MAJ: 14569 (34%)
Con: 7707 (15%)
Lab: 30150 (57%)
LDem: 13699 (26%)
MAJ: 16451 (31%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005, name changed from Sheffield, Hillsborough

2015 Candidates
STEVEN JACKSON (Conservative)
ANGELA SMITH (Labour) See above.
ROSALYN JANE GORDON (Liberal Democrat)
COLIN PORTER (English Democrat) Contested Barnsley East 2010 for the BNP.
Comments - 105 Responses on “Penistone & Stocksbridge”
  1. Please find, name disclose the actual incident. The exact words if you can and the context.

    For everyone of the, Diane Abbott can produce a hundred terrible insults, most rooted in centuries old racism.

  2. Look online. The offending tweets are easy to find.

  3. No they are not. I’ve tried.

    I repeat.

    Show me cases where Lab MEMBERS – MEMBERS- have been clearly anti semetic, racist to a person who is Jewish.

    If you show evidence of ten. I’ll give £20 to a charity of yr choice.

  4. This might just be people’s filter bubbles in action. Deepthroat, I don’t doubt your sincerity when you say you’ve never seen this behaviour from Labour members, but you are also unlikely to be a target for a left-wing pile-on.

    I appreciate that these developments are agonising for you, if I were invested in the Labour Party like you I’d hate to see people I thought I could trust abandon me. Maybe you could take a short break from this site? Otherwise you risk becoming a left-wing version of Maxim Parr-Reid.

  5. Sadly I’ve seen for abuse in the party with my own eyes and I’m ashamed to say I did sweep it under the rug. We’re going back a few years but these people are now councillors and could have stopped that. There’s always been a ‘pile-on’ for want of a better word. Not always political but people have friends and bums on seats. I’m trying to do something about it now. I’ve reported abusive behaviour and contributed to ongoing investigations

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