Rother Valley

2015 Result:
Conservative: 10945 (23.3%)
Labour: 20501 (43.6%)
Lib Dem: 1992 (4.2%)
UKIP: 13204 (28.1%)
Others: 377 (0.8%)
MAJORITY: 7297 (15.5%)

Category: Safe Labour seat

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

Main population centres: Dinnington, Maltby, Thurcroft, Wales, Wickersley.

Profile: The southernmost seat in South Yorkshire, to the south of Rotherham itself. The seat is situated in the South Yorkshire coalfield and is mostly made up of small former pit town and villages that grew up with the expansion of coal mining, and which have fallen into decline with its passing. Maltby has the only remaining coal mine in the area, the Maltby Main Colliery.

Politics: Like most coal mining communities this is a solid, safe Labour seat. While the majority has fallen below ten thousand in bad years for Labour, it has been held by the party continuously since its creation in 1918.

Current MP
KEVIN BARRON (Labour) Born 1946, Tadcaster. Educated at Maltby Hall Secondary Modern and Sheffield University. Former electrician at Maltby colliery. First elected as MP for Rother Valley in 1983. PPS to Neil Kinnock 1985-1987.
Past Results
Con: 13281 (28%)
Lab: 19147 (41%)
LDem: 8111 (17%)
BNP: 3606 (8%)
Oth: 2613 (6%)
MAJ: 5866 (13%)
Con: 7647 (19%)
Lab: 21871 (55%)
LDem: 6272 (16%)
BNP: 2020 (5%)
Oth: 1685 (4%)
MAJ: 14224 (36%)
Con: 7969 (22%)
Lab: 22851 (62%)
LDem: 4603 (13%)
UKIP: 1380 (4%)
MAJ: 14882 (40%)
Con: 7699 (17%)
Lab: 31184 (68%)
LDem: 5342 (12%)
MAJ: 23485 (51%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
GARETH STREETER (Conservative) , son of Gary Streeter MP. Educated at London School of Theology. Charity communications director.
KEVIN BARRON (Labour) See above.
ROBERT TEAL (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Sheffield Polytechnic. Businessman. Contested South Yorkshire police election 2012.
ALLEN COWLES (UKIP) Rotherham councillor since 2014.
SHARON PILLING (English Democrat)
Comments - 168 Responses on “Rother Valley”
  1. Stat of the day from this article – 48 of 49 council areas with coalfields voted for Brexit.

    I’m tearing my hair out trying to work out what the odd one out is.

  2. HP – I’d imagine he’ll be retiring.

  3. and we have no idea what the boundaries are likely to be like anyway, it’s pure guesswork.

  4. Polltroll

    I’m not sure how the NS defines those 49 areas but there were certainly mines in both Leeds and Rushcliffe.

  5. Yes… the Leeds coalfields cut into various parts of the city, in Alec Shelbrooke’s seat and also Morley & Outwood.

    Of course the result wasn’t seat based, Elmet & Rothwell I’ve no idea about but Morley & Outwood was clearly for leave, 60%+ from what I saw.

    Leeds voted remain by less than 1% but I would be surprised if more than 2 constituencies voted that way.

  6. I’d expect Leeds C, Leeds NW and Leeds NE all voted Remain.

    Not sure about the others.

  7. As Richard says, the odd one out is almost certainly Rushcliffe, where Cotgrave colliery lasted into the 80s/90s.

    If we’re looking further back some coal mining might have come within the boundaries of councils such as Bath & NE Somerset and Canterbury, in addition to Leeds as Richard mentions.

  8. Canterbury council voted Leave though I think the Kent pits were in Dover and possibly Thanet.

    There might have been a pit in maybe Mendip or Stroud in the 1950s.

  9. Forgot Canterbury voted leave. Yes the mining in Kent was mostly in Dover and South Thanet though Canterbury council area is surprisingly large.

    There are a couple of very near misses including Rutland, which was 50-50 though Leave won by a whisker (Asfordby colliery there was the last deep mine opened in the UK).

    Also plenty of coalfields in Scotland voted Remain as perhaps did a few in Wales. Ironically the largest area of current coal production in the UK voted Remain (Ayrshire).

  10. Constituency estimates show Canterbury constituency, as opposed to district, voted Remain – I think it’s Herne Bay which accounts for the difference.
    No mines in Stroud. The mines in Somerset were in what is now Mogg’s seat.

  11. Sir Kevin Barron has announced he is backing May’s Deal.
    Another one who could be whipless by the end of the week as their are rumors and pressure such action is going to happen

  12. Sir Kevin Barron has announced he will retire at the next general election whenever that may be.

  13. If Skinner retires also will that leave as many Tory ex-miners in parliament as Labour ones? (Lavery vs Patrick McLoughlin)

  14. Yeah.
    Through McLoughlin may well retire next time as well

  15. Speaking of ex-miners: one has just been selected by the Tories to knock out Gloria del Piero in Ashfield.

    He is also her ex-office manager!

    [Incidentally I recall a Tory PPC was an ex-miner around a decade ago, but it was in un unwinnable in St Helens or somewhere around there]

  16. If he was a local miner he must be getting on a bit…at least 60 I’d say unless he left the industry when he was really young.

  17. Yes, from the quotes he was a long-term Labour member and Cllr before he defected – but his main gripe appears to be his MP.

  18. Before defecting, he was deselected. In between deselection and defection, he was also suspended from Labour group.

    He didn’t stand in Ashfield DC this year but in Mansfield DC where he gained a seat from Independents.

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